What is a pre-approval?
A pre-approval is a way for a host to let guests know that their listing is available when asked about a potential reservation. Once pre-approved, the guest can automatically confirm a booking for the specific dates provided. Pre-approvals do not override host’s reservation requirements.
How it works
If a host has sent you a pre-approval, your booking isn’t confirmed until you’ve clicked Book Now in the message thread with the host and added your payment information. Hosts can send pre-approvals to many potential guests, so if you’ve found a space you want to book, make sure to complete the booking process as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that guest fees are not locked in. If the pre-approval expires and you attempt to book after that window, guest service fees might fluctuate. The host invites you to book only for the dates and prices shown when you contacted the host.
You have 24 hours to accept a pre-approval before it expires. If 24 hours have passed, you can still accept the pre-approval but your host will have to approve your request before your reservation is confirmed.