How does the Airbnb payment system work?
Our payment system is secure, reliable, and convenient, supporting many currencies and several types of payment and payout methods.
Payment: the money a guest pays for a reservation.
Payout: the money a host receives for a reservation.
When submitting a reservation request to a host, the guest provides his or her payment details and the payment method may be authorized for a charge. If the reservation request is retracted, declined, or expires, we do not complete the charge and any authorization is released.
If the reservation is accepted, the payment is processed and collected by Airbnb in full.* Whether the reservation is two days or two months away, we hold the payment until 24 hours after check-in before releasing the funds. This gives both parties time to do a walkthrough upon check-in and make sure that everything is as expected.
Airbnb does not endorse cash payments. In order to uphold our Terms of Service, transactions must take place on the site. By completing your transactions on the site, the security of your funds is ensured, and you’ll be protected by policies, such as cancellation policies and the Guest Refund Policy.
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