AllTheRooms Adds CouchSurfing to Accommodations Listings
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AllTheRooms recently became the first accommodations search engine to add free listings from CouchSurfing alongside hotels and Airbnb properties.
It furthers the site’s goal to “list every single available room in the world: from a hammock in Jamaica to a penthouse in Manhattan,” according to a release.
“We believe that the travel industry is broken,” said William Beckler, co-founder of AllTheRooms and a former Travelocity executive. “Rather than giving customers what they are looking for, most accommodations search sites think in terms of maximum profit per visitor. Instead of showing the user every available option, they show only the options that make them the most profit — drastically slowing down the already stressful booking process.”
According to the release, Beckler believes other travel sites have avoided adding CouchSurfing to their offerings because the site includes more than one million free options. CouchSurfing, founded in 2004, was one of the original homesharing websites, with 100-percent free listings. It promoted the rise of Airbnb and the rest of the sharing economy.
“When you stay in a home rather than in a hotel, you can connect with your destination on a deeper level, and see it through the eyes of those who live there,” added Joseph DiTomaso, co-founder of AllTheRooms and a former Morgan Stanley banker. “That’s why we’re so excited to now provide our users with CouchSurfing listings.”
With the addition of CouchSurfing, AllTheRooms claims to be the largest room accommodations search engine in the world, offering at least six million places to stay, from luxurious vacation rentals to roomshares and camping sites. It is also the only accommodations search engine in the world to list all Airbnb listings.
According to AllTheRooms, today’s traveler visits more than a dozen different sites before ultimately booking their ideal accommodations. Travelers generally first visit traditional hotel sites, then roomshare sites like Airbnb and CouchSurfing, and then discount offer sites like Hotwire and Groupon. AllTheRooms offers every type of accommodation on one site so travelers don’t have to scan numerous sites.
“Sometimes you need to book a hotel in a hurry, but other times you seek a more connected experience, where you truly get to know a place,” said Mara Kofoed, AllTheRooms customer and the blogger behind A Blog about Love.
For her honeymoon, Kofoed used AllTheRooms to book an Airbnb apartment in Brussels, a hotel in Paris, and a homeshare via CouchSurfing in Vienna.
“Looking back, the diverse accommodations options we chose at each city made our stay so much more memorable,” Kofoed said. “It’s unbelievable how much your accommodations can affect your travel experience.”
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