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What are holiday rates and how do I manage them?

Holidays are a busy time for everyone, sitters and pet owners. That’s why you have the ability to raise your rates for services throughout the holiday season. 

In this article, we’ll cover the following topics:

Holiday dates

How holiday rates work

Strategies for setting holiday rates

 Holiday dates

Holiday 2023 2024
Good Friday and Easter Weekend 7 - 10 April 29 Mar - 1 Apr
Summer holiday 28 Jul - 27 August 26 Jul - 1 Sep

Christmas and New Year's

King's Day Weekend

22 Dec - 1 Jan 2024

5 - 7 Jan 2024

21 Dec - 1 Jan 2025

3 - 6 Jan 2025


How holiday rates work 

If a booking includes dates within a holiday period, your holiday rates will be applied to the first pet in the booking for the entire booking.

For example, Easter 2024 is from 29 Mar - 1 Apr 2024. Let's say you receive a house sitting request from 30 Mar to 2 April for two pets. Since the booking overlaps with this holiday period, the holiday rate would apply to the first pet for all four nights.

For more information about managing/enabling add-on rates, visit this article.

Tip: You can also set a custom price for specific pet owners during the holiday season by editing the booking request. For step-by-step instructions on how to do this, check out this article


Strategies for setting holiday rates

  • Check out the holiday pricing of other sitters in your area to help you determine what your holiday rate should be.

  • We’ve noticed that generally, sitters tend to set their holiday rates 10-20% above their standard rates.

  • Apply holiday rates when they make sense for you. If you notice different trends or spikes in demand during other holidays that Rover hasn't listed above, you're welcome to apply holiday rates for those periods.

  • If you don't want to set a holiday rate, simply leave the rate blank and Rover will use your normal service rate for holiday bookings instead. 

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