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November Update: What Are Travelers Booking on KOALA?

“Where should I make a reservation that will get booked — FAST?” It’s one of the questions we get most often here at KOALA. Below, you’ll find a few answers.

Peter J. Frank - Dec 10, 2021

We’ve looked at recent booking data and trends to see what travelers are booking the most — the specific resorts, units, and dates. In broad strokes, our most in-demand destinations are Orlando, Florida beach destinations, Hawaii, and Myrtle Beach, and the bookings are largely concentrated around this winter and next spring.

Below, we’ve broken the numbers down brand by brand to make it easier for you to figure out how best to put your unused points or weeks to use. The goal: rent it to someone else and use the earnings to help offset your annual fees.

Need more help? Check out our resources on how to rent your timeshare weeks or points on KOALA; how to price your listing; and how to choose a cancellation policy.

Disney Vacation Club

We continue to see strong bookings for DVC resorts, as families plan their Disney and Orlando-area trips through the end of 2021 and well into next year. Our most booked property was the perennially popular Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, where the Deluxe Studio – Lake View units fetched an average nightly price of $504 for next summer. 

Two other favorites are Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas (where the Deluxe Studios were popular, both Standard and Savannah views) and Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort (most booked unit: Deluxe Studio – Standard View).

In general, DVC bookers tend to gravitate towards studio units, and they’re fairly evenly split between fall/winter 2021 bookings and trips next spring and summer. 

Bluegreen

Our most popular resort in the Bluegreen network is Bluegreen at Tradewinds, located right on the sand in St. Pete Beach, Florida. What are they booking? 2BR Combined (average nightly price $281) and 2BR Deluxe Combined Gulf Front ($330). We’re seeing the most demand for stays this winter and spring — when vacationers are clamoring for some Florida sunshine.

Club Wyndham

Our reigning champ for the brand is Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek at Disney World, where vacationers flock to 1-, 2- and 3-Bedroom Suites year-round. But there are other resorts where we are seeing bumps in demand — and where you might have less competition for your listing.

Worldmark Palm-Aire, in Pompano Beach, Florida, had a big spate of bookings for this winter, mostly for the 2 Bedroom units, fetching an average of $150 per night. 

For vacationers looking ahead to next spring, Club Wyndham Long Wharf, in Newport, R.I., has been in demand; listings for 2 Bedroom Deluxe units there went for an average of $210 per night.

Want to do even less work? Check out our Club Wyndham Request Hub, where we list confirmed bookings that we’ve already received and let you decide which ones to fulfill with your points. It’s fast and easy, and better yet, you’ll know exactly how much cash you’ll earn.   

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Hilton Grand Vacations

Last month’s big winner was Ocean 22 by HGV in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where travelers are booking stays for next summer, favoring the 2 Bedroom (average nightly price: $235) and 2 Bedroom Plus ($286) units. 

And way on the other side of the country in Honolulu, we’re seeing travelers secure 2 Bedroom and 2 Bedroom Plus Partial Ocean View units at Grand Islander by HGV. Those bookings have been for 2021 dates through next spring. 

Still not sure what resort, units, or dates to book with your unused HGV points? Our HGV Community Hub makes it super-simple: We show you a list of confirmed bookings and the payout you’ll receive. You just select which one(s) you want to fulfill! We’ll even cover the $59 reservation fee. 

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Marriott Vacation Club

Marriott’s Most Wanted? Willow Ridge Lodge in Branson, Missouri, where we saw a heap of bookings for 2 Bedroom Villas this winter, for an average nightly price of $78. The 1 Bedroom Villas were also popular with vacationers, who paid an average of $56/night.

Nearly as popular is Marriott’s Grand Chateau in Las Vegas. There, the entry-level Guest Room category has been the most popular, bringing in around $100 per night, mostly for close-in bookings this fall and winter.

Stay tuned for our next month’s update, where we’ll feature even more brands!

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