This huge stick insect visited my office today. It was 23cm, or 9 inches long, excluding its legs.
I was just reading up on Airbnb’s host guarantee and couldn’t help but notice their placement of dots on a map which I guess are meant to represent Australian hosts.
Four dots, in total - three of which are clustered in the middle of the desert, which has a grand total of 16 listings (see second image). The other seems to be floating on the Great Barrier Reef. There are thousands of listings along the Australian coastline that are not represented by these dots.
This reminds me of the time a Microsoft email newsletter depicted an outback Australian town as a ‘primary market’ of cloud products. And yes, I do realise these maps aren’t meant to be geographically accurate, but it’s still pretty funny that these multinational, American-based companies think that slapping dots in the centre of our continent is at all representative of their Australian customers.
I don’t think Pole Top Rescue could have crammed any more local terminology into this song about my hometown of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. For the non-Darwinites, here’s a quick guide:
Following my rant about the unrealistic Superhost criteria, yesterday I received a rather negative review which saw my progress towards Superhost status instantly drop.
The reason? Some silly guest booked for one person instead of two, and when I requested payment for the extra guest, they hit me with a negative review and claimed my listing was “misleading”.
Airbnb’s response to that was to regurgitate their FAQs in the first instance, and then tell me that the review did not violate their policy and they “cannot” remove or alter it.
It’s this complete lack of support or empathy for hard-working hosts that makes me want to throw in the Airbnb towel. Very poor form, Airbnb.
I found this on my Airbnb dashboard this week. Superhost status was recently introduced as a way of encouraging hosts to improve Airbnb hosting experiences, and is based on host activity in the last 12 months. First, let me comment on the Superhost criteria and why it’s simply not achievable for some hosts who are committed to providing a quality Airbnb experience:
After seeing my Superhost progress, I went looking for the benefits that Superhosts receive. I wanted to know whether working my butt off to meet the above strict criteria would be worthwhile.
The short answer is: for me, it isn’t.
Superhosts get a special badge on their listings, but this has no effect on their search ranking. They get a measly US$100 Airbnb travel coupon - but only if they maintain the Superhost criteria for a whole year. This seems like a bit of a kick in the guts to me. Is that all that a year-long host commitment to providing an extremely high standard of hosting is worth to Airbnb? If this ‘travel coupon’ is the same as ‘travel credit’, that US$100 won’t stretch very far because it has to be used on a booking of US$75 or more.
Superhosts also get priority Airbnb phone support. I’ve previously criticised the appalling Airbnb support I have received, and they recently took more than two months to resolve a billing issue. So I guess this means that as a non-Superhost, the support I receive will now be even slower than before. Another Superhost ‘benefit’ is product exclusives. Really? Airbnb should be paying hosts to put up with buggy beta testing, not offering it as a reward for their contribution to improving Airbnb’s reputation.
I’ve managed to catch two episodes of Nus et Culottés, or Bare-Faced Cheek while channel surfing recently. The series follows a pair of French guys travelling across Europe purely via the generosity of the people they meet. Their stories and experiences remind me of my Couchsurfing host days :)
This is the best idea for a restaurant. - Imgur
I DON’T THINK IT’S LITERALLY POSSIBLE FOR ME TO LIKE OR FAV OR UPVOTE THIS ENOUGH
I would like to see more of these.
Is this not a thing in America?
It’s a thing all over here in Australia. You get a wrist band. Means you can buy no booze, but you get free soft drinks.
this is a thing in canada too like all you gotta do is say that youre driving
Free….soda….in the US for….DD’s? Free…anything to encourage safe behaviours?
That’s too much logic for this country. Sounds like Socialist propaganda
This is only in some states but not widely advertised
This should be a thing everywhere.
Yup. And in the Northern Territory, Australia, the role of designated driver is called ‘sober bob’, thanks to a government ad campaign. Some bars and clubs offer free post mix soft drinks to sober bobs, but it is optional, so the more stingy ones don’t participate (I’m looking at you, Throb nightclub).