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A Down-and-Dirty Script for Negotiating the Cost of Your Airbnb

Ever since you saw Midnight in Paris (and Amélie and French Kiss), you’ve lost hours upon hours daydreaming of the day you can jet off to the City of Light and walk along the Seine and eat all the fromage. If only Airbnbs with Eiffel Tower views weren’t so pricey, right? News flash: It’s totally acceptable to reach out to your Airbnb host and ask them to drop the rate. Just follow this handy little email script.

How to prep: Before you do anything, check the availability of other similarly sized Airbnbs in the area you’re planning to stay. For example, if you’re going to Paris and notice quite a few options left to rent in a certain neighborhood—say, Saint-Germain-des-Prés—you’re in a prime position to negotiate. Now it’s time to message the host.

What to say: “Hi there, I’m planning a trip to Paris for these dates, and I’m hoping to spend X amount of dollars per night.” [Note: Don’t insult them with your offer, but being honest about your budget and putting a per night price on the table is a helpful jumping-off point.] “I will be there on vacation, mostly out all day exploring during my stay. And I can assure you I am an excellent guest.” [This is your chance to sing your praises—and drive home the fact that you’re easygoing and respectful.] “Are you able to offer a discounted rate? Looking forward to hearing from you soon.” [It’s important to reiterate your ask at the end of your email so the host is clear on your needs.]

Keep in mind: Glowing reviews from previous Airbnb rentals are a huge asset here. If the host can see at a glance that you’ve been a low-maintenance guest at other rentals, they’re going to more inclined to offer you a better deal.

Good luck and bon voyage!

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