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Airbnb Clone App: How to build an app like Airbnb?

Airbnb Clone App: How to build an app like Airbnb?

It’s no longer a big deal to find a reasonably priced place to stay when traveling. All the gratitude to Airbnb – an innovation that reshaped the rental housing market around the world. What’s interesting about Airbnb is how the business expanded so rapidly, simply providing homeowners a platform to rent their homes and rooms, and giving people who are traveling all over the globe a sense of home.

Moreover, witnessing the rise of annual Airbnb bookings to 1 billion and the growth rate of the global tourism industry to USD 11,382 Billion by 2025, investing in an Airbnb clone app to offer more services and advanced features would open up a lot of business opportunities for you.

But before you check out the Airbnb clone script and get the app booked, read this article to find out how the Airbnb clone app actually works? What are the features you need in your Airbnb clone? And what does its business model look like? And more.


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The Airbnb clone app would connect hosts who want to rent out space in their homes with guests seeking lodging at prices that are generally cheaper than a hotel. Guests can find the right listing using a variety of filters, a chat system would connect the guests directly to hosts, and digital payment options would allow them to pay securely through the app itself. 

Airbnb Clone App for Hosts

  • Register as a host and then list the space with all the details such as location, size, number of rooms, and others on the Airbnb clone app.
  • Build the profile, add the details and the photos. Get it verified.
  • Receive the reservations. 
  • Accept/Deny the request to book according to availability and requirements.
  • Receive payment upon check-in by the guest.
  • Serve the very best to your guests!

Airbnb Clone App for Guests

  • Create the profile, and add the details.
  • Search through dozens of properties based on multiple filters, such as dates, area, space, room/guest number, accommodation type, rental type, etc.
  • Book a listing according to your preferences. You can either book it for immediate dates or for any future dates;  immediately or by asking the host to book according to the options provided.
  • Pay the amount via multiple payment options, such as a credit card, debit card, PayPal, eWallets, etc.


Before setting out for that attractive design and robust app features, let’s walk you through the entire Airbnb clone app structure.

Business Model

  • Host

    Who owns a house or land and wants to rent/lease it. Admin collects Commissions from hosts upon each booking.

  • Guests

    Travelers, families heading out on a holiday and/or professionals out on a work trip who want to live comfortably at reasonable rates. The admin receives a fee from the guests upon every booking in form of a convenience fee.
  • Admin

    One who would venture out the business and manage all the hosts’ and guests’ activities.

Target Audience

It depends on the type of properties your hosts will be renting out – whether you want to rent out a home/personal property or a hotel room. For Airbnb like app, the audience would be:

  • Travelers needing a simple and affordable place
  • Commercial travelers
  • Family travelers
  • Travelers searching for a place to stay in a new city they are visiting
  • People who are looking for additional income to earn can host

If you want to provide reservations for hotel stays along with private properties, the hoteliers would be your audience too.

Cost Structure

  • Website and app
  • Administration team
  • Online payment platforms like MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal
  • App promotion and marketing activities
  • Insurance schemes
  • Host assistance

Technological Requirements

You’ll need a tech partner with a team of developers and a decent history of mobile app development projects to guide you through the languages and technical aspects to develop an app like Airbnb.

What needs to be focused:

  • Application Framework
  • Programming languages 
  • Cloud Storage and Hosting 
  • Voice and SMS API for SMS, Voice, and Phone Verification
  • Messaging & Communication 
  • Global Payment 
  • SQL Data Storage

Revenue Model

Either you can design a revenue model like Airbnb where you receive commission from both the sources on every booking. For instance, Airbnb charges the guests with 6-12% of the booking fee and hosts with 3%  of the fee on every successful booking.

Or, you can design a model like, where on every successful booking, the hosts would be charged a specific fee whereas no charges for guests.

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