Arbnb News

Arbnb News

There is perhaps no greater example of how lucrative the sharing economy can be than Airbnb. In the six years since its launch the website that lets anyone rent out their homes has propelled its founders—Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk, and Joe Gebbia—onto this year’s Forbes billionaires list with estimated fortunes of $1.9 billion each. That’s to say nothing of the company’s rumored $20 billion valuation, partly due to the fact that Airbnb now has over one million listings in 190 countries.

Airbnb makes it easier to find accessible rentals

Airbnb is making quick use of the travel accessibility startup it bought a few months ago. The rental service has introduced 21 filters that help you find disability-friendly listings that meet your exact needs. You can look for ramps, wide hallways, roll-in showers and other features that can help if you use a wheelchair or otherwise have special mobility requirements. Previously, Airbnb had a simple "wheelchair accessible" filter that frequently left glaring omissions.

It's one of a "series of steps" Airbnb is taking to make travel more accessible, including plans to "improve and expand the filters" over time. It's working with groups such as the National Council on Independent Living and the California Council of the Blind.

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Airbnb adds fancier rental options and loyalty program

Airbnb is adding more lodging types to its site, such as boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and high-end rentals.

It's also making it easier for bigger groups to stay together for work trips, weddings, and family getaways.

CEO Brian Chesky outlined on Thursday at an event in San Francisco the company's new 10-year roadmap.

Among its goals: host more than a billion guests by 2028.

As a part of the expansion effort, Airbnb will now offer more ways to search for properties. This includes filtering for vacation homes, unique accommodations, bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels. Previously, Airbnb did not feature hotels on the platform.

Airbnb is also adding new tiers, called Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb, for travelers who want to stay in more luxurious homes or buy custom-designed trips. Airbnb Plus launches with 2,000 homes in 13 cities. Hosts must complete a rigorous checklist to qualify for the program.

The company is also launching Airbnb Collections, a way for groups of travelers to rent homes that fit their needs. Airbnb is starting with Collections for family and work trips, and will expand to include weddings, honeymoons, and group getaways.

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