Founded in August 2008 in San Francisco, California, Airbnb was formed to give folks traveling in for the Industrial Design Conference held by the Industrial Designers Society of America a place to stay outside of the typical hotels booking experience. It allowed for anyone with a spare room or property to make some extra bucks offering temporary lodging solutions for tourists.

Now, the application serves 150 million users with over 6 million active listings worldwide, connecting guests with hosts all over the globe. Hosts usually fork over anywhere from 3%-15% of their booking subtotal to Airbnb, which includes the nightly rate, whatever cleaning fee the host associated with their property, and any other extra guest costs.

Although the application started off as what seemed like a low-cost alternative to hotels for guests looking for cute or charming living situations on their travels, a number of social media users have expressed that the application has become far too expensive, citing unrealistic host expectations of customers and excessive fees have made them cost just as much, if not more, than a traditional hotel.

Man talking(L+r), Phone with airbnb app(c)

‘You lost me at $1,000 a night’: Airbnb host says guests tried to scam him. Viewers aren’t on his side

‘Airbnb landlords are the actual worst.’

On Jun 11, 2024 by Rachel Kiley

Man talking(l+r), Hand holding phone with airbnb app(c)

‘Pretending that it was their mansion’: Host says influencer pretended to live at his Airbnb so he could sell his online business courses

‘That isn’t their house. It’s mine.’

On May 21, 2024 by Braden Bjella

Pool balls in rack with handwritten note that reads 'Pool is £5 per day - you can pay via PayPal or leave the cash in the lockbox.' (l) Woman with caption 'Host charges me £740 extra fees for this' (c) television with handwritten note that reads 'To use the TV pay extra £5 a day and I will send you the access code' (r)

‘You used the pool table twice’: Airbnb customer says host charged $924 extra for using things like TV, Wi-Fi

‘This is exactly why I’m fine with paying hotels.’

On May 9, 2024 by Rachel Kiley

Airbnb guest uses 15,000 gallons of water

‘Actually it was a genius move’: Airbnb guest uses 15,000 gallons of water. Here’s why

‘Got their moneys worth.’

On Apr 22, 2024 by Braden Bjella

Airbnb cleaner slammed guests who make their beds before checking-out

‘Not me thinking I was being polite’: Airbnb cleaner slams guests for making their beds before checking out

‘People just trying to get their deposit back.’

On Apr 21, 2024 by Alexandra Samuels

young women in Waffle House with caption 'we drove 3 hours and the air bnb host never gave us the door code' (l&r) door lock key code panel (c)

‘We drove 3 hours’: Women have to go to Waffle House after Airbnb host never gives them door code to rental

‘At least y’all eating good.’

On Apr 15, 2024 by Braden Bjella

Airbnb customer's power goes out. Now she can't close the garage door and is staying alone

‘We check the cameras very often’: Airbnb customer’s power goes out. Now she can’t close the garage door and is staying alone

‘This is why I don’t use Airbnb.’

On Apr 14, 2024 by Grace Fowler

Airbnb policy change freaking out internet

‘They are telling you what’s coming’: Airbnb’s new refund policy for ‘government travel restrictions’ sends QAnon crowd spiraling

‘They are telling you what’s coming…’

On Apr 8, 2024 by Mikael Thalen

Family with 4 kids gets locked out of vacation rental late at night. They can’t believe Airbnb’s response

‘Are y’all nuts?’: Family with 4 kids gets locked out of vacation rental late at night. They can’t believe Airbnb’s response

‘The same thing happened with my family.’

On Apr 4, 2024 by Braden Bjella

Woman with hand over her face(l), Hand holding phone with booking.com app(c), Group looking upset(r)

‘Booking.com give us a REFUND RIGHT NOW!’: Guest says new tenant arrives to move into their rental midway through their stay

‘Someone just pulled up with three moving trucks to MOVE INTO OUR AIRBNB.’

On Mar 26, 2024 by Jack Alban

Women in chairs(l+r), Airbnb on phone(c)

‘Is this a new policy?’: Travelers drive 10 hours to Airbnb on the beach. There’s just one problem

‘Send help!!!!’

On Mar 21, 2024 by Alexandra Samuels

Airbnb host says he had to fire his cleaning staff over Ring video

‘No second chances!! It’s YOUR company’: Airbnb host says he had to fire his cleaning staff over Ring video

‘She blatantly lied. That’s grounds for termination.’

On Feb 24, 2024 by Vladimir Supica

Couple with flowers(l), Phone with Airbnb app(c), Woman wearing hoodie over dress(r)

‘Poor girl. She wanted to cry!’: Bride books wedding photographer through her Airbnb. She gets ‘stood up’

‘We got dressed and glammed up for nothing baby.’

On Feb 10, 2024 by Grace Rampaul

Airbnb cleaner doesn’t want to accommodate early check-in.

‘Sounds like a $700 inconvenience charge’: Airbnb cleaner doesn’t want to accommodate early check-in. Is she wrong?

‘I don’t wanna be around these people.’

On Feb 1, 2024 by Beau Paul

Airbnb customer finds a secret door and clue in rental

‘Girl did u rent an escape room?’: Airbnb customer finds a secret door and clue in rental

‘Yall ain’t seen Barbarian and it shows.’

On Jan 26, 2024 by Beau Paul

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