Posted on June 29, 2018
How to Remove a Pre-Approval
Booking inquiries come in all the time and hosts have the option to send guests a pre-approval to let them know it is ok to create a reservation. Sometimes situations arise and it becomes necessary to remove this reservation pre-approval. Do you know how to remove an existing pre-approval?
Why Remove a Pre-Approval?
There could be a number of reasons why you would need to remove a reservation pre-approval.
- Personal obligations may prevent you from being available on those dates
- Another guest is ready to book the same dates
- You accidentally clicked pre-approval
- More information about the guests needs become known and you are unable to accommodate (such as extra guests or pets, for example)
- You decide you yourself need a vacation!
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but are some of the more common reasons to remove a reservation pre-approval.
How to Remove a Pre-Approval on Airbnb
Regardless of your reason to remove the pre-approval, Airbnb makes it simple to make this change. Here’s how to do it!
- Go to your Airbnb inbox
- Select the message thread for the guest who has a pending pre-approval
- Click “Remove Pre-Approval”
Does Removing a Pre-Approval Hurt your Hosting Status?
I personally do my best to avoid removing a pre-approval unless absolutely necessary. My guests’ needs are a top priority and a smooth booking experience is a part of being an excellent Airbnb host.
Fortunately, removing a pre-approval will not affect your current or future Superhost status. Since the reservation was never confirmed, removing a pre-approval will not count as a cancellation.
There still could be an effect on your search ranking in the Airbnb system. While Airbnb has explicitly stated that certain things can affect your search ranking, removing a pre-approval has not been clearly mentioned. Based on the complexity of the variable inputs that Airbnb claims to use in their search ranking algorithm, I would not be surprised if removing a pre-approval does count against a host’s search ranking. This is another reason I try to avoid removing a pre-approval.