Airbnb now accepts split payments

Stephanie Yip 29 November 2017 NEWS

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Your credit card thanks you for this.

Anyone who's travelled in a group will understand this situation: You're booking a hotel for numerous people but you can only pay the total with one credit card. Who takes the hit?

Now, Airbnb has solved the problem, offering a split pay option so everyone pays their cut and no one has to front the entire bill.

Christmas miracle? We think so.

In fact, the idea spun from a survey undertaken last Christmas where Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky asked users what they'd like to see Airbnb launch in 2017. With answers wide and varied, one of the top-most responses was group payment options.

This feature has been rolled out across all 191 countries and territories where Airbnb is available.

How does it work?

To enable split payments, reserve your Airbnb and then invite friends via a link or email and the payment will be evenly split among all invited. There is a maximum of 16 that can split the reservation.

Once reserved, you then have 72 hours to make your payments. If, after this time full payment has not been received, the person who originally booked will be alerted and given a further 24 hours to complete the booking. If it isn't, the whole reservation will be cancelled and anyone who has paid will be refunded in full.

As to anyone who hasn't? Well, you're free to berate them any way you wish or even go so far as to scrap them off any future invites.

In case you're wondering, yes, you can adjust the payment amount per person – so if someone agrees to pay more for the ensuite you can charge them more.

The same goes for whoever gets the couch if they've agreed to pay less.

You can also complete payments on behalf of someone else. This can be both a blessing and a curse as users of the split payment tool in the US have already discovered with a recent survey finding that 43% of group travellers lost over $1,000 in repayments.

Then again, we don't think that's too much different from footing the bill and then having to chase your mates up for their share like you previously had to.


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