Airbnb, the online accommodation marketplace, may soon accept bitcoin payments. CEO Brian Chesky recently said on Twitter that reserving accommodations using bitcoin is the most popular request for this year.
“Got 4,000 suggestions. Here are the top 6:
1 – Crypto payments (top suggestion)
2 – Clear pricing displays
3 – Guest loyalty program
4 – Updated cleaning fees
5 – More long-term stays & discounts
6 – Better customer service
Already working on most, will look into others now!” https://t.co/rxEM4BXZci — Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 5, 2022
Chesky requested his Twitter followers for Airbnb-related suggestions on January 3rd. He came to the conclusion that crypto was obviously in the lead after looking through thousands of tweets. Following that, there will be clear pricing displays, a guest loyalty program, updated cleaning fees, and improved customer service.
Chesky claims to have seen a wide range of token concepts, implying that Airbnb’s future cryptocurrency payment options will not be restricted to just one or two tokens.
Since 2013, Airbnb has collected $336 billion in payments, according to him.
Visa, MasterCard, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and PayPal are presently accepted by Airbnb.
So, Chesky told Fox Business in September that Airbnb had been getting a lot of requests for cryptocurrency payments:
“We get a lot of requests, I’ve been getting it for years, I have nothing to announce on it today.”
To stay successful in the future, the company declared in its first public offering (IPO) prospectus that it needed to adapt to cutting-edge technology like cryptocurrencies and blockchain.
ChangeTip, a bitcoin tipping service, was purchased by the world’s largest rental marketplace in 2016.
It’s worth remembering that Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, who is also one of the world’s wealthiest people, used to work for Airbnb.
Lastly, Airbnb’s latest shift to crypto comes in the face of decentralized blockchain-based competitors like Dtravel, a vacation rental business developed by Travala.com.