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$6,000 a night? Super Bowl 50 inspiring outrageous short term rental rates

January 26 2016
January 26 2016

By Anna Marie Erwert | SfGate

Super Bowl 50 is on its way to San Francisco: hotels are offering special high-priced packages; restaurants are gearing up; the homeless are being lured off the streets; and the city is ready.

As SF Gate reported last week, we’re going to be bombarded. “It’s going to be crowded. There is going to be traffic, and there are going to be streets closed,” warns Charlotte Shultz, the city’s chief of protocol and one of 43 members of the Advisory Group for the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. “We’re a city that knows how to either take that in stride or complain about it.”

One way to take it in stride? Rent your home out for the week—or at least Super Bowl weekend. Hotels are all over this, obviously:

At the Hotel Nikko, a Super Bowl package advertised on runs $9,000 for three nights for a single guest needing a single ticket on the upper deck of Levi’s Stadium. A $500 upgrade will get that single Nikko guest into the corner of the end zone, while a $5,000 upgrade earns a seat at club level premium. Round-trip transportation is included.

There’s even dedicated Super Bowl travel package websites like this one through Bullseye Event Group offering stays at Park Central and similar luxury hotels, transport, social events, sight seeing, dining, drinking and more.

Temporary Small Business Bonanza?

But you don’t have to be a hotel owner/event organizer to cash in on the visiting frenzy. AirBnB, TripAdvisor, HomeAway—all of these and more offer myriad Super Bowl lodging options, most with a three night minimum.

The prices in San Francisco are predictably shocking. A three-night stay at this three-bed Russian Hill home runs $12,486. In this one bedroom, over $17,000. In San Jose, close to Levi Stadium, we found a 1-BR renting Feb.1-Feb 8 for $7,400 and a 1-BR for $2,000 a night where the owner offers round-trip transportation to the airport. The gallery above highlights these offerings, some more “worth the money” than others.

Cash in with caution

Lest Bay Area tenants think they should plan a trip away for Super Bowl weekend, and hop on Craigslist with Super Bowl pricing for their apartments, they would do well to remember: subletting isn’t always legal. You wouldn’t want to come back from your three day get-away to find an eviction notice waiting for you.

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