Okay this is messy and I was probably too character-y in it, but if you just look at the photos you’ll get the gist.
And that is about to get worse. The new system shows the price with everything combined and then presented as a nightly price, including their enormous service fees. It is presented as if it is your nightly price. So now your nightly price looks to be much higher and even people who could mentally separate your price from Airbnb’s service fees before will not be able to do so now. Here’s an example. I am still seeing the regular reservation box but @bigappledude is seeing the new approach and we compared a couple of places.
Old/current version that I see for Ellie and Bruce’s listing. $105 / night is a sweet deal even though I know I am paying the fees and taxes as shown below. It is still a great nightly rate.
New version that bigapple is seeing. $134/night. I don’t usually pay that much to stay in _____. Last time I stayed with Ellie and Bruce I certainly didn’t pay that much. I am not really noticing that I am not paying any additional fees on top of the nightly but I am now more aware of the taxes than I was previously because they used to be added in already but now they aren’t added into my price yet and mostly, I am super distracted with how the nightly rate because it said $105 on the map but here it says $134 and there is no explanation that I can see, there is no math shown. And that total up there has no explanation whatsoever, Ellie and Bruce are clearly trying to pull a fast one.
This is annoying too.
If you offer a discount for booking a 3 days or a week or 18 days, whatever, that discount is getting lost in the shuffle. Whereas the old/current way that I still see, your discount shows in the math equation as a negative number and in a different color (so that your guest notices it, because it is special and they should know you’re giving a discount). If I book a week with Janet here, I can’t help but notice that I am getting a $32 discount. It’s not a lot but it is still rather nice of Janet to give me a discount. Yay Janet!
However, if bigappledude goes to book the same week with Janet, he doesn’t see anything at all about the discount. The price reflects the discount but since they aren’t showing any math anymore, he might never be aware of Janet giving a discount. Janet does not get a “yay Janet” for her discount if he books right now because this is all he sees. Honestly at this point, Janet should just keep her $32 and be glad it’s not a bigger discount that no one is going to notice.
However, if bigapple clicks on the “includes fees…” under the total then he kinda almost sees the discount. However, it is not even labeled as a discount and it does not say that Janet is giving the discount. It says I’ll save $32. Airbnb is giving me $32 off of my stay just because they like me, plus they aren’t charging me those service fees anymore so they must be the ones giving me $32 off of my bill. I wonder why Janet didn’t give me a discount, I’m staying a whole week. Boo Janet and her stupid high nightly rate, look at that enormous price that doesn’t even include tax. Janet is raking it in at the same time that Airbnb stopped charging me. I bet Janet will have to lower her prices soon enough, haha.