Airbnb

Airbnb App Gets Major Redesign, New Categories and More

Airbnb on Wednesday announced a big app update that will come with a redesigned user interface (UI) and new features like Airbnb Categories, Split Stays, and AirCover for guests. Airbnb Categories – A new way to search that makes it easy to discover millions of homes you never knew existed. Split Stays – An innovative feature that...

Airbnb to Let All Employees ‘Live and Work Anywhere’

Airbnb on Thursday announced its "design to live and work anywhere" — a new post-pandemic remote work policy that will allow all of its employees to live and work from wherever they please, with in-person gatherings sprinkled throughout the calendar year to encourage collaboration and deepen personal connections. "Today, we’re turning the page to the...

You Can Now Check WiFi Speed in Your Airbnb Listing Before Booking

Airbnb hosts have had the option to manually add wifi speeds to their listing pages for quite a while, but now, Airbnb is introducing an easy and efficient in-app solution to allow them to measure the wifi speed in their listing using the Airbnb app. For guests, being able to determine a listing’s wifi speed before booking...

Airbnb Hires Former Apple Design Chief Jony Ive and His Firm LoveFrom

Airbnb has announced it has hired former Apple design chief Jony Ive and his firm, LoveFrom. According to a company blog post written by Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, the latter says he hired Ive, one of his “good friends for many years." "One of the designers who Joe and I have most admired...

Airbnb, ClassPass Speak Out Against App Store’s 30 Percent Commission

Apple is reportedly demanding a commission on sales of virtual, online classes sold by Airbnb and ClassPass. When the coronavirus forced Airbnb and ClassPass to adapt, their new strategy marked them as digital content, causing Apple to prompting commissions, explains a New York Times report. ClassPass is an application that helps users book exercise classes...

Airbnb Announces $250 Million to Help Hosts Impacted by COVID-19

Online lodging marketplace Airbnb has just announced several key initiatives and policies, including $250 million, to support accommodation hosts impacted by COVID-19-related cancellations. The company says it is working hard to support its hosts during these difficult times. According to Airbnb, for a reservation to be eligible under this policy, it must have been for accommodations...

Apple’s Former Retail Chief Joins Airbnb’s Board of Directors

Airbnb has announced Apple’s former retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, has joined the company’s board of directors as their third independent non-affiliated board member. According to a press release, Airbnb says "Angela brings to the Board a profound creativity, enormous expertise in scaled services, and a passion for building community among customers." The release details how Ahrendts...

Airbnb’s Samara Design Studio Hires Former Apple Industrial Designer Miklu Silvanto

Airbnb's offshoot design studio Samara has hired an industrial designer from Apple to join the company's housebuilding initiative. [caption id="attachment_290574" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Airbnb[/caption] According to a new report from design website Dezeen, Miklu Silvanto, an 8-year Apple industrial design veteran, will now head up the industrial and interaction design team at Backyard, an initiative that was launched...

Toronto Police Say Airbnb Rentals Being Used for Human Trafficking

Airbnb has become a massively popular platform for people to list their homes and apartments for others to use when vacationing across the globe. In the Toronto area, users can find a great place no matter the date. Recently, the service has come under fire by Toronto Police following some pretty disturbing stories about the app....

Airbnb Introduces Split Payments to Make Group Travel Easy

Airbnb Group has today become the first accommodation provider to launch a seamless, global split payments feature to travelers around the world. The split payments tool will offer travel groups even more listings to choose from, that often fall outside of what an organizer can afford to reserve if they had to front the total cost. "The...