At a time when short-term rental bookings are on the rise, Airbnb has decided to launch 100+ new in-app features throughout 2021 to improve the experience for both hosts and guests. These improvements will help the giant of holiday renting attract more short term rentals and travellers to its platform leveraging the momentum of the coronavirus recovery. We’ve summarised everything that guests and hosts need to know about the updates.

Inspiration for the New Airbnb features

Airbnb has based these improvements on the Report on Travel and Living released in May 2021. This new travel report shows some new insights besides the ones we have been foreseen in the last month’s trends: 

  • Travellers are increasingly travelling at any time. Seasonality in the reservations is decreasing. This factor is affected by the possibility of working remotely and by the fact that tourists are more flexible and able to book at off-peak times and save some money too. 
  • Guests are interested in certain types of accommodations such as cabins, tree-houses, yurts, boats, etc. 
  • The trend shows that longer-term rentals are starting to get more popular in Airbnb.
  • Travel for family reasons is overtaking travel for business reasons.  

With these points in mind, Airbnb has decided to meet the needs of its users and offer a more flexible search for travellers, a simpler experience for owners or hosts and better customer support.

Airbnb new features: “I’m flexible”

Based on the information from the latest reports, the Airbnb channel has realised that guests need more flexibility when researching their destinations and accommodation. 

That is why Airbnb has introduced three key new features that will allow guests to find exactly what they are looking for:

 

  • Flexible locations: Guests can choose the exact type of accommodation they want to rent according to the area. For example, if they know that they would like to travel to a treehouse but they are open to going to different places, now Airbnb will show them the matching destinations in a broader range. 
  • Flexible matching: showing options that are slightly outside of the guest’s search filters, in order to provide more vacation rental options.
  • Flexible dates: Airbnb has included the possibility to add more dates options, from a long term rent to a weekend getaway.
    Airbnb new features

    Airbnb improvements on the Guest experience

    • Curated wishlists. A feature that is included in many apps is the option to “save” the results that you are most interested in into a list to review later. Airbnb was not going to be left behind with this feature and has introduced it with the name of “Wishlist”.
    • Faster processes. If you are a new guest, the check out process is simpler, quicker and more efficient. 
    • Other improvements. On the guest experience level, Airbnb has introduced other updates like providing all the arrival information for the guest in the same place. Or giving more details about the property amenities so they can have a better picture of what they will find. 

     

    Airbnb guest experience upgrades

    What is clear is that Airbnb has seized a key moment in which, thanks to the coronavirus, vacation rentals are beginning to be the preferred option for many travellers instead of hotels. Additionally, it is using its momentum to attract new hosts in order to meet the demand of all new post-coronavirus guests.

    Airbnb improvements on the Host experience: 

    What Airbnb is aiming for with its more than 100 in-app updates is to expand its market, but for this, it is looking for more owners willing to rent its properties and thus be able to offer more accommodation options. How is it going to achieve this? The rental giant has made the process of becoming an Airbnb host a much simpler experience:

    • All new host welcome page. The design of this introductory page is completely new, user friendly and optimized to the maximum. 
    • Easier to list a house. Airbnb is considering that not all the owners are holiday rental professionals, and due to this, it has simplified the process to list a property in the application. Now everyone can advertise their home in 10 simple steps.  
    • Help tab. If the host is not completely sure about how to create the listing, they can request a one to one session with a SuperHost to ask for advice. Yes, hosts are able to become SuperHosts and earn a badge in their profile. Although this will not be ready worldwide until December 15th. 
    • Auto-filled details.  Take publicly available real estate data to shorten the process of filling up the information.
    • Today tab. This page of the app will show hosts their tasks of the day.

    Amongst these improvements there are many more like updates in Airbnb’s inbox. Although It is important to know that not all the Airbnb’s new features are ready yet. Airbnb will be implementing them throughout the year. First, they will be ready in the United States and then they will be expanding to other countries.

    Airbnb Channel upgrades on the Community support

    • Support from 11 to 42 languages. Airbnb has levelled up to a worldwide service by tripling the number of languages supported. Some of the new additions include Greek, Hebrew, Serbian, Catalan, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian. 
    • Doubled the support agents. To satisfy the needs of all the new hosts and guests, Airbnb is getting ready for the questions and demands of their clients. 
    • More authority to resolve issues. Thanks to the SuperHost program, the profiles with the badge will be considered professionals, therefore, their input when helping other accounts will be considered more authoritative. 

    Find out how Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky explains all the Airbnb new features as he advertises his parents’ and childhood home on Airbnb.

     

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    FULL LIST OF AIRBNB’S 103 NEW FEATURES

    Fexibility upgrades 

    1. Flexible destinations

    A new way for guests to discover unique stays they might have otherwise missed.

    2. Flexible matching

    Includes listings that lie just outside a specified search, to show guests more options.

    3. Flexible dates

    Guests can now search for new options, from a weekend getaway to stays for a month or more.

    Airbnb updates on the guest experience

    4. Curated Wishlists

    Curated collections of inspiring stays and Experiences—starting with Greatest Outdoors.

    5. Arrival guide

    The arrival information guests need, from directions to wifi, is now in one place.

    6. Faster checkout process

    We’ve reduced the steps needed for new guests to confirm their first reservation.

    7. Inline sign-up

    First-time guests can now easily create an Airbnb account during the initial booking process.

    8. Filter bar

    The most popular filters are now more visible when searching for your ideal listing.

    9. Updated filter menu

    New and enhanced search parameters for increased clarity and simplicity when searching.

    10. Seasonally-aware filters

    Contextually relevant filters appear when in season—for example, ski-in/out.

    11. Geo-specific filters

    Filter options now only surface if relevant for a guest’s preferred destination.

    12. Detailed amenities

    More specific details for amenities, such as whether a fireplace is gas or wood burning.

    13. New attributes

    Ocean view? Stationary bike? These useful details are now called out in the listings.

    14. Map auto-refresh

    Keeps search results consistently front and center on the map while browsing.

    15. Sticky pins

    Map pins no longer randomly disappear and reappear while zooming and panning. Yay!

    16. Enhanced map icons

    Redesigned map iconography displays popular attractions and more while searching.

    17. Nearby Experiences

    Map now displays where Airbnb Experiences are located in relation to a guest’s stay.

    18. Fullscreen maps on desktop

    Previously only available on mobile, fullscreen maps now enable a wider search on desktop.

    19. Guest navigation

    A new guest menu provides direct access to stays, Experiences, becoming a Host, and more.

    20. Accessibility filters

    Reorganized search filters make it easier to find stays with accessibility-related features.

    21. Focus on accessibility

    An increase in the number of stays and Experiences on Airbnb with accessibility features.

    22. Unique accessible homes

    More unique homes with accessibility features to better meet the needs of our community.

    23. Experiences filter

    A new filter allows guests to search for in-person activities with accessibility features.

    24. New inclusive Experiences

    Online and in-person activities designed to be inclusive of the disability community.

    25. Caregiver pricing

    Experiences Hosts can offer free pricing for caregivers assisting guests with disabilities.

    26. The Greatest Outdoors

    Stays and Experiences that guide your escape to natural surroundings.

    27. Curated Wishlist sharing

    Share your favorite Airbnb Wishlists with friends, family, and followers on social media.

    28. Clearer cancellations

    Cancellation policies have been refreshed to increase clarity for both guests and Hosts.

    29. Trip planning ideas

    While planning a stay, relevant Experiences are suggested to guests.

    30. Things to do

    The Trips tab now suggests great, nearby activities while you’re on a trip.

    31. Host recommendations

    Hosts can message current guests with recommended nearby Experiences during their stay.

    32. Experiences licensing

    Helps ensure Host license and insurance info is up-to-date for Experiences like boating.

    33. Experiences descriptions

    Experiences Hosts can now easily revise and update listing descriptions to ensure accuracy.

    34. Easier team access

    Simpler than ever for your co-workers to claim their seats to group Online Experiences.

    35. Online Experiences Hosts

    Host community dedicated exclusively to our growing family of Online Experiences Hosts.

    36. Family-friendly pricing

    Experiences Hosts can now offer discounts to make it easier for more families to participate.

    37. Unique homes categories

    Added 9 new categories of unique homes to choose from—from adobe houses to wagons.

    38. Unique homes in nature

    A new category of one-of-a-kind stays found in nature—from bubble tents to working ranches.

    39. Stays near points of interest

    Guests can find stays near something special, like a waterfall or a winery.

    Airbnb updates on the host experience

    40. Welcome to hosting page

    Completely redesigned to better meet the needs of new Hosts as they begin their journey.

    41. Become a Host in 10 steps

    It’s never been easier to list your space on Airbnb, and get help along the way.

    42. Today tab

    A new way for Hosts to easily manage bookings, tasks, and more all in one place.

    43. Experiences Host resources

    Updated “Becoming a Host” page has new areas and resources for Experiences Hosts.

    44. Host testimonials

    A library of valuable articles and videos to inspire new and existing Hosts.

    45. What’s my place worth?

    Updated calculator helps you quickly estimate the earnings potential of your space.

    46. Easily host Experiences

    A streamlined onboarding process provides a simpler path to becoming an Experiences Host.

    47. Videos for Experiences

    Most Experiences Hosts can now easily upload videos to showcase their shared passion.

    48. Auto-filled details

    Property details sourced from public real estate data helps Hosts quickly list their space.

    49. Easily add amenities

    Animated icons make it easy to choose and showcase important listing features.

    50. Auto-arranging photos

    Advanced computer vision models analyze photos and reorder them for optimal layout.

    51. Suggested title

    Automatic text suggestion for creating a compelling listing title based on info provided.

    52. Description starter

    Helps new Hosts quickly describe their listing’s unique and desirable attributes.

    53. Simpler pricing

    Setting an appropriate price for your listing is now straightforward and simple.

    54. Suggested price range

    We now provide an estimated price range for your space based on comparable listings.

    55. Acknowledgments

    We’ve streamlined and simplified one of the final steps at the end of the listing process.

    56. Preview before listing

    Get a full preview of how a new listing will appear to guests before it goes live. At last!

    57. New listing welcome

    When you complete your new listing, Sandy and Brian will be there to celebrate the moment.

    58. New Host guidance

    Relevant articles support new Hosts throughout the entire onboarding process.

    59. Intro to hosting classes

    Online classes led by Superhosts help new Hosts get up and running as quickly as possible.

    60. 1:1 mentoring

    New Hosts attending online classes can email Superhosts directly for personalized assistance.

    61. Ask a Superhost

    During the listing process, new Hosts can get advice by privately messaging a Superhost.

    62. Successful hosting tips

    Hosts can register for Online Experiences to learn tips and tricks from experienced Hosts.

    63. Prepare for your first guest

    After listing a new space, guidance is given on next steps—like setting house rules.

    64. Custom calendars & pricing

    New Hosts are given tips on how to get the bookings they want at the prices they expect.

    65. Confirm how guests book

    Hosts can add requirements for guests who book, like recommendations from other Hosts.

    66. Choose how you’ll get paid

    An automatic alert reminds new Hosts to add a payout method, so they are paid promptly.

    67. Booking requests

    The new Today tab lets Hosts easily view any pending booking requests and inquiries.

    68. Your reservations

    The Today tab also lets Hosts view existing and pending guest reservations at a glance.

    69. Quick links

    The Today tab provides an easy way for Hosts to access pricing and availability tools.

    70. Host news & updates

    Relevant articles in the Today tab advise on strategies for successful hosting.

    71. Host alerts

    Notifications help ensure Hosts are reminded about anything requiring their attention.

    72. Faster messaging

    Messages between guests and Hosts now load up to 10x faster.

    73. Inbox search

    Allows Hosts to easily locate messages in their inbox by a variety of search criteria.

    74. New inbox filters

    Inbox updates enable Hosts to quickly filter messages—including those that are unread.

    75. Personalized Quick Replies

    Hosts can now easily personalize their Quick Replies to frequently asked guest questions.

    76. Scheduled messages

    Create messages that automatically send friendly reminders, like checkout instructions.

    77. Hosting insights

    The Insights tab provides information on local trends to help Hosts leverage new opportunities.

    78. Insights for Experiences

    Updated tool for Experiences Hosts with valuable data on earnings, ratings, and more.

    79. Streamlined reviews flow

    An easier way for guests to submit reviews that provide Hosts with useful feedback.

    80. Detailed feedback

    Feedback cues prompt guests to leave more actionable and detailed reviews for Hosts.

    81. More feedback categories

    New categories in the review flow help guests give a comprehensive summary of their stay.

    82. Updated reviews

    Guests now have a fuller spectrum, from critiques to compliments, to rate their stay…at last!

    83. Lifetime Host achievements

    New metrics celebrate everything from total guests hosted to things they enjoyed most.

    84. Shareable hosting highlights

    A new way for Hosts to share and celebrate lifetime performance metrics via social media.

    85. Host details

    The listing details now highlight what makes each Host and their home unique.

    Updates in Airbnb’s Support 

    86. Redesigned Help Center

    An easier way to navigate Help Center with comprehensive support for guests and Hosts.

    87. Smart solutions

    Personalized guidance helps guests and Hosts easily solve common issues in a few steps.

    88. Payment notifications

    All guest payment notifications are now centrally located in one easy-to-find location.

    89. Updated safety resources

    On-trip assistance has a 30 second support line, with embedded translation in most languages.

    90. Localized emergency info

    Localized emergency service information for fire, police, and EMT in most regions.

    91. Urgent support expansion

    Urgent on-trip support is now offered in hundreds of languages.

    92. Dedicated Superhost line

    Enhanced, dedicated support for Superhosts—North America initially, globally by year-end.

    93. Community Leader support

    All-new priority support for our Host Community Leaders.

    94. On-trip help

    A better way to support guests and Hosts during their trip with more relevant information.

    95. Universal search

    Search simultaneously across all of Airbnb’s support products to find answers more quickly.

    96. More intuitive support

    Simplified help articles provide the right information—where and when it’s needed.

    97. Resolution guidance

    Step-by-step assistance resolving common on-trip issues like broken or missing amenities.

    98. Community policy hub

    Clearer, more simplified policies reside in one central location within the Help Center.

    99. New City Portal tools

    New tools to help city officials manage short term rental policies and regulations.

    100. Review dispute updates

    A new policy allowing Hosts to dispute reviews left by guests who violate our party ban.

    101. More support agents

    We’ve expanded our global support staffing by 2x to better serve our community.

    102. Support in more languages

    We’ve expanded our support coverage from 11 to 42 languages.

    103. Host resources

    A new Host menu provides direct access to support, listings, Superhost status, and more.