Airbnb holiday crackdown blocked more than 100,000 bookings

Sorry, Gen Z. Airbnb is staying the course on its under-25 home ban, even as America comes out of lockdown – and more people are stranded than we thought.

Airbnb says its anti-party security system has blocked more than 100,000 “suspicious” bookings since its launch in the United States last July. (The edge previously reported that the number was “over 50,000”; this estimate did not include a number of major cities listed below).

The Airbnb system prevents travelers aged 24 or younger with fewer than three positive Airbnb reviews from booking entire homes close to where they live. The initiative was first launched in Canada in 2020 after a wave of violent house parties.

“We know that people over 24 are also perfectly capable of booking a house for the wrong reasons,” the online rental market said in a statement last year. “But based on the positive impact this policy has had on unauthorized parties booked by guests under the age of 25, we believe this is the right action to continue to protect the security of our community.”

Airbnb has confirmed the following local data for its blocked reservation system. Los Angeles, the land of irresponsible influencers, tops the list with at least 15,000 party closings in the past year. Atlanta and Chicago are the next most blocked cities, with around 12,000 and 10,000 bookings blocked, respectively.

  • ~ 15,000 in Los Angeles

  • ~ 12,000 in Atlanta

  • ~ 10,000 in Chicago

  • ~ 7,000 in Dallas

  • ~ 6,000 in San Diego

  • ~ 5,100 in Charlotte

  • ~ 5,000 in Phoenix

  • ~ 4,500 in Las Vegas

  • ~ 4,500 in Seattle

  • ~ 3,800 in Austin

  • ~ 3,500 in Saint-Louis

  • ~ 3000 to Columbus

  • ~ 2,700 in New Orleans

  • ~ 2,600 in Denver

  • ~ 2,600 in Portland

  • ~ 2,000 in Cincinnati

  • ~ 1,800 in Salt Lake City

  • ~ 1,500 in Albuquerque

The system does not block bookings for individual rooms or hotels. It will also allow bookings of entire homes by users aged 24 or younger. if they have a good Airbnb history or plan to rent long term. If your reservation is blocked, you’ll know it when you attempt to make a reservation, Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit said. Mashable. Breit stressed that the initiative is focused on “unauthorized parties, that is, a party organized without the knowledge or consent of the hosts.”

Security has become a big selling point for Airbnb amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This spring, the platform implemented an eight-point “responsible travel summer” plan, which included restricting bookings for guests around the weekend of July 4 and offering support 24/7 customer service as well as discounts on noise detection devices for guests.

Last month, Airbnb also announced a partnership with competitor Vrbo to remove “party houses” – rental locations advertised for large (and potentially dangerous) gatherings – from their collective market.

“Airbnb and Vrbo plan to work with a trusted third-party intermediary to develop a process that identifies properties that have been permanently removed from each platform due to repeated violations of respective community policies,” the companies said in a statement from hurry. “The information will be available for each company to take appropriate action.”

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