A lot of families really like to travel, and ours is no exception. 99% of the time we stay in a hotel when we are on the go, but I have always been curious about other options. Redweek.com offers a place where timeshares can be purchased from people who would like to sell. It also offers the opportunity for members to contact the timeshare owners to rent out property all over the world for various amounts of time.
We are a family on a budget, so the cost advantage to such a service is something that definitely captured my attention, so... for kicks and grins, I started poking around the website.
The first search I put in was Hawaii. Right away I saw a message that noted there is no middle man, no commission, and no tours, ever. Not being familiar with timeshares (other than knowing my in-laws have had a few in their time), I do not know the importance of that statement, but it's the first thing you see, and it's in bold font, so I thought I would mention it. :)
The second thing I saw was a lot of great choices for timeshare rentals currently available in Hawaii. The site makes it easy to break your choices down into what exactly it is you are looking to find. You can search by location or resort name. I have no clue what resort we'd like, so I went for the location. My husband wants to visit Honolulu, so that was the first choice I put into the search engine. I narrowed it down to rentals.
|One example of a search I did. This Hilton resort has 20 reviews, and 63 timeshare rentals available for the months listed.|
The prices are significantly lower than if you were renting a room directly from the resort. I checked.
The price on Redweek.com for the particular rental we selected was $895 for 6 nights ($149 per night). The price on the direct website for the same dates, same room occupancy, same room type, was 'from $364 per night.' THAT is a big difference.
The owner name and a way to contact him/her (for the rental) is provided on Redweek.com when you are a member.
I did see a photo on Redweek.com that said Hawaii from $57 a night, so if I wanted to do some more digging, I bet I could have shaved off the cost of lodging even more.
|The Orlando Resort I found for $64 a night had all good rating (4.5 stars out of 5 from 20 reviewers)|
& a pool that was gorgeous! Source: Redweek.com
The second search I did was for Orlando. We are overdue for a trip to Disney World (my youngest was so young he doesn't even remember going), so to the search engines I did go. The only nights available during Spring Break (which I selected in my daydream of planning a trip during that time frame) were for one week stays. We wouldn't stay 7 days, that is too long for us, but for people looking for an all out vacation in Orlando during Spring Break, the least expensive selection in my search was $64 a night, for 7 nights. That's amazing, and the many reviewers who had stayed there gave it very high ratings. That was not for a small two-bed hotel room either, it was an all out resort with a full kitchen, DVD player, living area, and patio. The swimming pool for that particular resort is pictured above, and it was really gorgeous.
I think my favorite thing, besides the generous photographs and customer ratings, is the rich descriptions. Each description tells you if there are other fees associated. For example the one above said 'no additional taxes or fees apply, and free parking.' I like that because the last thing I want to come across on a trip is hidden fees.
I haven't used this service directly, but I am thinking about it, and will continue to look around and see what kind of deals are offered for the time frames we have to travel. The rental and purchase options available are worldwide, so maybe this will be something we can use for our next trip abroad!!
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