While it is important that you respond to all the reservation requests you receive, you can choose to decline any request that you can’t accommodate. Accepting more guests will improve your acceptance rate, and frequently, it will improve your listing’s search placement.
Allowing a reservation request to expire is not a good way to decline it, because it will not only decrease your acceptance rate, it will also damage your response rate.
When you decline a reservation request, you have the option to keep the calendar dates blocked or re-open them. To ensure that you only receive reservation requests for dates when you are able to host, be sure to keep your calendar up to date.
If you change your mind and you’d like to accommodate a reservation request that you have already declined, you will need to ask the guest to send a new request, or send the guest a Special Offer or pre-approval.