How to cash in on some of 2019’s biggest events using Airbnb

Letting out your home on Airbnb during a UK festival or sporting event could earn you thousands, according to our research.

Airbnb use is surging in some of the UK biggest cities, and with a packed calendar of events lined up for the rest of the year, we wondered how much money you could make by renting out your property as demand for a place to stay peaks.


Using Airbnb’s average per-night cost for 2 people, we’ve looked at how much money you could make renting out your property during some of the UK’s most exciting events and the summer holidays.

For context, we’ve also looked at the average nightly fees in the 2 weeks before each high-demand period.

Cash in on festivals

Renting out your home via Airbnb during music and arts festivals can make you more than three figures a night.

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Unsurprisingly the UK’s most popular music festival appears to have some of the most expensive Airbnb’s.

In Somerset, AirBNB’s in the areas surrounding the legendary Glastonbury festival will cost you £218 on average a night in nearby Shepton Mallet, and £148 in Glasto itself.

Homeowners near the UK’s most sought-after festival could make up to four figures across the event by renting out their whole property.

As reported recently, many properties in Edinburgh turn into Airbnb’s during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – and after looking at the average cost per night it’s easy to see why.

The average cost for a night during the festival is £211, compared to £119 the month before. Tenants in the Scottish capital can almost certainly afford to pay for a holiday if they’re prepared to let out their property during the city’s busiest month.

Take advantage of sporting events

Similarly to festivals, letting your home out on AirBNB during your local town, city, or areas sporting events can potentially make you thousands.

New uk sports data

Portrush in Northern Ireland will host the 2019 Open, attracting golf fans from around the world who’ll all need a place to stay. It’s also the place where you can earn the most on Airbnb, with an average nightly price of £703.

Although prices range from £33 to £8,661 (and Airbnb takes a 3% cut) renting out your home during this golfing spectacular could make you hundreds of pounds – especially compared to the average nightly price of £126 in the two weeks before the event.

Elsewhere, Wimbledon and Silverstone could make you big money if you have a property to stick on Airbnb. With average per-night prices of around £190, you could potentially make thousands from tourists and tennis fans.

If you’re lucky enough to own property in the right places overseas, renting out your home during some sporting events abroad can really yield the big bucks.

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Hopeful football fans may have already started to plan their trips to Madrid for the Champions League final, and you could take advantage. Airbnb’s average nightly price for a place in the city is around £552, some £400 more than the average cost two weeks before kick-off.

Other major world sporting events that could make you in excess of £100 a night include the final day of the Tour De France and Anthony Joshua’s defence of his world heavyweight boxing titles in New York (although if you own a place in the Big Apple, a few hundred quid might not mean much to you).

Let your home pay for your hols

If you’re going on holiday for a week or two during the summer, renting out your house could make you a significant amount of money. We looked at the average nightly prices of Airbnb properties in 27 UK towns and cities across the first three weeks of the summer holidays, and the results are impressive.

The locations with the highest average asking prices during the summer holidays are Edinburgh and Newquay, at £209 and £192 per night, respectively.

The 6 next most expensive locations in the first few weeks of the summer holidays are London, Brighton, York, Cheltenham, Bournemouth and Canterbury – all commanding more than £100 a night. From the locations sampled, the cities where lowest average cost were Belfast, Chester, Sheffield, Swansea and Kings Lynn – with average nightly prices of between £75-£80.

*All data was collected from on the 29th April 2019 – please note, prices may have changed since the original research was taken. AirBNB also charge at least 3% service fee for hosts.

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