An Update on Instant Book

Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. We are focused on reimagining travel by building an end-to-end travel platform that combines where you stay, what you do, and how you get there, all in one place. To achieve this goal, we are investing in creating new businesses that will power our growth over the long-term. 

Airbnb is succeeding because:

  • Our platform is fueled by hosts and guests who are loyal to Airbnb because we treat them like members of a community, not commodities. 
  • We have an unrivaled brand and have built a loyal and growing community.
  • Our community has created a truly global network. Guests who are seeking unique listings and experiences around the world find what they want at Airbnb. That demand generates greater opportunities for even more hosts.
  • Our community offers unique, high-quality accommodations and experiences that have created a new way to travel that did not exist before and cannot be found anywhere else. 

As we work to build an end-to-end travel platform, we want to serve every guest, and make booking an Airbnb listing quick and easy. Today, there are over 6 million listings in over 100,000 cities on the Airbnb platform. These listings include homes, apartments, hotel rooms, and unique places like 14,000 tiny houses, over 4,000 castles, and over 2,400 tree houses. 

Today, we are announcing that nearly 70 percent of all Airbnb listings can be booked using Airbnb’s Instant Book feature. Instant Book listings don’t require approval from the host of a specific guest before they can be booked. Instead, guests can just choose their travel dates, book, and then discuss check-in plans with the host. There is no additional fee for listings that use Instant Book. 

Instantly bookable listings are great for all travelers, and particularly help business travelers who may be booking at the last minute. More and more people are using Airbnb when traveling for work: today, more than 400,000 companies around the world are directly engaged with Airbnb to help manage their travel.

As we move ahead, we are committed to making Airbnb the place where you plan every part of your trip and we will continue to provide updates in the weeks and months to come.