If you’ve looked into becoming an Airbnb host, you’ve probably heard of the Airbnb Superhost program. Originally created in 2009, the program has blossomed to include over 400,000 hosts across the globe. More than a way for Airbnb to thank hosts that go above and beyond, the Superhost title enables Airbnb hosts to charge a premium, and also secure more listings than the competition.
In fact, Airbnb Superhosts earn 22% more than other hosts. Considering that statistic, you’re probably wondering how you can get in on this program. If so, then read on.
The Airbnb Superhost requirements
The requirements to become an Airbnb Superhost are straightforward. We’ve listed them below:
- Complete at least ten trips per year
- Maintain a 50% review rate or higher
- Maintain a 90% response rate or higher
- Have zero cancellations, except those that are considered extenuating circumstances
- Maintain a 4.8 overall rating
The great thing about the Airbnb Superhost program is that you don’t need to apply. If you meet the requirements on the quarterly review date, you’ll qualify. Airbnb usually notifies new Superhosts of their status within 10 days of the review date.
The perks of being an Airbnb Superhost
Although becoming an Airbnb Superhost requires some effort, compared to the Airbnb Plus and Airbnb Beyond programs, the Superhost program is much more accessible. In fact, there’s over 400,000 hosts who qualify for the program, and we’d say many of the requirements involve common sense.
Airbnb Superhosts are provided priority placement in general search results (which when combined with instant book, is a killer combination for any Airbnb SEO strategy), a profile badge to indicate their status, and placement with a dedicated filter that enables Airbnb guests to only view Superhost listings.
Aside from SEO boosts, Airbnb also provides quite a few financial incentives. From an extra 20% added to referral commissions, to 30% off Nest connected products, and for each year of being a Superhost, participants are provided a choice of a professional photo session or a $100 travel credit.
There’s also priority Airbnb host support, invitations to exclusive Airbnb events, and even early access to host features. One of the most important perks however is discounts on tax preparation services, especially since Airbnb has huge earning potential.
Gaining Airbnb Superhost status
Although becoming an Airbnb Superhost might seem daunting, reaching that coveted status is easy with a few common sense steps. These include:
- Effectively managing expectations: You’ll want to ensure you don’t exaggerate the comforts of your home, or promise anything you can’t deliver on.
- Putting in extra effort: Securing the coveted five star status requires you to go beyond simply providing guests with a quality space. If you’re hosting a couple for example, providing a bottle of champagne is a nice touch. A family travelling provides an opportunity to suggest local attractions and things along those lines.
- Being proactive. During a guest’s stay, shortly after check in, and every couple of days, you’ll want to see how the guest is doing and if there’s anything you can do to help the guest get from from their stay.
- Ensure you provide the essentials. We’ve covered that in this article.
Is Airbnb Superhost status worth the added effort?
Just as we’ve said in our article about Airbnb Plus, the requirements of the upper Airbnb tiers really are all about common sense. After all, it’s not like you need to jump through a ton of hoops to qualify for the program.
By focusing on: delivering an exceptional experience, being responsive to inquiries, routinely accepting reservations, and avoiding cancellations, you can join the ranks of Airbnb Superhosts across the globe.