Airbnb fee calculator: how much could you earn?

Check out our Airbnb fee calculator for UK hosts. Type in your details and we’ll tell you your possible earnings. We’ll also show you how much you might have left over after things like fees, bills and taxes have been deducted.

Free Airbnb income calculator

How to use the calculator

Airbnb fee FAQs

What to do next

Free Airbnb income calculator

Put your details such as your nightly rate and occupancy into the calculator below to find out how much you could earn. Include as many costs as you can to make it as realistic as possible.

Not sure how to use it? Have a look at our guide and frequently asked questions below.

Once you’ve got to the end, we’ll email you a guide with tips on how to maximise your income.

How to use this Airbnb calculator

This is an Airbnb fee calculator for UK hosts. To get as accurate a result as possible, fill in as many relevant fields as you can. Once you’ve answered all of our questions, we’ll tell show you your potential revenue and income after deductions.

Not sure where to start? Check out our tips below on what you need to think about.

Determine your Pricing and occupancy rate

What nightly rate you charge is very important. But how many nights guests book your listing (i.e. your occupancy rate) will also determine how much you earn.

Not sure about what nightly rate to charge or your likely occupancy? Check out the listings in your area as a rough guide for pricing and potential popularity. But don’t forget to check out our pricing and occupancy guide too!

If you’re doing this for the first time, think about how many times over the course of a year your place may be available for booking. Armed with this knowledge and your own research, you should have a rough guide to start with.

Be honest with deductions

No one likes to see their income go down. But if you want to avoid nasty surprises, then you need to accurately account for potential deductions like any other business. Costs can include anything from cleaning charges and insurance, to Airbnb and property management fees.

One potential hidden cost that many hosts overlook is getting specific host insurance as they assume they are covered by Airbnb themselves. Whilst it’s true that you do get some cover through Airbnb if something goes wrong, what they provide fairly limited and won’t give you full protection. Most standard insurers don’t provide enough cover either.

At Pikl, we specialise in insurance for hosts and property sharers. Check out our Airbnb insurance page for more info on why getting dedicated Airbnb insurance cover gives you better protection or click on the link below to get a quote today.

Analyse and take action

Whether you’re an experienced host or just starting out, the path to success starts with finding the best way to maximise your income.

Want to find out the best way to do this? Once you’ve finished all the questions for our calculator and have been given your results, we’ll email you our guide  

Airbnb Fee FAQs

When using this calculator, you may see questions you are not sure about. Below, we have answered some common Airbnb fee FAQs.

What percentage does Airbnb take?

Hosts that choose Airbnb’s split fee structure (where both hosts and guests pay a service fee) will typically pay around 3% per booking.

If you choose to pay Airbnb’s host only fee (guests pay no service fee), then this can be up to 16%.

Have a look at our Airbnb service fee guide for more in-depth information on this topic.

What percentage does Airbnb charge guests?

Most guests pay a service fee up to 14.2% of the booking subtotal if the host chooses the split-fee payment structure. If the host opts for the host only fee structure, then the guest pays no service charge.

Are there hidden costs on Airbnb?

When a guest views a booking listing, they are shown the breakdown of what is charged in the total cost, including any cleaning and service fees. As for hosts, the fee charged by Airbnb themselves is deducted after booking.

The true hidden costs of hosting on Airbnb are not the ones charged by the platform, however. The costs many don’t typically think about are things such as taxes and property management fees. But one of the most overlooked potential costs of hosting is paying out of pocket expenses as a result of not having the right insurance cover.

Don’t have any additional cover for Airbnb? Get a quote today and check out our flexible cover options.

What are the taxes on Airbnb income?

Like most activities, Airbnb income is taxable over a certain amount. However, it depends on how much you earn, your activity as a host and whether you are a resident at the property you rent out.

Have a look at our Airbnb taxes guide for a full breakdown of what you need to know if you are unsure.

How do I avoid Airbnb fees?

Unfortunately you can’t do this with Airbnb fees are automatically deducted. Airbnb’s usage rules state that if any loopholes are attempted to be made to avoid these fees, this will result in removal from the platform

Is it worth being a host on Airbnb?

Hosting on Airbnb can be an excellent way of earning income if you have a spare room or property to rent out. Not only do you get to meet new people, you can get paid for the pleasure of doing it too!

Another great feature of being a host is flexibility. You’re in charge and can set the availability you want.

For many people, hosting on Airbnb is a chance to earn additional income. Some people do hosting full time as well.

Is Airbnb profitable for hosts?

Airbnb can be a very profitable source of income. It is the largest short term rental platform in the world and possesses the most users of any short-term rental platform.

There are lots of opportunities depending on your location and access to property. If you own a home in a popular demand area, you could get lots of bookings. Hosts that own multiple properties can also look to scale their income even further.

How does Airbnb calculate revenue?

To calculate annual revenue, multiply the number of days you are available of the course of a year by your nightly rate. So if your nightly rate is £50 and you are usually available for around 100 nights in the year, your annual revenue would be £5,000.

To calculate how much you actually make, you would then need to take away deductions from this figure to get a true picture of what you earn. You can easily do this by using our calculator.

What to do next

After answering all of the questions, you should be shown the results. Our tool is meant to be a guide only, but it should give you an idea of how much you could make. We’ll then email you quick guide on how you can start to think about maximising your income.

Just starting out on Airbnb or looking for ways to increase your revenue? Have a look at our Airbnb hosting and Superhost guides to take your income stream to the next level.

If you have any insurance questions, feel free to get in touch or get a quote by visiting our Airbnb insurance page..

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