Are you looking for a way to make money online? Travel blogging might be one of the best ways to generate an income from the comfort of your home – or anywhere!

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Airbnb have launched the Airbnb Associates program in order to boost bookings. It allows anyone with a decent amount of traffic to earn revenue by recommending Airbnb bookings.

This is different from their initial Airbnb Affiliate program, which has certain limitations for people who have under 1 million monthly visits. Plus, it only allowed you to refer new users.

With the new Airbnb Associates program, you stand a chance to earn 30% of Airbnb’s service fee on any booking made withing 28 days! Sound interested?

Why should I a join Airbnb Associates?

While the travel industry is currently down, it’s no doubt expected to return as people are bound to have cabin-fever and feel wanderlust. Airbnb is one of the top accommodation platforms available with over 4 million homes in 191 countries.

How do I become an Airbnb Associate?

In order to become an Airbnb Associate, you will need to have an Airbnb account. Once you’ve signed up, login to your account and visit the airbnb.com/associates link. Click on get started to join the program and wait to be accepted!

What are some of the rules?

There are some common rules with the Airbnb Associate program. You must be transparent about your relationship with Airbnb, that you might receive compensation, don’t book through your own links and more. For the full guidelines, please click here.

How much can I expect to earn with Airbnb Associates?

The amount you earn will depend on various factors. As an associate, Airbnb will give you 30% of the Airbnb service fee every time someone books.

The service fee is a percentage of the guest and host fees for each booking. Plus, you’ll earn the 30% rate if they click on a link and make any booking within 28 days!

As an example

On average, Airbnb’s service fee is anywhere from 6 – 14%. With a rough 10% average, if a person pays $100 per night x 6 nights = $600, Airbnb will charge a $60 (10%) fee. You will receive 30% of Airbnb’s $60 fee, which comes to $18. That’s one booking, so multiply this by 20 and you’ve reached the $1000 mark!

How can I implement Airbnb?

There are various ways you can implement Airbnb on your website in order to generate revenue. Fortunately, Airbnb provides a number of tools available that make it very easy without any technical knowledge.

Links

One of the easiest methods to implement Airbnb’s Associate program is with good old-fashioned hyperlinks. Click here to see an Awesome Treehouse For Couples. If you happen to use this method in a blog (like us), don’t forget you mention that you might earn compensation.

Widgets

Airbnb also gives you widgets that can be embedded on your website. These search widgets allow you to specify the location, dates and amount of guests, with the results being shown on the original Airbnb website. You’ll find an example below.

Landing Pages

The final method allows you to build landing pages that are hosting directly on the Airbnb website. Simply create a list of interesting places, and build a landing page based on the list. This is a great way to promote Airbnb if you don’t have a website, but perhaps a large social media following. Click here to see an example of a landing page of Glamping Spots in the Western Cape.