So maybe you’ve just signed up to Guesty and you got an email saying you need to change the email address associated with your Airbnb listing – what gives? In this post, we’ll clear up some of the commonly asked questions about the technology Guesty uses to manage your Airbnb account and why we must do it this way.
Why Does Guesty Need Access to My Airbnb Account?
In order for us to get notified automatically when you receive new inquiries, booking requests, and reservations, and in order for us to answer on your behalf. This is why you want to use us in the first place.
How Do I Give Guesty Access?
After signing up with Guesty, we will give you instructions on how to change the email account associated with your Airbnb to a special email that Guesty provides that allows all of your Airbnb correspondence to go through our system. What does this mean? It means that all notifications that Airbnb sends will now be intercepted by our system and, unless you request otherwise, will be forwarded to you automatically.
Will I Still Have Access to My Airbnb Account?
Absolutely. You will keep full access and be able to log into your Airbnb account. We will reset the password for safety reasons and send you the new one immediately. If you would like to have a specific password – just let us know afterward. You can also continue using Facebook to login if that’s what you’re used to.
Why Do You Do This?
Because Airbnb doesn’t have a public API* we had to build a way to receive your Airbnb notifications so our team can know about them and act on your behalf. Just having access to your account would not instantly alert us to new activity on your account and would require us to log into your account manually over and over again just to check. In order for Guesty to provide quick and effective support this system for receiving instant updates from your Airbnb account is necessary, otherwise, your guests would have to wait longer for a response. We are working with Airbnb on creating a more seamless integration but this may take time.
*(AP-what? What are APIs? Here’s some background on APIs)
To Sum It All Up
We are looking forward to start helping you manage your Airbnb listings – contact us if you have any additional questions.