How much does Airbnb charge Hosts?
Most Hosts pay a service fee of 3% of the booking subtotal
Guests typically pay a service fee of around 14% of the booking subtotal
These fees help Airbnb support Hosts and run its operations
For many people, hosting is a way to earn money while connecting with travelers from around the world. But how much does Airbnb charge, and how does this impact Hosts and guests?
With a clear understanding of what Airbnb service fees are and why we have them, you can set a pricing strategy that makes sense for you and your space.
How much does Airbnb charge?
Most Hosts pay a flat service fee of 3% of the booking subtotal. The subtotal is your nightly price plus any optional fees you charge guests, like a cleaning fee, and doesn’t include Airbnb fees and taxes. Guests typically pay a service fee of around 14% of the booking subtotal.
So, if you’re charging $100 USD a night for a 3-night stay, plus $60 USD for a cleaning fee, your booking subtotal is $360 USD. The Host service fee, which is generally 3% of your booking subtotal ($10.80 USD), is deducted from your earnings, and a service fee of 14% ($50.40 USD) is charged to guests and included in the total price they pay. In this example:
- You’d earn $349.20 USD
- Your guest would pay $410.40 USD
Airbnb’s service fees are competitive, and we don’t charge for payment processing. This allows Hosts to keep a larger portion of their earnings.
Why does Airbnb charge service fees?
We rely on fees to help Airbnb run smoothly and cover the costs of products and services that help you share your space, including:
- 24/7 customer support
- Marketing to guests via Google, social media, and more
- Protection for you and your place
- Educational resources for Hosts
Check out our video above to learn more about fees.
Are guests aware of these fees?
Where can I find what guests will pay?
Once a reservation is confirmed, a price breakdown in your Host reservation details and your booking confirmation email will include all applicable fees so you can clearly find:
- Fees and taxes collected by Airbnb
- Any optional fees you charge (like a cleaning fee)
- The total price your guests will pay
- The payout you’ll receive
This means you’ll never have to search for your total price when answering questions from guests or making changes. When you know what your guests are paying, it becomes easier to manage your pricing strategy, refunds, cancellations, and reservation requests.
Information contained in this article may have changed since publication.
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