Industry Update
Press Release24 November 2021

Redefining hosting for the holidays

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Key Takeaways

  • This year's holiday travel is expected to outpace even 2019 demand, with trends like cross-border travel and living on Airbnb continuing throughout the season.
  • Ahead of the busy holiday season, there is a big opportunity for those with travel plans to earn some extra cash while they’re away, by hosting.

For many, this holiday season will provide the first opportunity to connect with extended family and friends in quite some time. The pent-up desire to reconnect with our loved ones – and to travel in general – is fueling the resurgence of the holiday travel season. For Thanksgiving this week, we’ve seen demand outpace that of 2019 levels: As of the end of September, we had over 40 percent more nights booked for Thanksgiving week in the US than at the same time in 20191.

In line with how travel is changing writ large, holiday travel will also look different this year, as the trend of living on Airbnb bleeds into the festive season. Nights booked for long-term stays during the holidays are up nearly 20 percent globally and nearly 70 percent in the US, compared to the same time in 20192. And we’re likely to see this trend extend past New Year’s into 2022, as long-term stays are our fastest-growing trip length and family trips are our fastest growing trip type based on bookings for 2022 as of September 30, 20213.

For the millions of travelers who will be hitting the road and taking to the skies beginning this coming weekend, there is a big opportunity to earn some extra cash while they’re away – redefining how to host for the holidays. Since the pandemic began, new Hosts on Airbnb have made more than $6 billion on Airbnb, and in Q3 all Hosts earned a record $12.8 billion in income from Airbnb – up 27 percent from Q3 2019.

In fact, some have already taken advantage of this opportunity, as more than 1,100 new Hosts in the US expect to welcome their first Airbnb guests this Thanksgiving.

To illustrate the potential earnings for those considering hosting, we’ve identified some of the top cities for expected Host income over Thanksgiving weekend, including a number of destinations where locals can meet the demand for family travel:

  • Kissimmee, FL
  • San Diego, CA
  • Sevierville, TN
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York City, NY
  • Austin, TX

For those interested in becoming an Airbnb Host, we’ve made it easier than ever. Earlier this year, we rolled out a new onboarding process that is just 10 steps. We also recently expanded our popular Ask a Superhost Tool, which matches anyone interested in hosting with one of our most experienced Hosts for one-on-one advice. The tool has been expanded to over 30 languages in 196 countries, and prospective Hosts can now be paired with Superhosts based on their location, language and listing. In addition, we have introduced AirCover, which provides top-to-bottom protection for free to every Airbnb Host with $1 million in damage protection and $1 million in liability coverage, along with income loss protection, pet damage protection, deep cleaning protection, and more.

Those interested in hosting can visit:

1. Based on data from Q3 2021, compared to Q3 2019
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About Airbnb

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals across over 220 countries and regions. Travel on Airbnb keeps more of the financial benefits of tourism with the people and places that make it happen. Airbnb has generated billions of dollars in earnings for Hosts, 90 percent of whom are individuals listing the homes in which they live. Among Hosts who report their gender, more than half are women, and one in five employed Hosts are either teachers or healthcare workers. In 2019, Airbnb directly supported 300,000 jobs in just 30 destinations, averaging nine jobs for every 1,000 guest arrivals. Travel on Airbnb also has generated more than $4 billion in tax revenue around the world. Airbnb has helped advance more than 1,000 regulatory frameworks for short-term rentals, including in 80% of our top 200 geographies. In late 2020, to support our continued expansion and diversification, we launched the City Portal to provide governments with a one-stop shop that supports data sharing and compliance with local registration rules. We continue to invest in innovations and tools to support our ongoing work with governments around the world to advance travel that best serves communities.

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