If there was a way to book into a Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Hotel or even Aulani, Disney’s highly rated Hawaiian resort for much less than the website price, would you do it? Many Traveling Moms have already taken advantage of the lesser known Disney planning tactic of renting Disney Vacation Club Points. Read on to find out the risks and rewards that await you when planning your Disney vacation this way.
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Many families are traveling to Disney resorts and on Disney Cruises for less using Disney Vacation Club Points. While you may not be a member of the Disney Vacation Club, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t reap the benefits of Disney’s timeshare program.
Renting Disney Vacation Club Points
You can’t visit Disney without seeing the cast members positioned around the resorts eager to teach you about the Disney Vacation Club. For a look at the benefits of becoming a member see this post by a Traveling Mom and DVC owner. If you aren’t interested in ownership, there are a number of reasons why renting Disney Vacation Club points may be a good decision for your family. These include heavy discounts on hotel rooms and free parking at certain resorts.
How Do You Rent Disney Vacation Club Points
Before doing so, you will need to determine where you would like to stay and how many points you will need. Disney Vacation Club owners can book reservations up to 11 months in advance of a stay. To find the most availability, it’s best to approach rental companies or owners at this time. If you want to go sooner, don’t worry. I recently booked a two night stay at Aulani, Disney’s Hawaii resort, five months before our stay.
Once you decide on a date and a property, you will need to know how many Disney Vacation Points you will need. David’s Vacation Club Rentals has easy to use point charts that you can access whether or not you are booking through them. As an example, choosing the two nights of December 2 and 3rd, 2016 at Aulani shows me that the cost of a standard room for two nights through Disney Vacation Club points is 32 points or a total cost of $512 using David’s Vacation Club Rentals. The cost of a standard room through the Disney booking website is $1023 dollars for 2 nights. Renting points will actually save you 50% off the booking price but that’s not all. When we arrived at Aulani, we were given a room on the 11th floor reserved for Disney Vacation Club Members with a view of the pool area and ocean. To reserve a room with a similar view through the Disney booking site, there is an additional cost of over $430 for the duration of stay. Using this example, you would actually save almost $945 over the two night stay.
Once you are ready to book, you have two options. Head to a discussion board and try to find a member yourself who may rent to you for a few dollars less a point than the services above or put a booking request into one of the services. Both services ask for a $98 deposit that is refunded within 24 hours if the booking cannot be secured, as when there are no owners interested in selling or no availability at the property on those dates. If a booking is secured, the deposit is put towards the cost of the vacation.
Benefits of Renting Disney Vacation Club Points
In my opinion, the benefits of renting Disney Vacation Club Points were plentiful. To begin, our stay at Aulani was less than half the cost of booking the same room with the same view through Disney. Secondly, we were treated on property as Vacation Club Owners which included free self parking saving us another $37 a day. Our room also came equipped with a microwave, fridge, cutlery and dishes which are standard for Disney Vacation Club owners. For this trip, I chose to book through David’s Vacation Rental and the process was quick and painless. I heard back regarding my request the same day I submitted it and the booking was made immediately securing the room.
Drawbacks of Renting Disney Vacation Club Points
There are drawbacks to renting Disney Vacation Club Points that you must be aware of before you book. First and foremost, the booking is never under your control. For my booking, the Vacation Club Owner and I entered into an online contract whereby he booked the room. The confirmation from Disney was sent to me so I could see the booking which was in my name so I knew the reservation number. If you are using this process for Walt Disney World Resorts, you are able to connect the booking to your My Disney Experience Account to add park tickets and dining plans. That being said, if the owner decided to cancel at any point, it would have been entirely beyond my control. David’s Vacation Club does guarantee a full reimbursement of what you paid but you will no longer have the booking and will be forced to book directly through Disney at a later date or find somewhere else to stay. Secondly, rooms rented through Disney Vacation Club do not include housekeeping. As our stay was only two days, this was a minimal drawback. For longer stays, you are given fresh towels and linens depending on the length of the stay.
Sometimes taking a risk can bring great rewards. Renting Disney Vacation Points will leave you with a little more money in your pocket to make your vacation even more magical.