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Edited to add: I received a sweet response from my Ukrainian host. In the past 2 days, over 61,000 nighst have been booked on airbnb to help Ukrainians.
Yesterday, I saw a post floating around Facebook that explained an easy way to donate money directly to a Ukrainian. Right now, Airbnb is waving all fees for stays in Ukraine. Obviously, nobody is vacationing in Ukraine right now. But, we can rent an apartment without staying there, and the money flows directly to the owner. You can read more about the concept in this article.
This idea made me think about the $200 rental vacation credit I have on my Capital One Venture X card. My husband already used his $200 credit, but I have not. I was planning to use it on a rental in Europe this summer. But honestly, I can cover our vacation rental without this credit.
So, I decided to pay it forward and rent an apartment in Ukraine. I picked a moderately priced place in Kyiv that is not owned by a corporation. The owner is a Super Host with a lot of reviews. I booked a few nights, and I sent a note saying that I would not be staying.
I know there are many organizations accepting donations for Ukraine right now. I’m not saying this is a better or worse way to donate. It’s just something we can do, especially if we have a credit card benefit that covers it.
I hope and pray for peace.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.