What are holiday rates and how do I manage them?

Holidays are a busy time for everyone, sitters and pet parents alike. 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:

U.S. holiday dates for 2019

How holiday rates work

Strategies for setting holiday rates

Holiday rates for Canada

U.S. holiday dates

If you have holiday rates enabled on your account, then those rates will be applied to bookings that take place during the following date ranges:

Holiday2019 dates2020 dates
Martin Luther King Day January 18 – January 21 January 17 – January 21
President’s DayFebruary 15 – February 18February 14 – February 18
Memorial DayMay 24 – May 27May 24 – May 28
4th of JulyJuly 3 – July 7July 2 – July 6
Labor DayAugust 30 – September 2September 4 – September 8
Indigenous Peoples’ DayOctober 11 – October 15October 9 – October 13
ThanksgivingNovember 27 – November 30November 25 – November 30
Christmas and New Year’s DayDecember 20 – January 1 December 22 – January 4


Holiday rates for Canada

Christmas and New Year’s Day: December 20 – January 1

How holiday rates work 

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

For example, the holiday period for Martin Luther King Day is January 18 – January 21. Let’s say you receive a house sitting request from January 16 to January 20 for two dogs. Since the booking overlaps with this holiday period, the holiday rate would apply to the first dog 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 clients 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 your business. 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.