WHAT IS AIRBNB AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Airbnb founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk developed the business in 2008. Initially, Gebbia and Chesky started off using their own place as a bed-and-breakfast to make a few extra bucks to pay rent. With a big design conference coming to the San Francisco area and a city full of sold-out hotels at the time, they saw a potential market for the idea and developed a website called airbedandbreakfast.com.
Today Airbnb is more than just a platform. It represents a revolution in vacationing, short-term-rentals, and holidaying, Airbnb takes a unique approach toward lodging. Part of the “sharing economy,” Airbnb offers you someone’s home as a place to stay instead of a hotel. On Airbnb, you can find places to crash on your trip through the caribbean, or you can find a place to stay for a month during your studies at St. George’s University. It’s also a great way to explore a town you’re thinking about moving to, or finding an alternative to traditional hotel options if you’re just around for a weekend. If you want to rent out extra space in your own home, you can host through Airbnb and make money by allowing a guest to stay the night.
- Sign up. CLICK HERE
- Find a place you love at your destination.
- Check the details.
- Make a booking and wait for the host to accept.
- If the host offers an Instant Book listing, you’ll be accepted instantly.
BnBGrenada is proudly to accept Instant booking
Here’s how Airbnb works for guests
Airbnb does not own properties. It acts as an intermediary between those who want to rent out space and those who are looking for space to rent. Creating an account on Airbnb is free, and it is relatively simple. To do so, you enter your name, email address, birthday, and a password. Airbnb also asks that you agree to treat everyone equally, regardless of race, religion, sex, or other factors. Once you agree, your account is active. You also have the option to sign up through Facebook or Google.
Airbnb has listings all over the globe. Airbnb currently has more than 6 million listings in roughly 190 countries around the world. Once you click on a listing, you can see a range of information about that listing, including the size of the space and its amenities, check-in, and pricing information, a detailed description of the space, house rules, safety features, and availability. You will also see reviews from other guests and information about the hosts. For instance, the hosts of a listing in Grenada say they love “swimming, scuba diving, kite surfing, running, and hiking the beautiful nature trails.”
If you like the listing, you can request to book it. The site prompts you to go through a few more steps, like entering in more of your information. Once you complete those steps, you can complete your request and pay for your room. After your first booking, the process is much quicker and easier.
Before your reservation is final, however, you must wait for approval from the host, unless your listing is an “instant book” listing, as those listings don’t require host approval.
For non-instant book listings, Airbnb also recommends that guests message hosts before booking to double-check availability. If you don’t hear back from the host in a timely manner, you can continue to message other hosts in the area until you find one you like. Under the host information section of each listing, you can see the host’s response rate and response time to get an idea of how quickly a host will respond to your message.
Airbnb hosts and guests do not exchange money in person. Guests pay for everything on the Airbnb site when they make their reservations. Airbnb uses PayPal, direct deposit, and other payment methods.