All families try to save money when planning vacations, yet few have thought about making money by listing their house on Airbnb while they’re away.

A boat listed on Airbnb hosts a vacationing family.
A boat listed on Airbnb hosts a vacationing family.

Airbnb makes it simple to earn extra money by being a host and putting your extra space to work for you. You can share a spare room in your apartment, host your whole home the next time you’re out of town, or create a listing for a vacation house, if you have one.

If you’ve enjoyed staying in Airbnb rentals, becoming a host is a way to give back to the Airbnb community and welcome other families into your neighborhood.

Being a Host Comes Naturally

When Roger and three college roommates moved into the guest apartment at one of their grandparents’ homes in California, they were thrilled to be near the beach and take surf lessons. They soon realized that to afford more surfing lessons, each roommate could list his bed on Airbnb any time he was traveling, and posting the listing is free.

When the grandparents learned what the boys were doing, they decided to keep two spare bedrooms listed on Airbnb. They have enjoyed having visitors — and making friends – ever since. In fact, there are more than 200,000 senior hosts over age 60 worldwide, and they receive a higher percentage of five-star reviews than any other demographic. Hooray for grandparents!

Earn Money Hosting

Airbnb host and guest in Portland, Oregon
Airbnb host and guest in Portland, Oregon

Lindsay is a mom we know who had been listing the ground floor studio in her Brooklyn brownstone on Airbnb for about a year. She met so many guests she felt comfortable with, that she planned a two-week summer vacation for her  family and listed her entire house on Airbnb.

That extra income gave Lindsay’s family enough mad money to stay away longer, visit a few theme parks and have some special meals at places her foodie daughter wanted to try. She didn’t need to worry about her home because Airbnb has a $1 million Host Guarantee policy. Now, Lindsay plans ahead before school vacations so that she can virtually “meet” and correspond with renters, many of whom are families too. It’s easy.

It’s Easy to Get Started

Airbnb hosts are given a lot of guidance through their host portal, on how to set up a listing, what to provide guests and tips and tricks on setting fees, managing rentals and earning host rewards and incentives. You can list your entire home or spare rooms depending on what works best for you.

An Airbnb host family
An Airbnb host family

With four million listings around the world, and more than 200 million guest arrivals since they began in 2008, the Airbnb eco-system is working well for a lot of hosts and even more travelers.

Travel? Retirement? What would you do with the extra money you could earn hosting on Airbnb? List your home on Airbnb and let it earn money while you’re away on vacation. You’ll find more information and details on being an Airbnb host here.

This post is sponsored by Acceleration Partners on behalf of Airbnb.

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