Airbnb Finally Fixes The Annoying Way It Displays Prices
Airbnb It takes user feedback into consideration and adds a more transparent way for app users to know the cost of staying in an already rented property. For years, users have been subjected to additional hidden fees and checkout requirements, but with the addition of a single slider to the Airbnb app, the company will provide users with all the information they need in order to make more informed reservations.
on twitter, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Show how the slider works in a short video ad. Essentially, the option will be added to the top of the app’s UI, and once you switch, the listed price of the property will be changed from the usual “per night” total price to the user’s total pre-tax total for their entire stay. When you’re done with your reservation, a new option has also been added under Total Cost that does a full price breakdown listing any previously hidden additional charges.
I heard you loud and clear – you feel that pricing is not transparent and that checkout tasks are a pain. That’s why we make 4 changes:
1. Starting next month, you will be able to see the total price you pay up front. pic.twitter.com/58zodrzU3g
And the[مدش]. Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 7 2022
This new approach to providing more accurate rates will affect how the app’s search functionality works as well, with total accommodation prices prioritizing over individual nights rates. According to Chesky, “The highest quality homes with the best overall prices will rank higher in search results.” This puts the power in the hands of guests as they won’t be tricked into booking a seemingly low-priced rental only to be surprised by hidden fees after they check out. Hosts will be given more tools to better market their properties and discount them too, if all goes as planned, it looks like the update could be beneficial for all Airbnb users.
Chesky says that guests will be able to see all of the checkout requirements before they book their stay somewhere. This is to prevent sudden cleaning tasks being thrown at guests before they finish their stay which, if left incomplete, can result in additional charges.
The update is expected to start in December along with the previously mentioned new pricing features for hosts. Chesky ends his Twitter thread by saying Airbnb will “never stop getting better,” so expect more changes to the app in the future. The Airbnb app is available on both iOS and Android.
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