Look up other people's wish lists to find desirable listings
Scouring a crap ton of listings to find something decent is always daunting, even when you get super specific with the search filters. You could spend hours creating your own wish list -- or you could reap the benefits of other people's hard work and use their wish lists as a guide. Unfortunately there’s no great way to search for them directly on the site. Trusty ol’ Google is your friend here: just type in "Airbnb wishlist" along with whatever location you're interested in, and you can easily explore some interesting and unique lists curated by other users.
Filter by "Instant Book" if you need a place immediately
It's no big deal to just show up at a hotel with a vacancy, but Airbnb requires some advance planning. Still, it’s not impossible to find a nice place to crash at the last minute, and you don't have to go through the whole back-and-forth conversation with a potential host. If a listing is labeled as an “Instant Book,” it means approval from the host isn't required before you book them -- you simply work out the check-in details with the host after you've booked. If you’re in a situation where you need a place to stay stat, just check the Instant Book box when you search to filter listings.