Airbnb has taken another step in the direction of its rivals in the vacation rental sector, with what it claims are milestones on booking and technology.
For all its popularity and the apparent tech-driven nature of its brand, until now Airbnb has been behind others in the world of private accommodation with only having instant booking available on a small minority of listings.
The shift is likely to continue on a sharp upward trajectory as Airbnb says 70% of all new listings on the site are using the facility.
A slightly curious new function is a restriction on guests being able to book a listing when they haven’t given it glowing feedback.
The “rebooking controls” will prevent guests that have rated a host three stars or lower from being able to instantly book with the same host again.
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