As fans eagerly await the match-up between Kansas City and San Francisco, local Airbnb Hosts are ready to welcome guests from around the world for the Big Game. In fact, Las Vegas ranks among the top three most searched cities in the US the week of the Big Game1. Searches for listings in the greater Las Vegas area for the week are up by more than 65 percent, indicating that the event will likely yield a significant boost for those with space to share, as well as local small businesses2.
Since our founding, Airbnb has helped cities accommodate the influx of visitors around big events, helping create economic opportunity for Hosts and local small businesses. For example, during the week of the Big Game last year, local Hosts in the greater Phoenix metro area collectively earned over $27 million from welcoming guests who have checked into an Airbnb more than 45,000 times3. Hosts and guests helped contribute to an estimated $1.3 billion in economic activity for Arizona’s economy.
The most wishlisted and affordable listings in Las Vegas
Fans traveling to the Las Vegas area for the Big Game this year can still find affordable options on Airbnb. We recently launched Guest Favorites, a collection of the 2 million most-loved homes on Airbnb based on ratings, reviews, and reliability, to help guests find great places to stay. Hosts on Airbnb offer stand-out accommodations across Sin City, and we are shining a spotlight on some of the most wishlisted listings in the area.
The Big Game’s biggest fans
The countdown to the Big Game weekend in Las Vegas begins, and new data reveals the top 10 origin cities for guests. Leading the charge are fans from Mexico City, California and beyond, demonstrating their unwavering support for their favorite teams4.
1. Los Angeles, California
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
3. Chicago, Illinois
4. San Francisco, California
5. Phoenix, Arizona
6. Mexico City, Mexico
7. Baltimore, Maryland
8. New York City, New York
9. Dallas, Texas
10. Boulder City, Nevada
Guest tips for booking with confidence
Malicious scams are even more common during major events, where consumers are hunting for affordable deals. Third-party scams include bad actors attempting to entice travelers to book on third-party websites that are unrelated to Airbnb. Guests can avoid falling prey to these scams by communicating and paying on our trusted platform. When looking for listings, travelers should always start directly on Airbnb.com or the Airbnb app.
If anyone believes they’ve encountered a web page designed to look like Airbnb, they can let us know by reporting the website’s URL at https://www.airbnb.com/report-phishing. If a traveler is unsure whether they booked their reservation through Airbnb, they can check that with us, and report any message that indicates a potential scam.
In addition to this important information to help travelers protect themselves against scams, Airbnb is offering the following guidance to all guests searching for or with a reservation in Las Vegas over the next week:
- Search and book with confidence: Guests can get exactly what they’re looking for by taking advantage of our many search filters, like price, home type, and amenities. They should be sure to read the Host’s profile and listing description thoroughly—paying special attention to the amenities, house rules or trip requirements, and the cancellation policy.
- Read the ratings and reviews: Guests can look through feedback from past guests to help find the right fit for them. They’ll see ratings on several quality dimensions, like cleanliness and accuracy, and detailed reviews with authentic feedback about the experience. Guests can only leave a review after they’ve stayed with that specific Host, so they know the feedback they’re seeing is based on actual experiences.
- Get questions answered: Our secure messaging tool is an easy way to ask a potential Host any questions about their home or experience before booking. After booking, guests can also message their Hosts to coordinate check-in and stay in touch throughout their trip—something that will be particularly important in the Las Vegas area as fans descend on the city for the game. For example, the Host can provide guidance on the right public transportation to get from their listing to Allegiant Stadium. Additionally, with the game and most related events taking place in the evening, guests should be sure to let Hosts know if they’re going to be arriving back at the listing on the later side.
- Do a safety check: Once guests arrive at the home, they should make sure to know where all relevant emergency equipment and safety information are located. If it’s not clear where to find something like the first aid kit, fire extinguisher or a CO/smoke alarm, guests should not hesitate to ask their Host. It’s always better to be prepared.
- Respect neighbors: Guests booking an Airbnb listing are not just entering that home—they’re joining a community. Whether they’re on vacation at a single-family home or a condo, guests will be surrounded by neighbors who will be maintaining normal work schedules and may have young kids. It’s important to be mindful of noise and respectful of their spaces.
- If anything isn’t right, reach out: If a guest arrives at a home and something’s not quite right, they should reach out to us. Our team is standing by 24/7 to help with things like rebooking assistance and refunds or reimbursements. This includes our Airbnb Safety Team, who are specially trained to support our Hosts and guests in the rare instance of a safety issue. And Airbnb booking guests always have access to our AirCover protections, free to all guests and covering every booking made on our platform.
Partnering with Polaris and It’s a Penalty
Polaris, a leading anti-trafficking organization and operator of the US Human Trafficking Hotline, will help Las Vegas area Hosts prepare to welcome guests for the Big Game by sharing tips on safety, how to spot the warning signs of human trafficking, and more. Airbnb is one again joining It’s a Penalty’s global campaign to harness the power of sport to prevent abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking.
Airbnb’s partnerships with It’s A Penalty and Polaris build on the company’s work to combat human trafficking. Polaris and Airbnb have established a robust training curriculum for our global team of agents and crisis managers to support any reports of trafficking and help spot signs of possible exploitation.