In an Uncertain World, Airbnb Tries Flexible Search to Attract Travelers

Guests and hosts can manage their trip amid everything from Covid-19 spikes to wildfires

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This past summer began with the promise of travel returning to some semblance of normalcy. But the pandemic surges in Florida and Louisiana, as well as massive wildfires in California and Greece, have upended consumers’ itineraries globally.

As Airbnb seeks to maintain its steady growth in bookings during all this upheaval in many key destinations, the company is updating the flexible search features it began rolling out in February.

Flexible dates were the first to be introduced.

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