Based on analysis by Time's MONEY site
, in a big city, renting a home on Airbnb will save you money compared to a typical hotel. On average, however, hotel rooms are less expensive than an Airbnb hotel rental in the same city. Other factors to consider are location and comfort. Airbnb properties are more likely to be located out of the central business district
, and may lack some hotel amenities. Both of those concerns could affect travel expenses.
Longer trips will probably be more appealing (and more cost effective) in a homey apartment. That's because apartments are built for the specific purpose of a long term stay. Hotels, on the other hand, are made for one or two night stays. Finally, Airbnb's loyalty program can mean cash rewards for employees that could potentially sweeten the deal.