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My friend Meghan asked if I knew of any ways to save on an Airbnb booking. I gave the obvious one – get $40 off a $75+ stay with a new account.
Most everyone already has an Airbnb account by now. But if you don’t, here’s my link if you’d like to sign up (and I’ll get a $20 travel credit as well).
That’s honestly the biggest savings. Still, there are other ways to get a return on your Airbnb stay: earn points or miles for it. Depending how you like to redeem them, you can get big value by stacking a few of the methods I’ll tell you about.
Lezz begin, shall ve?
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5 ways to earn points and miles for Airbnb stays
These tricks are so easy that you’re literally leaving points on the table if you don’t use them. A couple of them require certain credit cards – but a couple are total freebies.
1. Get 1X Delta miles
- Link: Delta + Airbnb
Let’s clear the air here. Do I like Delta miles? Hell no. But I certainly won’t say no to them if it’s as simple as clicking a link.
All you have to do is start your booking at the link above.
Considering Delta miles never expire, there’s literally no reason not to scoop this up. A little here and there can add up over time. And Delta does have some flash sales that are worth a look.
You can transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Delta instantly at a 1:1 ratio. But it’ll be nice if you already have some miles in there so you can save your points for other award flights. 😉
2. 2X United miles through MileagePlus X
I told y’all about MileagePlus X back in April 2016. Y’all been using it?
I sure hope so! You can purchase Airbnb gift cards through this app if you prefer 2X United miles over 3X JetBlue points. Even better, if you have the Chase United Explorer card, you get a 25% bonus for every one you buy – and NO, you don’t have to pay with the card to get the bonus.
That same $300 gift card from above would earn you 600 United miles. Or 750 miles if you have the Chase United Explorer card.
United miles do expire. But this is an easy, easy way to reset the activity on your account.
If you have a lot of Airbnb stays, you might end up with an award flight sooner than you think. Top off your account with instant 1:1 transfers from Chase Ultimate Rewards. And again, save some points if you already have a stash of United miles!
3. Get 10% cashback with Discover it® Cashback Match™
Some quarters (usually Q4, at the end of the year), you can get 5% cashback at Amazon with the Discover it® Cashback Match™ card.
But keen Out and Out readers know the phenomenon known as The Dublin causes you to earn 10% cashback because everything you earn is matched after your 12th billing cycle.
So you can buy Airbnb gift cards at Amazon and then get a further 10% cashback to boot. That’s a tidy little discount!
Play your “cards” right (SO punny!), and you’ll end up with $600 cash money in your pocket the 1st year you have this card. Seriously a worthwhile addition to your wallet: no annual fee, no foreign transaction fees, excellent bonus categories, and a fantastic shopping portal.
This discount is icing on the cake.
4. Earn 1.8% cashback through Acorns
I wrote about Acorns, an app that lets you start investing for as little as $5. They have a cool feature called “Found Money” that’s essentially a cashback portal.
Through October 1st, 2018, you’ll get 1.8% of your stay cost to invest, which is pretty rad. There are also 60+ other merchants that let you earn money to invest.
Plus, you’ll get $5 for free when you sign up with my link!
5. Get 10% back from Giving Assistant
If you don’t want to invest, but would rather have cash in hand now, consider Giving Assistant, one of my favorite shopping portals. You can get 10% cashback when you book your stay after clicking through their site. That’s a great deal!
If you stay with Airbnb a lot, or have an expensive stay, this is an easy way to get 10% back from simply clicking a link – you can’t beat that!
You’ll forego the Delta miles (from #1) or investment cash (from #5), but you should still earn cashback even if you pay with a gift card (from #2 or #3).
You also get $5 for free in your account when you sign up with my link.
A few stack stack stacks 💸
Obvi, your powers synergize when you can find a nice stack. Here are a few:
- 2X United miles from MileagePlus X + 1X Delta miles when you book
- 10% cashback from Discover it + 10% cashback from Giving Assistant
- 1.8% invested + 2X United miles from MileagePlus X
Your personal return will vary based on how much you value your points/miles. And of course, you’ll earn points for paying with credit card that earns points.
You can’t really lose whichever way you choose to stack.
Of course the best way to save is to get $40 off your first $75+ booking with a new account – but that’s not always feasible. But there’s really no reason not to get a discount of at least 10% on an Airbnb stay. And at the top end, you’re touching 20% back. You can get:
- 1X Delta miles
- 2X United miles via MileagePlus X (and a 25% bonus if you have the Chase United Explorer card)
- Up to 10% cashback when you buy gift cards through Amazon with the Discover it® Cashback Match™ card
- 1.8% back to invest when you book through Acorns
- 10% cashback for booking through Giving Assistant
Some of these are freebies and some require you to have a certain credit card (and thanks as always for getting new cards with my links!). But any way you slice it, the savings are there. Especially when you do my favorite thing to save: stack stack stack. 😺
Booking with Airbnb is still practical in many ways: stay where they’re aren’t chain hotels, pay less, or get more space during a trip. And hey, even if you only save a few bucks, that’s still worth it!
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