So I was watching Fox News this evening and was about sick when I heard "AirBnB has launched their free homes project to help people displaced from the hurricane" and then the host saying, "It's great Private Industry is getting involved". So let me get this straight, we open up OUR house at OUR expense to help people and AirBnB takes the credit? Uh, no! My thought, If ABB wants the PR, they should pay us fair market rates for our properties. THEN, and ONLY THEN, can they say they are helping. They aren't out one penny for this but expect us to supply a room, supplies, cleanings, laundry...and they are doing something? BS!
I hear you on this, but where does one even go to find this free home project? Is there really even such a thing or is this just a marketing ploy?
The lowest setting I see on homes is $10 a night on my own property.
Having had a look at the link, Im not entirely sure that Airbnb is at fault, the page clearly states that Hosts are opening up their homes for free, offers a link for Hosts to register their space for the emergency. So no Host is going to be out pocket if they dont want to help.
I havent gone past the home screen, but I would guess that Airbnb will not be charging booking fee.
The one at fault, for a slight indiscretion or misinterpretation, is the reporter for not expanding on how the scheme worked, but I guess, as it was regarding emergency help, maybe there was more important aspects to report on
Welcome to the age of recreational outrage. It really doesn't matter what you do to move the needle, just know that if you do it - good, bad, well-intentioned, conservative, liberal, whatever - it will be seized upon as a source of offense.
Here we have a host getting all pissy - and it's not at all established that this host, the OP, is even providing housing to hurricane victims pro bono - that Airbnb gets some credit for the actions of its hosts.
1) Giving free rooms to people displaced by natural disasters is *supposed* to be an act of altrusim, not a way for you to "get credit". **bleep**.
2) ANY positive advertising that Airbnb gets is good for EVERY host. Increased profile means more visits means more bookings means more money. So please, please, for the love of Darwin, *bleep*, OP.
Another myopic Millenial suffering from deep entitlementia. Makes me want to gouge my own eyes out.
Well, if you're referring to me as a entitled millenial, your are way off base. 52 years old and running a BUSINESS, not a charity. My point was that its BS that ABB is taking credit for this when actually it is the hosts who should get the kudos because they are being altruistic, not ABB in the least! I'll stick to my conservative values, after all, I DID build that. I sure don't see hotels giving free rooms out! Read all the comments here, you are definitely the minority on this issue! *bleep*.
The problem was FOX, not airbnb. You are watching an ENTERTAINMENT CHANNEL. Fox is not a real news channel so they get away with reporting fiction.
How clever of AB marketing themselves on our expenses! ! When Harvey hit Houston back then, Airbnb announced the free home for evacuees, but on our expenses. I received tons of inquiries asking to stay for free, when I have no idea and no way to validate the claim...IF they want to do charity work, why don't they reimburse the hosts' rate, and we will happy to offer a discount for the cause!! But nah! just few words thrown into the media and we host got the annoying emails...
The Open Homes For victims of disasters was enabled in my area as well. That was for the fire victims in the Redding, California area. According to the information on Airbnb they would vet the guests and your Airbnb host guarantee would still be in place, etc. The problem I had with it was there was no indication of how long they expected you to allow these guests to stay on your dime. You still would have all the cleaning expenses, and I am sure they would be using up the amenities as well. Add to that our costs for utilities, they aren’t paying for it what do they care? When one is depending on this for some extra income there’s no way one can afford to give up their home for free. I agree with everyone else it said if Airbnb wants to do this Free homes thing they need to compensate the hosts for expenses.
I think if Airbnb is going to offer the program, they should pay half the owner's normal fees to compensate for cleaning and stocking supplies. Often those families are evacuating with very little and the time frame for the stay is not insignificant so the host is shouldering a lot of burden and giving up revenue at the same time.
I love the idea of the program but would want to know how long, and some identification that proved the person was evacuating from a known area. Otherwise this would be rife with fraudulent claims for shelter.