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AirBnb THANK YOU

The often regarded as evil AirBnb is putting up 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. Paid for by AirBnb, a charity they set up for the Ukrainian refugees and contributions from AirBnb owners.

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16862 posts

I saw that when I went to Air BnB to look at possible options in Venice.

They also were looking for housing opportunities for Afghan refugees a few months back.

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3987 posts

Glad to hear they are stepping up and helping out. Many companies do so quietly but it’s good to know for future patronage.

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18734 posts

Right now I would imagine that everything is appreciated. But not being "quiet" would also be of benefit in this particular instance. The more support Ukraine sees the harder they fight. The more support Russia sees the more likely they are to stop.

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106 posts

I've had a bad experience with AirBnB. This helps to restore my trust in the organization.

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3201 posts

Note that this charity is through AirBnB. Org, which is funded in part by the .com but separate.

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9436 posts

Yes, thank you AirBnB. I’ve always liked them, now even more.

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3233 posts

I was sent an idea through another website and that is to book rooms in private homes through Airbnb and the like, in the Ukraine, then cancel after paying, donating the money to the hosts to help a little bit.
Haven't made up my mind about this yet, though it sounds like a good idea.
What do people think?

I'm glad to hear about Airbnb donating accommodation.

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18734 posts

Sounds great, but so many of those owners are in basement I am not sure they will have a way to receive the money. But I love the thought.

The day this ends, I am on my way there to spend as much money as I can (what little that will be left after what i have been sending).

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868 posts

Haven't made up my mind about this yet, though it sounds like a good idea.
What do people think?

There's a number of reports on this:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/people-are-booking-airbnbs-in-ukraine-as-a-way-to-send-aid-11646439367
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/mar/03/ukraine-airbnbs-booked-in-effort-to-get-money-to-residents-pay-not-stay
https://www.today.com/news/ukraine-airbnb-money-booking-rcna18507

from the WSJ:
'Airbnb said payment is released 24 hours after the property's appointed check-in time, regardless of whether the guest appears.
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By the end of the day Thursday, guests from the U.S. had booked 34,000 nights in Ukraine, ... 8,000 nights from U.K. guests, and nearly 3,000 from Canadian guests.
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The company said it waived all service fees for bookings...(for Ukraine)'

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My only concern i the owners getting the money. I have talked to my friends there and surprisingly the banks are still open in most places. But .......

This is a pretty good option. Because they aren't leaving. Yes, 1.3 million left at last count. Out of maybe 25 to 30 million eligible to leave. That's not much. I have friends and acquaintances there. We talk all day every day. They just aren't leaving. I have three homes waiting for them and they would rather stay and die or they refuse to leave their husbands behind. When this started A YEAR AGO, I didnt think Putin would go in because there is no win for him. I knew the Ukrainians would fight to the death and I figured after Putin got whipped in 2014 he would know it too. Its insane.

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8864 posts

Not sure why anyone looks at AirBnB in a negative way unless they’ve had an horrible experience renting one of their properties.

Years back during its first year of existence I enjoyed a lovely telephone exchange with co founder Nathan Belchanczyk.

Remember thinking so young but so intelligent about seeing a travel void and having the foresight to fulfill it.

NOT surprised by their generosity.

Use AirBnB whenever I can.

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Found a sweet apartment in central Kharkiv on AirBnB. I'm booked in from Monday to Thursday next week.