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Woman shares Airbnb hack that can save you hundreds on holiday bookings

Jess Battison

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Woman shares Airbnb hack that can save you hundreds on holiday bookings

The British weather might be, quite classically, unpredictable at the moment but the fact is, the cold is approaching us.

So, you might be thinking of a way out, a quick break to somewhere sunnier and warmer. I certainly am, get me out please.

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And booking a short trip might seem simple on the surface but there can be a whole load of faffing about involved to get everything sorted.

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One being pretty vital, where to stay.

Obviously, a popular site to use nowadays is Airbnb, with rooms, apartments, buildings, and all sorts of accommodation options listed around the world.

But sometimes the costs can add up.

Airbnb is known for beautiful and unique properties all across the world, but it can get pretty expensive. Credit: Thiago Prudencio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Airbnb is known for beautiful and unique properties all across the world, but it can get pretty expensive. Credit: Thiago Prudencio/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
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Once you’ve seen the initial fee for the place, there’s then the additions of cleaning or booking or whatever else they can get out of us.

And before you know it, that quick cheap break is eating into this month’s payslip.

But one woman has shared a hack that can save you hundreds on your bookings.

Travel influencer Kristen Glazer (@expeditionkristen) shared a video of her tips, advising to try it out on Chrome rather than Safari.

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Kristen did a reverse image search of the property. Credit: TikTok/@expeditionkristen
Kristen did a reverse image search of the property. Credit: TikTok/@expeditionkristen

She shows an Airbnb in Minnesota, US, for $666 (£543.88) a night – which then adds on hundreds in Airbnb service fee, cleaning fee and taxes, totalling at $2,549.40 (£2,081.94) for three nights.

“Let’s see if we can do better. We go back, right click, search image with Google,” Kristen says.

She then runs a reverse image search, which finds other sites listing the same property from the photo.

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When Kristen is then taken to the original booking site for the property, she gets the same property for the same time and length of stay at a price of $1,886.44 (£1,540.54). Literally saving hundreds on the place.

She was able to find the same property for considerably less. Credit: TikTok/@expeditionkristen
She was able to find the same property for considerably less. Credit: TikTok/@expeditionkristen

Instagram users called it a ‘great tip’ as they thanked her ‘for not gatekeeping this’.

One also put: “This hack changed my life,” with others echoing “You are amazing. It works.”

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Plenty call the hack ‘genius’ as one wrote: “I wish we knew about this hack months ago. We learned about the fees on the sites while on vacay & the ways to avoid them, after we were already paying them.”

And another put: “This is gold.”

One property owner even added: “As a vacation rental owner, I love when my guests figure out how to book directly with me, and feel like this strategy is a win-win for the owners and the guests!”

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@Expeditionkristen

Topics: Hacks, Travel, Airbnb

Jess Battison
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