Airbnb Is Eliminating Its Most Annoying Feature (Video)
Airbnb is changing how fees are handled for bookings in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.
Travelers who book on Airbnb know the service offers an incredible range of accommodations — and they also know that sometimes those accommodations come with pretty high fees.
Airbnb now has a plan to change how booking fees are handled for professional hosts who sign up for its service beginning June 4, Skift reported. Beginning June 4, the new structure will be rolled out for professionally managed properties in Asia Pacific (except Japan), Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
The vast majority of hosts on Airbnb will still maintain access to the shared host (3%) and guest fee. This new fee model is only required for new professional hosts (hotels and traditional hospitality hosts) that join Airbnb after June 4.
Airbnb has typically charged hosts 3%, and guests have been charged a fee between 0% and 20% (which they likely noticed when going to book), depending on the reservation. Starting in June, hosts in the above regions will have the option to share the fee, or be charged a full 14% fee by default, and decide for themselves how much of that to pass on to the guest.
No word yet on if the structure will roll out to the Americas.
According to Airbnb, the new structure is already positive for those who’ve tested it out. In an internal memo to hosts, Skift reported, the home-sharing service noted that hosts that adopted the new fee structure saw an increase in bookings.
“Many hosts provided feedback that our guest fee made it difficult for them to maintain full control over the price displayed to guests,” Airbnb said. “We created the host-only fee structure to solve for this and give hosts more control.”