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March Update: What Are Travelers Booking on KOALA?

Vacationers are springing into summer. Here are the booking trends we saw last month, so you can position your listings to get booked!

Peter J. Frank - Apr 27, 2022

Happy Spring! Here in Brooklyn, the daffodils are popping and people are out and about, ordering their $6 lattes over ice! We hope it’s just as pretty wherever you are in the world. But colors aren’t the only thing that’s bright about April: This is also the month when we see a lot of vacationers firming up their summer vacation plans. 

The bulk of our March bookings were for listings in June, July, and August, with the average booking window being 112 days. The average price per night was $222, up about 5% over January and February. That reflects seasonal pricing trends as well as ever-increasing demand from families looking to book their 2022 getaways.

Below, our analysis of the most-booked resorts on KOALA last month, broken down brand by brand, along with the most-booked units and average price per night. The data should help you understand what travelers are looking for right now, and take advantage by creating listings that are similar.

For overall advice on creating a successful listing on KOALA, read our guides to pricing your listing and setting the best cancellation policy. Because good value and flexibility are what travelers want above all else.

Happy Listing! 

Bluegreen Vacations

Bluegreen has a big presence in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and that showed in our March booking patterns: The two most popular resorts in the portfolio last month were in the always-popular beach destination: Bluegreen Shore Crest Vacation Villas, where 2BR units averaged $261 per night, followed by Bluegreen Vacations Carolina Grande, where 2BR units fetched an average of $124 per night. 

Also popular: La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino in Aruba (average $155/nt. for 1BR); Florida’s Bluegreen Vacations Daytona Seabreeze ($164 for 2BR); and nearby Bluegreen Dolphin Beach Club ($72 for Studios).

Club Wyndham

Club Wyndham owners with unused points should head straight to KOALA’s Hub for Club Wyndham Owners, which lets you select confirmed bookings from vacationers to fulfill and know exactly how much your payout will be. It’s the easiest and safest way to earn cash from your ownership.

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If you want to create your own listing, here’s what we saw in March: Perennial favorite Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort at Disney World was the top seller once again; 2BR units saw an average of $205/night, and $328 for 3BR’s. Club Wyndham Smoky Mountains was also popular, as families plan their summer mountain escapes; 2BR units fetched $187 on average. Two-bedrooms at Club Wyndham SeaWatch Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., saw a nightly rate of $310.

Disney Vacation Club

We might not talk about Bruno, but families are definitely talking about Disney World vacations this year… and shelling out premium rates at DVC resorts. We’re no prophets, but here’s what we can tell you: Our most-booked resort was Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, where 2BR units fetched $868 and 1BR units $509 on average. Next was Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, where Studios went for $263/night. Also popular: Oahu’s Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas; Studios there fetched $248 on average.

Hilton Grand Vacations

If you’re not using your HGV membership this year, trade it in for cash on KOALA’s HGV Community Hub. That’s where we list confirmed bookings we’ve received from travelers. You select which ones you want to fulfill, knowing how much it will earn you in payouts. It’s fast and easy — we’ll even pay the $59 reservation fee.

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If you prefer the create-your-own-listing route, here’s where we saw the most action in HGV resorts last month: Ocean Oak Resort in Hilton Head, S.C., where 2BR units booked out at $574 a night on average. Grand Islander in Honolulu, where 2BR’s earned $510 per night. And Kings’ Land on the Big Island of Hawaii, where vacationers paid $158 per night for 2BR’s.

Marriott Vacation Club

Vacationers were drawn to Marriott’s beach destinations this month, with Marriott’s St. Kitts Beach Club in the Caribbean the most popular resort in the portfolio. Two-bedroom units there went for an average of $360 per night. Also in the region, Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club was popular for 2BR units at $510/nt. average. Over in Myrtle Beach, S.C., vacationers paid $452 a night for a 2BR at Marriott’s OceanWatch at Grande Dunes. And some vacationers preferred the California desert to the deep blue sea, paying an average of $432 per night for a Studio at Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II.

Westin Vacation Club

Westin’s resort properties in Maui proved popular among KOALA vacationers this month, with the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North in Lahaina the most-booked resort in the portfolio. That upscale resort saw one-bedroom units go for an average of $525 per night, and Studio fetch an average of $323. Vacationers paid an average of $338 per night for 1BR units at the neighboring Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. The nearby Westin Nanea Ocean Villas was also a hit in March, with 2BR’s renting for $570 a night on average.

Other Brands

Here’s a roundup of the most-booked resorts among a few of the other brands available on KOALA:

Diamond Resorts:

Ka’anapali Beach Club by Diamond Resorts, Maui: 1BR unit, $341 average price per night

Holiday Inn Club Vacations:

Holiday Inn Club Vacations South Beach Resort, Myrtle Beach, S.C.: 2BR unit, $218 average price per night

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz.:  2BR unit, $120 average price per night

Hyatt Residence Club

Hyatt Residence Club San Antonio, Wild Oak Ranch, San Antonio: 2BR unit, $368 average price per night

Shell Vacations Club

Vino Bello Resort, Napa, California: Studio unit, $94 average price per night

Sheraton Vacation Club

Sheraton Broadway Plantation, Myrtle Beach, S.C.: 2BR unit, $264 average price per night

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Orlando: 2BR unit, $210 average price per night

Vacation Village Resorts

The Grandview at Las Vegas: 1BR unit, $105 average price per night

Vidanta

The Grand Mayan at Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico: 1BR unit, $368 average price per night

Westgate Resorts 

Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Water Park, Gatlinburg, Tenn.: 2BR unit, $225 average price per night

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