Airbnb is a great concept that helps globetrotters who travel the world book into local accommodation easily, and 100% online. It is “a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world”, where you can book into the homes of local hosts in over 190 countries and experience a place like you live there. The site allows you to book an individual room, or the entire place depending on what the host has to offer. Not only does this work out less than a typical hotel, but you usually meet with the local host, who of course know all of the best restaurants to visit. Much better than loading up TripAdvisor and now it’s possible to get totally free accommodation with Airbnb.
This travel hack only works if you sign up through a referral link (here’s mine). At time of writing this referral link gives you a credit of $20 (around £14) that can be used towards your accommodation costs. If you already created an account through a different referral link you may have gained some credits, if not you’re out of luck.
Free Accommodation Search
The credit you receive through the referral link above will only show when you are in the checkout, ready to pay. When searching for free accommodation on Airbnb this will work best where a nights stay cost less than the credit. Though this sounds like you will be looking for a needle in a haystack it is quite common to find accommodation this cheap in place such as Asia, or even South America. Even if you do find a property and the total cost is higher than the credit on your account, the stay will be discounted by that amount.
A quick search for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on the 16th June for 2 guests brings up over 300 results! Finding hotel stays under $20 a night in Asia is super easy.
This listing shows an entire apartment, in a good location of the city, with swimming pool, for only $20 a night.
Even at the other side of the world there are loads of options. This listing is for a cabin, with amazing views of the surrounding mountains of Colombia, South America for $20 a night.
It’s even possible to find totally free accommodation with Airbnb using this hack in popular destinations in Europe such as Italy.
Join the thousands of people who are using Airbnb and sign up to start your search for free accommodation.