Why you should think twice before signing up to AirBnB Plus

Why you should think twice before signing up to AirBnB Plus

AirBnB Plus is the flagship program that AirBnB introduced back in February. A quick recap for those not in the know, the AirBnB Plus program enables hosts to pay a $149 fee directly to AirBnB so that a member of their team can come to your property, tell you what you need to do to reach the AirBnB Plus threshold and take some photos. Once you are done with the changes they request your listing will go live in the AirBnB Plus category on the website separating it from other listings giving it a ‘higher level of prestige’.

As the AirBnB Plus […]

AirBnB’s Grace Period Security Issues

AirBnB’s Grace Period Security Issues

There were 2 features which managed to stir up resentment amongst AirBnB hosts over the past year. The first of these was the split payment policy which AirBnB made a big fuss over when they introduced. It was short-lived however with the policy going into the toilet and being terminated mid September. I wrote a separate article about this which you can read here.

The second introduction which also went down like a lead balloon was the mandatory introduction of a 48 hour grace period for guests to cancel bookings on the platform. This went down so well that there were thousands […]

AirBnB kills Group Payments – Failed Experiment

AirBnB kills Group Payments – Failed Experiment

In November 2017, AirBnB introduced a controversial feature called Group Payments / Split Payments or however else you want to dress it up. The concept enabled guests to book properties on AirBnB and split the costs with their friends. How this worked is that a host would receive a booking request and be able to accept it. If they did so they would then be told that the guest was using split payments and their calendar is blocked for the next 72 hours.

There was a lot of anger and frustration with the way that group payments was rolled out and […]

The New AirBnB – Analysis

The New AirBnB – Analysis

Yesterday was a pivotal moment in the way that AirBnB operates. Brian Chesky got up on stage and announced a bunch of new features, changes and everything in between. Let’s look at the main points and do an analysis of such so we can better understand the direction that AirBnB are heading in. Without further ado let’s get started and if you want to see the new AirBnB yourself; click here.

New Superhost Benefits

This is a good change but hard to see how it will really benefit superhosts worldwide. One of the main things which was touted was the host store […]

Why Distribute Your Property Through a Channel Manager?

Why Distribute Your Property Through a Channel Manager?

A channel manager can be a great way to distribute your properties across the web. Knowing what a channel manager is and what it does would be a good place to start! A channel manager is a way that certain information about your property is synced across multiple places. For example, to avoid double bookings, a channel manager would sync the calendars. This means that if you were to get a booking on say HomeAway, it would update this information across AirBnB, TripAdvisor and every other website your property is listed to ensure that you do not get double bookings. […]

Korean Regulations Override AirBnB Cancellation Policy

Korean Regulations Override AirBnB Cancellation Policy

A lot of people who host on AirBnB are wary of the cancellation policies. Keeping a strict cancellation policy gives you the peace of mind that once a booking is made, some of the money is secure. A lot of hosts use this strict policy which is still arguably not strong enough as a guest can cancel 8 days before and get 50% off their money back. Usually people do not cancel but every now and again, it happens so you need to be prepared. You also need to be ready if AirBnB deem it to be mitigating circumstances and […]