David’s Vacation Club Rentals
Years ago we learned about a great way to save on deluxe accommodations at Walt Disney World (and other Disney destinations): renting Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points. DVC members own timeshare “points” that they can use for stays at Disney Vacation Club resorts. Sometimes owners are unable to use the points before they expire, so they will “rent” them to others. Using DVC rentals could save you hundreds of dollars compared to booking the same deluxe accommodations through Disney directly!
The DVC resorts where you can stay on rented points include:
- Eleven resorts at Walt Disney World in Florida: Animal Kingdom Villas, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s Villas at Grand Floridian, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, Boulder Ridge Villas and Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
- One DVC resort at Disneyland in California: Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa
- Two DVC Atlantic Coast beach resorts: Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
- One DVC resort on Oahu, Hawaii: Aulani Resort & Spa
Disney allows the general public to book DVC units at very high rates through its regular resort reservations system, when available, calling them “Disney Deluxe Villas.” However, renting points from an owner for a Deluxe Studio room will typically cost you about half what you’ll pay if you reserve direct through Disney. (Renting larger units will still usually save you money, just not necessarily half.) Not only is renting a great deal, there are some fabulous larger units available that are perfect for big families, groups of family and friends, and people who just plain want a little more room: 1-Bedroom Villas, 2-Bedroom Villas and 3-Bedroom Grand Villas. (Learn more about the different units.) 1-Bedroom and larger Villas are insanely expensive if you book them through Disney, but renting points from an owner brings such units within reach.
Prior to 2005, we rented points directly from DVC owners on four occasions and in each case had no problems at all. In fact, for years we had never heard of anyone being ripped off in a DVC rental situation, but starting in 2006 we began hearing of some instances in which renters were the victims of fraud, and stopped renting directly from owners. If you want to arrange a private transaction with a DVC owner, we recommend being very cautious and doing a lot of research and fact-checking to avoid being ripped off.
However, there is a very easy way to rent DVC points that protects you from fraud and mistakes by the other party: through David’s Vacation Club Rentals.
- The main advantage is no worry. David’s Vacation Club Rentals, which has been in business since 2005 and is Better Business Bureau accredited, completely protects you against mistakes and fraud. You don’t have to worry about losing your money because the owner forgot to pay their membership fees, or accidentally messed up your booking, when you rent DVC points through David’s service.
- Another area where you’ll have no worries: contacting someone if you have a question, or in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. When you deal with an individual DVC owner, you may or may not be able to reach that person easily. When you rent through David’s Vacation Club Rentals, you are dealing with a professional management team that is readily available through a toll-free number.
- If you need to add a dining plan to your reservation, and/or set up Disney’s Magical Express transfers to and from the airport, David’s Vacation Club Rentals will do all of that for you. You won’t be chasing the owner and negotiating every little detail — instead, everything is handled for you, efficiently and professionally.
- Last but far from least, renting your points through David’s Vacation Club Rentals saves you time. With David’s service, the rental process is quick and straightforward, without the hassle of negotiating prices, trying to work out a reasonable contract with the owner, etc. Plus, David and his staff do all the “due diligence” for you, so you don’t have to spend time doing a background check on the owner. It’s much, much less work and strain for you.
Keep in mind: no one, not even Disney, can guarantee any particular reservation. If something bad occurs, David’s has only so many options to make things right:
- If the owner messes something up (doesn’t pay their membership fees, accidentally changes a reservation), David’s will first try to reaquire the original reservation or something equivalent using another owner’s DVC points. In some cases, especially where a perfect equivalent cannot be obtained because everything is sold out or nearly so, David’s will put in extra cash to see if they can make a reasonably equivalent cash reservation. If that’s not possible or not acceptable, they will offer the renter a future reservation or a cash refund.
- A hurricane or other serious incident could make one or more DVC resorts uninhabitable. We’ve all seen how COVID-19 closed the parks and resorts, causing chaos throughout the travel industry. Those cases are rare, but they obviously can come up. In a case like that, there are just no equivalent reservations to be had. David’s will still work with renters to get them replacement bookings for future travel.
There is a key caveat when renting points: point rentals are not cancellable. If you’re worried about getting sick or encountering a family emergency, it’s a good idea to get travel insurance, but before you buy coverage, call the company to confirm that the insurance will cover a timeshare points rental. Most travel insurance will cover timeshare rentals, but they often want good documentation like a reservation confirmation, payment acknowledgement, etc., which is another good reason to use David’s, because they provide all those things.
We’ll be honest with you: it generally costs a little more to use David’s Vacation Club Rentals than it does to make a deal directly with an owner. David charges $19 per point*, while direct arrangements tend to run more like $14 to $17 per point. But when you consider how much easier and more secure it is to set up a rental through David’s service, it is completely worth it. And you are still saving a bundle compared with booking directly through Disney.
Here are some examples of the kinds of savings available:
- Animal Kingdom Kidani Resort, Deluxe Studio Standard View, 5 nights from March 11-16, 2021:
- Disney standard rates: $3,017 (including tax, rounded to the nearest dollar).
- David’s Vacation Rentals: 84 DVC points at $19 a point* is $1,596 (no tax)
- That’s 47% off!
- Boulder Ridge Villas at the Boulder Ridge at Wilderness Lodge, Deluxe Studio, 7 nights from May 13-20, 2021:
- Disney standard rates: $3,805 (including tax, rounded to the nearest dollar)
- David’s Vacation Rentals: 114 DVC points at $19 a point* is $2,166 (no tax)
- That’s 43% off!
- Old Key West, Deluxe Studio, 7 nights from September 10-17, 2021:
- Disney standard rates: $3,097 (including tax)
- David’s Vacation Rentals: 71 DVC points at $19 a point* is $1,349 (no tax)
- That’s 56% off!
As you can see, renting points through David’s Vacation Club Rentals can be an absolute bargain! Note that the savings are largest for Studio units, and somewhat smaller for the 1-bedroom and larger units. Also, it’s possible you could get a discount rate from Disney if you wait for a sale to come along. It’s very rare to see discounts for Villa (DVC) resorts higher than 25-30% off, so David’s is still a great deal even if you compare against Disney’s discounted rates.
*Because of the popularity of some of the DVC resorts at certain times of year, David’s has started adding a $1/point supplement for several of the resorts when they are booked between 11 and 7 months in advance, thus using the owner’s “home resort advantage.” This is something you’d only need to do if you wanted a specific booking that is very hard to get, like a Standard View room during a busy season, or Boardwalk or Beach Club rooms during one of the Epcot festivals. Even with the supplement, renting points almost always costs less than Disney’s cash rates.
- Ready to plan your stay? Visit David’s Vacation Club Rentals to learn more and submit a reservation form.
If you are a DVC member and you’ve considered renting out your points but don’t have the extra time it takes to complete a rental, or if you just don’t want to handle the responsibility of the rental process, consider David’s Vacation Club Rentals. David can provide the guidance and the guests to make the rental process very easy and painless for you. We have rented out our spare points with David’s on several occasions. The process was straightforward and payment was incredibly prompt.