As a short-term rental host, you know that keeping up with the latest features and trends on Airbnb is essential to maintaining a competitive edge and maximizing your profits. Fortunately, Airbnb has recently rolled out several new features designed to make the host experience easier and more profitable, while also improving your guest’s stay. In this post, we’ll look at Airbnb’s new features to boost your bookings, revenue, and guest satisfaction in 2023.
One of the biggest challenges of short-term rental hosting is managing guest communications effectively. Prompt replies and thoughtful responses are critical for enhancing your guest’s experience and maintaining positive reviews.
With Airbnb’s update to the Quick Replies feature, you can easily respond regarding checkout requirements instantly through the messaging app. This saves you time and ensures that your guests receive prompt and accurate answers to their inquiries. This feature has been in place for common messages for check-in and check-out. But this update offers hosts an opportunity to address check-out needs quickly and even prompts you to set up these messages if you haven’t had a chance to do that yet.
Airbnb’s new Checkout Features make checkout smoother for both hosts and guests. Hosts can now select checkout chores for guests by tapping on the chores they require. In addition, guests will receive a notification on the day of checkout that tells them what needs to be done. For guests, the new feature allows them to easily see when they have completed each chore, making the process more intuitive and efficient. Now your guests can understand your expectations and ensure that the place is left in good condition and ready for cleaning.
Airbnb’s co-hosting feature is essential for creating a positive team experience. With the new Co-Host Tools update, managing co-hosts has never been easier. These tools allow you to see all co-hosts in one place, send easy invites, and give each co-host a specific level of access based on their position. Better yet, co-hosts can now get paid directly by Airbnb instead of by the host, depending on the percentage or rate selected by the host for the co-host’s service.
Your Airbnb calendar has received a significant upgrade that provides several key benefits for short-term rental hosts. Select a full-year calendar view to plan your availability and pricing for the entire year more easily.
You can also choose blocks of time for setting up discounts. Airbnb even provides recommendations based on what other hosts are offering in your area. Make changes to several weeks at a time rather than clicking on individual dates in the mobile app. This is a long-awaited update that will save time and effort for Airbnb hosts!
Finally, Airbnb now shows recommendations for rates based on what other hosts are charging that are booked. Similarly, knowing rates for hosts that are not booking, helps you set your pricing in a more informed way.
Airbnb Rooms is a feature that helps hosts give more information about a room they are renting, the occupants of the home, and what to expect. Guests can make more informed choices about the rooms they rent and feel safe and more connected to their hosts.
If you don’t have a whole home to rent and want to make use of your space, Airbnb Rooms will help you connect with people looking for a comfortable, affordable option. Check out our listing examples and get started sharing your space for an enjoyable and profitable hosting experience.
Finally, Airbnb now offers early access to features they’re testing, so hosts can check them out and give feedback before their official release. Stay ahead of the game when changes are implemented and take advantage of new features and trends before your competitors do.
Airbnb’s new features provide several key benefits for short-term rental hosts. Now you can enjoy streamlined communication, better team management, optimized pricing and availability, smoother checkouts, and more information for guests.
These Airbnb updates are game-changers for hosts who want to create a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable stay for their guests. With over 50 new features based on user feedback, Airbnb takes guest and host needs seriously. Granted, it can take time to learn all of the new features! But ultimately, making the most of them will improve your experience and create a better stay for your guests. Check out the full list of Airbnb’s 2023 Summer Release for Hosts.
Beth McGee is an Airbnb Superhost and a home cleaning and organization expert. Beth enjoys helping hosts succeed in the short-term rental industry through virtual services such as listing setup, guest relations, and creating an excellent guest experience. She is the author of Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master, a best-selling book that has helped thousands of readers improve their well-being and STR experience by transforming their homes into spaces of comfort and cleanliness.
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