It may be hard to believe, but 2018 marks the 10th anniversary since Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia founded Airbnb in San Francisco. And, love it or hate it, there’s no disputing the travel world changed forever with the inflation of those three airbeds in their apartment.
Should you fall into the latter category, that may all be about to change. Introducing Airbnb Plus. Designed for those who don’t want to take a chance, these properties have been verified in person against a 100-point checklist. With over 300 homes to choose from, the checklist contains everything from how comfortable the bed is to how many hangers are provided for you to store your clothing, so you can rest assured that your expectations will meet your reality when it comes to booking a Plus property.
Also launching in the near future is Beyond by Airbnb. A new section, this will feature the crème de la crème of Airbnb properties – think 16th century Tuscan mansions and French chateaux. With a price tag to match, these properties are designed to cater to those looking for locations for special occasions, including destination birthdays, wedding and honeymoons. Or, for anyone who’d like to outlay large amounts of cash!
You’ll also be able to search for what you’re looking for more specifically. While previously you were limited to the options ‘entire home’, ‘private room’ or ‘shared space’, you can now filter properties with keywords such as ‘unique’ and ‘boutique’.
And for those of us who have a competitive streak, you can now aspire to hit Superguest status the way you stalk your Uber rating. The scheme awards those guests who behave well and offers attractive perks including discounts and free airport transfers.
Find out more at Airbnb.
Have you used Airbnb before? What did you think? If not, would these new features make it more appealing to you?