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Finding Interesting Accommodations with the Airbnb App

Thinking about taking a trip? Have a desire to experience things a bit differently from the norm? Try Airbnb! This app gives you access to a huge number of interesting options of places to stay when you are traveling. Through Airbnb you can rent everything from a couch, to a room, to an entire estate. We recently used Airbnb to book a house in New Orleans for 2 months. It was easy and we were able to find what appears to be the perfect fit for our needs (an extra bedroom so the children and grandchildren can join us and a place that will welcome Bubba, our dog).

  • cir_1.jpg Open the App Store by tapping its icon on your home screen.

  • cir_2.jpg Type airbnb in the Search field in the upper-right corner. Note that this app is designed for the iPad. Occasionally, you will want to access an app designed for iPhones on your iPad. See the note on this page for details.

  • cir_3.jpg You can use the options on this screen to review the details about this app and read reviews from other users. Tap Get when you are ready to download and install the app. Tap Open to open the app.

  • cir_4.jpg The opening page gives an overview of Airbnb that you can access by swiping to the left. I chose to tap Skip in the upper-right corner to go directly to the App.

  • cir_5.jpg The opening page shows several options for travel using Airbnb. You can tap any to see options in that city or area.

  • cir_6.jpg Here you see several ways to access information on Airbnb. I tapped Search for just what was available for my upcoming trip to New Orleans.

  • cir_7.jpg In the Search box, I typed New Orleans. Various locations related to New Orleans appeared in the search results. I tapped New Orleans, LA United States to see the broadest selection of results.

  • cir_8.jpg My results showed more than 1000 different options for staying in New Orleans were avalable.
  • cir_9.jpg You can further refine your search by tapping the map option at the top.

  • cir_10.jpg The map shows options for rent by location, as well as prices.
  • cir_11.jpg Tap Filters at the top right to drill down your search even further.

  • cir_12.jpg The Filters page enables you to search for the dates you want to travel, the type of listing you are looking for, price, and just how many guests it needs to accommodate. As you scroll down, you can further search for amenities, beds, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Using these filters, you can narrow down the properties to see only the ones that fit your criteria. (I chose January 15, 2016 to March 15, 2016, a whole house, for four guests.) Then tap Apply Filters to see what is available.

  • cir_13.jpg I found 8 homes that met my criteria and chose to take a closer look at the New Happiness option, listed for $2,685. I scrolled up the listing to view further details.
  • cir_14.jpg After tapping a listing, scroll down to find a thorough description, many photos, a biography of the owner, and reviews. The property I chose has 11 five-star reviews.

  • cir_15.jpg I scrolled down to the Reviews section and tapped See More to see what people had to say about their stay in this home.

  • cir_16.jpg There were 11 reviews for this rental. The reviews are listed in chronological order from most recent to oldest. Each gave a good description of what to expect when renting this home. Tap the X to close the review list.

  • cir_17.jpg Tap See All Amenities to be sure that the property has wireless Internet and other things you find essential to a long-term stay.

  • cir_18.jpg If you find the property meets your needs, tap Request to Book at the upper right to move forward.

  • cir_19.jpg After requesting to book, Airbnb reviews all aspects of your choice to ensure it is truly what you are looking for.
  • cir_20.jpg Scroll down to access payment options.

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