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Need To Change Credit Card For An Airbnb? Here’s How!

by joeheg

Over the past two years, we’ve learned much about booking with Airbnb. Things such as how to search for properties that were doing enhanced cleaning between guests. We also learned the lesson of remembering to do this before leaving each rental property.

We’re not total converts, as we’re slowly switching back to stay at hotels. However, there are locations and instances where Airbnb can meet your needs better than any hotel. In fact, there are places where it’s the only option.

For instance, we were looking for somewhere to stay for a few nights on the north shore of Kauai. Unless you want to stay at one of the two resorts/timeshares in the area, you’re going to be renting a condo. We did plenty of looking and emailing hosts before finding somewhere to meet our needs.

I even decided to use my Chase Sapphire Reserve for the rental with Chase’s  Pay Yourself Back feature with a 50% bonus.

One small problem. I forgot to tell Sharon about my plan. After deciding on a property, she went and booked with her account and paid the deposit with the card on file, which was her AMEX Green Card. I wasn’t mad because we’d get 3X Membership Rewards points for travel purchases but I wouldn’t be able to erase the charge like I could with the Sapphire Reserve.

Since then, I have been approved for the Capital One Venture X card. Part of the limited-time signup bonus is a $200 statement credit for vacation rental charges. I wanted to change the payment for the remaining balance to be charged to our Venture X card. To do so, I headed to the Airbnb help pages. The process is relatively straightforward.

The first step was to log into your account. On a desktop, here’s the process.

  1. Go to Trips and select the trip that you want to change
  2. Under What you’ve booked, select your reservation
  3. Under Payment details, click Get receipts and manage payments
  4. In Your payment details, go to Scheduled payments and select Update payment details
  5. Update your payment method and select when you want to pay
  6. Click Submit

Fortunately, the process is similar for iOS and Android apps.

  1. Go to Trips  and select the trip that you want to change
  2. Under What you’ve booked, select your reservation
  3. Under Payment details, tap Get receipts and manage payments
  4. In Your payment details, go to Scheduled payments and tap Update payment details
  5. Update your payment method and select when you want to pay
  6. Tap Submit

In short, it’s identical except you have to TAP submit instead of CLICK.

Thank goodness they spelled out that difference for someone who’s never used a desktop computer before. [/sarcasm]

The only problem I encountered was that as soon as I changed the payment method, Airbnb processed the amount due on the booking instead of waiting for the 3 weeks until the payment was due. That’s not a big deal for us but it may be for someone else. I’m not sure if I missed something but if you’re going to change your payment method, it may make sense to do so closer to the due date for the final payment.

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1 comment

Ben January 12, 2022 - 12:37 pm

You didn’t miss anything on the payment for the entire stay processing…it’s a bug that they’re working out right now (per a conversation I had with Airbnb customer service), but taking their sweet time with fixing it and issuing refund for payments not yet due (I had the issue about two weeks ago and I’m still waiting for a resolution).

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