Why is Couchsurfing no longer free?


All of us who are members of Couchsurfing believe in something greater than money, possessions, and status. It took over 14 years for the Couchsurfing community to come together. Without your immediate help, this community will be lost forever.


Given the challenging realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Couchsurfing will soon be unable to meet our financial obligations. We have reduced the size of our team, taken pay cuts, eliminated or renegotiated all contracts, eliminated our physical office space (we are now a 100% remote workforce), and applied for COVID-19 relief funds provided by the United States Government through the CARES Act. Unfortunately, this will not be enough. 


On May 14, 2020 we began asking for members to contribute with a monthly, or annual fee paid upfront, to keep Couchsurfing alive. Member contributions are required to access the Couchsurfing website and mobile applications. These will be used to support Couchsurfing through the COVID-19 pandemic and keep safe those Couchsurfing members who are still traveling. This is a decision of last resort, and not one taken lightly.


There is good news: Couchsurfing members will now be able to send unlimited messages and Couch requests. As third-party advertising is no longer supporting Couchsurfing, all third-party advertising will soon be removed from the website and mobile applications. Your contributions will allow us to significantly reduce the cost of Verification in the near future. The Couchsurfing website and mobile applications will continue to evolve and we are in the process of developing many of the exciting features requested by the community.

More details about these changes are available on the Couchsurfing Blog

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