A few days ago, we posted about how the cost of living has increased for those in Hawaii, especially the lower-income residents.
The news was picked up by the local media, with Honolulu Post-Tribune reporter John Daley writing a piece that called the increase “disappointing”.
“Hilton hotels and resorts are becoming increasingly crowded as guests flock to Hawaii and the cost for a two-night stay there is increasingly out of reach,” he wrote.
“It is hard to believe that so many people are flocking to Hawaii to escape the cost increase.”
But it turns out that not all of the hotel rooms on offer in Honolulu are as crowded as they once were.
In fact, as Daley points out, “there are many more people staying in hotels than there were before the price increases”.
So what happened?
We’re told that the increase in hotel room availability was a direct result of an “unprecedented” increase in demand.
“The rise in demand was not caused by any particular industry, but was rather the result of a dramatic increase in the number of hotel rooms available,” a Hilton spokesperson told The Irish Sun in an email.
“Haven’t we all had enough of the ‘reservation’ industry?”
Hilton has been forced to re-think its strategy of staying in its hotels longer than necessary in order to keep up with the increased demand.
But if you’re looking to rent a room in the CBD or Waikiki, you might want to take a look at Airbnb, where there are no restrictions on staying longer than 24 hours.
Airbnb allows guests to book up to 90 days in advance of their arrival, and it even allows guests the ability to book more than three nights in a single day.
So if you want to stay for longer than that, you’re probably better off using Airbnb.
But what if you can’t get a room within that timeframe?
Well, it turns, Airbnb is giving people a second chance to get a deal.
The company has updated its website with a “Reservation Price Guide” for guests, so that guests can now book their rooms within a week of their booking.
For those looking to book longer than 30 days, however, there are still no restrictions.
“Reservations are not a prerequisite for a stay on Airbnb, and you can book a stay for any length of time, including for up to 30 days,” Airbnb spokesperson Nicole Smith told The Register.
“Our reservation system allows us to help people get a feel for how long they’ll be able to stay in their chosen Airbnb property, so they can make the most of their stay.”
So what does this mean for people looking to make a break from the Airbnb boom?
The short answer is, it’s a bit tricky.
If you’re still planning to book a room before you hit 30 days in, you’ll still need to book the right room.
However, there is a caveat to that: there is currently no way to change your booking before it’s booked.
If your Airbnb account is already booked and you haven’t changed it, you won’t be able change your reservation until you cancel.
If that’s the case, you will need to rebook your room on the spot.
There are also some limitations that make this process tricky.
“We can’t change your Airbnb reservation before you book it.
If we cancel your reservation before the booking is completed, we won’t refund the deposit you paid for the Airbnb property,” Smith told the Register.
However if you book a hotel for the same amount as the Airbnb rate you’ll be refunded a $10 refundable deposit for each room you stay in.
If you’re worried about the hotel booking process, you can try booking a room with a different company.
Airbnb has a number of “reservation brokers” that will help you find hotels for a cheaper rate.
However they do charge a fee for the services they provide, and are only available in certain regions.
For instance, “reservations brokers in Auckland and Wellington will charge you a minimum $25 deposit to book and will not offer you any option to cancel,” Airbnb said in its FAQ.
“If you choose to book with one of these brokers you will not be able, as a result of the rate of charge, to cancel your booking at any time.”
If you decide to stay longer than you’ve booked with a particular broker, it may be best to find another company.
“While we can’t promise a perfect booking, we can provide a list of hotels we will not book if we have any problems with your booking,” Airbnb wrote in its Airbnb reservation FAQ.
In short, if you’ve been struggling to find a room on Airbnb or have a question about booking a hotel, the best option right now is to go with another company or check out our list of best hotels in Hawaii.
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