Airbnb's Newest Tool in Chicago: Airbnb PLUS

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Along with being a SuperHost, Airbnb is rolling out a new feature to help market the top properties on their website. Welcome Airbnb Plus - the latest Airbnb ranking help uplift the high quality, the best amenities, successful Airbnb hosts, and more. Why? To give Airbnb Hosts more exposure and to give guests an outline that this Airbnb has passed a 100+ point quality inspection to ensure the best quality experience in Chicago.

Where Do You Start With Airbnb Plus?

Airbnb Plus is one of the first things you come across when you go onto airbnb.com because this is their newest push for high quality homes and experiences for guests.  When you first search for homes, the Airbnb homes will be at the top, or close to the top, because it gives potential guests a little bit of extra peace of mind when booking. Here is a little more about the excitement from the Chicago Tribune. 

When searching for a high-quality Airbnb, guests have the option to refine their listings to only include Airbnb Plus. These will be marked PLUS as seen above.

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Basic Airbnb Plus Program Requirements

For Chicago Airbnbs, to be eligible for Airbnb Plus, you must meet the following requirements, which are the same to be a SuperHost: 

  • Maintain an average rating of 4.8 over the past year

  • Accept 95% of booking requests over the past year, including instantly booked reservations

  • No canceled reservations over the past year (except for any penalty-free cancellations)

Here are a few of the amenities to include for an AirbnbPlus space:

  • Have a creative, thoughtful design that shows your unique style and personality,

  • Have a comfortable mattress, high-quality bedding, and plush towels,

  • Be well-equipped with amenities like wifi, TV, and coffee.

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If you are an Airbnb Host, how do you join the Plus Program?

  • The first step before applying is reviewing some of the Plus Program Requirements.

  • Review your current ratings as an Airbnb host.

  • Then, invite a member of Airbnb to review your home and do an inspection based on the programs 100+ point quality test.

These listed steps are all a part of the application process along with a $149 one-time application fee.

A majority of travelers coming to Chicago are willing to pay more for a home verified for quality and comfort. This is one of the best ways for Airbnb Hosts to get more exposure and have higher quality guests.