Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) has described Qantas offering frequent flyer points to customers who book Airbnb accommodation through the airline’s website “a slap in the face” and an unprecedented decision in backing an unregulated operator over its traditional partners. The deal is a major win for Airbnb, introducing it to the airline’s 11.4 million frequent flyer members.

The City of Sydney is one of an increasing number worldwide grappling with regulation laws applicable to short-term accommodation, and the NSW government is currently considering a new regulatory framework especially for apartment blocks.

Earlier this year, a couple who rented an apartment in Melbourne, then listed it on Airbnb, were evicted after Victoria’s Supreme Court ruled they had breached their lease.

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