Airbnb is launching a new program that it says will give hoteliers and hostels a way to make extra money while keeping people at home.
The program will initially be available in California and New York, where Airbnb is also expanding its business.
It will go live in Arizona in January, and the company says the program will allow hotels to make money by charging guests for stays.
Airbnb has been experimenting with this approach for some time.
It also offers a service called Stay at Home, which lets hosts charge a fee for the time that their hosts stay at home rather than charging them for a hotel room.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said the new program will offer hotels the chance to make a small profit.
“We want to help our guests stay at their home and give them a choice between staying at home and paying for their hotel room,” Chesky wrote in a blog post.
“This will help them stay at the home they’ve always wanted.”
Stay at home is an option that Airbnb says its guest base is looking for.
It says its average occupancy rate among Airbnb hosts in the United States was 99.5% in January.
Airbnb says it’s seeing an uptick in occupancy rates from hostels that offer stays at the host’s home.
Airbnb hosts have been frustrated at times with the way hosts have responded to the Airbnb business model, and Airbnb has had to adjust its terms of service to help the hosts get more money from their hosts.
Airbnb’s goal with this new program is to give hosts a more effective way to earn money while staying at the hotel.
Airbnb will provide hostels with a list of guests who are staying at their homes.
Airbnb expects this list to grow as it has more hosts in California, New York and Arizona.
The company says it will give hosts access to a “hotel wallet” to help them earn extra money.
Airbnb said hosts will be able to set a payment threshold for each guest.
If a guest fails to meet that threshold, Airbnb will remove the guest from their listing and they will be charged the hotel fee, Airbnb said.
Airbnb wants hosts to set their minimum payment threshold based on the number of guests that stay at a hotel.
Hosts will be required to report guests who do not meet that payment threshold to Airbnb.
Airbnb is using this information to send an alert to hosts who are not paying their hosts, Airbnb added.
Airbnb added that this new feature will only apply to hosts and guests who stay at least 72 hours each month.
Airbnb did not specify the amount of time hosts must stay at one’s home or if guests must remain at the guest’s home for longer than 72 hours.
Airbnb also said it is working with hostels to ensure hosts do not abuse this feature.
Airbnb announced a similar pilot program for hostels in February.
The service charges hosts a fee to stay at guests’ homes and hosts can then sell the fees to book rooms, but Airbnb says this program is a one-time fee.
Airbnb began charging hosts $20 for each day the host stays at their property.
Airbnb launched this program to allow hosts to make more money while still making money.
It added that the program would only apply in California.
Airbnb told The Wall St. Journal that it expects this new pilot program to be rolled out nationwide in January 2018.
Airbnb raised its monthly stay from $100 to $1,000 from its previous plan.
The startup said this move is aimed at making the program more palatable to hosts.
“Our goal is to get hosts to accept the new fee,” Airbnb said in a statement.
Airbnb isn’t the only one experimenting with staying at a guest’s house.
Airbnb co-founder Brian Cheshire told the Wall Street Review that the company was experimenting with similar ideas.
He said he’s heard from hosts who said they were willing to pay $1 for every stay a guest made on their property if Airbnb didn’t charge them for stays in their home.