Airbnb Luxe will be the tier above Airbnb Plus, a service the company launched in 2018 that quality assures fancy homes in cities all over the world.
Airbnb just launched a new service called Airbnb Luxe that’s offering a week on a French Polynesian "private atoll," complete with a 21-bedroom mansion and 50 staff, for $1 million.
Not only will Airbnb rent you an extraordinarily fancy property, it’ll also set you up with a "dedicated trip designer" who will coordinate everything, including excursions and activities, to really help you pick up on the authentic local flavor.
Airbnb has a problematic legacy of causing increased rents for everyday people as more affordable properties get turned into short term vacation rentals.
Basically, Airbnb is bringing back travel agents for people who can afford to drop stacks of cash to stay in a French castle.
It also said it pursued the new business model because rentals of $1,000/night properties on Airbnb increased by more than 60 percent in 2018.
Airbnb Luxe will launch with over 2,000 properties, which it boasts have been hand selected and inspected for quality.
Should Airbnb really be focusing on catering to the needs of the wealthy when its base business model is reportedly hurting the communities it relies upon?