Is Air BnB Able To Target More Business Travelers With New Marketing & Search Tool?

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AirBnB is planning to target business travelers with a new search option starting next week that designates listings as Business Travel Ready (BTR) if an apartment fulfills certain minimum standards.

AirBnb traditionally has mostly leisure travelers that account for roughly 90% of it’s bookings but the company is now anxious to breach that ceiling and to get more business travel as well.

Air BnB Is Now A Delta Skymiles Partner, Earn 3 Miles Per $ Spent And Up To 25,000 Miles For New Hosts As Introductory Offer

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With this new partnership you’re now able to gain a decent amount of Delta Skymiles on your Air BnB bookings or even earn a generous bonus if you decide to become a host with the service.

As an introductory offer you’ll receive 3 miles per US$ spent on your booking and up to 25,000 miles for new hosts and 25$ balance plus 2,000 Skymiles for new members staying until April 30th 2017.

Air BnB Comes Out With New Anti Discrimination Campaign ‘Community Commitment’

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Air BnB has been emailing their members about an important topic that made a few headlines lately, namely discrimination based on criteria related to another members profile and picture.

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A few news reports showcased people who felt that they were discriminated against by hosts who didn’t like their profile based on skin color or personal orientations highlighted in the introduction.

Paris Airbnb Rental With Decomposing Corpse In The Garden

You never know what freebies Airbnb bookers might get with their rentals… like a decomposing corpse in the garden!

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A couple had booked a $400+ per night Airbnb rental for the weekend to celebrate a 25th birthday only to find a corpse in the garden.

Airbnb: Hosts Oakland Home Vandalized Over New Years Eve – Police Dissolves Party!

An Oakland, CA couple who rented out their home through Airbnb received shocking news as their neighbors informed them of a large party on their premises during New Years Eve.

The party, attended by 40-50 youths, was dissolved by the police but the owners found their home vandalized with beer cans, broken glass, cigarette buds and destroyed furniture.

New York Times: “Airbnb Grows to a Million Rooms, and Hotel Rivals Are Quiet, for Now”

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When I was reading the International New York Times on a recent flight, the paper had interesting piece about Airbnb that has now reached significant milestone of more than one million rooms available on its site.

New York Times Airbnb Grows To- A Million Rooms And Hotel Rivals Are Quiet For Now

Airbnb system now has more rooms available for booking than what Hilton or Marriott has. There have been also studies that show that greater number of Airbnb rooms available affects the pricing power of traditional hotels in cities such as New York and Austin.

Airbnb In The News: “Hosts return to find home trashed after drug-induced orgy”

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Canadian couple found their home totally trashed in a drug-induced orgy past week by Airbnb guests that had rented the house to “attend a wedding”.

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The four people had had quite a party at the home having a bus and cars pulling up bringing in more than 100 people.

Airbnb In The News: New York Apartments Turned Into Brothels

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A couple of weeks ago, there was a piece about someone’s apartment in New York being trashed by a Airbnb sex party (read more here).

This time New York Post reveals that pimps are using Airbnb apartments as short term brothels.

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Apparently, they just “rent” the apartment for a week and just use it for their “business”. There are less eyes prying what is going on compared to hotels, gives law enforcement a moving target and apparently this saves the pimps money as well (though no loyalty points).

Airbnb In The News: $10B Valuation & Apartment Rental Turned Sour (Or Actually Sex Party)

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There has been two rather interesting news pieces about the Airbnb this week: the recent fund drive hat values the company at $10 billion and ransacked apartment in New York.

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The case with the ransacked apartment is more interesting than the fund drive and goes to the heart of this “sharing” economy. Can you really and I mean REALLY trust your home to someone for the weekend at few hundred bucks per night?

Airbnb Free Night For New Accounts (Minimum Two Nights)

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Airbnb is a service that allows people to rent their apartments or rooms over the internet and it has gathered quite a following.

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Now, Airbnb is offering a free night maximum value of $300 when you make your first reservation for minimum of two nights.

Airbnb Now Requires Verified Identification In Some Instances

Airbnb has grown extensively in the past few years and I have been contemplating using their services few times, but always bailed out. The cost saving over hotel accommodation with one of the chains that I use have never been significant enough.

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Now, Airbnb has started to require something called “verified Identification” in some instances.

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