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I didn't want to sandbag the original poster, but this was the line of thought I was heading down also.

Additionally, the ranking of results when you search is processed by Google places autocomplete. The request never actually hits any AirBnB server for ranking. This is done on Google side via their friendly API.

This definitely wasn't always the case. Around 8 months ago it was definitely pulling down a custom list in JS, but they do appear to have changed it since.

My code-reading leads me to believe that they're using Autocomplete.js in conjuction with the Google Maps API.

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