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May Update: What Are Travelers Booking on KOALA?

America is on vacation! Here are the booking trends we’re seeing at KOALA — and how timeshare owners like you can cash in.

Peter J. Frank - Jun 13, 2022

Summer is in full swing, and American families are brushing aside economic concerns and taking their long-awaited vacations. Bookings remained solid on KOALA last month, as travelers seek lower-cost alternatives to traditional resorts, which keep jacking up rates. 

Inflation is a bummer for most travelers, but timeshare ownership’s true value can shine amidst economic instability. Yes, maintenance fees go up, but your timeshare ownership is built to hedge against this inflation. Those of you more personally affected by economic turmoil can rent your timeshare on KOALA to defray your costs and help weather the proverbial storm. 

Of course, travelers are more budget-conscious as well — so price your listings attractively compared to traditional resorts and vacation rentals. Vacationers love it when they get a lot more (space, kitchens, resort amenities, the works) for a lot less dough. At the same time, owners like you are earning higher payouts than a year or two ago. 

May’s booking data bears that out: The average price per night paid was up nearly 8% over April. This summer’s hot spots? Beach destinations, plus driveable, family-friendly spots (Branson, the Wisconsin Dells, Colonial Williamsburg). Vacationers are also thinking ahead to next year — we had quite a few vacationers lock in great deals for spring and summer 2023. Because if 1980s music can be back in style (welcome back, Kate Bush!), why can’t 1980s resort prices?

Happy Listing! 

P.S. We’ve streamlined the way we present the most-booked resorts for each brand, showing the most frequently booked unit, average price per night, and typical season. Let us know if you like the new format, or share any other feedback at hello@go-koala.com.  

Bluegreen Vacations

Vacationers were all over the map when booking your Bluegreen listings last month — literally. The brand’s presence in many drivable destinations around the country is a big advantage at a time when families are favoring domestic travel and avoiding airlines. Here are the brand’s top five most-booked last month:

Bluegreen Vacations Christmas Mountain Village, Wisconsin Dells: 2BR, $91/night, Fall 2022. (2BR Cabins and 2BR Cottages were also popular.)

The Falls Village, Branson, Mo.: 2BR, $108/night, Summer 2022.

Bluegreen at Tradewinds, St. Pete Beach, Fla.: Studio Gulf Front, $140/night, Summer and Fall 2022. 

Paradise Isle Resort, Gulf Shores, Ala.: 1BR, $163/night, Summer 2022.

Bluegreen Vacations Shore Crest Vacation Villas, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.: 2BR Oceanfront, $277/night, Summer 2022.

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Club Wyndham

KOALA’s Club Wyndham Hub should be your first stop if you have unused Club Wyndham points. It’s a list of confirmed bookings that you fulfill right then and there, with just a few clicks. The best part? You’ll know exactly how much you’ll earn. It’s easy, fast, and safe!

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If you prefer to create a listing at a specific resort, here are the top five of your listings that travelers booked on KOALA in May: 

Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort at Disney World, Orlando: 2BR Deluxe, $168/night, Summer 2022 and beyond. Also: 1BR Deluxe, $144/night, Summer 2022 and beyond.

Club Wyndham Kingsgate, Williamsburg, Va.: 2BR Deluxe, $162, Summer 2022.

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham, St. Thomas: Studio Poolside, $163/night, Summer and Fall 2022. 

Club Wyndham Smoky Mountains, Sevierville, Tenn.: 1BR Deluxe, $134/night, Summer and Fall 2022.

Club Wyndham Ocean Walk, Daytona Beach, Fla.: 2BR Deluxe, $236/night, year-round.

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Hilton Grand Vacations

Are you an HGV owner with unused points? Swap them for cash — quickly and easily — using KOALA’s HGV Community Hub. You’ll see a list of confirmed bookings that you can fulfill with just a few clicks. You’ll know the exact amount of your payout… and we’ll take care of the $59 reservation fee.

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Rather create your own listing? Check out the top four HGV resorts that vacationers booked on KOALA last month: 

Ocean Oak Resort, Hilton Head, S.C.: 2BR Premier – Ocean Front, $681/night, Summer 2022.

Ocean 22, Myrtle Beach, S.C.: 1BR, $320/night, Summer 2022.

Grand Islander, Honolulu: 2BR Plus – Partial Ocean View, $446/night, Summer and Fall 2022.

Ocean Enclave, Myrtle Beach, S.C.: 2BR Plus, $401/night, Summer 2022.

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Marriott Vacation Club

Vacationers trust the name Marriott — it stands for quality and reliability. That’s why MVC listings tend to fetch a premium, especially in high-end leisure spots like Maui and Aruba. That said, the lion’s share of bookings on KOALA this month were in accessible destinations like Branson and Palm Springs. Here are the top three:

Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Villages, Palm Desert, Ca.: 2BR, $231/night, Summer and Fall 2022.

Marriott’s Willow Ridge Lodge, Branson, Mo.: 2BR Villa, $109/night, Summer and Fall 2022.

Marriott’s Grand Chateau, Las Vegas: Studio (Guest Room), $162/night, Summer and Fall 2022.

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Westin Vacation Club

Heavenly Beds, Heavenly Spas…. and sky-high rates. That’s the luxury Westin experience in a nutshell, and KOALA bookers were willing to shell out for it last month. Here are the three most-booked resorts in the portfolio:.

Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Maui: 2BR Lockoff Villa, $756/night, Summer 2022.

Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Maui: 2BR Villa Resort View, $575/night, Summer 2022.

Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort, Cancún: 2BR Lockoff Villa, $452/night, Fall 2022.

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Other Brands

Here’s a roundup of the most-booked resorts among a few of the other brands available on KOALA, with the most popular unit booked, average price per night, and typical booking season:

Diamond Resorts

Ka’anapali Beach Club by Diamond Resorts, Maui: 1BR Scenic View, $283/night, Summer 2022.

Disney Vacation Club

Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Orlando: 1BR Villa, $270/night, Summer 2022.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orange Lake Resort, Kissimmee, Fla.: 3BR East Village, $263/night, Summer and Fall 2022.

Hyatt Residence Club

Hyatt Residence Club San Antonio, Wild Oak Ranch, San Antonio: 1BR, $210/night, Summer 2022.

Sheraton Vacation Club

Sheraton Broadway Plantation, Myrtle Beach, S.C.: 1BR Villa,  $154/night, Summer 2022.

Westgate Resorts

Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Water Park, Gatlinburg, Tenn.: 2BR Villa, $131/night, Summer 2022.

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