Cash Only on new properties - New Booking.com Policy - Why??
I have self catering properties where guests book and pay online through Payments by Booking.com. Guests can arrive and let themselves in with the key in the key safe. These properties are also listed on AirBnB and TripAdvisor. No problems whatsoever.
I have added another property, but apparently, Booking.com will not allow us to take online payments using Payments by Booking.com. They say it is "cash only" for 3 months.
Cash only is not workable. We can't allow a guest to book a holiday home on the basis that they will pay for it when they arrive - there is no guarantee that the guest will actually turn up for something they haven't paid for. Also, we can't have someone waiting at the property for (what could be) several hours in the hope that the guest arrives and actually has several hundred pounds in cash.
Therefore, we can't make this new property live on Booking.com.
This "cash only" policy is a bit like the chairman of Tesco saying "we will open a new shop, but we won't sell food".
I wonder, do the people that made this "cash only" policy actually work for AirBnB??