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Airbnb announced a number of big feature updates on Wednesday, calling them “a new Airbnb for a new world of travel.” “The largest change to Airbnb in a decade,” said Brian Chesky, co-founder, and CEO of Airbnb.

A new category-based search, the ability to book two listings together with for stays of more than a week, and AirCover, which provides customers with a type of travel insurance supplied by the firm, are among the major changes.

The new search includes ‘categories’ in kind of home (such as A-frames, cabins, castles, and tiny homes), in-home features (fantastic pools, chef’s kitchens, and creative spaces), location type (arctic, beach, farm), and activity (surfing, golfing, ski-in/ski-out) to give users more options.

The function is “intended to help tourists find one-of-a-kind houses,” according to the business. The new design includes 50 different types of dwellings, each with its own style, location, and local activities.

Airbnb has also introduced split stays,’ which allow users to schedule a two-week trip and stay in two distinct homes if neither is available for the entire time. Split stays are accessible in 14 new Airbnb categories, as well as for particular destination searches. Airbnb claims that more people are taking lengthier vacations than ever before, thus this new function is crucial. In its blog, Airbnb stated that “guests can now find an average of 40% more listings when searching for those longer stays.”

AirCover is an Airbnb feature that protects visitors from host cancellations, and check-in concerns, and provides access to a 24-hour safety line. Furthermore, Airbnb is offering a ‘Get-What-You-Booked’ guarantee, which states that if a listing isn’t as represented, Airbnb will refund visitors or locate them a similar or better-quality listing for their vacation.

“If a guest discovers their listing isn’t as advertised at any point during their stay – for example, the fridge stops working and the Host can’t easily fix it, or it has fewer bedrooms than listed – guests will have three days to report it, and we’ll find them a similar or better home or refund them,” it stated.

AirCover is built right into the Airbnb app and website, allowing guests to contact an agent at any time and handle difficulties swiftly, according to the firm. “To deliver AirCover, we built a staff of highly trained agents for last-minute rebooking help, and we expanded our 24-hour Safety Line to be available in more languages than ever before,” the company noted.

In addition, the company has incorporated a number of new features, including intelligent matching, dynamic mapping, and simple booking to help people find split stays.

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News Source: businesstoday

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