Short Stay Stats: Airbnb From a Guest Perspective

View from our window, Granada, España - Airbnb stay

View from our window, Granada, España – Airbnb stay, November 2012

Most Americans associate April 15th as Tax Day, marked by utter terror, dread and grim black humor. For my wife and I (collectively known as Owl and Bear), however, we will hit an interesting milestone that, at the very least, is deserving of a blog post.

April 15th, 2015 will mark for us a full year of nights booked through short stay supersite Airbnb.

In February, 2012, we no longer found ourselves saddled with a mortgage or rental payment as we boarded a plane for Panama and the indefinite travel ahead of us. Our first Airbnb stay was four nights in Panama City in March, 2012. Our host lived in New York, and we had a nice room in a great location of the city.

As we continued to use Airbnb for stays throughout the world, we were hooked. Who’d want to stay in a hotel, when you could have a nice apartment or guesthouse to yourselves?

I’ve put together an infographic with some metrics on our Airbnb history below. Feel free to share and embed, or leave a comment below.

While I am still largely an Airbnb fan, there are a number of trends that have tested my loyalty. Primarily, there is no guest incentive program, unlike that which is provided to “Superhosts.” There are no free nights earned, no discounts, no priority booking, no airline miles or anything else that would incentivize me to book on Airbnb rather than a competing platform. As a result, the number of nights we have booked through other short stay sites including HomeAway, FlipKey and 9flats, along with local real estate agencies, have gone up dramatically the last six months.

If you have used short stay sites extensively, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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