Hosts, thanks for your feedback regarding Host Preferences that were released a few months ago. We’ve just released some updates to make sure your Host Preferences are enforced across the Couchsurfing website and apps.
Surfers, next time you send a Couch Request, you’ll notice a few changes. The calendar has been refreshed, and shows when the host you are requesting is unavailable.
In addition, if you do not meet the host’s preferences (for example: your group is too big), you’ll be shown a warning to let you know before you send the Couch Request.
You’ll no longer be able to send a Couch Request if your host is already booked on the dates you are requesting. In addition, take note that you’ll only be able to send last-minute requests to hosts that have indicated that they can accommodate last minute requests.
What does this mean?
By only sending requests to hosts that are available, you’ll be able to find a host for your next Couchsurfing adventure faster! Be sure to use the date picker at the top of the Host Search page to save more time, and only view hosts that are available to host during the dates of your trip.
I’m having trouble finding a host. What should I do?
1. Read every profile (including references and the My Home section) before you send a Couch Request.
Hosts are more likely to accept members that demonstrate that they have read their profile in it’s entirety – it shows you actually want to meet them! It’s also an important safety step – reading their profile and references will help you know what to expect before you arrive. If something about a host’s profile or references makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t send the Couch Request. Read more about Safety.
2. Fill out your own profile.
Hosts want to know who they are inviting into their home. Help them feel more at ease by thoroughly completing your profile, so your hosts can get a better picture of who you are before accepting your request. Be sure to add pictures that clearly display who you are.
3. Create a Public Trip.
Let hosts know you’re coming by creating a Public Trip. When you do, you’ll be displayed as an Upcoming Traveler, and hosts in that area can offer to host you.