Transparency and trust are vital to the Airbnb experience. People rely on information in Airbnb profiles, reviews, and other verifications when deciding whether to host or stay with someone.
That’s why we require all Airbnb reservations to be booked by someone who is part of the reservation and is actually going to stay at the listing. For the same reason, you’ll need to be an authorized user of whatever credit card—or other payment method—you use to pay for a reservation. It’s okay to book for a group so long as you follow these guidelines and let the host know that others are coming.
Instead of making a reservation for someone else, consider referring them to Airbnb. You can refer them to Airbnb directly from your dashboard by clicking the Invite Friends button. When a referred friend or family member successfully completes a qualifying reservation, you’ll earn travel credit. Once they've created an account, you can even help them out by writing them a reference.