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Super Bowl LIII: AirBNB accused of price gouging | The Atlanta Voice

Eleven days remain until kickoff at Super Bowl LIII and many fans of the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams are scurrying for last-minute bookings for the big game. While most popular hotels are sold out, AirBNB hosts are looking to cash in on Super Bowl fever.

According to a report by AirnbnbWatch, an affordable housing advocate and consumer watchdog group, room, apartment, and housing rentals for Super Bowl week in Atlanta have increased as much as 2,600% compared to a regular weekend.

The report also reveals rates for many Airbnb listings, increasing by thousands of dollars per night during Super Bowl LIII. These findings are similar to those released late last year surrounding the VRBO Citrus Bowl. An Airbnb rental in Atlanta, which is normally rented for $284 per night, was being advertised for $2,994 per night during Super Bowl LIII. A typical three-night stay at that apartment would normally cost a total of $1,071, but the same length of stay during Super Bowl LIII would cost more than $10,000.

“Airbnb’s price gouging squeezed football fans during this year’s College Bowl Season, and now again for the Super Bowl. But more egregiously, these hosts are squeezing affordable housing stock out of their communities,” says Lauren Windsor, AirbnbWATCH’s spokesperson.

By comparison, AirBNB’s analysis says 60% of its 7,000 guests booked after the two teams were set for last year’s Super Bowl in Minneapolis. The report concluded the average nightly room price booked the week of the event was $286, which was about 3.7 times the usual Airbnb listing for the area.

“Basically the city’s sold out,” said William Pate, head of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Super Bowl LIII: AirBNB accused of price gouging | The Atlanta Voice.