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Airbnb's Hurricane Sandy Plan: How We're Helping and How You Can Help

Airbnb is waiving their booking fee for victims of Hurricane Sandy in need of a place to stay, and are calling on hosts to reduce their rates.

Hurricane Sandy has affected millions of people. But it has also provided an invitation to share our space in truly meaningful ways.

Shell, an Airbnb host in Brooklyn, is offering her five guest rooms to stranded travelers and locals—for free. She provides an example of how we can all help.

There are more than 20,000 Airbnb listings available in affected areas. Airbnb is waiving all of our fees for these spaces. We encourage our entire community to help anyone who has been left stranded or in need because of the hurricane.

The fee-free traveling and hosting applies to both guests who book and hosts who accept new bookings that start between now and November 7 in New York City, the Hamptons, Providence, New Haven, and Atlantic City. (The max trip length is seven nights.)

If you're an existing host in an affected area and can help, please consider lowering your price. You can do this in your account settings. We have created a Discounted Sandy Listings Wish List that showcases hosts in the affected regions who are reducing prices for stranded travelers and locals.

If you are in a position to share space, please consider listing your space so others might find you.

We started Airbnb so that what's most inspiring about people and their spaces could be shared. Thanks, Shell, for providing this inspiration for our global community.

For more information about how your can help, or to read a list of frequently asked questions, please visit our blog.

Airbnb is a global community marketplace that connects travelers seeking authentic, high-quality accommodations with hosts who offer unique places to stay.

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