The Road to Omaha is paved with some extra cash for those who open their homes to Airbnb clients. Midwest Public Affairs spokesperson Ben Breit says the Omaha metro area welcomes about 3,100 guests daily during the College World Series. That is a 30% increase in guests compared to one year ago. This year, Airbnb is seeing a massive spike in travelers from Austin, home to the Texas Longhorns, who are among the teams traveling to Omaha.
Breit says, “Hotels just reaching peak occupancy is just the way it works at these big events. With the advent of Airbnb and the growth, more folks are now able to come to Omaha for events like this and experience the city. A lot of money goes into the pockets of Omaha homeowners. For the next nine or ten days, Omaha residents combined will earn about a half-million dollars through Airbnb by opening up their homes.”
There are about 400 host homes in Omaha and each will earn about $800 during the span of the CWS.
Breit says the typical Omaha host for the full year earns about $6,000 or $7,000. He doubts anyone will quit their day job but it is a significant supplemental income that can help with a mortgage, pay off debt of can go into a retirement account.