We know the request process can take some time to find a trip that works for both travelers and hosts. However, here are some tips for hosts to help you get trip requests you’d like to receive, and some that will help you respond to those requests more quickly.
We know that owners like to accept as many requests as possible, but sometimes there are things that get in the way. This article provides four tips that should help you get more, better trip requests that work for you.
- Keep your availability up-to-date: Updating your car’s availability regularly will ensure you don’t even receive requests that you can’t accommodate — such as a trip request that overlaps with your vacation. You can block off dates by going to the Calendar tab of your car page.
- Use Advance Notice settings: You can also set your advance notice requirements so you get requests further in advance — which, potentially, can help you make any arrangements necessary to accept the trip. Many owners need some time before they know if they’re able to accept a request; ensuring requests are sent at least a day in advance could help with this.
- Write an informative description: It’s a great idea to make sure your vehicle’s public description mentions particular rules or information relevant about you or your car. For example, you may want to say that you don’t respond to requests sent when you’re sleeping, or specify how many seats your car has. Some owners also have particular delivery processes; including such details in the description will anticipate questions travelers may have and properly set their expectations.
- Turn notifications on: If you’re not opted into text messages or push notifications, we highly recommend it — most owners who receive notifications have significantly better response times than those who are not. Also keep in mind that you have eight hours to respond to a request before it expires, so time is of the essence.
Travelers are looking for owners who have great response rates and times — keeping these tips in mind will help you not only get more requests, but also get more of the right requests for you.