Airbnb is rolling out a new toggle that will display the whole price of your stay, inclusive of all fees, rather than the price per night. This implies that you will not need to visit the booking page to see additional expenses, such as service fees and cleaning fees. This change was first disclosed in November, and the business is now making it accessible to consumers through a toggle. If you choose this option, the search algorithm will rank search results based on the total price of the stay (before taxes). Therefore, accommodations with a lower nightly cost but higher cleaning expenses will not rank first.
Airbnb said to TechCrunch last month that the opt-in search approach “allows us to educate guests as to this change, without causing additional confusion.” As some customers may be used to seeing the nightly pricing, the firm does not want to implement the new search criteria abruptly. Airbnb wants to make all-inclusive price the default parameter within the next year, but it now offers an option for early access.
Airbnb, which released a slew of host tools last month, intends to deliver more pricing and discounting tools for hosts in 2019 to assist them to determine the amount visitors are paying. According to the firm, this will enable listing owners to establish more competitive pricing. In addition, the firm intends to enhance the checkout experience for visitors by offering “fair” work requirements to hosts.
“Guests should not have to do unreasonable checkout tasks such as stripping the beds, doing the laundry, or vacuuming when leaving their Airbnb. But we think it’s reasonable to ask guests to turn off the lights, throw food in the trash, and lock the doors—just like they would when leaving their own home,” the statement said.
Airbnb customers have long complained about exorbitant cleaning costs and lengthy check-out requirements imposed by certain hosts. The organization is now paying attention to some of these issues.