Everything you need to know about AirBnb

airTechnology is increasing at a rapid pace; the technological landscape is not what it used to be 10 years ago; we are now living in a day and age where our lives are made much simpler and less costly through innovation through companies such as AirnBnb and Uber. These are what are known as ‘disruptive companies’   in other words they have taken what used to be a profitable business model and turned it on it’s head, giving opportunities to the general public. Today we’re going to talk about AirBnb and how you can use it to book your vacation rental or if you’re a homeowner you can use it for additional income.

What is AirBnb?

AirBnb is a website and application, essentially an online marketplace or hospitality service which allows people to either let short term rentals or homeowners are allowed to list their properties/rooms on the website, they in turn get bookings from people browsing the website, AirBnb will then take a small commission from this transaction. This can include lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays, hostel beds, or hotel rooms.  The company does not own any of the real estate that they list; rather they act as the ‘middleman’ bringing the buyer and seller together and taking a small fee from the process. The figures are still currently changing but at the times of writing it has over 3,000,000 lodging listings in 65,000 cities and 191 countries. These numbers are phenomenal  and Airbnb continues to grow at a rapid rate; causing concern for retail markets in some of the larger cities.


How does AirBnb work?

You’ll be pleased to know that the sign up process is simple and the best part is it’s absolutely free! This means registration and account creation will cost you nothing. AirBnb makes it money when you have a confirmed booking. So for example you have listed your property/rooms on the app, once you have a confirmed booking and it’s been paid then AirBnb will charge you around 3% of the final fee. If you’re someone who is using AirBnb to book your holiday then the company charges guests a 6%-12% guest services fee.

How does the website or app work? It’s got a great UI and the entire process of selecting and booking an apartment or room is incredibly simple. Users can search for lodging using a variety of filters including lodging type, dates, location, and price. There are valid safety checks in place to protect both the buyer and seller, this means before you can list an apartment/room or you can rent a property  users must provide a valid email address, telephone number, or a scan of a government-issued ID.


What platforms can I use for the booking?

In addition to the Airbnb website, the company offers mobile applications for iOS, Apple Watch, and Android, which is fantastic as very rarely do companies cover all of the eco systems. There applications offer geolocation and much of the functionality of the website, including private messaging, what’s even better is the DEV team behind this company is clearly on the ball and have won several industry awards for the UI and design and development of both the website and applications.


How do I get started?

Well it’s really simple and we’ve got some great bonuses for you today! If you’re a homeowner looking to make a little extra income then you can :



If you’re looking to go on holiday or perhaps book a little weekend getaway then:



Is it secure?

Yes, of course. AirBnb has gone to great lengths to ensure both their landlords and renters have a great experience they have Trust & safety tools help you accept a booking only if you’re 100% comfortable. They also have a $1M hosting guarantee which will cover most of the issues you face. As a renter they have multiple safe and secure payment options and you are also covered by various guarantees offered by AirBnb. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get that property listed today or get you and your loved one on a little break now! Go on, you deserve it.


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