For the fancier travelers without costing too much.
If you’ve heard whispers about Airbnb Plus, we’re breaking it down for you.
The more posh version of our favorite online lodging booking service is made for travelers “looking for beautiful homes” and “exceptional hosts.” According to Airbnb, Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb are intended to make sure the service caters to everyone.
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In order for a listing to be a part of this selection, it has to pass at least 100+ point inspection by an IRL Airbnb staff member. These homes are also ranked higher in search, and are listed in a special section in the mobile app. To be an Airbnb Plus host, you’ll need to pay a one-time fee of $149 to apply.
If you think these fancy listings are more expensive, CEO Brian Chesky said that it’s not. The average price is less than $250/night, meanwhile the listings contain a certain level of quality, including: fast Wi-Fi, fantastic bedding, well-stocked kitchen, and amazing customer service so that travelers can reach Airbnb whenever something wrong happens.
Airbnb Plus is now available in 13 cities with 2,000 listings.
In addition, Beyond by Airbnb is a new travel services providing curated experiences. You can sift through luxury accommodations and custom experiences. This program won’t launch until later this year, and it’ll include mountaintop mansions and beachside villas.
Director or Engineering Surabhi Gupt said,
“Part of what we wanted to do with this launch, is reframe why people come to this platform. There are a bunch of guests that are’t considering us today, they’ve written us off because they think ‘Airbnb doesn’t have a product for me.’ We do believe that we have a product for a whole spectrum of travelers, but we haven’t made it easy for you as a guest to find those options.”
Furthermore, “Superguest” program is also a new initiative that’s akin to Airbnb’s “Superhost” program. If you use Airbnb often, you can be awarded with bonus perks.
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