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When am I charged for a reservation?

Your payment information is collected when you submit a reservation request. Once the host accepts your request, or if you make a reservation with Instant Book, your payment method will be charged for the entire amount at that time (except in the case of security deposits).

Whether the reservation is two days or two months away, we hold the payment until 24 hours after check-in before giving it to the host. This hold gives both parties time to make sure that everything is as expected.

Changing your payment method

If you've requested to book a listing but the host hasn't responded yet, you can cancel your reservation request and make another request with a different payment method.

Once your reservation is confirmed, you can't change your payment method.

Long-term reservations

If you make a reservation for 28 nights or more, you’ll be charged a first-month down payment when the reservation is confirmed. The rest of the nights will be charged on a monthly basis.

Security deposits

If an Airbnb-required security deposit applies to your reservation, an authorisation hold for the deposit amount will be placed on your payment method 2 days before your reservation begins. You won’t be charged, but the hold means that you won’t be able to access these funds until the hold is released. Your reservation will be subject to cancellation if we're unable to place an authorisation hold on your payment method, so it’s important to make sure your payment method is valid and has sufficient funds. If there isn’t an issue during your stay, we’ll release the hold on your card after you check out. That will happen either 14 days after checkout or when the next guest checks in – whichever takes place first.

Reservations in India

Because Indian credit cards require two-factor authentication, guests in India are charged for the full cost of the reservation when submitting a request to book. Once your reservation is confirmed, you won't be able to change your payment method. If the host doesn't accept your request or it expires, you'll be refunded in full. Refunds can take up to 10 days depending on your bank.

You'll be charged for each booking request you submit, so if multiple booking requests for the same days are confirmed, you'll be double-booked and you won't be eligible for a refund.