On a typical night, this Airbnb “Volcano Oasis” listing in Peoria, Ariz., runs at about $2,500 per night. However, if you want to book the home next weekend, you’ll have to shell out $250,000 each night — no joke.
Given that the Super Bowl is being played in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 1, Airbnb owners in the area are jacking up their rates as Seahawks and Patriots fans make the trip to watch their team battle for a world championship.
Not all listings are increasing 100X like the “Volcano Oasis,” but you can expect to pay significantly more than normal if you’re headed down to Glendale, which is a 10-mile drive from Phoenix.
For those of you that would rather go the Airbnb route over hotels — average prices for one room are around $860 in Phoenix for Super Bowl weekend — there are some tools that can help nail down the best deals.
One of those is PriceMethod, a new startup co-founded by Joe Fraiman, who previously was CEO of Y Combinator graduate Tastemaker. Fraiman’s team has developed a “Super Bowl Price Prediction” tool which evaluates listed homes in Airbnb and HomeAway for Super Bowl weekend relative to the company’s internal estimate of what the home should cost. The idea is to show if each listing is a good deal or not.
“Usually, our team helps vacation rental owners price their homes perfectly,” Fraiman noted. “However, my co-founder is from Seattle, and I’m from Boston. Therefore, we feel obliged to help our hometown fans.”
PriceMethod also helps Airbnb owners figure out the best price to charge for Super Bowl weekend. There are a few other startups also doing the same, including Beyond Pricing and Everbooked, but neither are available in the Phoenix area quite yet.