Top 10 takeaways from the Airbnb 2022 Winter Release

Learn about the 10 upgrades we created just for Hosts.
By Airbnb on Nov. 16, 2022
7-min read
Updated Jul. 21, 2023

Editor’s note: This article was published as part of the Airbnb 2022 Winter Release. Information may have changed since its publication. Learn more about our latest product release.

As Hosts, you’ve given us a lot of feedback in the past year. Based on your feedback, we’ve made changes to improve the hosting experience.

AirCover for Hosts

1. Even more AirCover: AirCover for Hosts now includes protections for cars and boats parked at your home, plus expanded coverage for art and valuables. We’re increasing damage protection from $1 million USD to $3 million USD.

2. Guest identity verification: Identity verification has expanded to all guests who book travel to Airbnb’s top 35 countries and regions, representing 90% of all reservations. We’ll roll this out globally in early 2023.

3. Reservation screening: We’ve developed reservation screening technology that analyzes about a hundred factors to flag bookings likely to lead to unauthorized parties or property damage. After a successful test in Australia, we’re launching reservation screening technology in the US and Canada, with a global rollout in early 2023.

4. Simpler reimbursement process: You can submit a reimbursement request in just a few steps.

Read about the updates to AirCover for Hosts

Ground rules for guests

5. More guest accountability: We’re introducing ground rules for guests, a new set of enforceable standards that require guests to respect your home and follow your house rules. Every guest will agree to these ground rules before making a reservation. We’ll hold guests accountable through a system of education, suspension, and removal if necessary.

Read about ground rules for guests

Review system improvements

6. Detailed reviews of guests: You’ll be able to leave more details when someone stays with you, and read more guest info left by other Hosts. Your feedback will help enforce ground rules.

7. Retaliatory review protections: You’ll be able to dispute any retaliatory review, no matter how long ago it was posted. These include reviews from guests who severely violate your standard house rules, have a party in your home, damage your property, or overstay their reservation.

Read about the review system improvements

Fast Pay

8. Getting paid faster: Fast Pay, a new payout method, delivers your money within 30 minutes after Airbnb releases it, even on holidays and weekends. Fast Pay is available in the US this year for a fee of 1.5%, with a cap of $15 USD per payout.

Read details about Fast Pay

Airbnb Categories

9. Category tools: In early 2023, you’ll be able to check which category your home is in. You’ll also be able to add more details about your place’s features so that your home can be put in the right category.

10. New categories: We’re adding new categories to help guests discover more of your homes. The latest Airbnb Categories are New, Trending, Hanoks, Top of the World, Adapted, Play, and Private Rooms.

Read what’s new with Airbnb Categories

Do you know someone who wants to start hosting? Tell them about Airbnb Setup—an all-new, simple way to Airbnb their home with free one-to-one guidance from a Superhost.

If you have thoughts about the latest release, we’re always listening. Please send us your feedback.

Read our guide to the Airbnb 2022 Winter Release

AirCover for Hosts’ Host damage protection, Host liability insurance, and Experiences liability insurance don’t cover Hosts who offer stays or Experiences in Japan, where Japan Host Insurance and Japan Experience Protection Insurance apply, or Hosts who offer stays through Airbnb Travel LLC. For Hosts who offered stays or Experiences in mainland China, the China Host Protection Plan applies. Keep in mind that all coverage limits are shown in USD.

Host damage protection isn’t insurance and isn’t related to Host liability insurance. For listings in Washington State, Airbnb’s contractual obligations under Host damage protection are covered by an insurance policy purchased by Airbnb. Under Host damage protection, you’re reimbursed for certain damages caused by guests to your home and belongings if the guest does not pay for those damages. 

For Hosts whose country of residence or establishment is outside of Australia, Host damage protection is subject to these terms, conditions, and limitations. For Hosts whose country of residence or establishment is within Australia, Host damage protection is subject to these terms, conditions, and limitations.

Information contained in this article may have changed since publication.

Nov. 16, 2022
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