Congrats, you’ve scored tickets to see Super Bowl LIII! However, if you waited too long to book your trip to Atlanta, you probably couldn’t find an affordable nearby hotel. So you went with your next-best option: Airbnb or a comparable site.
There are plenty of rooms and homes to rent for the season finale of American football, and they’re a fraction of the cost of a hotel stay. If you’ve never stayed in an Airbnb or comparable property, though, you might be a bit wary of sleeping in a stranger’s home.
Search the details behind a property and its owner To put you at ease, here’s a checklist of things you may want to look for or do before your stay:
Check Out the Host Profile
Every Airbnb host includes a little bit of info about them, so you can see what your host looks like, find out their name, and see what they have to say about themselves. You can also find out whether a host is considered a Superhost, which is Airbnb’s way of helping you identify the best hosts. Superhosts regularly get excellent reviews for communication and accommodation.
You’ll also be able to read about other guests’ experiences, which can give you an idea of what to expect. Were the hosts nosy? Did they infringe on a guest’s privacy? You might find that out in a review. Or, perhaps the host was easy to contact when you needed extra towels or restaurant recommendations. Key points like this are typically mentioned in reviews.Search a full background report on a person
Read Airbnb’s FAQ
Airbnb claims that it does its best to keep both hosts and guests safe by running background checks on U.S. members, if Airbnb has a first name, last name, and date of birth for the person. Typically, if a user of Airbnb has a serious criminal history, their account may be reviewed or removed.
There’s also an in-app messaging feature, so you can communicate with the host before your visit. This gives you a chance to get to know them (and for them to get to know you) before you stay in their home. Airbnb has a whole host of safety tips that you should consider whenever you book an Airbnb.
Do Your Own Research
Airbnb doesn’t share its background check information with guests or hosts, so if you have the full name of an Airbnb host, you may want to run a public records search to see what comes up. What you find may help you determine whether you feel comfortable staying in that person’s home.
Communicate Only Through the App
Keep your private information safe by never sharing your personal details with an Airbnb host. There’s no need to provide your home address, email address, or phone number with a host because of Airbnb’s built-in messaging feature, and it’s considered unsafe to do so.
Also, you may consider making all your payments for an Airbnb stay through the Airbnb platform to try and further protect yourself. Never share your financial information directly with anyone on Airbnb — that would definitely get a flag on the play!
A Note About Super Bowl Ticket Scams
If you’re booking this trip because you managed to snag last-minute resale tickets to the big game, you might want to make sure you haven’t fallen for a Super Bowl ticket scam. Most often, scammers will have their victims send a wire transfer for tickets that don’t actually exist. According to the Better Business Bureau, these types of scams are rampant, especially in the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday.
If your tickets didn’t come directly from an authorized reseller, the BBB recommends asking for a photo of the tickets to confirm the seats actually exist. If you suspect your tickets are counterfeit, you can report the incident to the National Association of Ticket Brokers.Search a person's history and background check