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Airbnb's New Luxury Rentals May Be More Affordable Than You Think

June 26, 2019
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Airbnb's New Luxury Rentals May Be More Affordable Than You Think
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Get the image of a spare bedroom or pullout sofa out of your head. Airbnb is elbowing its way firmly into the luxury market.

On Tuesday, June 25, Airbnb released a new tier of properties that specifically caters to the upper echelon (otherwise known as the 1%) of travelers.

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Aptly named Airbnb Luxe, the new product boasts luxury rentals and experiences that cost an average of $1,500 per guest.

This follows Airbnb's acquisition of the luxury villa and home rental website Luxury Retreats two years ago — which, according to a statement from Airbnb, helped form the foundation of the high price tag collection of properties now known as Luxe.

Airbnb Luxe is launching with more than 2,000 handpicked homes around the world, "each one passing strict evaluation across 300-plus criteria" such as "rare and unique features" and "chef-grade appliances," according to the statement.

Nick Guezen, Airbnb's global director of portfolio strategy told USA Today that, "Only 5% of homes that applied made the cut."

Properties are currently available across Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.

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So, as expected with such a rigorous application process, Airbnb Luxe offers some jaw-dropping homes — with correspondingly outrageous price tags. With Airbnb Luxe, you can rent an island in French Polynesia (for $146,426 a night) or stay at an eight-bedroom ski chalet in Verbier with an indoor swimming pool for a cool $51,300 a night.

But even the rest of us can experience at least some of Airbnb's ultra high-end properties. Here are eight of our favorite Airbnb Luxe rentals that won't empty the bank account our require a second mortgage.

Honeymoon Master Suite in Fiesole, Italy

Priced at about $512 a night, this "Call Me By Your Name"-esque suite is romantic, cozy and privy to some breathtaking views of Florence. The one-bedroom suite accommodates up to two guests and has one bathroom.

Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

Mayfair One in London, England

Book this one-bedroom, mod property for a cool $446 a night. It's just the right size for a couple looking for a weekend getaway or a honeymoon adjacent to Buckingham Palace.

Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

Su Casa in El Jobo, Costa Rica

We like a pool and a view, but we love a pool with a view. At this El Jobo villa in Costa Rica, up to six guests (sharing two bedrooms and two bathrooms) can get the best of both worlds for $412 a night.

Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

Villa Canggu North in Canggu, Indonesia

Located in the sleepy fishing village of Canggu, this modern two-bedroom villa comes with a personal chef, butler and house manager (just because) for $330 a night.

Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

Villa Impian Manis in Ungasan, Indonesia

There's a lot to like about this three-bedroom, four-bathroom property. In addition to a striking resemblance to wherever the "I'm the One" music video was shot (be warned: Justin Bieber is in it), this house is close to a nature reserve and "beaches in every direction." It's priced at $450 a night.

Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

Level Three-Bedroom Suite in Los Angeles, California

Six guests can enjoy this three-bedrooms, three-bathroom apartment in downtown Los Angeles. For $510 a night, guests enjoy so more than just panoramic views of the city and access to a luxury hot tub and swimming pool. But those are definitely highlights.

Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

Bantry Luxe Grande in Cape Town, South AfricaIt's typically pretty expensive to get to Cape Town from the US. But this luxury three-bedroom property with a plunge pool costs just $282 a night, delivering a simultaneously luxurious and inexpensive stay, especially for a party of six.

Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

The Bungalow in Park City, Utah

Located right on Main Street, this one-bedroom skier's paradise with a gas fireplace, exposed brick and plenty of plush furs is available for just $295, and can accommodate up to four guests.

Photo courtesy of Airbnb.

If you want to really maximize your Airbnb Luxe stay, make sure to use your Chase Sapphire Reserve card. With 3x Chase Ultimate Rewards points on travel and points currently valued at 2 cents a piece based on TPG's valuations, paying with the Chase Sapphire Reserve is a surefire way to earn a 6% return on your stay, which can really add up if your rental prices in the $1,000 per night range.

All photos courtesy of Airbnb.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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