One good thing about Air

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Most of them these days seem to be self-check-in with a door key code. They are really training a LOT of people to read their emails so they can find and get into their room with no help, and to read the instructions in the room so they can connect to wi-fi and such.

There is a whole generation of travelers being trained to read. This is incredible!

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I stayed at an Air condo in Memphis over the weekend (it was self-checkin, very upscale, clean, well-located, and half the cost of the downtown hotels) and thought I'd pass along all the things they had me do before checking out.

It's a product of the Air review system. Not only will I review the condo, but the owner will review me. If I don't please him by taking care of his place and following the rules, he can give me a bad review, making it hard for me to be "accepted" to stay in future properties with other owners.

It's an interesting concept, this 2-way review system, with future owners being able to check a potential guest's reviews, and reject the bad ones. It's what we always dreamed of, but could never have.

Here are the check-out procedures I followed in order to assure a good review:

  1. Gather and bag up all trash and put it by the front door, but inside the condo.
  2. Load dishwasher with all dirty dishes. Dishwasher pods are located under kitchen sink. Please insert a pod and start the dishwasher.
  3. Strip the bed and put all dirty towels and sheets in washing machine and use detergent pod located above the washer/dryer, then start the washer.
  4. Send me a text message via Airbnb when you check out so I can send the cleaning crew over.
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A friend running 4 air units expects the guests to clean. And, yes, she can write them up as sloppy if they don't. I guess I might preemptively write my review (as guest) to say the price may be lower but you are expected to clean before you leave.

Weekly and monthly rentals require you do all of those things, but they are in the contract you sign. You don't get your deposit back if you don't go along with the rules.

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Sounds like the rules in a time share.   

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I'm finding the same.  Our apartment in nearby city draws self-sufficient guests.  Many take out trash and start laundry on their way out, even though there is no requirement to do so.   Sometimes I have to do the long drive just to reset the modem.  Not often.  Cleaning service has been pretty reliable.  I periodically go in and do a deep clean. 

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Don't know much about Air, but I heard that owners can review the guests, and it goes on the guest's profile so they can be turned down for future bookings, so maybe that is one pro.  Any others?

 

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I turned down an Air request last night.  One review.  2.5  "lots of garbage left and asked for many more towels than number of guests booked."

Nope. 

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They all lie. A guest is reticent to put down a 4, because other hosts won't want them, for fear they will get a 4.

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They still don't read... read the forums... full of complaints about people who haven't read what they booked and review their mistakes.

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