How does the Airbnb payment system work?

Airbnb’s payment system is designed to make transferring money between guests and hosts as simple and reliable as possible. Here’s how it works:

  1. Guests pay Airbnb when they book a place
  2. Airbnb releases the money to hosts 24 hours after the guest checks in

Using Airbnb’s payment system is required to make a reservation, and it helps ensure that both parties are protected under our Terms of Service, cancellation policies, Guest Refund Policy, and other safeguards. Paying outside the Airbnb system is not secure, and we cannot provide access to these benefits when reservations aren’t booked directly through Airbnb.

To help cover the costs of running these services, Airbnb automatically includes service fees in each transaction, alongside some government-required taxes like Value Added Tax (VAT) in certain places.

Learn more about how prices are determined.

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