You’re the expert at what works and what could work better on Airbnb. Your feedback and ideas have inspired new calendar updates that will help you avoid double bookings, see your availability for a whole year (all at once), remember to update your calendar, and more! Here’s what’s new:
Persistently block your calendar
Lots of hosts choose to use a rolling booking window of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. But until now you’ve been unable to keep particular days from automatically opening when the booking window reaches that point in the calendar. So if you knew you’d be hosting family for the holidays or wanted to keep that special anniversary weekend guest-free, until now you’d either have to check the calendar daily to prevent days from opening, get unexpected bookings, or turn off the rolling booking window altogether. This was inconvenient and sometimes resulted in cancelled bookings, so we designed a simple solution.
The new persistent block feature allows you block dates beyond your rolling booking window. These are the steps to take to block those special dates:
If you use the rolling window setting and you want to edit the availability of a date outside the timeframe that is currently available, go to your Calendar and select the date you want to edit. In the next screen, you’ll see that the date is currently Unavailable (until DATE), which is when the rolling window will open up and make that date available for booking. If you want to block the date so that it stays blocked when the rolling window reaches it, choose “Blocked.” This will keep the date blocked. If you change your mind and want that date to be available once the rolling window reaches that date, just toggle back to Unavailable (until DATE).
Calendar year view
Hosts at Airbnb Open 2016 in Los Angeles asked for a way to see their hosting calendar for an entire year, rather than only month by month. You told us it was hard to manage your availability far into the future since you could only check your availability one month at a time. It’s a chore to click through 12 individual months of availability to double check that everything is accurate. So, we’ve created a new view on web for calendars that lets you see your availability for the next 12 months all at once.
To access this view, go to your Calendar and click the “Year” tab to the right of the “Month” tab on the top right of the screen.
Reminders to update your calendar
It can be easy to forget to update your calendar when life is busy. We’ve created handy reminder emails to help give you that extra reassurance and nudge if you haven’t checked your calendar in over a week. This can help you avoid canceling bookings and you can opt out of the reminders if you like. If your calendar is completely open, you won’t receive these emails.
We’re excited to see how these changes help make hosting simpler for you. Let us know what you think, and share more terrific ideas with us in the Community Center. Happy hosting!