A few years ago, I was travelling around New Zealand with my friend, and we took a break to check out a number of places around the country.
I wanted to see what we could get for the price, so we booked a room in one of the cheapest hotels in Auckland.
We didn’t spend much money at the hotel, but when we checked in, the receptionist informed us that the rooms were available to rent for $3,500 per night.
That was a bit steep, and after a quick look around the room, we realised that we’d been tricked.
When I asked her if there were any other hotels in town, she said that there were, and that we could book rooms for the same price as they had advertised.
While we were waiting, we discovered that there was another place we’d had an amazing experience with, but that we hadn’t been able to book yet.
I was floored.
So I called my friend back, and she explained that she was unable to book a room for that price, but she could book a couple of rooms for $1,500 each.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Airbnb, it’s a travel booking service that allows you to book rooms to stay in a hotel for a set amount of time.
That means that the booking agent is essentially the host, and the rooms are basically your guests.
But what if the host is a scammer?
What if she’s been making up her own rules and guidelines for how much she should charge for rooms?
In a recent article, I shared how I’d spent $4,000 of my own money on a room at the same hotel, which ended up costing me a total of $7,500.
The reason why I thought that I was able to get a room is because the host had given me an Airbnb profile for the room.
It was in this profile, which the hotel gave me, that I could find out that the room was available to be booked for a fixed price.
Now, this is where the problem started.
Before we even went to the hotel to book the room for the night, I’d read about Airbnb and how they were actually a scam.
They charge a flat fee of $250 for the first night, and then $150 per night for each additional night.
These flat fees are usually used to get people to book accommodation for an amount that the host will tell them they’ll need for the day.
But the hotel then charges a fee for the rooms that stay on the host’s property.
This fee, and Airbnb’s other flat fees, are often used to buy extra rooms, and these flat fees can add up to an awful lot of money for those who book.
If you look up the hotel’s flat fees on Airbnb, you’ll find that they’re $2,500 for the 2nd night, $1 for each extra night, or $5,000 for the full year.
Even after all the money was spent on the first two nights, I couldn’t find a hotel in town that would even book a 3rd night for the amount I paid.
How much does a hotel charge for a night?
To find out how much the hotel charges, I booked a 3-night stay at the $1 per night rate for a 3.5-room hotel room.
For a 3,000-square-foot room, that’s $2.50 per night, which isn’t bad.
Then, I added up all the flat fees that Airbnb had charged me for the entire time I stayed there, and I came up with a total that was almost $6,000.
A simple comparison of my flat fees and the flat fee I was charged for my stay.
Source: Airbnb source The hotel was making a good profit by charging me a flat $250 fee.
Instead of booking a room, I spent the $6000 of money that Airbnb was charging me on the room that was on the hotel website.
My flat fee for a full year was $5.80 per night on the Airbnb booking page.
However, I ended up paying more than that for a room.
I ended the year with $8,500 in the bank, and had to sell everything I owned.
The only thing left was to move on.
The hotel wasn’t making a profit, so the only thing that they could make off of me was the money I’d already spent on my stay at that hotel.
The next thing I knew, I had to take out an expensive court case against Airbnb, and win it all.
After going through the legal wrangling, I learned that Airbnb didn’t have to charge me a cent on my booking.
If I wanted a room that night, they’d only have to pay me $1