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Notice to IR Airmen -- Use of online booking tools to rent private residences for short-term lodging restricted

HQ RIO Notice to Individual Reserve Airmen

HQ RIO Notice to Individual Reserve Airmen


Note: This is an update to IR NOTAM 17-018, Policy restricting AirBnB use expected soon.

Per a memo from the Air Force Accounting and Finance Office, the Joint Travel Regulation (paras. 4130-L; 4130-A4, A5; 2830-G; 4155-A; 4250-B) restricts DoD travelers in the use of online booking tools designed to rent private residences for short-term lodging.

This includes AirBnB.

Properties rented through these tools are not considered commercial and are not required to meet the established standards for suitable lodging. These tools are only authorized in the event of lodging shortages in specific locations.

Travelers are required to make commercial lodging arrangements through the Defense Travel System/Travel Management Company, unless exceptions apply. If a traveler does not have an exception and fails to use DTS/TMC, the traveler is still authorized the actual and necessary costs of lodging but is personally responsible for any excess costs such as service fees, booking fees, etc.

Additionally, travelers who elect to use tools such as AirBnB can face disciplinary action from their commander for failure to follow regulatory guidance. Please ensure you are booking your loding in accordance with the JTR guidelines.

Questions and concerns should be directed to the IMA Travel Office.