Once you’ve got your booking, you’ve established communication with either the guest or travel coordinator for your guests.
As a host or as a guest, you will want to know which is the best way to connect in case there are any questions of concerns. In other words, “How will you communicate when your guests arrive?”
With Airbnb, they use a messenger within their APP that allows convenient and exclusive communication channel. This is the preferred method for all Airbnb host/guest communications.
However, this is not always available, or if you are not an Airbnb or the guests are not an airbnb member. In this case, as a secondary means, a local cell phone number is often used for text messaging or, worst comes to worse, or an situation exists that requires immediate and confirmed communication.
Another variation that I’ve used recently is the text option within the Airbnb APP.
This may be needed when the guest is from a foreign country and their web access may cause problems with their Airbnb APP that’s set up for outside the USA.
My experience using the message-their-private- out-of-the-USA-phone number works very well.
It’s still not quite as nice as keeping everything under one roof but it works well indeed.
Another app that guests like to use is WHATSAPP. because they know my cell number and I am a user of WHATSAPP, sometimes I’ll get an unexpected communication through this secure means.
The moral of the story is, before a guest arrives, it’s nice to work out these issues if you suspect there will be any problems. The worse thing is if they cannot enter the house AND they cannot contact you. (knock on wood!).
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