What is the difference between instant book and request to book?

Instant Book listings don't require approval from the host before they can be booked. Instead, you can just choose your travel dates, book, and discuss the experience details with the host.

With Request to Book a host needs to confirm each reservation request. Hosts have 48 hours to accept or decline a reservation request. If a host accepts your request, the payment will be processed immediately and the total amount will be charged, although we will not forward the payment to the host until 24 to 48 hours after the completion of the experience. If the host rejects your request, we won’t charge you anything.

Once the request has been formally accepted or rejected by the host, you will receive a notification via email of your confirmed reservation.