23rd Mar 2018
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The new low-risk way to use Airbnb
Author: SJ Fallick
The new low-risk way to use Airbnb

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?

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    Keithb
    24th Mar 2018
    10:06am
    How will they assess 'how comfortable the bed is' I wonder - very subjective! We hate pillowtops, soft soggy beds, feeling your partners every twitch, plastic lined mattress protectors. But people often complain beds are too hard - sounds like a recommendation to us.
    Franky
    24th Mar 2018
    10:52pm
    I have used airbnb overseas and also had people stay at my house through airbnb. I find it depends if you want interaction or a retreat. I find traveling alone airbnb or a hostel is good for company, whilst when I'm with my partner we prefer a hotel or guest house.
    dontwantwun
    25th Mar 2018
    1:41pm
    Still waiting for my refund from November last.
    Not a word.


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