As exciting as travelling can be, the booking process is often a stressful one. And that stress is almost always intensified when you book an accommodation on behalf of a group, which will leave you worrying about how quickly the funds will be forked over (if they are at all). In fact, when Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb, posted a tweet in 2016 asking the public what new feature the company should offer, quite a few people suggested group payments.
If @Airbnb could launch anything in 2017, what would it be?
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) December 26, 2016
Thankfully, Airbnb’s finally launched a bill-splitting feature that’ll prevent you from shouldering the responsibility of paying for your group’s entire booking. So you can now divide up your Airbnb bill between two to 16 people.
If you choose to use Airbnb’s Split Pay feature, you can invite others to contribute to the booking fee by sending them a link or by adding their emails directly to the bill. You and your friends will then have a full 72 hours to pay the booking fee, or else the reservation will be cancelled (but don’t worry, everyone who did pay their share will get their money back).
Say goodbye to the days of having to chase after your friends for money.. well, at least on Airbnb.
In addition to splitting up the bill, you can also see who’s paid what or contribute more money if you need to. And as the final cherry on top of this brilliant tool, Airbnb will send out reminders to everyone that’s been added to the bill 24 hours before the payment deadline.
If worse comes to worst and no one else ends up paying their share of the bill, you can always just book a cheaper reservation and enjoy it all to yourself.