Airbnb has just made it easier for groups around the world to split the cost of a short-term rental unit on its platform, adding a feature where members of a group trip can all pay their shares separately when booking one shared unit to stay in, using Airbnb’s website or apps.
Here’s how the new feature works: when booking a rental property, a group trip organizer can elect to split the payment (on properties where hosts have that option enabled). The organizer’s card is charged for only their share of the total payment. Then, the reservation goes into “awaiting payment” state. This means it will show up as booked on the host’s calendar for the next 72 hours, giving the organizer time to contact his fellow renters and get them to log into Airbnb to pay their share.