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Airbnb launches app for both hosts and travelers!

Travel itinerary and visitor hosting is now mobile and accessible on the go with the Airbnb free mobile App! Airbnb offers easy access to the global village's most interesting streets and corners, and offers householders a chance to earn cash from spare rooms, chalets or extensions. The service boasts in excess of 600,000 listed hosts in more than 34,000 towns and cities, meaning Airbnb can connect travelers with a tailor made hosting experience that makes the trip all the more memorable. View full description

PROS

  • Very easy to use and navigate around
  • Can log in as both guest and host
  • Map option saves you scrolling to map apps

CONS

  • Slightly too easy to use, doesn't deter users from booking last minute, spur of the moment trips!

Travel itinerary and visitor hosting is now mobile and accessible on the go with the Airbnb free mobile App! Airbnb offers easy access to the global village's most interesting streets and corners, and offers householders a chance to earn cash from spare rooms, chalets or extensions. The service boasts in excess of 600,000 listed hosts in more than 34,000 towns and cities, meaning Airbnb can connect travelers with a tailor made hosting experience that makes the trip all the more memorable.

Travel different!

The app enables messages to be passed between guests and hosts, enabling travelers to share their itinerary with friends and "followers", and add memorable lodgings to the "wish list" feature. Adventurous travelers can seek out "left of center" lodgings like yurts, pagodas and tree houses, or urban penthouses. Discover thousands of places to stay in more than 34,000 cities, sourced and booked directly from a tablet, smartphone or WiFi enabled mp3 player. There is a special feature enabling travelers to find last minute accommodation offers from any town, city or village on Earth, whether for a whistle-stop overnight stay or a long-term sub letting arrangement. When the traveler has successfully sourced a listing, directions can be imparted over the Airbnb app.

Perfect communication between hosts and householders

The host can also take full advantage of the app, using it to list the vacancies and manage them with full attention, while on the go. Householders can interact with potential lodgers, and screen them ahead of their stay, and make special offers to guests and potential guests from a smartphone or tablet. Hosts can use the Calendar Availability feature to communicate their schedule of vacancies and bookings in advance, and touch their screens to update on hospitality standards and expectations before guests arrive.

It is a user friendly app, however some features available from Airbnb.com in its desktop and mobile version (i.e the possibility of alerting lodgers that desks are available in the room, speed of wifi etc) are not available in the app. It is frustrating for users to have to constantly switch around between the website and app. However this is a minor pedantic niggle. The benefits of the app far outweigh the disadvantages for both traveler and host. The essential features from the mobile and desktop iterations are all quickly available ob the app, which is ideal for the lifestyle of the 21st century traveler and the savvy householder who wishes to let out their extra space. Like Airbnb itself, the mobile app is hip enough to appeal to the discerning alternative backpacker, and mainstream enough to appeal to a business traveler or vacationing family. It is a must to download now!

Changes

  • Introducing the new Airbnb. Now, you’ve got homes, experiences, and places—all in one app.
  • Experiences - Book experiences led by local experts.
  • Places - Get insider recommendations on where to go.
  • Itinerary - Add experiences, places, and events to your itinerary.
  • And a few extras, just for our hosts:
  • New mobile features - We heard your feedback and made improvements to the calendar and inbox.
  • Co-hosts - Have a local co-host help with your listing while you’re away.

Airbnb is the world’s largest accommodations provider with more than 2 million properties in over 34,000 cities, like London, New York, Tokyo, and Paris. You can book a whole place to yourself, or stay with a local host for a more authentic travel experience.

Find homes for every occasion.

Choose from thousands of urban lofts, vacation rentals, and even country cottages. All perfect for your next family, friend, or work trip.

Book places that fit any budget.

Many homes have WiFi, a kitchen, and basic amenities at no extra cost. You can also treat yourself to spaces with pools and fireplaces at a reasonable price.

Stay in your ideal location.

Be where locals actually live, whether it’s in the heart of a city or in a charming, quiet neighborhood. Just search for a specific part of town, address, or by a landmark.

What you can do from the app

As a traveler:

Search over 2 million unique homes in 191+ countries

Book an entire home, a private room, or a shared space

Message and coordinate with your host on the go

Access your itinerary and discover local recommendations

Explore local neighborhoods with Guidebooks

As a host:

List your extra space or entire home

Manage your listing directly from your phone

Interact with guests, respond to messages, and update your calendar

Access Community Center to interact with other hosts

Update and share your favorite local spots with Guidebooks

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