When Airbnb first started, one of the last things anyone would’ve expected is the company evolving into the giant it is today. Using Airbnb for leisure travel is a given, but using the platform for business travel? Well, for more than 250,000 companies, Airbnb is a go-to resource for their business travel needs.
As Airbnb continues to shift towards more standardized listings, such as through their Airbnb Plus and Airbnb Beyond programs, it’s important for Airbnb hosts to embrace these programs in order to command higher per-night rates, and also improve overall guest satisfaction.
All that in mind, let’s break down the Airbnb business ready program requirements, so you can determine whether it’s the right approach for your approach to being an Airbnb host.
Why you should make your space business travel ready
One of the biggest things about business travelers is that they often book longer stays than leisure travelers. They’re not looking for a quick weekend getaway, but rather a stay for an entire week or so.
This is more anecdotal, but it goes without saying that business travelers are less likely to cause damage, as opposed to a college student or family with children. That being said, the majority of Airbnb transactions go through without any issues, but even if the unexpected happens, Airbnb has their hosts’ backs with their Host Guarantee.
Finally, it’s worth noting that business travelers usually have bigger budgets than the average traveler, primarily because they’re paying through the company accounts. As we mentioned earlier, Airbnb business ready listings often command a higher premium because hosts with this designation show the intention of delivering a quality experience.
Understanding the business travel ready requirements
So, now that we’ve outlined the numerous benefits of making your Airbnb business travel ready, let’s take a closer look at the requirements Airbnb specified for these listings.
It all begins with the property type. Airbnb says that business listings can be houses, apartments, bungalows, cabins, chalets, town homes, villas, guest homes, lofts, condos, hotels, or a bed and breakfast.
The listings also must be classified as an entire home or as a private room with an en-suite or private bath. Having a pet-free and smoke-free space also is mandatory for anyone seeking the Airbnb business travel friendly designation.
Having a great space is just the beginning. Airbnb also requires hosts to have a property stocked with the essentials such as toilet paper, shampoo, soap, towels, linens, and pillows. Of course, you also need to provide a TV, high-speed WiFi, a hair dryer, and hangers. All sounds like common sense, right? Well, these amenities are key for being a successful Airbnb host in general.
Self check-in also is a core requirement for business-ready listings. It can be as simple as a key lock box, or providing the key by hand. Given the popularity of digital home technologies, we suggest investing in a smart lock.
Airbnb can be a little nit picky at times however. For example, they require hosts to provide an iron (although we recommend clothes steamers) and a laptop-friendly work space. The latter is subjective but we’ve found that business travelers consider it as a nice desk, with a comfy chair, and nearby power outlets.
In terms of guest service, Airbnb business travel listings must maintain a 4.8 average rating or higher in the past 365 days, with 5 or more reviews. Hosts are also required to respond to 90% of booking requests within 24 hours, during the past year.
Since business travel is extremely dynamic, Airbnb listings in the work collection must provide flexible or moderate cancellation policies.