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Airbnb Just Made Planning Group Trips a Lot Easier

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/04/2017, 12:00 AM

Humans have always traveled in packs. But booking this style of travel online has always been difficult—few sites allow users to divvy up payments among several travelers.    Airbnb to the rescue. The short-term rental marketplace announced last week that it is modifying its website and app to allow groups to reserve accommodations so that no one member will be left holding the bag. Here's...

The Airbnb of Rental Cars Comes to L.A.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/16/2017, 4:00 AM

A car-sharing service aimed at travelers has come to Los Angeles. With TravelCar, which originated in France in 2012 and has since expanded to 30 countries, users get free parking at LAX, in exchange for letting out-of-towners rent their cars while they're away. The vehicle's owner is paid for every mile driven, and parking is still free even if nobody rents the car (and yes, it's insu...

A Virtual Avalanche of Websites Renting Short-Term Apartments Has Followed the Much-Publicized Success of Airbnb

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/21/2017, 12:00 AM

A host of home-sharing sites, from those offering upscale accommodations to those promising inclusive attitudes, prove that Airbnb isn't the only rental game in town—any town....

NYC Airbnb Hosts Fined for Illegal Rentals

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/09/2017, 5:00 AM

Two New York City Airbnb hosts have been slapped with fines for listing illegal short-term rentals—making them the city's first individuals punished under a law signed last fall by New York Governer Andrew Cuomo.   That measure made it illegal to rent a residence for fewer than 30 days. For violating the law, Tatiana Cames and Hank Freid now owe the city a combined $17,000. It's worth ...

The Airbnb of Cannabis Tourism

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/01/2016, 4:00 AM

The growing field of cannabis tourism now has its answer to Airbnb.  It's called Bud and Breakfast, and it lets users search a worldwide network of pot-friendly hostels, private homes, and hotels.  The Colorado-based startup currently has about 100,000 registered users and more than 500 listings in about a dozen countries. There are options for everything from dorm rooms to luxurious e...

Expedia to Begin Showing Vacation Rentals with Hotel Search Results

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

When you search for hotels at Expedia or any of the various booking sites the company owns (including Hotels.com and Travelocity), you'll soon see vacation-rental options displayed, too, according to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.  Expedia.com currently has a tab for "vacation rentals" that takes you to search results from HomeAway, an Airbnb competitor acquired by Expedia in 2015. But under t...

Report: Airbnb Not Hurting Hotels Much After All

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/18/2016, 4:00 AM

The thinking in the hotel industry is that Airbnb and other home-sharing companies like it are to be feared, because they take away customers who might otherwise stay at a Marriott, Hilton, or what have you. According to a study by data research firm STR, hotel companies can relax (though we doubt they will).  Comparing Airbnb and hotel data from the world's largest chains in 13 U.S. a...

Airbnb Releases Updated Nondiscrimination Policy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2016, 4:00 AM

Responding to allegations of racial discrimination on the part of some of its hosts, vacation-rental company Airbnb released an updated antidiscrimination policy on Thursday. According to the guidelines, hosts are barred from declining stay requests or listing preferences based on race, ethnicity, origin, gender, sexual orientation, and disability; violators risk being suspended or removed...

Introducing the Airbnb of Camping

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 4:00 AM

In recent months we've introduced you to companies aiming to be the Airbnb of RVs and the Airbnb of boats. Now we'd like to introduce you to the Airbnb of camping. Photo: Hipcamp/Instagram It's a startup called Hipcamp, which lets you select campsites from among 280,000 options across the country. You can stay in glamorous yurts, on rustic nature preserves and working farms, and e...

Airbnb Sues Anaheim Over Short-Term Rental Law

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/04/2016, 12:00 PM

Airbnb has filed a lawsuit against the city of Anaheim, California, over a law that holds the home-sharing site liable when users post listings for illegal short-term rentals. Anaheim—home to Disneyland and Angel Stadium—has seen an explosion of such rentals that cater to travelers seeking cheaper alternatives to hotels. Last month, the City Council voted to tighten regulations, adding fin...

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