EP233: This Week in the World of Airbnb

EP233: This Week in the World of Airbnb

If you could design the ‘perfect flying experience,’ how would it look?

Last April, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky asked his Twitter followers that question, and they came up with some intriguing ideas that included in-flight karaoke and bunk beds on the plane! But Chesky condensed their responses to three main issues—’faster, cheaper, better experience.’ This week, he is hinting that Airbnb may take action on those suggestions, telling the Sunday Times of London that the platform is looking to get into the ‘end-to-end trip business.’ Is there an Airbnb Airlines in our future?

Jasper is joined by Nicole Prentice Williams, VP of Strategic Partnerships for Hostfully, to discuss the possibility of Airbnb entering the aviation space. They discuss the creative suggestions proposed by Chesky’s Twitter followers as well as Jason Steffen’s boarding research.

Nicole and Jasper also cover the story of a Canadian grandmother who is suing the platform for her stay in what she called a ‘university pot ghetto,’ the abrupt cancellation of bookings in Beijing during China’s annual parliament, and Danny Glover’s efforts to promote pro-Airbnb legislation in New York. Listen in for hacks to improve your own flying experience and insight on the future direction of Airbnb.

Topics Covered

Article #1: Get Ready for ‘Airbnb: Airline Edition’ (Legacy Airlines are Already Spooked)

  • Serious about ‘end-to-end trip business’
  • Twitter thread re: flying experience
  • Creative ideas, e.g.: bunk beds, activities
  • ‘Faster, cheaper, better experience’

Article #2: Grandma Sues Airbnb Over Canada 150 Stay in Ottawa ‘University Pot Ghetto’

  • Booked $1390/night Airbnb for Canada Day
  • Neighbors smoking pot, playing beer pong
  • Took grandchildren to hotel on third day
  • Money refunded after story became public

Article #3: Airbnb Has Removed Listings in Beijing and Canceled Bookings During China’s Annual Parliament Because It Wants to Be ‘Good Neighbors’

  • Likely due to security, difficult to vet Instant Book guests
  • Abrupt cancellation suggests lack of communication with Chinese government
  • No homes available in Beijing until March 30

Article #4: Danny Glover is Going to Albany to Fight for Airbnb

  • Pro- and anti-Airbnb bills proposed in New York
  • Glover hired as consultant for Airbnb
  • Home sharing as ‘bridge to financial stability’
  • Pro-Airbnb legislation unlikely to pass

Resources Mentioned

Article #1: inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/get-ready-for-airbnb-airline-edition-legacy-airlines-are-already-spooked.html

JetSmarter

JetSuite

Chesky Air Travel Twitter Thread

Jason Steffen Boarding Study

Airmule

Article #2: cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/airbnb-lawsuit-marijuana-ottawa-1.4559792

Article #3: businessinsider.com/airbnb-removed-china-listings-during-national-peoples-congress-2018-3

Article #4: nypost.com/2018/03/05/danny-glover-is-going-to-albany-to-fight-for-airbnb/

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