After shaking up the hotel industry, Airbnb is looking to diversify its business in order to get a bigger chunk of your travel budget. They’re in the early development stages of a service for booking air travel, similar to Expedia, Priceline etc. Bloomberg reports that the project is simply known as Flights for now.
Airbnb started out 8 years ago and has continuously grown as a great option for travelers who are looking for a different and more affordable experience during their travels. They have had some legal troubles lately in the home sharing front, but they’ve already started expanding their business model.
Just last month they added Airbnb Trips. It give you the option to book tours, restaurants reservations and other travel services. By adding flight booking capabilities, Airbnb aims to be a one-stop shop for people booking a trip anywhere in the world.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky gave a presentation last month in Los Angeles, where he showed off new designs for the company’s website and apps. One image contained a small airplane graphic in a section called Trip Itinerary. This is where Airbnb intends to provide suggestions for the best airfare options based on price, travel time and expected weather conditions, said the people familiar with the plans.
If you don’t have an Airbnb account, you can sign up through a referral link and get $35 credit when you book a stay worth at least $75.