February 2, 2023

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Goodbye fee hell: Airbnb will soon show you the *current* total price in the search

Airbnb will soon show you the actual total price you pay when you search for a rental on the platform. Imagine that – no more surprise high-priced cleaning fees sneaking in at the checkout.

Users have long complained about fees hidden from search. From the looks of it, Airbnb is prioritizing the nightly rate, which doesn’t include fees that are appended later. Most notable among these fees: the dreaded “cleaning fee” that a host charges, though it often requires a suspicious amount of cleaning from the vacationer. Why pay a cleaning fee and then have to wash bed linen? Previously, these fees would only show up after the user had gone through the search process.

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Airbnb said that when you search in December, you’ll see the actual total price before tax.

The company wrote in a press release:

Starting in December, we’ll start rolling out the option to display the total price in countries without existing price display requirements. Total price includes all fees before tax and is shown in search results, map, filter and listing pages. Before confirming their booking, guests can view a full price breakdown showing Airbnb’s service fee, discounts, and taxes.

Airbnb also noted that guests would no longer be subjected to unreasonable cleaning requirements. I guess Airbnb saw the tweets and memes.

“Guests should not be required to perform inappropriate checkout tasks such as making beds, doing laundry, or vacuuming when leaving their Airbnb,” the company wrote in its press release. “But we think it’s reasonable to ask guests to turn off the lights, throw away food and lock the doors – just like they would if they were leaving their own homes.”

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So go ahead and search Airbnb for your perfect getaway. Eventually, you’ll be greeted with what you actually need to fork.