In the first half of the article I begin with an introduction to AirBnB and an explanation of the arbitrage opportunity. The second half of the article goes on to talk about Flatbook, a Canadian startup out of Montreal that is quickly exploiting this opportunity and taking it to the next level.
AirBnB is considered one of the greatest internet success stories of today. What started out as a crazy idea in 2008 (offering your home to a complete stranger?!) has turned into a global phenomenon. Over 25 million guests have used AirBnB as an alternative to booking a hotel; turning unused capacity into a new source of revenue has caught hospitality groups by surprise as AirBnB has quickly become the 3rd largest hospitality company by valuation.