Bay Area residents hoping to cash in on Airbnb for Super Bowl

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Now that we know which teams are in the Super Bowl, Airbnb hosts are hoping fans will begin booking rooms or homes with them.

Now that we know which teams are in the Super Bowl, Airbnb hosts are hoping fans will begin booking rooms or homes with them.

Angela Chou of San Mateo wants Super Bowl fans to know she is the " hostess with the mostess."

She regularly rents out her home or rooms on the Airbnb website.

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"I would prefer to rent my whole house and that way me and my family can get away during that week," she said.

If she can't rent out her entire home, she'll do what she always does, which is to allow people to stay in her extra room - but at a higher price than usual.

"It usually goes for $120 a night or so. I was just being competitive with hotels. I know hotels are charging way more than that," said Chou.



For Super Bowl weekend she's now charging $600 a night for that one room. For the whole house, she wants $2,500 a night.

Airbnb says there are currently 6,000 listings in the region.

The median listing in San Jose is $360 dollars a night. But rentals are going for less than that at an average of $220.

Bruce Bennett of San Francisco has yet to rent out his spare room for under $200 a night. He hopes things will pick up this week.

"Now people will start to see a huge rise in those inquiries. I know that some of my fellow hosts that I know on line, have already received bookings for the Super Bowl," he said.

Airbnb says compared to last year's Super Bowl in Arizona, demand for Super Bowl 50 is roughly three times greater.

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