Airbnb Debuts 'Pay Less Up Front' Checkout Option to Lower Initial Cost of Bookings

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Vacation and apartment rental service Airbnb this week launched a new way for its customers to cut down the initial cost of expensive bookings for an Airbnb location.

Called "Pay Less Up Front" and available on iOS, Android, and the web, the feature allows guests to choose to pay for part of their trip at the time of booking in the form of a 50 percent deposit "in most cases." When their check-in date draws closer, the app will send the guest a notification and then they'll have to pay for the rest of the trip.


The checkout update is Airbnb's first major overhaul to guest payment options, and prior to the feature Airbnb users had to pay for the entirety of their trip immediately. In testing, the company said that 40 percent of its guests chose Pay Less Up Front and were willing to opt for higher-value bookings due to the payment plan. The update also satisfied hosts, who saw more booking activity on costlier listings and improved lead times to prepare locations for guests.

Pay Less Up Front helps our hosts as well. Given the ability to pay in installments, hosts won’t lose out on bookings from cash flow-sensitive guests who prefer not to pay the entire amount up front. What’s more, we’ve found that Pay Less Up Front encourages bookings further in advance: Compared with ordinary bookings, the Pay Less Up Front payment option led to bookings with nearly double the lead time, helping hosts to secure and manage bookings more easily.

There are two requirements for Pay Less Up Front: the total stay for the listing has to cost $250 or more, and it must be booked at least 14 days ahead of the check-in date. If these requirements are met, guests should start seeing Pay Less Up Front as a checkout option now on Airbnb's iOS and Android apps, as well as on the desktop and mobile web versions of the site.

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34 months ago
While I generally give Macrumors the benefit of the doubt on some of their stories that read more like ads – as they do generally relate to some technology that works with something Apple sells – I am struggling to see the connection between Airbnb and the iOS Blog.
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34 months ago
Encouraging people to buy things they can’t afford!! Woot!
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34 months ago

While I generally give Macrumors the benefit of the doubt on some of their stories that read more like ads – as they do generally relate to some technology that works with something Apple sells – I am struggling to see the connection between Airbnb and the iOS Blog.

They often write about iOS apps that bring drastic changes, this is quite drastic imo.. but in a negative way. But still it's nice to know about this change in their policy.
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34 months ago

They often write about iOS apps that bring drastic changes, this is quite drastic imo.. but in a negative way. But still it's nice to know about this change in their policy.

It’s not a drastic App change. It’s a finance change for a company in need of more bookings.
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So long as there is no penalty for owners to cancel bookings without penalty, Airbnb will be stressful to use.

There sure is. First one for free. After that they charge the full fee. And deduct it from your next booking
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34 months ago
Mac-lover3, this reasoning does apply to anyone who has a credit card..... buy now, pay later!

My guess is that this covers nearly 100% of the US population. Most of these people have learned how to manage their purchases without overspending.
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34 months ago

They often write about iOS apps that bring drastic changes, this is quite drastic imo.. but in a negative way. But still it's nice to know about this change in their policy.

I totally disagree.

Being an AirBnb user over the past 10 years, I booked many stays way in advance to get a nice place.
An example is my recent booking for 12 days late March in a large US City. The total cost is $1200.

I was delighted to see that I only have to pay 50% upfront and the rest 2 weeks before arrival.
Before, I had to prepay the whole $1200 for same stay, which I do every year attending a trade show.

This new form of payment will not change my spending habit, but will make the cashflow much easier to bear.


WAY TO GO AIRBNB!!!!!
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