After striking a deal with agoda, China’s largest online home-sharing marketplace Xiaozhu.com is now partnering Alibaba Group’s travel brand Fliggy to provide users with what it says is the first post-pay service in the home-sharing industry.
The agreement will additionally see Xiaozhu share its inventory with Fliggy, which is set to launch its new home-sharing channel in May.
Backed by “Xinyongzhu”, which scores user credit history based on big data and Alipay’s credit system, users will enjoy “deposit-free post-pay” service with payment automatically settled within 24 hours after checkout. All listings on the Xiaozhu platform, including overseas ones, will support this service in batches.
Chen Chi, co-founder and CEO of Xiaozhu.com, expects that the cooperation will greatly reduce the barriers for house-sharing users and remove their hesitation in decision-making.
Xiaozhu now has over 350,000 listings globally, covering 395 Chinese cities and 225 overseas destinations, with 28 million active users. Xiaozhu finished its latest financing round in last November, led by Jack Ma backed YF capital, bringing in a total of US$120 million.