Last updated: 02:30 PM ET, Thu November 12 2015

Did Airbnb Leak Details of 'Experience Card'?

Hotel & Resort | Donald Wood | November 12, 2015

Did Airbnb Leak Details of 'Experience Card'?

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Fans of the Airbnb service have been yearning for a loyalty program, and the company’s website may have accidentally leaked information about what it calls the “Experience Card.”

According to Matteo Gamba of All About Airbnb, Airbnb’s website temporarily went live with a page touting a new Experience Card, which was described as a prepaid MasterCard that will allow tourists to spend up to $1,000 on goods and services.

The page and description have been taken down from the website, but All About Airbnb was able to save screen shots and information.

What separates the card from other pre-paid credit cards is that customers would be rewarded for spending money in the local economy and at places recommended by local hosts. The card would give customers a 10 percent reward from each purchase as travel credit.

Before the webpage was taken down, it claimed that signing up for the Experience Card would be free and customers would not be subjected to a credit check. The card would also feature no international exchange fees, a huge bonus for international travelers.

Customers should know that the card will not be accepted everywhere, though. According to the removed portion of the website, Airbnb stated that the Experience Card cannot be used for car rentals, recurring expenses, online gambling, cash withdrawals or hotels.

Becoming a card member will (allegedly) include Airbnb sending customers a map that will include the top recommendations given by the local host community.


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