Hi everyone - I have been hosting on-and-off for just over a year now and am on track to make Superhost status on October 1st. Did you notice an increase in your reservations after obtaining Superhost status? Did you find you were able to increase your nighly rate? Thanks in advance!
Happily, yes and yes!
So much so now the apartment is rarely available.
Good luck in your venture & congratulations on your impending SuperHost status!
Hi Cynthia & Chris,
I reached superhost status this past July 2016 after hosting for 3 years. I found I was able to raise rates 10 to 20% without a noticable drop in bookings. But the real test will be this winter first time
The other thing I noticed was my number of first time Airbnb guests went up as they seemed to feel more comfortable booking with me. But in some cases I found expectations for the stay to be way above reality private feed back from some guests commenting that they expected the bedroom to be much larger its a standard for US at 12x12 with large closet. I found that adjusting verbage and listing exact mesuremnet of rooms has helped with that.
Good luck with your SuperHost Status
Jimmy in Tacoma WA
ps not sure its common but when they say upto 14 days to review status they were not kidding, Approval popped up monring of July 15th so just relax.....
Reviews and star ratings are what guests look for - just one of our guests knew what it was or meant (and they were a host).
However, it's a nice pat on the back for a job well done. Just don't stress if it ever looks like you might lose it (for example by not having enough guests over a period)
I think one of the reasons you are seeing conflicting responses is that I believe the biggest benefit to superhost is that I think you get better search results placement. But as others have described just because someone looks at your property does not meen they book it. Perhaps a more intersting question is how do the number of views compare before and after superhost is achived.
I have been a super host for almost a year now and actually achieved it in only 2 months. When I started hosting it was a particularly busy time of year for Lincoln and as we have two rooms in our home that are used for airbnb we were able to meet the criteria quickly.
Having said that, I do think having super host status and very good reviews does lead to some guests having unrealistic expectations and, as has already been mentioned, can mean guests sometimes leaving only 4* reviews. I agree that first time users probably feel more comfortable staying with a super host but there is a fair bit of pressure to maintain this status and it only takes a few lower than 5* reviews to do the damage.