Posted by William Charles on March 15, 2018
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Published on March 15th, 2018 | by William Charles

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Recap: Airbnb Battle, Fighting Citi’s Trip Delay & More

 



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boogieforward
boogieforward

I was slightly annoyed that I missed the golden age of the MCI phone line miles deal until I realized that I would have been around 9-10 years of age. Yeah, not much I could’ve really done then.

vince
vince

love these posts.. keep em coming

DCJoe
DCJoe

Airbnb’s are definitely getting more expensive as they get more market share and become more mainstream. We use them all the time when we travel as a family because we want extra bedrooms for kids and a kitchen. Used to be you could get houses in good locations for $200-225/night, nowadays similar places are $275-325/night. Still a better deal than hotels because of the extra space, but not nearly as good as it used to be.

Have noticed that in supply heavy locations like Paris, prices have stayed low because there are so many apartments on Airbnb, they have to stay competitive to get bookings.

Josh
Josh

“Skift ” not “Skrift.”

iahphx
iahphx

I’ve always thought Airbnb was the Ebay of the travel industry. The idea of mom & pop renting out their room to you sounds good in theory, but not always so good in practice. The “sharing economy” has limits in the real world: professional hospitality is not necessarily a bad thing.

This partially explains why Airbnb is increasingly shifting to more professionally-run properties. Increasingly, the listings are dominated by people making their airbnb rentals “a business” — just like on ebay.

On the other hand, I’ve always thought the high commission structure of the online travel agencies was “a problem.” As a savvy traveler, I’ve been able to make this work for me: I can often capture for myself all (and often, more than all) the commission the property is paying to the OTA. But I can’t really understand why that commission is so high. Twenty percent and more doesn’t seem like a fair commision for providing an online listing. It’s just not that hard and expensive to operate an OTA; there’s not enough value added.

I don’t think airbnb is the right platform to challenge the OTA commission structure, but if I were in the independent lodging business, I’d sure hope that somebody came along to do so.

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