Will a Netflix for Airbnb style model ever disrupt Airbnb? Perhaps. The industry seems to be fairly attached to a pricing model that goes up and down based on demand – not very friendly to subscription based pricing.
Even more so the difference from country to country in land prices makes it hard to establish a flat pricing model. I do wonder though if it could have an Uber’esque flat fee structure that can then invoke higher fees if there is a surge in demand.
I do suppose this is even harder when you factor in that most ‘all you can consume for one flat price’ business models are generally better catered to content businesses like Spotify rather a true offline resource – places to sleep.
The problem being solved here is pure millennial laziness. Organising a long trip overseas is still somewhat laborious although 10x easier than 10 years ago. The ability to just go from place to place on a whim without having to really do anything except move your backup is attractive.
Humans were once nomadic by necessity, moving with seasons and wildlife for survival. Now a new generation is nomadic by choice, able to work from anywhere and shift home on a whim.
There’s a few startups in the co-living space popping up that seem to cater the travelling professional nomad. Coliving and Common are two but I’d say Roam holds the most promise thus far. These are different from Airbnb in that they offer a community of like-minded people upon arrival.
So if someone could recreate Airbnb but have a simple Netflix style subscription option with a monthly fee instead of supply based pricing that’d be great. Cheers.