Airbnb Minimum Stay Requirements: What Hosts Need to Know


Also known as a minimum length-of-stay requirement, the minimum night stay policy on Airbnb is the minimum number of nights that a guest can book a short-term vacation rental

When it comes to setting your minimum night stay policy on Airbnb, there’s a handful of competing theories on what’s best practice. 

Some hosts are partial 

to the three-day policy. Others favor week-long (or even month-long) stays. And still more tout the benefits of a one-night minimum. Depending on your market and hosting style, it may truly make sense to simply “set it and forget it.” Find something that works, and run with it. 

However, based on the data, we’ve found that a little tinkering goes a long way. Hosts that are proactive about toggling their minimum night stay policy — in accordance with market demand, seasonality, and upcoming events — can see impressive increases in monthly revenues. Here’s how to leverage the minimum night stay feature to your advantage:

Who’s Doing What: The Current State of Airbnb Minimum Night Stays

Before diving into the numbers on which strategy is most sound, here’s how hosts decide to set their nightly minimums throughout the course of the year. We’ve divided the data into two 15-city sets: seasonal markets, and non-seasonal markets.

How do I set the minimum and maximum number of nights a guest can book?

To set minimum and maximum night requirements for reservations:

  • Go to Your listings on and select a listing.
  • Click Manage listing.
  • Click Availability at the top of the page.
  • Next to Trip length, click Edit.
  • Enter minimum and maximum night requirements. Click Customize by day of the week to create custom rules for each day of the week. For a specific date (like a holiday), click Add a custom rule for seasons or specific dates.
  • Note: If you have multiple minimum night requirements that apply to the same day, the more specific requirement will be used. For example, let’s say you have a minimum 1 night requirement for all reservations, but you have a minimum 3 night requirement for reservations on the weekend. If a guest requests a Friday reservation, they’ll be required to stay 3 nights, not just 1 night.

we have been getting this question a LOT lately, so I thought I would write up a quick article about it. This is actually one of my most desired features of Airbnb, and I was really excited when they launched it.

People often ask us how to have their minimum number of nights (min nights) set for a long stay in the future, say two or three months down the road, and set to only 1 or 2 minimum nights for the present. Well luckily, there is now a way to do this in Airbnb! We will show you how, or scroll down now if you just want the “how” and not the “why”!

This made a big difference in how we manage Airbnb accounts at VR Front Desk, and I recommend you add these management practices to your own toolbox to help you increase your revenue and occupancy rates as well.

Why have different minimum night settings anyway?

The first thing to consider is whether this would apply to you or not. I think in most cases, it is a good idea. Our general rule of thumb is that the longer period of time away from the present day, the more minimum nights we require.

For instance, do you really want a 1,2,or 3 day stay 6 months from now?

No! Absolutely not, that could potentially leave you with quite a big gap in your calendar.

But for a booking next month, likely all the big gaps have already been taken. So squeezing in a 3 day stay to bring occupancy up is a great idea.

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So, our settings are usually 6 nights minimum 6 months out, 4 nights minimum 3 months out, and 1 or 2 nights minimum if the booking is within the next 3 months. Now that is for a market where most people book 3-6 months in advance, and many book a year in advance especially for the most popular dates.

If your market is different, you can take the above principles and just change the time frame. For instance in a shorter advance booking market, maybe make 3 months out require a 6 night minimum, etc.

The only type of owners where we don’t recommend this is those that have a fixed booking period, like Saturday-Saturday rentals. Obviously in that case, just keep doing what you are doing and renting by the week.

How does it impact Airbnb Instant-Book?

Some of our clients have been hesitant to turn on Insta-book (see our Airbnb Instant-book article here)

One of the main reasons people don’t like using Insta-books is because they lose control.

And that we totally get!

But with a loss of control you can also increase your revenue, so you have to balance the pros and cons.

And one of the ways to bring you more control is this very feature we are about to show you. By keeping very tight control of your minimum nights in different seasons, you are much more likely to get the kind of bookings you want to get! 


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