Airbnb launches 'relief program' for federal workers

The A Night On Us program was launched in response to the ongoing government shutdown impacting executive branch employees. Photo credit: Airbnb (As a result of the ongoing government shutdown, from Dec. 18, 2018 to March 18, 2019 executive branch employees will be open to earning an extra night's rate.)

As workers of the federal government enter the 26th day of a shutdown, Airbnb is offering all executive branch employees who share their home for three nights between Dec. 18, 2018 and March 18, 2019 an extra night of pay.

The company’s offer is good for up to $110, equal to the average per night income of Airbnb hosts in the U.S., according to the company. The program also is open to Experience hosts, who are eligible to receive up to $110 based on the total booked value of an Experience, and is retroactive to stays booked beginning Dec. 18, 2018.

The program, called A Night On Us, is open exclusively to federal executive branch employees.

Programs such as these could explain some of the home-sharing company’s success in recent years. A report released by Airbnb shows that by 2019 the company is projecting more than 500 million guest arrivals to Airbnb listings since the company was founded in 2008. Airbnb, now in its second profitable year on an earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization basis, has also recorded more than 250 million reviews from hosts and guests to date.

The company’s aforementioned Experiences program was launched at the end of 2016, providing 500 such Experiences at the time. Today, Airbnb Experiences are available in more than 1,000 cities, and on average Experience hosts earn $10,000 per year operating within the program. Due to the growth of Experiences, Airbnb is opening a second office in Los Angeles to support the program going forward.