While I love to stay in hotels, I often find myself booking stays at Airbnb properties throughout the year. Airbnb properties offer things that you won’t find with a chain hotel – the ability to get to know your hosts, and to really immerse yourself in a new location. And there are often some incredibly quirky Airbnb properties to find off the beaten track!
What many people don’t know is that just by signing up through a unique referral link, new Airbnb users can earn a $50 travel credit to use toward any new reservation of $100 AUD or more. The Airbnb referral program is also open to existing users.
As an existing Airbnb user, you’ll receive a $25 credit by referring friends and family to the site using your own unique referral link.
As a reader of The Champagne Mile, you are welcome to sign up using our referral link (disclosure: we’ll receive a referral credit for each new account booking). Alternatively, you might prefer to obtain a link from a friend or family member who is already registered with the program. Simply click on the ‘Sign up’ button on the referral page and complete the registration process. New users who sign up with an existing referral link will see their credit show up automatically on the checkout page of any qualifying reservation.
How to earn travel credit as a referer
If you already hold an Airbnb account, you can earn a $25 AUD credit when a friend or family member who signed up with your referral link completes a qualifying reservation as a guest. You could also earn a huge $100 AUD when they complete a qualifying reservation as a host. There is an overall ‘cap’ of $5,000 USD in travel credit that can be earned by both parties.
How to generate your Airbnb referral program link
As an existing user, you can generate a referral link to distribute to friends and family. To begin earning credit, simply visit the Airbnb invitation page and follow the steps to generate your link.
How to use Airbnb travel credit
Available travel credits automatically appear as a coupon on the checkout page of your reservation request. If the travel credits aren’t automatically added, it means the reservation doesn’t qualify. Travel credits can’t apply to a trip that has already been paid for, but they will be available and applied to your next qualifying reservation.
Do Airbnb referral program travel credits expire?
Travel credits expire one year from the date they’re issued and can only be used once – so it’s important to keep an eye on the validity of your travel credits, and to book wisely! Note that travel credits are not reusable if you cancel a reservation where the credits were applied. You can read the full Airbnb referral program terms and conditions here.
Earning Qantas points with Airbnb bookings
Last year, Qantas and Airbnb announced a partnership that gives Qantas Frequent Flyer members the ability to earn 1 Qantas Point per AUD$1 value or equivalent in foreign currency on Airbnb bookings made through the Qantas Airbnb portal. You’ll find the full terms and conditions for the Qantas Airbnb partnership here.