New App Is Airbnb For People Who Are Bad At Planning

Overnight promises the home-sharing of Airbnb with the speed of HotelTonight

The average booking on Overnight only takes six minutes. — Overnight
May 27, 2016 at 11:53 AM ET

Airbnb is great if you’re the kind of person who plans ahead, but it doesn’t work so well if you like to fly by the seat of your pants. But there’s good news for those who can’t always pull off meticulous advance planning: Overnight is an iOS app that let’s you rent private rooms or whole dwellings on the same day you actually want them.

After you use your Facebook profile to sign in, and drop a map pin where you want a room, hosts in the area get a push notification sent to their phone. From there, they can then decide if they want to rent their place on that day. After that, you get to see any listings who’ve approved you and decide what to book. Then you pay and message with your host to coordinate and voila!—you have a room. Overnight says that the whole process takes an average of six minutes, and that the rooms cost about 23 percent less than something similar on HotelTonight.

But there are upsides over Airbnb for hosts too. Listings are kept private until you approve a guest, and you don’t have to schedule anything in advance. You can just leave the app on and accept when you’re in the mood for company. For the moment, the iOS app is only operating in LA and Austin, and has just started in San Francisco. So if you find yourself dropping everything for a last-minute holiday in one of those places or just need a room to nap after eating one too many fish tacos, you’re now just a few clicks away from a nice place to rest your head.