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Air BnB FX Fees??
Hi Ben, et al:
Big smiles from Skopje, Macedonia! I wanted to seek your wisdom and advice re: current issue with Air BnB, before I go ballistic and start a war with them over foreign transaction fees. Despite the fact that they have over 20 offices worldwide, and that I a paying with my Chase Reserve card (no fx fees,) they are tacking on an extra 3% on my bookings. They cite their ‘terms and conditions’ page as justification, but there’s no indication that this is an actual cost to them with their banks located worldwide. Methinks a class action lawsuit might thwart this practice. What’s your opinion?
Consult a lawyer :rolleyes:
In all seriousness, sounds like there may be a case but most of us on here are not ones to offer legal advice, only travel advice!
Airbnb is annoying in this regard. I’d look at other homestay sites and skip them if this is a make or break for you. Not worth the headache involved.
The 3% is not a foreign transaction fee, it’s a fee for using a credit card period. I’ve dealt with tour operators who do the same thing. Even Viking, the price quoted is the price for credit cards but if you contact them directly and let them withdraw the money from your bank account you can save 3%.
[USER=184]@MidSouth Skier[/USER], I think he’s referring to this fee: [URL]https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/95/can-i-pay-with-any-currency[/URL] that Airbnb charges for forex. OP, have you tried switching your country (bottom of the page) to the location of the property you are trying to book and then paying directly in that currency? It might skip the 3% charge.
Ah, good point.