What Renters Are Booking Now

published on February 24, 2020 by .

If you’re new to renting out your timeshare, there can be a lot to figure out. How do you know when to post your week, when renters are actually booking what you are offering?

Timeshare Forecast

We’ve already told you that January and February are hands-down our busiest months for rental bookings, but what are those renters actually booking?

Renters booking in February are booking an average of 103 days before their check-in date, though a few organized pre-planners booking out for their fall and winter are outliers affecting that average. Yes, believe it or not, some travel planners are already getting a jumpstart on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s vacations, but the majority of renters book much closer in.

This month, renters have been primarily booking March vacations – 26% of rental bookings made in February have check-in dates in March. Spring is a great time to travel to many destinations. If it’s still cold where you live, there are plenty of warm-weather destinations within a quick flight. Or, for those who can’t get enough of the snow, there is still decent skiing in most mountain-locales.

Spring Break Vacation Rentals

And, of course, SPRING BREAK… Kids all over the U.S. have a week off of school, and parents book trips around their school schedules. Fortunately, most cities across the country stagger spring break dates, so not all Americans are traveling at once.

According to our data, February vacation-bookers are primarily looking to escape cold-weather with their March-vacation choices… Florida (25%) and California (24%) lead the pack.

California Vacation Rentals

Hawaii and Aruba, where the average booking typically happens 3+ months in advance, are seeing a spike in close-in bookings – another quarter of February bookings are headed to one of these islands. Only 8% of renters are heading to ski destinations in Utah, Colorado, and Tahoe for March trips.

Keep in mind, if you are an owner with a week to rent, using the full-service rental service will give you your longest ad run. Full-service rentals can be posted as soon as you have a secure reservation all the way up to 10 days before check-in. Although, we certainly don’t expect you will need to run it that long. Essentially, it’s in your best interest to get those weeks posted as soon as you know what you have available!

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  • Avatar for joannat43
    joannat43
    Feb 26, 2020 (1 month ago)

    Being based in the UK, it's hard to fathom when Spring Break happens. Is there a general date range, from and to, when the Spring Break week is staggered?

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      sandbarjo14
      Feb 26, 2020 (1 month ago)

      Joanna for a lot of colleges it's mid March 7-21 but others are April. For elementary and high schools at least in New England States its April 19th week.

      • Avatar for dennise120
        dennise120
        Feb 26, 2020 (1 month ago)

        About 80% of major colleges in the U.S. are in March. Usually 7th-14th, or 14th-21. Some as late as the first week in April. I book Aruba and Caicos vacations for myself right AFTER for the best value tho. Good-luck Joannat43!

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                  mikem592
                  Feb 26, 2020 (1 month ago)

                  Another phenomenon here is Presidents Week in February.

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                    davidf1133
                    Feb 26, 2020 (1 month ago)

                    So let’s say people are looking for warmer climates in Feb/March and CA is one of the top destinations. My question, as a Full Service member, is how does the actual property fit in to optimizing/maximizing rent revenue? For instance, Ritz Carlton Club & Residence in San Francisco, CA or for those who ski, Ritz Carlton Club & Residence in Vail. CO

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                      delw4
                      Feb 26, 2020 (1 month ago)

                      What about Mexico? As in WORLDMARK CORAL BAJA. Last week of April. Is Mexico popular at all?

                      • Avatar for winter_gary
                        winter_gary
                        Feb 26, 2020 (1 month ago) • Updated Feb 26, 2020 11:17 AM

                        Joanna, I rent Marriott timeshares in Palm Desert. The hot Spring Weeks for me are the last two weeks in March. The last week in March can run into April.

                        By the way all my 7 units were rented by November, more than 120 days before arrival.

                        • Avatar for joannat43
                          joannat43
                          Feb 27, 2020 (1 month ago)

                          Thanks all for your helpful comments. Last two week of March it is!

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                            nolar2
                            Mar 02, 2020 (3 weeks ago)

                            Public schools in WA State are generally the first week in April, but may vary a week or so either way