Liz Gannes

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Airbnb Streamlines Booking Process for Last-Minute Travel

The average reservation on Airbnb is made a month in advance, and completing a booking can take up to eight days.

So Airbnb has created an alternative booking service for last-minute travel that it calls Match, where users teach the system their preferences and send out the same booking inquiry to multiple hosts, and Airbnb manages the replies. The company says this process should be about three times faster than making a normal reservation.

Match is designed for last-minute travel, and Airbnb tells me it will recommend the tool to users who are looking to book in five days or less, and those who have had a booking request declined, ignored or cancelled. But as a traveler, I think it sounds like a better system in general. Match can be accessed directly at www.airbnb.com/match.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald