What are references on Airbnb?
Hosts and guests can receive public references from friends, family members, and colleagues to help build their profile. References help people throughout the Airbnb community get to know you, and feel more comfortable booking a reservation with you.
You need an Airbnb account to request and write references, and references will only display on the recipient’s profile if the author of the reference has a profile photo.
In the References About You section, you'll see references that you’ve received. You have to approve each reference before it will appear on your profile.
In the References By You section, you’ll see reference requests you’ve received. The only way you can write a reference for someone else in the Airbnb community is in response to a reference request—you can’t proactively leave a reference for someone.
References are different from reviews, which hosts and guests write after a completed trip.