Higher vaccination rates mean travel’s kinda back, baby. But if you were planning on an Airbnb escape (or maybe party) for New Year’s Eve, you’ll be met with new restrictions that may keep you from booking. Here are the deets you need to know about the Airbnb party ban.
ICYMI, Airbnb announced a global party ban back in 2020 to prevent folks from throwing parties that could be potentially unsafe or destructive. (Which, like, fair.) This New Year’s Eve, they’re cracking down on single- and multi-night reservations to avoid “unauthorized or disruptive” parties.
Here are the new criteria you’ve gotta meet if you want to book on December 31st, 2021:
- One-night reservations: No positive reviews, no booking. According to Airbnb, “Guests without a history of positive reviews on Airbnb will be prohibited from making reservations in entire home listings.”
- Two-night reservations: This is where it gets a bit more *technical*. Airbnb says they will “leverage and amplify [their] technology” to restrict certain bookings that may pose a greater party risk. This includes certain local and last-minute rezzies or bookings by people with no positive Airbnb reviews.
This isn’t the first year they’ve put party prevention methods in place. Airbnb estimates that last year, when they enforced similar restrictions on bookings, up to 243,000 people around the world “encountered these defenses.”
They also note that Puerto Rico, Brazil, and New Zealand will be included this year, while the 2020 pilot was made up of the U.S. mainland, Canada, Australia, France, Spain, and the U.K.
The bottom line? Airbnb is not here for your NYE party. It’ll be interesting to see how Airbnb expands on these measures in the future, but for now, their party prevention systems may keep you from booking, even if you weren’t planning on a rental rage.