Airbnb 2022 Summer Release: What you need to know

Airbnb 2022 Summer Release: What you need to know

Our 2022 Summer Release represents the biggest change to Airbnb in a decade. We’re introducing:

 

  • Airbnb Categories: A new way to search that makes it easy for guests to discover millions of homes they never knew existed

  • Split Stays: An innovative feature that pairs two listings when a guest searches for a longer stay

  • AirCover: The most comprehensive protection in travel, included for free with every stay

 

Get all the details on the Resource Center, and tell us: Will you be updating your listing for Airbnb Categories and Split Stays? How will you update it?

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Samantha454
Level 2
Wales, United Kingdom

Absolutely terrible start to 2023, not a single booking in January and only one in February. It’s a pretty dire situation.

 

With all the outgoings and upkeep of the cottage, I’m not sure we’ll be able to continue, unless things really pick up.

Months into this, has anyone seen growth on airbnb after the summer release? Has anyone seen their bookings go higher, or on the contrary, everyone's experiencing a noticeable drop in bookings after the summer release?

Gigi169
Level 6
Hawaii, United States

Still only half booked. Seems like bookings will come in grouped together then nothing. It’s like the listing is visible, then not. 
I live 5 min from a national park with a live volcano. (We even had 2 volcanos going during December and people were flocking to the island on top of Christmas and still wasn’t fully booked.) Millions of visitors a year coming through and no hotels up here. Before the new release I had to block off a weekend a month for maintenance or it would be booked every night and we couldn’t get things done. Now it’s just vacant half the month. 
And  I’m using the smart pricing and have beautiful pics. Only have had one 4 star in almost 200 guests. All other 5 stars with stellar reviews. 
So it’s nothing I’m doing. Can only be the algorithm. I can’t think why else this would be happening.  

Gigi169
Level 6
Hawaii, United States

Forgot to mention, several of my bookings are private booking that I personally sent to the app to book. So they weren’t even Airbnb bookings but my own. I’m actually giving THEM business now. That’s pretty sad. 

Peggy137
Level 10
Boulder, CO

Nope. I'm booking, but less than half of what I normally did. It's my high season, I'm substantially below everything that is comparable to my place which happens to be in a much nicer area (on the trailhead in Sedona) and nada. 

I'm just not showing up for a lot of people.

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Incredible 

 

i know a company who has a lot of apartments, 90 % occupancy for years, now nothing… no one booking

Another stupid thing, "split stays"! Once again Airbnb is screwing over their hosts with split stays, my place doesn't even come up for bookings if it is 7 days or more. This time of year we start booking for the holidays and now if guests want to book 7 or more days they can't see our listings because this new summer rollout doesn't pull it up.  Going to another platform is looking better and better to us.

Tim42
Level 3
SF, CA

I don’t know what’s happening. My bookings have tried up. There’s even a free concert happening that draws over 100,000 people and I can’t get my place booked even though I am

walking distance to the concert. I dropped my prices as well.

 

Am I missing something? Been doing this 10+ years. Is there a slowdown due to the economy?

 

 

Diane34
Level 4
Palmer Lake, CO

same thing for me in Colorado. I think it is because so many new listings from corporations

 

Gigi169
Level 6
Hawaii, United States

Been slow going since the new roll out a few months back. I’m 4 minutes from a national park that gets 2 million visitors a year and the closest hotel is an hour away and my numbers dropped dramatically since the roll out. All summer (which was the highest tourist season to date here) was less than half booked. (I’ve always been fully booked using AIrBnb only) 

so no you are not alone and tourists are coming out in mass numbers. 
I also dropped my rates down to ridiculously low and still didn’t catch anything so I don’t think it’s the rates. It’s more likely that we are just not coming up in the searches. When they started this new system I think the algorithm was “reset” and all of the momentum I’ve gained over the years was rolled back to zero. For ex: there is a listing right next door to mine. Not a superhost (as I am) and the stars are much lower than my 4.99 rating. The pics are dated, the place is in disrepair and not well maintained, it has negative reviews, and it shows right at the top of searches and my listing is buried if it even shows at all. 
Really frustrating after working so hard to get such stellar reviews and maintain my superhost status. 
I have also noticed that under the national park listing (where I should show up at the top being 4 minutes away) the listings that populate are all quite far away from the park. A long arduous drive from many but anyone searching won’t know the logísticos of our island. They just see the listing under the national park and assume it’s close.  
Those kinds of things make me crazy frustrated and Airbnb has yet to really resolve anything (in my case) even after literally hours of communications. 
Very frustrating to say the least. 
Shows me they don’t seem to care about the little guys. If you own an island or a potato house  I’m sure you might get different results. 

Peggy137
Level 10
Boulder, CO

A  lot of us... so frustrating and yes, it's pretty obvious they don't care about their partners, US,  without whom Airbnb would be toast. 

I've heard their stock price is down, and they're losing money... Totally shot themselves in the foot with this one. People are booking more and more with alternative sites... No idea why they don't listen to their hosts.

Lastly, travellers are really getting pissed with their experience w Airbnb, lots of really bad reviews on that NYT article. 

I truly don't get it.

Denice0
Level 10
Placitas, NM

Whoa, I just read a NY times article "Help! I was catfished by my Airbnb host and the place was a mess".  There were over 1300 primarily negative comments.  Airbnb has a PR problem and they better get addressing the negative impact of commercial hosting companies taking over this site!

Peggy137
Level 10
Boulder, CO

Wow. The bloom is off the Airbnb rose it seems. They are really blowing a good thing.

Szilvia3
Level 3
Santa Paula, CA

Same problem. We are so screwed! How do we fix this?!? 

Natasha-and-John0
Level 10
Cornville, AZ

@Airbnb @I don’t think Airbnb wants to fix the problem. The weirdest part of it all is the folks staying at a discounted rate are leaving poor reviews. It’s like sabotage. 

Kathleen543
Level 5
Putney, VT

Hi all, I am in Vermont and we have two listings that were 97% booked prior to the Summer Release, and then bookings hit a wall afterwards, at least partly because there arose an error and we were listed in "Putney London" instead of "Putney Vermont" for about six weeks.

 

With the help of some of the admins here (thank you folks), that error was fixed and our bookings have steadily increased to near pre-release levels. I won't comment on views because our views show very healthy numbers but very low conversion rates, so I am not sure how valuable that data is.

 

At any rate, I was very scared for a while there, but we are pretty much back to normal, maybe slightly less. We tend to book about 8 weeks out, and September and October are mostly full (the summer was full when the release happened, so we were hurting for the fall bookings during the lull) and November and December are mostly empty, but my fingers are crossed. I can't remember if it looks like this every year or not.

 

I hope this is helpful to someone and I am so very sorry that some of you are still suffering in the wake of these changes. 

Natasha-and-John0
Level 10
Cornville, AZ

That’s great! I wish that was the case for our place which is usually booked 99% of the time. Yet Airbnb pats itself on the back for housing disporia victims at our lower cost lodgings. We deserve an explanation. @Airbnb   

Diane34
Level 4
Palmer Lake, CO

I am glad you are doing better. I still have no reservations for the last two months, maybe I should contact Airbnb to see if I am correctly listed?

 

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