Why and how do you become an Airbnb associate?

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Making money on Airbnb when you’re not getting bookings

Airbnb has several ways for property managers marketers to make additional revenue, including options for hosts looking to add additional revenue streams aside from short-term rental bookings. However, navigating the various referral programs can be difficult. This article will go over the difference between the Host Referral program, the Airbnb Ambassador program, and the Airbnb Associate program which launched earlier this year in May.

For instance, we’ll show how you can create a link to get visitors to find and book properties in a specific destination (say, St Barths). You will also see that Airbnb Associates can create widget such as below;

The Airbnb Associate Program, the new affiliate program

The Airbnb Associate Program is a referral program that allows people to make money by sharing travel content. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to be a traditional influencer with a large audience to take part; everyone is eligible to participate, including hosts.

A new and improved version of Airbnb’s affiliate program

You may be familiar with the Host Referral program, where you only earned money when you refer new host to Airbnb. In 2017, Airbnb launched an Affiliate Program that was giving money to people referring new guests to the platform. The common goal of these two programs was to grow Airbnb’s user base, on each side of the Airbnb Community.

Under the Airbnb Associate program, you will earn 30% of the Airbnb service fee as cash for every trip booked through your referral link, including if someone clicks on your link and books a stay up to 28 days later. Note that it is not 30% of the Airbnb booking value, but 30% of the Airbnb service fee.

How may a program manager earn money from Airbnb’s Associate Program?

Airbnb associates program

As a property manager, it is a great way to add a revenue stream that can continue to bring in money even if all your properties are booked up.

For example, one approach can be to create a list of other Airbnb properties that you would recommend to people that you send to potential guests when your properties are full. This approach increases guest engagement and satisfaction to build potential future business while also bringing in some earnings on bookings that you cannot capture.

How do you become an Airbnb associate?

To register, you just need an Airbnb account. The platform is easy to use and is integrated within your account. After logging in, you can go to the associates landing page and follow the steps to sign up. 

How do you create Airbnb associate affiliate links and widgets?

The program allows you to create text links, widgets, or landing pages. You can check out this page test created by our Rental Scale-Up team. We created this well-designed webpage presenting properties that we have saved earlier on Airbnb. You can choose to add a map to the page, as we’ve done here.

You can also use text links to send people to a specific property or location. Finally, you can also integrate widgets into your own website that allow your site visitors to search Airbnb directly. You would earn a commission for any booking found through that widget, even if you haven’t written about it!

The Airbnb Associates program also comes with a user-friendly dashboard that tracks your commission and gives you analytics on your performance. Finally, payouts happen on the 20th of every month and can be redeemed through Paypal, Bank Transfer, or Payoneer.

Other Referral Programs: Host-to-Host and Ambassadors

Airbnb also has its well-known Host-to-Host referral program explicitly designed to encourage hosts to refer other hosts. As a host, you can earn a bonus for anyone who signs up as a new host using your referral link. The payout varies from city to city, from $75-$600, and only happens once a booking actually takes place at the new host’s property. Referring new hosts is easy; all you have to do is click ‘Refer a Host’ under your profile options menu and copy the link to send to your friends.

Finally, Airbnb has an Ambassador program, which is similar to the Host-to-Host program, in the sense that the goal is to increase Airbnb’s supply of properties. The big difference is that it is open to all verified Airbnb users, guests included.

Associates vs Host Referrals vs Ambassadors

Airbnb offers a range of ways for property managers and owners to earn money aside from direct vacation rental bookings. It is crucial to evaluate the different options and decide which avenues for earning revenue are most important to building your business.

However, through these additional affiliate programs, Airbnb has made it clear that they are here to be the partners of short-term rental owners and property managers to build their business. Affiliate marketing through the associate program is a great way to create an additional passive revenue stream even without a huge follower base or regular content creation.


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