Airbnb First Time Coupon: How to get $40 Off Of Your Booking Fee!

[Update: please read until the end. TL;DR: Airbnb has updated their Airbnb Coupon policy and no longer AVAILABLE]

Update #2: Please see the above update. Airbnb has stopped their referral program so I’m redirecting you to a smart lock.


You get $40 and I’ll get $20, but first, you need an Airbnb Coupon.

I can’t believe I’ve never done this sooner. Airbnb has a generous first-time referral program where each first-timer will get $40 off of your booking (I’ve seen it as high as $59).

The Airbnb Coupon is basically a voucher entitling the user to a discount off a particular booking.


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Airbnb First-time Coupon Users

This Airbnb promo code will only work with first-time users. However, please don’t feel discouraged if you already have an account. I will tell you one of the hacks that I’ve used to generate over 4,000 in free credits.

I wasn’t sure that I wanted to broadcast this trick to the world, but sharing is caring. So, here you guys go.

This trick is a reward for my regular readers.

Please note that Airbnb sometimes offers $20, $35,  $40, $47, and sometimes a $55 discount on your booking. This seems to be random but to take advantage of this Airbnb discount code all you need to do is follow the sign-up instructions below.

*Coupon code is automatically applied during checkout. There are no codes for you to copy and paste.*

How To get your free $40 Airbnb First Time Coupon

Step 1: Sign up! When you use this link, you’ll get a $40 Airbnb coupon code

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Notice the stipulation? You’ll have to spend $75 or more. They didn’t have this before… And it seems to change at random. For different countries, your booking amount will vary. Still, a $40 coupon code is better than nothing.

Step 2: Click the big “Sign up to claim your credit” button. Click that and sign up using one of the options presented. It doesn’t matter if you sign up with Facebook, Google, or just use your email address.

Step 3: If you already have an Airbnb account you cannot sign up using Facebook again (or login with your current Airbnb info).

This Airbnb coupon code is only for new users but that is ok because there is another way to earn the $40 Airbnb credit.

How to Get your free $40 off of your booking even if you already have an Airbnb Account.

There is a pretty good chance that you already have an Airbnb account. Airbnb has 2.1m active users per month.

I wouldn’t recommend this method, but I’ve seen people who’ve done this before. You might also get in trouble with Airbnb, so I’d definitely use caution.

Just follow these steps to get your Airbnb first time user coupon:

Step 1: Sign up for a new Gmail, Yahoo, or whatever other email service provider that you want. In my case, I used Gmail. Here’s the link to sign up for a new Gmail account. Or Yahoo account.

Step 2: Complete your new Airbnb profile and start searching for that next vacation rental (if you do already have an account, make sure you’re logged out of that account first)!

*Setting up multiple accounts to receive travel credit is against the terms of service of Airbnb which is why it is for new users only.

However, if your friend, spouse, or travel partner doesn’t have an Airbnb account yet they can easily sign up to receive the full discount from Airbnb (You can thank me later).  😉

How Do I use My Credit for Airbnb

Using your credit for Airbnb is simple. Keep in mind the $40 credit is good for the first booking discount only.

The reservation total must be over $75 or depending on where you are but that’s it. I’ve seen some areas with the stipulation as low as $40.

All you need to know if it’s for first time reservations and reservations over $75 and you will automatically earn the $40 off at checkout. You will see your Airbnb promotion applied as a discount on the price breakdown tab of your booking. Keep in mind that the Airbnb coupon codes operate on a referral basis.

Where do I enter my Airbnb Promo code?

There is no need to enter anything on Airbnb. The Airbnb first time Coupon is automatically applied when you check out. There’s nothing you need to do!

Get Your own Airbnb Coupon Code

When you sign-up for an Airbnb account you will get your own invite code that is custom to your account.

This is your personal Airbnb coupon code and you can find this on your profile or under the credits tab. You can use this Airbnb travel credit link to share with your family and friends. By using this Airbnb custom link you will start earning additional travel credits good for future bookings on your account.


Share the First Time Airbnb Discount Love With Friends

After you register for your new Airbnb account be sure to share the love and invite your friends.

Go to “Invite Friends” in the top-right menu and use your Airbnb unique link to earn $20 (up to $500 if they host). Your friend will earn $40 free Airbnb credits and so will you once they book accommodation for $75 or more.

It’s a win-win so share away! You can now use your Airbnb coupon code discount

That is it!

Go give this a try and get $40 off with my Airbnb Coupon for 2019. I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post.

What to do with an Airbnb 1st-Time Coupon Code?

Well, you can use the discount for traveling to a destination of your choice. Explore cities and countries. You can even make your own profile and share it to get Airbnb Credits!

Now go and use this Airbnb Coupon Code to get a discount on Airbnb!

Do you want another secret that most Airbnb users do not know?

You can bargain with Airbnb hosts!

You have to ask. And you won’t always get it, but that’s okay. Here’s what I do to get another 15~20% off. 

I send out a few inquiries to a few different hosts with my preferred dates. Then I wait for their response. And usually, you’ll get your answers within a couple of hours (email me at to get my actual script for another 20% off). 

Do you know the funny thing?

As a host, I hate this kind of message because you’re dealing with a smart customer. But whatever, you now know how to banter with hosts so be sure to use this Airbnb Coupon for your first $40 off.

So, what happens if Airbnb is not a viable option?

Hotel Vs. Airbnb

You can’t haggle with hotels, but you can with Airbnb so I’d highly recommend you to take advantage of that!

However, hotels are cheaper in some locations. For example, I’d never stay at an Airbnb in San Francisco. The price difference is insane!

I can stay at a hotel for half the price of booking an “entire property” on Airbnb. I also use this killer app called HotelTonight. It gives you last-minute deep discounts on hotels. 

If you’re only spending 1 or two nights, then using Hoteltonight will make more sense. Why? You don’t have to pay an extra cleaning fee. Usually, the cleaning fee is anywhere from $50~150. I’ve seen $200 cleaning fees before. And you don’t need to pay for Airbnb’s “service fee” which they charge 10~15% depending on how long your booking is.  Check out to see which option is cheaper for you. 


You with Hoteltonight if you’re staying less than 2 nights like a weekend getaway or something. 


Airbnb recently purchased this company for $400 million. You can use my promo code: SZUO1 and you’ll get $50 off of your first booking.

It’s really sweet, so I’d definitely check it out if you’re in a pinch for something very last-minute.

One last thing. When everything else fails, I have a Plan C.

Booking has the largest inventory of hotels and home-stays. I rarely need to rely on my Plan C but have tried it a few times.

The user experience is not as great as Airbnb or Hoteltonight, but at this point, this is probably your best option.


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Remember, it’s free for you to use this Airbnb Coupon. Just remember to log out of our existing account first!

Update: I’ve been noticing that there are online coupons out there and I have to tell you that Airbnb doesn’t give out Airbnb coupons so whatever coupons you find online won’t give you $40 off as a first-time Airbnb user

Want to start earning hundreds per month on Airbnb? Check out our Complete Airbnb Hosting Guide to start earning today!

Questions? Comment below!

Update #2: It looks like Airbnb has ended this program. The links above will redirect you to become a host – you’ll get $95 in bonus as a first-time host. Sorry, I have no control on their decision to end the program. I’ve helped thousands of people to get $40 off in the last couple of years. 


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  • admin
    Posted at 17:36h, 29 October Reply

    Thanks, Lon! Always happy to hear that this post is providing value.

  • Jean Benn
    Posted at 18:56h, 02 December Reply

    I am a first time Airbnb customer and have not yet booked a home fir my travel. As I tried to enter in my information, this site has indicated I already have an account and cannot use the first time discount. I haven’t rented with Airbnb yet! This is my first time

    • Alex
      Posted at 14:23h, 31 December Reply

      That is very interesting. Seems like someone might have used your email. Have you tried with different email and then to sign up via Sam’s link?

    • Choas
      Posted at 18:46h, 24 April Reply

      It’s because you have to be a new customer. If you have an account, even if you’ve never booked a trip, you cannot use the coupon. It’s not due to someone using your email to book a trip! They need to clarify that you pretty much have to SIGN UP and use the code right then, otherwise you get nothing. They are being quite deceptive by saying you get it off first booking when that’s NOT true.
      Good luck!

      • Sam Zuo
        Posted at 10:12h, 21 June Reply

        Yes, please make sure that you’re a new customer and if you’ve created a new email account then please make sure to log off of your old one.

  • Krystal Utley
    Posted at 21:15h, 29 February Reply

    I literally just filled out my Airbnb profile, started searching for places to stay while in St. Louis, then searched for a coupon…its telling me that I already have account and CANNOT qualify for a 1st time user coupon!!!!! What the heck????

  • Yassine
    Posted at 17:26h, 07 September Reply

    Didn’t work for me!! in order to get $36 I will have to spend at least $354.76, excluding guest fees and taxes

    • Sam Zuo
      Posted at 08:47h, 09 September Reply

      They might have raised the amount recently. I’ve seen it as low as $100.

  • Dave
    Posted at 05:03h, 09 December Reply

    Thanks, Sam! I was able to use your Airbnb coupon for my first time. I booked something nice for a couple of nights away with my girlfriend.

    • Sam Zuo
      Posted at 05:12h, 09 December Reply

      You’re very welcome, Dave. I hope you had a great time.

  • sonia anaya
    Posted at 11:13h, 12 March Reply

    Hello Sam, I am trying to get a coupon code. I am new to AIRbnb and I did not get a coupon code.

    • Sam Zuo
      Posted at 07:45h, 15 March Reply

      Did you read the blog post?

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