Rentals & Shares

Airbnb Makes Good on Startup Acquisition With Launch of Split Payments for Group Travel

Airbnb Makes Good on Startup Acquisition With Launch of Split Payments for Group Travel

Deanna Ting, Skift

For anyone who’s ever had to wrangle a payment from a friend for a trip, this new Airbnb payments feature is a very welcome early holiday present.

2 weeks ago

Onefinestay CEO Views Hyper Personalization as Next Stage of Luxury Rentals

Onefinestay CEO Views Hyper Personalization as Next Stage of Luxury Rentals

Deanna Ting, Skift

In other words, don't expect AccorHotels to be vying for Wyndham's European vacation rental business anytime soon.

2 weeks ago

Video: Airbnb Co-Founder on Evolving to Be More Than Just a Travel Business

Video: Airbnb Co-Founder on Evolving to Be More Than Just a Travel Business

Deanna Ting, Skift

While Blecharczyk wouldn't say anything about Airbnb's impending IPO, he did reveal some interesting perspectives on how and where he sees the $31 billion company continuing to grow.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Touts Growth of Trips for Foodies, Millennials and Solo Travelers

Airbnb Touts Growth of Trips for Foodies, Millennials and Solo Travelers

Deanna Ting, Skift

Let's do some math, first: How do you calculate 20x growth when you're not given a baseline for comparison? Our guess is whatever that adds up to, it may not be very much.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb and HomeAway Will Operate in Vancouver Despite Tight Rental Restrictions

Airbnb and HomeAway Will Operate in Vancouver Despite Tight Rental Restrictions

Natalie Wong and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Vancouver isn't banning short-term rentals, but is trying to take carpetbagger investors running quasi-hotels out of the game. Airbnb and HomeAway are playing their own game — trying to make nice with regulators to avoid outright prohibitions.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Growth Story Has a Plot Twist — A Saturation Point

Airbnb Growth Story Has a Plot Twist — A Saturation Point

Deanna Ting, Skift

As Airbnb tries to become the only brand in travel that you'll ever need, it's not just the hotel industry that the company has to contend with, but online travel agencies, too. We can just imagine the hotels telling Airbnb, "Welcome to the club."

4 weeks ago

Alternative Accommodations Address Travelers’ Fears in an Age of Permanxiety

Alternative Accommodations Address Travelers’ Fears in an Age of Permanxiety

Deanna Ting, Skift

Professionalizing the homesharing experience is helping to alleviate travelers’ concerns and anxieties about staying in a stranger’s house. But there's always room for improvement.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Revenue Reached $1 Billion in Profitable Third Quarter

Airbnb Revenue Reached $1 Billion in Profitable Third Quarter

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

When is that IPO coming, again? And how interesting is it that this news comes just days after an arguable negative report from Morgan Stanley about the health of Airbnb's business?

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Caps Rentals in Select Paris Neighborhoods to 120 Nights Per Year

Airbnb Caps Rentals in Select Paris Neighborhoods to 120 Nights Per Year

Associated Press

It's a start, but having these rental limits apply to only 20 percent of the neighborhoods in your No. 1 market in the entire world doesn't seem like very much. And who's to say those same Airbnb hosts won't just turn to other short-term rental sites instead?

4 weeks ago

Airbnb’s New China Strategy Includes a Focus on Quality — and Quantity

Airbnb’s New China Strategy Includes a Focus on Quality — and Quantity

Deanna Ting, Skift

Can we say we told you so again? In July, we noted that as Airbnb pursues its eventual IPO, China and the wider Asia-Pacific region will be absolutely critical, but the competition is tough and plenty of challenges remain.

1 month ago

Airbnb Faces Landlord Lawsuit That Could Impact Its Business Model

Airbnb Faces Landlord Lawsuit That Could Impact Its Business Model

Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg

This lawsuit goes to the heart of the Airbnb business model where renters — usually without landlord permission — put their apartments on Airbnb. This litigation could potentially set a precedent on sublet law that could hurt or help Airbnb and other short-term rental sites.

1 month ago

Giant Idaho Potato Replica Is Becoming an Airbnb Rental After Years on the Road

Giant Idaho Potato Replica Is Becoming an Airbnb Rental After Years on the Road

John O'Connell, Associated Press

Is this spud for you? It just might be for Airbnb guests looking for a unique place to stay.

1 month ago