The company decided to roll out the new feature after seeing surging demand from users who were seeking out lodgings for the same night or one night in advance. But since not all Airbnb hosts were able to accommodate such requests, guests would sometimes request stays at multiple locations while waiting to hear back from different hosts. That was a bad experience both for guests, who could become anxious about actually being able to find a place, as well as hosts, who might be fielding requests from guests that ended up staying somewhere else. Airbnb had already enabled an instant booking feature, which gave hosts the ability to automatically accept guest requests without having to message with them beforehand. It also provided a number of different filters or parameters, such as number of days notice needed, number of reviews a guest had, and others before instant booking would be enabled. Get the full story at TechCrunch