Fun + Unique Airbnb News, May ’182 min read

airbnb news may 2018

In this monthly piece, I’m going to focus on the fun and interesting news coming out about Airbnb. I’ll mostly be ignoring news from governments and special-interest groups about regulation, litigation, taxes, housing crisis, etc. This post is Airbnb news May 2018.


Airbnb News from May 2018 by Click To Tweet


Airbnb partly to blame for higher rents, says New York City


NYC Comptrollers discovered AirDNA.

NYC Comptroller  decides to use AirDNA data to come to a faulty conclusion.

Surprises no one.


Here is AirDNA’s response to the deeply flawed report.


Here is AirDNA’s cease and desist letter to NYC.



Don’t be a dud. Here are 3 expert tips to be a smarter Airbnb host


The article mentions AirReviews which my hosts already know about. They had two other interesting tips:

  1. If you are the on call person for your guest, you can add the guest number to your favorites so that their calls/texts get through and make a sound while the rest of your phone can be on silent.
  2. Add a guestbook (prior recommendation of mine) for the guests to physically sign to see an early preview of their online review.


Check out AirReviews Chrome Extension to see your guests' review of prior hosts Click To Tweet


Airbnb quietly launches its own Stories for users to build video montages of their travels


Think Snapchat or Instagram 10 second video clips stitched together and live for 24 hours….but, with the Airbnb app.



Lodgify Partners With Airbnb to Provide Vacation Rental Businesses New Distribution Capabilities


Lodgify (links offers 10% off your first bill) offers your own personally branded website to collect bonus reservations. Now, you can list to Airbnb with the click on a button via the website.



Airbnb plans to use AI and VR to revolutionise travel once again


This article is about personalizing search for accommodations and experiences plus more. It’s not there yet, but once the site becomes truly personalized, it’s going to evolve. Plus, there is talk about a concierge type service. Airbnb tested something like this years ago called ‘Local Companion’ and it was awesome. I hope they bring it back.


I would love to read your comments about this news or new stuff not covered! This was Airbnb news May 2018.

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