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Airbnb Launches Split Payment Feature For Group Travel

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Airbnb has created a new payment splitting feature that makes group travel easier, reports Techcrunch.

This simple new feature has been in the works for a year now. In December 2016, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky asked users what new features they wanted from Airbnb via a tweet. And surprisingly, customers overwhelmingly wanted to split payments among their fellow group travelers.

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One user, prior to this new feature, had to foot the bill for the rest of the people in the group.

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The idea really took off around February of this year when Airbnb acquired social payments startup Tilt. Leveraging that company’s technology helped the home-sharing firm to add the new feature.

With the new tool, the trip organizer requests to book a listing, then pays their portion of the trip total on their credit card. A menu to share the booking with other members of the travel group will then pop up. Fellow group members are given 72 hours to pay their part.

However, there are a few catches. According to Techcrunch, a reservation must start at least 10 days from the time of booking, and the stay must be for less than 27 days.

This story originally appeared on Blavity.

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