New options from Airbnb include luxury digs, perks for 'Super Hosts'

New options from Airbnb include luxury digs, perks for 'Super Hosts'

Airbnb Plus launches with 2,000 homes in 13 cities. Today, millions of people every night do just that.

Airbnb has come a long way since the co-founders first inflated three air beds in their San Francisco apartment 10 years ago. The addition of these new categories give guests more options while allowing hosts to be more transparent about their rentals, the company said.

The company also launched two housing collections, Airbnb for Family and Airbnb for Work. "It's just been really, really hard to find". Going ahead it will add four new categories- vacation home, unique space, B&B and boutique, making it a full- service travel company competing with the likes of Booking.com, Expedia.com etc.

Finally, Airbnb is redesigning its website to include more personalized collections for travelers to choose from.

Like all Plus homes, the property meets the 100-point quality checklist.

Rather than just searching for a home on Airbnb and flipping through the photos or reviews, the new tiers may offer customers willing to spend more an opportunity to tap into the same expectations they'd get from a luxury resort - or, at least, a higher-end one aiming to hit the status of something like the Sofitel in Bangkok, Thailand.

Currently, Airbnb offers 3 property types - shared spaces, private room and entire home.

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Airbnb today announced a new hotel-like tier of service on its platform the company is calling Airbnb Plus. It also benefits hosts by providing design consultations, professional photography services and top placement in search results. All 7 property types will launch to guests this summer. In San Francisco, for example, after initially fighting city officials, Airbnb in May agreed to kick hosts off the platform if they didn't register with the city - a practice the company put into place at the beginning of this year.

New Airbnb Collections will offer unique home collections created to match the most popular types of trips travelers are searching for-like, family trips, group getaways and honeymoons.

Collections for social stays, weddings, honeymoons, group getaways and dinner parties are also planned for later this year.

"Beyond by Airbnb will offer custom designed trips of a lifetime, including the world's finest homes, custom experiences, and world-class hospitality", Airbnb wrote.

The company revealed in San Francisco on Thursday that following its acquisition of Luxury Retreats past year, it is now preparing to launch Beyond by Airbnb.

There's a $149 application fee for hosts to get their properties on Airbnb Plus. To start, the company is expanding its Superhost program with 14 new and updated benefits including greater exposure on the site, custom URLs and deals on various smart home devices. "Groups that provide mass-produced hospitality, who don't offer belonging, who don't' care about what we care about - they don't meet our standards, and they find somewhere else to do their business". Details about the program, called Superguest, are sparse at the moment, but a release from Airbnb says a pilot version will be available to 10,000 members this summer and to the wider user base by the end of 2018.

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