How to Rent Disney Vacation Club Points. Whether you are a seasoned Disney trip planner or a new Disney-goer, renting points from a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) owner is an option that many people do not know about. There are also those people who do know about this option, but may be lost in how to go about renting Disney Vacation Club points to plan their Walt Disney World vacation. Let us help you in giving you some step-by-step instructions along with a couple of different options for renting Disney Vacation Club points from an owner.
What is Disney Vacation Club?
Disney Vacation Club is like a time share for Disney vacations. People buy contracts that contain a certain number of points. They use those points to plan out their vacations in deluxe Disney accommodations. Trips can be in varying length, and owners have many different resorts in which to book, subject to certain rules and availability.
What are the Disney Vacation Club resorts?
The DVC resorts that you would be renting would be from one of the following resorts. Animal Kingdom Villas, Bay Lake Tower (DVC for the Contemporary), Beach Club Villas, Boardwalk Villas, Villas at the Grand Floridian, Polynesian Villas, Old Key West Villas, Saratoga Spring Villas, Villas at Wilderness Lodge. How do you decide which ones you would like to stay in? I would ask yourself what parks may be of special interest to you. For example, Magic Kingdom appeals to all ages, but it does have a lot for young children. In that case, you might stay at Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian, or Grand Floridian. You may prefer Epcot or Hollywood Studios. Then you might want to stay at Boardwalk or Beach Club. Many adults like this location during the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot since it is easily within walking distance from both resorts. Perhaps you would like to stay near Disney Springs. In this case, Old Key West or Saratoga Springs would be the place for you. Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom are the stand-alone resorts. By that, I mean that they are not within walking distance of any resort and not on the monorail line.
What does it mean to rent points?
Basically, renting points from a Disney Vacation Club member means that you are making a DVC reservation through the owners of the contract who own the points. Just as you would rent a house from someone who owns it, renting Disney Vacation Club is renting part of that person’s ownership. You do not pay Disney for your Disney vacation. Instead, you pay the owner of the DVC contract who is renting the points or the reservation.
What types of bookings are there?
First, you can rent points from the DVC owner who will then work with you to book your reservation. The process through which you do that is by choosing where you want to stay, and the Disney Vacation Club owner will check the availability on his DVC member page. Depending on what time of year you choose to go and what type of room you want to stay in will be the deciding factor on how many points you would need. You yourself can look at DVC point charts to get an idea of how many points you might need for the vacation you would like. I will get into a little more detail about this later.
The second way to rent Disney Vacation Club points is to actually rent a confirmed reservation. This means that the Disney Vacation Club owner has already made a reservation. For whatever reason, this party cannot use their reservation, so they offer it to rent so as not to waste their points. There is a time limit on using points, and if the owners are past the point of banking their points (which means they could use them within their next use year), and, if it is not feasible to make another reservation for themselves, they offer their confirmed reservation for rent. Sometimes owners may purposefully make reservations at their home resorts knowing ahead of time that they will be renting them out.
What are the risks of renting points or a confirmed reservation for a DVC resort vacation?
There are a few things that hold people back from renting DVC points or confirmed reservation. First, I do believe that people do not know enough about how to rent Disney Vacation Club points. Therefore, they are a little gun shy. They don’t quite understand the process, so they just don’t attempt it. Secondly, I believe that people like booking through Disney because they know their vacation is being made through Disney itself and they trust that. Also, the option of being able to put a certain amount of money down and continue to pay off the vacation up until close to the time that you leave is very appealing to many people. Disney does offer the option to set up a Disney Vacation Account. This helps many people that may not be able to pay for their vacation in a lump sum. The main risk for many people is that they do not trust giving their money to a stranger. It is a little nerve-wracking to know that you give your money to someone and have to trust that they put your name on the reservation or that they actually follow through with the sale to make the reservation. There are certain ways to ensure the safety of the transaction, however, and we will go over that shortly.
What are the benefits of renting Disney Vacation Club Points for your Disney vacation?
The largest benefit of renting Disney Vacation Club is the money that you save for deluxe accommodations. You would not believe the savings you can get on a vacation that is a DVC rental vs. a vacation booked through Disney at rack rate (and even with their discounts). For example, I did a search at the time of this article for a standard view studio at the Boardwalk Villas from October 5-12. Rack rate on this vacation is $3,527. However, I found the same offer direct from a DVC owner for $1250. Look at that savings! In addition, the accommodations in DVC have more to offer, such as full kitchens in the 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and grand villa options, and a small kitchenette in the studios.
What do the accommodations look like?
There will be slight variations in the accommodations, depending on where you stay, but most have similarities. Here are examples from the Boardwalk since we mentioned that resort in the previous answer.
Here is the fun part. I have numerous ways that I have personally either paid another DVC member to rent his points, paid another DVC member to rent his confirmed reservation, or I have rented out my own points or confirmed reservations. Let’s go through four possible ways that will tell you how to rent Disney Vacation Club Points.
Disney DVC rental service
Use a Disney DVC rental service. With this type of service, you are using the company as a middle man. You might pay a couple of dollars more per point to rent than if you try to rent individually, but you can be rest assured that your transaction will go through without any worry. In addition, if you have any questions about the process, you have support staff that is willing to answer all of your questions. To use this type of service, you contact the owner and tell them the type of trip that you would like. He will go over the vacation options with you. You can basically put in any request for any DVC property, and then the service will find someone who is willing to book the vacation for you. For instance, if you wish to rent a 1 bedroom villa at the Grand Floridian in April, it would cost 340 points. The service would contact DVC owners that are registered with their website to ask if anyone would be able to book that specific vacation. You would pay a certain amount per point…in this case $16 per point if the reservation was made 7-11 months out. The DVC owner would get paid around $11.75 per point, and the service would keep the difference. I highly recommend using Paul and his staff at the DVC Rental Store. We have rented out our points using them, and the transaction was flawless. Email responses were incredibly quick and thorough. The expectations as owners were made very clear, and the directions on how to proceed were simple and easy. We would not hesitate to use Paul and his staff again. Highly recommended.
Rent through a timeshare website that requires a yearly membership fee in order to make contact with a potential owner. In this case you feel a bit safer because anyone who has listings available on this site or who is interested in renting DVC points would have to pay a yearly fee to the website. Then you know that both sides are serious. Who would pay to list their items if they weren’t truly owners? The service that I recommend for this type of rental is Redweek.com. We have used this site to rent out from DVC owners. We found an amazing deal once on a 1 bedroom villa at the Boardwalk for between 8-9 dollars a point! (going rate at the time was around $11-12 a point) Even if you are not a member, you can see the listings on their website. This is nice because when you are actually ready to contact an owner, then you may pay the membership fee to get their contact information.
The third way that we have both rented points and also rented out confirmed reservations was through a website forum called mouseowners. You will have to create a log-in to access the forum. If you are an owner wanting to post your points, you will be required to have a certain number of posts within the forum community before you are allowed to do that. However, if you are renting from an owner, you will be able to contact that owner by posting to the thread or through private message. The thing that I love about this website is that there is no middle man and no additional fees associated with the renting process. The only downfall of using this forum is that you are taking a chance on who you are renting from. The nice thing about this forum, though, is that the owner keeps up to date records on people who have rented out their points. Owners are only allowed to list so many times per year. This way you know that you are working with an independent owner and not a travel agency. Also, any “sour” transactions can be listed, so there is a place for you to go to in order to ensure that the person you are renting from is legitimate. I know there are other Disney forums which have rental boards available if you are interested in searching for them.
The last place that you may want to consider is eBay. We had a reservation around Christmas time that we could not use. We listed it last minute on eBay. The nice thing about eBay is that you have such a large audience. Literally there are people from all different countries that are utilizing that website. As a buyer, it seems as if many people use eBay as an option to make last minute listings. If you want to snag a vacation for cheap, and you don’t mind only having a couple of weeks to plan things, consider eBay.
We hope that we have helped answer any questions that you may have had in how to rent Disney Vacation Club points. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Slick Mouse Disney. We would be happy to assist you in your DVC rental.