Airbnb announced on Wednesday on its official website that strict rules to avoid parties will be implemented and could affect US travelers.
The popular American home rental app has become a wonderful solution for travelers who look for cozy stays and easy reservations, but now they must consider that it won’t be possible to book short stays from new accounts or users without positive reviews.
In 2020 the company introduced a global party ban, prohibiting users from hosting parties at Airbnb listings and limiting gatherings to 16 people. According to the new statements, this strategy —applied during special dates like Halloween, New Years’ Eve, Christmas, and the 4th of July— worked and now the system includes a configuration that alerts when users try to book for just one or two nights.
In a few weeks, for the 4th of July this summer —and expanded to Memorial Day— those users without a history of positive reviews will not be able to make one-night reservations and certain restrictions apply also for two-night reservations.
Airbnb understand that this could affect travelers who simply want to spend the holidays with family or visit new destinations for a short time, but the measure will remain; they stated: “We also understand that the simple fact of not yet having reviews does not mean that a guest is trying to throw a party — this is a trade-off we are willing to make in the interest of trust and safety.”
Those who rely on this app for their holiday plans must stay up to date with the company’s new measures before booking. Airbnb also recently announced that they will no longer offer refunds for covid-related cancellations in different scenarios including if guests or hosts test positive.
More Details About The Strict Rules
Airbnb’s algorithm is changing and so are its rules. Now that the pandemic restrictions have been eased, the company is trying to avoid future problems and guarantee good behavior from its guests. These are the new main rules and considerations:
- The measures will apply for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
- The new rules apply to the United States, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
- Users without positive reviews will not be able to make one-night reservations in entire home listings.
- Restrictions apply also for two-night reservations with other considerations such as local reservations and last-minute bookings from users without positive reviews.
- Airbnb also introduced an “anti-party attestation” and users booking local listings must attest that they understand that parties are banned and that the company can take legal actions if they break the rules.
- The company will pay close attention to its “Neighborhood Support Line” features and act when necessary if they receive alerts, messages, party reports, or calls from neighbors.
Airbnb insisted that they “do not take these measures lightly” and that they understand that some guests might be affected, but considered these rules necessary to avoid future inconveniences.
Airbnb’s Comeback From The Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic had a deep impact on travel, and companies like Airbnb were deeply affected. But in 2022 the home reservations company seems to be back on the top and implementing new strategies to offer travelers more opportunities and expand its services.
According to the statistics shared by Stratos in January, this year Airbnb has 2.9 million hosts in 220 countries and over 100,000 cities.
In the United States, there are over 660,000 listings, the highest in the world. That’s why this app is particularly interesting for US travelers. The most popular city is New York and the highest numbers of listings are in Honolulu, Portland, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New Orleans.
Those wishing to spend their holiday vacations in any of the trendy US destinations in 2022 —such as Las Vegas or Hawaii— can take advantage of the hosting opportunities offered by Airbnb, bearing in mind the new measures and rules.
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