The process of selling DVC points and renting them to to non-members is one that can be easy and quick! Believe it or not, every once in a while DVC owners are left with more points than they can use. Other times, they’d simply prefer to get cash for their points and apply it toward a different type of vacation. Sometimes, owners just want to take a break from Disney (GASP!) and not use their points.
There are several different options for DVC owners to rent out their points. Each one has its pros and its cons. This guide will explain everything a DVC owner needs to know in order to sell their DVC points and how to make the most cash doing so.
Selling DVC Points: General Overview
Selling, or sometimes referred to as renting out, your DVC points is a great alternative for DVC owners to get cash for any unused points. The amount of points an owner wants to rent out can vary. It doesn’t need to be an entire contract that gets rented. For example, if an owner has 300 points, but they only need 220 for their annual vacation, the remaining 80 points can be put on the rental market. While owners have several ways of going about renting out or selling their points, our top pick is by using DVC Resale Market (for selling your contract) or DVC Rental Store (for renting out points).
These two companies are both a part of the larger World of DVC set of companies that was founded by a former DVC guide. Many of the employees of these companies are former Disney Cast Members and specifically Disney Vacation Club Cast Members. They are a complete one-stop shop for owners to rent out their points safely and without any hassle. Best of all, they take care of all the communication with renters so you don’t have to worry. The only thing you’ll want to think about is how will you use the extra cash in your pocket!
You might be asking yourself: is Disney OK with me doing this? The answer is yes! Written in all DVC contracts is clear permission for DVC owners to book stays for other guests and to rent out any amount of points on a contract. So, from this end, you’re in the clear and don’t have to worry!
Selling DVC Points: Step by Step
So, if you’re a DVC owner and you’re interested in selling DVC points, let’s break it down, step by step, and see just how easy it is to rent your points! For reference, we’re going to assume you’re using a third party broker, Like DVC Resale Market or DVC Rental Store, but the process will look very similar no matter which option you choose, even if it’s with other companies.
Step 1: Choosing a Partner
As I mentioned, DVC Resale Market or DVC Rental Store are great partners that can help you rent out your points in a completely hassle-free way. Can you do this without a partner? Yes, and we’ll explain that a little later, but I should say upfront that that process is more complicated and comes with more risk.
You’ll want to do your homework when it comes to choosing a partner to work with. You might ask yourself:
- How long has the company been around?
- Can I find any reviews online from both owners and renters?
- How much commission do they take?
- What type of services do they offer to owners?
- What does their contract look like? Are you able to see a sample one before committing?
These are just some of the questions you might consider, but above all, trust your gut. If something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t and since your points are so valuable, you’ll want to make sure you partner with someone you trust.
Step 2: How Many Extra Points Do You Really Have?
This might seem like a silly step, but it’s actually really important.
The easiest thing to decide here is whether or not you’re interested in a Disney vacation this year. If you’ve thought it through and you know the answer is no, then it’s easy to move forward and assume that you’ll be renting out all of your DVC points.
However, if you only want to rent out some, you’ll want to do your homework and see how many DVC points your desired vacation will cost. For example, let’s say you own 300 points and you know that instead of a large annual vacation, this year you only want to do a few nights for the Food and Wine Festival. You’ll want to decide where you want to stay, when you’d visit and then see how many points that vacation would require. You can find point charts for all Disney Vacation Club resorts online. From there, you’re left with your remaining points that you can rent out. Note that you may even still want to bank some for future travel so this is another consideration to think about.
Ultimately, you have total flexibility with how you want to use your points. Note, however, that many companies do require a minimum amount of points to rent.
Step 3: Making it Official
Once you found your trusted partner, it’s time to sign an official agreement with them and make your points available.
Depending on where your home resort is and how far in advance you’re renting out your points, that will determine the amount of money you will receive for your transaction.
DVC Rental Store, for example, pays you up to $18 per point for any reservation that is made for arrival dates of more than 7 months out at a premium resort. Typically, premium resorts will include:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Bay Lake Tower At Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel
- Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
If you own at any of the following resorts or are confirming a reservation less than 7 months out, you will be paid $16 per point.
- Disney’s Hilton Head
- Disney’s Vero Beach
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs
- Disney’s Old Key West
You’ll notice that the timing of the reservation is really important. Since most families like to plan for a Disney vacation far in advance, these reservations are typically more popular and easier to rent. Now, let’s say you completely forgot about your banking deadline and now have a pot of points that needs to be used before you lose them, you can rent out points last minute, though that is obviously more risky as the chances of finding renters narrows down a bit.
If for some reason, you have to change your plans last-minute and can no longer carry through with your own confirmed vacation reservation, you can also put on the rental market an existing reservation just as you have it planned. This obviously gives renters a lot less flexibility since they have to use the dates and accommodations that you had intended, but it is still possible and many times people are up for grabbing a vacation this way.
Step 4: You Found a Match!
Once your partner informs you that they’ve found a renter who is ready to rent your points, the partner will draw up a contract that lays out the stipulations very clearly moving forward. This is where it’s incredibly helpful to have a trusted partner. You won’t have to worry about writing up contracts, communicating with the renter or dealing with endless questions. Instead, all you will need to do is sign the agreement and make the reservation on behalf of your renter from your DVC account. You then provide your partner with that confirmation number and you’re all set! The rest will be taken care of for you.
Most companies will typically pay you upfront anywhere from 70 to 90% of the total payment at the time of booking with the remaining balance paid at check in. Remember, with a trusted partner you are guaranteed payment, even if the renter doesn’t show up for the reservation. This is great peace of mind and an awesome feature for owners as you won’t have to wait a long time to receive your payment. Some will even cover any bank transfer fees for you!
What you do with the cash is completely up to you! Some elect to put that money towards their annual dues, decide to book a Disney cruise instead or simply use the money for a different type of vacation. The choice is all yours!
And that’s it! It really is that simple.
Selling DVC Points: Other Ways of Renting Out Your Points
If you’re someone that likes to take charge and doesn’t mind taking on every aspect of the rental process, it is possible to rent out your points yourself without the help of a third party partner. There are downsides however that you should be aware of and, of course, more steps along the way. To sum it up, the following are some of the extra steps that you’ll have to take when renting out your points.
- Advertising the Points/Reservation
- When you take on the task of doing this from start to finish, you’ll have to find ways to advertise your points. Message boards, such as the Disboards, have sections of their website where owners can advertise their points. However, they also have strict stipulations that you’ll have to follow. Other places, like Facebook, can be an option to advertise as well. This can be time consuming and if you’re advertising among various sites, you’ll have to be diligent to not lose track of any requests.
- Creating a contract
- Once you find a renter, you’ll have to put together an agreement that lays out all of the stipulations a typical contract would. Since this is a legal and binding document, you’ll want to be sure you cover everything since at the end of the day it’s protecting you as the owner.
- Handling Payments
- The second most important piece here is having to manage the payment. While you can use PayPal and other secure payment platforms, it is yet another consideration you’ll manage.
- Fielding Questions
- As the main contact, you’ll also have to cater to your renter and answer any questions they have about their stay. While some of the questions may be easy to answer, it could become quite bothersome and is one last thing to consider.
Selling DVC Points: Thing to Look Out For
As with any financial transaction, there are risks that you should consider before committing to anything. The biggest thing you want to remember is that regardless of how you decide to rent out your points, is that at the end of the day, you are responsible for the reservation as the owner on the deeded DVC contract. Trusted partners can take care of all the steps prior to check in, but afterwards, you are responsible for the stay itself.
For example, let’s say you rent out your points and during the stay the renters cause damage or smoke inside the villa. Per Disney regulations, you are the responsible party for these damages since the reservation was made under your contracted points. This is not something that should hold you back from renting out your points, but it is something to keep in mind.
Selling DVC Points: Final Thoughts
As much as we’d love to travel to Disney every year, life happens and it is not always possible. That’s when selling DVC points is a great option so that owners don’t lose their valuable points or lose out on potential money. We recommend this option, preferably with a trusted partner, in order to ensure you have a safe and smooth process. Again, you don’t have to rent all your points out, so it’s a great option to consider and one that continues to give you total flexibility as a DVC owner.
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