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October Update: What Are Travelers Booking on KOALA?

Understanding current travel rhythms can help you create a listing that offers optimal solutions for travelers. From flexible cancellations to fall foliage, here’s our October bookings update.

Jessie Gilmartin - Oct 06, 2020

If you’re a timeshare owner, you know one of the major pros of vacation ownership is the home-away-from-home vibe. 

From multi-room villas to kitchens and in-suite washers and dryers, these features are all the more appreciated by today’s travelers. In fact, KOALA travelers are increasingly requesting to extend their timeshare stays – even while they’re currently at their resort. If you’re a points owner, your timeshare arrangement is perfectly suited to help accommodate these inquiries. 

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Moreover, we’ve rolled out our new request feature site-wide. Travelers can now search for specific resorts and submit requests for possible open bookings. This gives you the opportunity to create specific listings for interested renters. Be sure to first check out our reserved time policy, and contact our customer support team at 1-833-KOALA-CO if you need any additional assistance.

Holiday Road Trips

As the holiday season approaches, road trips reign supreme. Scenic locales offer a calming retreat and the chance to explore treasures in one’s own backyard. And with the change of leaves in motion, the drive itself is an awe-inspiring journey.

Our new request feature has been rolled out site-wide. Travelers can now search for specific resorts and submit requests for possible open bookings. This gives you the opportunity to create specific listings for interested renters.

Autumn celebrations may look a little different this year, but quality time can still thrive. Instead of hayrides and festivals, families can opt for outdoor picnics with hot chocolate and apple cider, or dinner parties back home in their villa (three words: butternut squash soup). As you’re planning your rental listing, consider drivable destinations with plenty of room for socially-distanced togetherness. 

Booking Windows and Cancellations

As we mentioned in our August recap, booking windows are changing. Rather than booking accommodations months in advance, travelers are now doing so much closer to their trip’s departure date – often just a couple of weeks prior. With so much to consider before embarking, setting out with a clear sense of current conditions is top of mind. 

At KOALA, we want to support healthy and informed travel choices. Our newly launched COVID tracker presents live data for all of our US resort listings. And as an owner, you have the ability to choose a level of cancellation that also gives travelers confidence while planning their trip.

Rather than booking accommodations months in advance, travelers are now doing so much closer to their trip’s departure date – often just a couple of weeks prior.

When you create your listing, you can choose between three different cancellation tiers: flexible, moderate, and strict. Flexible and moderate cancellation policies are greatly valued, which allow for a 100% refund if the booking is cancelled within 72 hours (flexible) or 61 days prior to checkin (moderate). These options, combined with health data for each resort listing, provides helpful insight and support for travelers booking in this season.

Autumn Outdoors

Crisp weather, nature hikes, and brilliant landscapes: leaf season has arrived. Outdoor enthusiasts await this season with great anticipation. For those seeking to observe this year’s foliage displays, drives winding through wilderness to quiet retreats provides a nourishing autumn experience.

As a timeshare owner, being aware of travel interests, needs, and concerns will help you curate a thoughtful rental opportunity. Needless to say, resorts along the East coast are prime destinations for fall. Being mindful of this can help you decide on the where. There are also great resources available to help you confirm the when (We love this Fall Foliage Map). When considering resorts, take the Club Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Glade, for example. Located in Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, the region is considered the world’s most expansive hardwood-forested plateau. From canoeing to biking, guests can explore the surrounding waterfalls, rivers, and ravines by day. And back at their suite, tranquil evenings beckon with private fireplaces and verandas.

Another Tennessee resort popular with travelers is Club Wyndham Smoky Mountains. Featuring spectacular views and spacious accommodations (not to mention a host of socially distanced activities for the whole family), the resort is proving popular with travelers looking for a scenic retreat.

Creating Your Rental

Feeling inspired? As autumn arrives, renting your timeshare with KOALA can be a helpful solution for you, while offering serene sanctuaries to discerning travelers. Points owners especially have the flexibility to design rental listings for specific windows of time – and even assist guests who aren’t quite ready to leave their resort just yet.

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If you need any extra guidance creating your listing, our customer support team is ready to help! Contact us today at 1-833-KOALA-CO.

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