Want to Become an Airbnb Host? Here’s When and Where Rentals Generate The Most Money

In the past 12 years, Airbnb hosts have earned $150 billion worldwide, with U.S. hosts earning a little less than half of the global total. Today’s typical Airbnb host in the U.S. earns $13,800, an increase of 85-percent over 2019. 

To maximize rental income, consider listing a property on Airbnb during peak travel periods. Even a couple of rentals a year, during these dates, allows property owners to take advantage of this growing side hustle. 

The top 2021 money-making periods were a mix of expected holidays with some surprises. 

Labor Day Weekend 

U.S. Hosts earned more than $140 million on Saturday, Sept 4, 2021, making it the highest rental income period of the year. 

Memorial Day Weekend 

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, U.S rentals totaled more than $126 million. After a long winter of quarantine measures and nationwide vaccine availability, many Americans went out of town. 

Fourth of July 

U.S. Hosts earned more than $120 million during this popular summer break holiday. 


U.S. Hosts, earned more than $112 million on Thanksgiving night rentals. Top cities for Thanksgiving Airbnb rentals include Orlando’s Kissimmee, San Diego, The Smoky Mountains’ Sevierville, Los Angeles, New York City, and Austin. 


Illustrating that high travel demand is not always tied to a holiday, the first Saturday in October was the fifth highest-earning day of the year for U.S. Hosts totaling $109 million. 

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