October 24, 2016

Kayak is quietly testing out its answer to Airbnb

Kayak is quietly testing a prominent search function for short-term apartment-and-home rentals, in the latest instance of an established travel player grappling with how to respond to Airbnb’s incursion into its business.

The travel price-comparison site is experimenting with search option for rentals on its homepage, nestling it between Kayak’s bread and butter—hotels and flights. Visitors can search properties that include serviced apartments, holiday homes, aparthotels and other short-term rental properties. The offerings include those listed by Kayak’s competitor Expedia.

Last year, HomeAway, which Expedia purchased in late 2015, said it would list its properties on Kayak, which is owned by Priceline Group. But Kayak’s new search function also yields options from Priceline’s other site Booking.com, and online booking site Getaroom.

Not all browsers have the new function. Quartz found that it did not show up on two other computers. Kayak is still experimenting with the format, a spokeswoman said, and it was not clear when the platform would be fully functional. Previously, the listings were included within the hotel category, which made them more difficult and time consuming to find.

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