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Old 05-14-2019, 12:09 PM   #1
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Has any DVC member used RedWeek to rent a confirmed reservation? And if you did how long did it take and was it worth the expense to use them.
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Old 05-14-2019, 01:18 PM   #2
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Has any DVC member used RedWeek to rent a confirmed reservation? And if you did how long did it take and was it worth the expense to use them.
Thanks, any feedback would be appreciate.

Yes I have, and IMO RedWeek is absolutely worth it because you get a bigger pool of interested parties and higher average rental rates (from experience)

I do not think you need to do "Verified Rental" however. Redweek rentals are valid for 6 months, you can also adjust the price based on what your "competitors" are pricing - The listed price is price per night not points

As an example current Poly Standard studio for October is listed at $499 per night - approximately $26.50 pp (a bit aggressive in my view - but still cheaper than Disney Rack Rate) If you had a similar rental could list at a more reasonable rate and leverage against the higher listing

What I have noticed is on MO renters might have expected 50% off DIS rates - that has probably moved down to 40% off - on Redweek certain owners are targeting 20%-35% off

How long does it take? I would post at 5 months and expect it gone before 2 months - many factors here but worth the $29 listing fee (my last listing took 32 days - executed at 2.5 months)

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Thank you, this is really great information.
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Yes I have, and IMO RedWeek is absolutely worth it because you get a bigger pool of interested parties and higher average rental rates (from experience)

I do not think you need to do "Verified Rental" however. Redweek rentals are valid for 6 months, you can also adjust the price based on what your "competitors" are pricing - The listed price is price per night not points

As an example current Poly Standard studio for October is listed at $499 per night - approximately $26.50 pp (a bit aggressive in my view - but still cheaper than Disney Rack Rate) If you had a similar rental could list at a more reasonable rate and leverage against the higher listing

What I have noticed is on MO renters might have expected 50% off DIS rates - that has probably moved down to 40% off - on Redweek certain owners are targeting 25%-35% off

How long does it take? I would post at 5 months and expect it gone before 2 months - many factors here but worth the $29 listing fee

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i have had decent luck with redweek until this year. some nice studio ressies in dec and jan advertised at $29 each with virtually no interest. may be too early. i guess i'll renew my membership to the tune of another $19 this month. my ads expire in 1-2 months. maybe i'll get some interest as we're closer. pretty sure i won't be running four ads again, maybe one.

must be a member to contact owner, so lookers have to pay $19/year.

i have had significantly better results this year on facebook...at excellent prices for my dec/jan studio reservations.

win some, lose some.

i am not using ebay anymore. they seem to have discontinued the classified ad option and the fees would just be too great to pay on a regular ad. says that classified ad still available, but form won't permit option.
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i have had decent luck with redweek until this year. some nice studio ressies in dec and jan advertised at $29 each with virtually no interest. may be too early.
I looked back at my prior activity - generally 30-45 days after listing and between 5 months and 2.5 months in advance of reservation date
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I looked back at my prior activity - generally 30-45 days after listing and between 5 months and 2.5 months in advance of reservation date
So, Redweekers really aren’t into the advanced planning?
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So, Redweekers really aren’t into the advanced planning?
There are many people who do not plan 6+ months out and fellow MO we aren’t “normal” people, an entire board of Disney aficionados. I recall commuting to NYC one day and a person on the bus thought they would plan Disney during Xmas because it wouldn’t be that crowded! Lol

I have been on both sides of RedWeek agreements and I would categorize it as follows:

1- Planning vacation and looking for Villas (many timeshares wouldn’t be on Hotels.com

2. People who have researched hotels, seeing the rack rates looking for a cheaper alternative

Not everyone is a planner! And if you wanted to rent a room what are your options 90 days out? Is a $400 Poly studio expensive when direct might be $575?

Tracking past rentals I could see listings effectively 20% less than direct - perhaps that it a mechanism to “make a deal” give a discount and still net north of $20pp

As “Famous” as Mouseowners.com is - Redweek has a wider reach - 2.6 million members according to the company
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There are many people who do not plan 6+ months out and fellow MO we aren’t “normal” people, an entire board of Disney aficionados. I recall commuting to NYC one day and a person on the bus thought they would plan Disney during Xmas because it wouldn’t be that crowded! Lol

I have been on both sides of RedWeek agreements and I would categorize it as follows:

1- Planning vacation and looking for Villas (many timeshares wouldn’t be on Hotels.com

2. People who have researched hotels, seeing the rack rates looking for a cheaper alternative

Not everyone is a planner! And if you wanted to rent a room what are your options 90 days out? Is a $400 Poly studio expensive when direct might be $575?

Tracking past rentals I could see listings effectively 20% less than direct - perhaps that it a mechanism to “make a deal” give a discount and still net north of $20pp

As “Famous” as Mouseowners.com is - Redweek has a wider reach - 2.6 million members according to the company
In my world, planning is just second nature. Hospitals are open for business 24/7. So early planning (and early submission of vacation requests) is a must. I have an interview in another department on Friday, and I can give them my vacation dates for at least the next 5 years. I can certainly do spur of the moment, but the majority of mine are planned in advance. I sometimes read the ads on the RTB for fun, so I get that everyone doesn’t plan ahead. But I’m still sometimes surprised that so many seem to wait til “the last minute ” to plan their vacations.
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They wait until the last minute, then want distress point pricing and there is nothing available, even SSR & OKW are getting harder to find at last minute. Due to the lack of availability at DVC, I find myself planning earlier than when we first bought back in 2008.
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. I sometimes read the ads on the RTB for fun, so I get that everyone doesn’t plan ahead. But I’m still sometimes surprised that so many seem to wait til “the last minute ” to plan their vacations.
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