We’re not sure about you, but 2022 seems to be flying by pretty quickly. Already this year we’ve seen winter storms and heatwaves, Omicron and the Olympics, even Twosday (aka “What’s a Palindrome Again?” Day). Through it all, we’re pleased to report, vacationers have been booking up a storm on KOALA, snatching up your listings almost as quickly as you can put them up.
That increased demand is in line with what the broader leisure travel industry is seeing as the year takes shape: The World Travel & Tourism Council expects tourism and travel to generate $8.6 trillion this year, just a smidge below pre-pandemic levels.
So how do timeshare owners take advantage of the predicted windfall? We took a look at data from the first two months of the year to understand what vacationers are booking: the resorts, units, dates, and average price paid per night. (We fell behind on our monthly booking updates, so we’re analyzing two months this time to catch up.) That will help you figure out what, where, and when to list.
One interesting note is that the average booking window in January and February was 141 days, or around 20 weeks. In other words, a lot of vacationers are thinking about their summer plans right now — so that could be a good season to list your reserved time.
The average price per night was $210, up slightly from December ($207).
As always, the most-booked resorts were clustered around sun-seekers’ favorites — Florida, Hawaii, the Caribbean — with additional activity in places like Hilton Head, S.C.; Arizona; Nashville; and California.
Once again, Bluegreen at Tradewinds in St. Pete Beach, Florida, was our most-booked resort in the Bluegreen portfolio. Studio units there fetched an average of $242 per night — a significant jump from December — mostly in the months of February, March, and April.
Over on Florida’s Atlantic coast, Bluegreen Vacations Daytona Seabreeze is luring vacationers with its oceanfront location and pool overlooking the sand. There, one-bedroom units went for $177/night on average, and two-bedrooms for $215.
Hilton Grand Vacations
KOALA’s HGV Community Hub should be your first stop if you’re not using some or all of your HGV membership this year. On the Hub, we list confirmed bookings we’ve received from travelers and you tell us which ones you want to fulfill. We’ll tell you exactly how much you’ll earn in payouts — and we’ll even throw in the $59 reservation fee. It couldn’t be easier!
Of course, you’re free to create your own listings for HGV resorts. Not surprisingly for the upscale brand, travelers flocked to its resorts in Hawaii. KOALA vacationers paid an average of $503 per night for a two-bedroom unit at the Grand Islander by HGV, located smack on Waikiki Beach. Travelers shelled out an average of $599/night at Lagoon Tower, also in Honolulu. Those Hawaii bookings are mostly for the late spring and summer, high season for families looking for the aloha spirit.
Also popular: the Ocean Enclave in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ($600/night), for summer bookings.
If you’re not using all of your Club Wyndham ownership this year, don’t let those points go to waste! KOALA’s Club Wyndham Request Hub lets you see confirmed bookings that we’ve already received from travelers, and select the ones you want to fulfill. It’s easy and safe, and you’ll know precisely how much cash you’ll receive before you fulfill.
If you prefer to go your own way, we recommend listing at one of our most-booked resorts. Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek at Disney World remains our No. 1 resort, despite the recent uptick in Disney ticket prices. Two-bedroom units were the most popular, fetching an average of $179 per night, followed by one-bedrooms ($164) and three-bedrooms ($267). Bookings here have been mostly for the spring, with some for fall and winter.
Other popular Club Wyndham resorts include Worldmark Sea Gardens in Pompano Beach, Fla. ($258/night on average, mostly for 2-bedroom units in spring); its near neighbor Club Wyndham Palm-Aire ($226/night for 2BR units,mostly last-minute); Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham in St. Thomas, USVI ($225/night, mostly for studios,, April through summer); and Club Wyndham Nashville ($133/night for 1BR units and $184 for 2BR, spring and summer bookings).
Marriott Vacation Club
If you have Marriott Vacation Club points or weeks you’re not using, consider creating a listing to rent them out on KOALA! Here’s where we’re seeing bookings within the brand: Vacationers flocked to Marriott’s Grande Ocean in Hilton Head, S.C., shelling out an average of $240 per night for two-bedroom units in spring and summer. 2BR’s fetched even higher rates for summer bookings at both Marriott’s OceanWatch at Grande Dunes in nearby Myrtle Beach ($525) and at Marriott’s Timber Lodge in Lake Tahoe ($583).
Disney Vacation Club
So far this year, DVC owners have seen their listings booked at a range of resorts in the Walt Disney World area. But the two most popular with vacationers have been Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. At the Polynesian, which has been wrapping up a renovation, Studios fetched an average of $317 per night. At Animal Kingdom, vacationers shelled out an average of $255 per night for Studios.