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If you’re one of the 150 million people who use Airbnb, chances are you’ll have come across the Superhost medal, sitting proudly yet discreetly next to some host profiles. The message is clear – these hosts are offering something beyond what you’d expect from a standard host.

But what does it represent? And should you be striving for Superhost status yourself?

Join us as we break down the ins and outs of Airbnb Superhost status.

Airbnb Host Requirements

What does it take to sign up to rent out your accommodation to guests via Airbnb? First, let’s explore the standard requirements to become an airbnb host. 

Basic Requirements

The basic Airbnb host requirements are simple and straightforward. The platform owes at least some of its global success to the simplicity of signing up and renting out accommodation.

Firstly, Airbnb’s terms of service state that you must be over 18 to create an Airbnb account, therefore to start hosting, you have to meet this minimum age limit. 

Secondly, Airbnb hosts must adhere to local laws and regulations. This can cover topics such as local taxes or zoning rules, so it’s important to research this before signing up. It may also be necessary to obtain permits or licenses before you can start renting out your space. 

Finally, the accommodation you offer – whether a yurt or a luxury suite – must be both safe and comfortable. As a host, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your rentals always meet these requirements. 

Airbnb Community Policy

Airbnb’s community policy states that hosts are asked to meet the requirements of their community policy. Failure to meet these requirements can lead to penalties or suspension from the platform.  

  • Responsivity – Airbnb asks that hosts maintain a 24-hour response rate for new reservation requests and inquiries
  • Request acceptance – Guests are encouraged to accept booking requests wherever possible
  • Cancellation avoidance – reservation cancellations should be avoided at all costs and can result in a host penalty
  • Consistent quality – hosts should maintain high guest ratings
  • Essential amenities – hosts are strongly encouraged to provide basic amenities to guests, which include toilet paper, soap, towels, and bed linen. 

These metrics are measured against the average for all Airbnb hosts, so if your hosting service is considered to be sub-par, you may be subject to penalization.

What is an Airbnb Superhost?

Airbnb first launched Superhost status in 2016, as a means of sorting professional, premium experiences from novice hosts. Superhosts were born from the necessity to have a quantifiable metric for excellence, taking into account the guest experience at all the accommodations in a host’s portfolio, rather than the features of individual properties. 

Airbnb loosely defines Superhosts as those who go ‘above and beyond’ in their hosting. Essentially, hosts who do the absolute most to give guests an outstanding experience from their first inquiry until after check-out. 

Any host can qualify for Superhost status, whether you’re renting out the most basic single room or a sprawling mansion – if you go above and beyond for your guests then you may be in line for recognition.

Guests can identify Superhosts when browsing the Airbnb website from the small ‘medal’ icons that appear on their profile and listings. They can also filter their searches to show only properties from Superhosts. 

Airbnb Superhost Requirements

There is no Airbnb Superhost application process. Rather, Airbnb evaluates all hosts quarterly to determine whether they have met the stringent criteria. Evaluations are carried out on the first of January, April, July, and October, and take about a week. If you’ve met the mark, you’ll receive a notification at the end of the evaluation period.

The first assessment criteria is to have maintained a 90% or above response rate. This means replying to over 90% of all new inquiries and reservation requests within the 24 window.

Secondly, you must maintain a maximum 1% cancellation rate. This means that you can only cancel one in every 100 reservations you receive, unless extenuating circumstances apply. 

When it comes to guest reviews, Airbnb Superhosts maintain an overall rating of 4.8 or above. This average is taken over the last 365 days and is based on the review date rather than guest checkout date.

Finally, Airbnb Superhosts who offer longer reservations must have completed a minimum of three reservations in the previous 365 days, with a total of at least 100 nights. Those offering short-term rentals must have hosted at least ten stays in the past year.

Airbnb Superhost Benefits

Visibility

With over 4 million hosts currently registered with Airbnb, there’s certainly plenty of healthy competition on the top global OTA. While there are several ways to give your vacation rental property listings and descriptions the edge, if your profile boasts the Airbnb seal of approval, this immediately makes your property stand out. 

 

Revenue

As mentioned, guests can filter their search results to only show Superhosts, as travelers seek peace of mind that they’re guaranteed a high-quality experience. Sporting the Airbnb medal of honor builds guest trust, which in turn means more bookings and increased revenue.

The financial benefits of being an Airbnb Superhost have also been statistically noted. Across the globe, Superhosts earn 60% more revenue per available day (RevPAR) 

 

Rewards

On top of increasing your property revenue, after each full year as a Superhost, you’ll be rewarded with a $100 Airbnb coupon, enabling you to take a well-deserved break (and check out the competition). Further, when you refer a new Airbnb host, you’ll receive an extra 20% on top of the usual referral bonus. 

Take your Vacation Rentals to Superhost level

As a result of more than 20 years listening to clients about the tasks and challenges associated with managing vacation rental properties, we’ve assembled a complete toolkit of software and services to take your business to the next level. We truly understand the importance of the guest experience, and how to support you to focus time and resources on the areas that matter most. 

With your hands free to make your vacation rental business more guest-centric, you’ll be well on your way to achieving that much-coveted Superhost status. To find out more about how Avantio’s tools can help you to streamline your processes, save resources, and start focusing on guest satisfaction – contact us for a free demo