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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Weeks Available!

Time’s running out to book a timeshare for your Thanksgiving vacation! We’ve made it a little easier with a guide to some of the resorts that still have space. No matter where you want to be grateful this year–on a sun-soaked beach, from the powdery slopes, on a lush golf course, or out of the country–we can find a resort for you!

Orlando, Florida

Want a family-friendly and excitement-filled Thanksgiving week? Sheraton Vistana Resort and Sheraton Vistana Villages offer stunning grounds with a wealth of opportunities, plus easy access to Disney World and other Orlando attractions.

RedWeek member nicholasr19 says:

We loved this resort. (More like a home than a time share). We had many of our meals in the unit, saving lots of time and money. The full kitchen, dining room and living room made it so comfortable for our family of 7. It was truly a great place and the kids had so much fun. We stayed in a 2 bd/ 2 bath villa. (nice and roomy). The property and the villas are beautiful and so well maintained. The “heavenly” beds are more comfortable than at home! The pools are awesome and there are so many of them to choose from. Even the giant waterslide was great. The exercise room is quite nice, well equipped and always open. Fresh towels and cold water from the bubbler are always available.

The entire staff was wonderful and unbelievably accommodating….. including the front desk, housekeeping, concierge and bell services.

Very close to Disney and easy access to all of the Orlando attractions. Hundreds of great restaurants nearby for both adults and children.

Can’t wait to go back to this beautiful Sheraton property. 2 thumbs up to a fun-filled week.

Lahaina, Hawaii

Want to spend Thanksgiving in paradise? Look no further than The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, a beachfront resort with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy water sports like kayaking and surfing, relaxation at multiple lagoon-style pools, and luscious refreshment at Spa Helani. The nearby historic town offers top-notch restaurants and art galleries, as well as cultural experiences. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can explore the stunning island and even hike the mountain!

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

If you’re seeking plenty of sunshine and warm weather for Thanksgiving–maybe trying to cope with a long, cold winter?–Puerto Vallarta is the place for you. Temperatures average 90 degrees and more in November, with minimal rainfall. Two resorts still have Thanksgiving listings on RedWeek–Club Regina Puerto Vallarta and Villa Vera Puerto Vallarta. These resorts are great for fishermen, with easy access to the marina. They also offer an opportunity to easily immerse yourself in the rich culture of the city.

New York City, New York

Want a culture-filled, bustling-big-city Thanksgiving? Wyndham Midtown 45 has several openings for Thanksgiving week! Relax in style and explore with ease from the heart of Manhattan. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will even cross the city less than a mile from the resort!

Limited Listings

Some amazing locations have only one listing left for Thanksgiving:

 

 

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Maximize Your Chances to Rent Your Week!

You have a desirable week up for rent and an attractive price, and yet you’re still having a hard time moving that week you have up for rent – sound familiar? If you’re just not seeing those inquiries roll in, we have a few tips and tricks that will help you maximize the chances of renting out your week!

1. Details Count!

Unless your potential renter is familiar with the resort in question, it falls upon you as the owner to “sell” the resort to renters if you want to rent your week. Think back to when you purchased ownership – what made you buy at your resort? Does your resort boast particularly amazing room views? Do they have a fantastic pool or restaurant on property? Is it ideally located next to major area attractions? Does your resort go the extra mile to make guests happy? Any and all of these qualities are fantastic additions to your posting’s “Details” section. If you’re advertising a fixed week, you can also advertise any events and activities that are going on during the rental period. Remember, as an owner, you’re the expert on your resort!

2. Make Sure the Price is Right!

Even if you think the price you have listed for your week is an absolute steal, it never hurts to compare pricing. Check your prices against other owners advertising similar weeks at the same resort – is your price still attractive in comparison to these other owners? Also, make use of RedWeek’s “What’s Your Timeshare Worth” tool. This allows you to enter your resort to view a history of all of its rental data on RedWeek. Prices, week number and unit size are displayed. Green dots indicate the week was rented, yellow dots indicate the week was deactivated with no reason given or expired and red dots indicate the week was not rented. This provides you with a more visual breakdown of what prices have been successful in the past.

3. Show the Value!

Part of what makes timeshare rentals so popular to travelers is the massive savings compared to making arrangements with the resort directly. Consider doing a bit of research to highlight the price difference. Visit your resort’s website and work out what the same week would cost guests if they booked through the resort. Subtract your week’s asking rental price, and add the equation into your posting’s ‘Details’ section. Show other members the value in renting through you!

4. Be Flexible in Payment!

It may be tempting to request full payment up front, but we recommend being a bit more flexible with payment. As a show of good faith, recommend using a licensed escrow service – this can help put a renter at ease. Or, if your renter has another preferred payment method that you’re comfortable with, consider giving it a try. As always, have a rental agreement in place so that both you and your renter feel safe and secure.

5. Post at the Right Time!

RedWeek research has shown that most members tend to book their accommodations about six months out from their date of travel, and this is why our rental postings run for six months. If you have the extra time and funds, it doesn’t hurt to advertise a year out from check-in and renew again in six months. If you don’t want to worry about renewals, however, we recommend posting an even six months out from your check-in date. Those 1-2 months before your rental starts are invaluable; it’s at this point the resort is often booked solid, and last-minute vacationers are on the hunt for availability. Your renter gets a reservation and you’ve successfully rented your week – it’s a win-win!

With these five tips, renting your timeshare doesn’t have to be a shot in the dark! Have you rented out your week through RedWeek, and have you had success? What tactics have worked for you? Or, if you rent from owners, what are you looking for in a posting?

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RedWeek Announces 8th Annual Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts List

Disney’s Beach Club Villas takes first place again!

It’s that time of year again… RedWeek’s Top 25 Timeshare Rental Resorts List is here! This list represents which resorts RedWeek members find most desirable. What’s in store for our eighth edition of the list? Check it out!

  1. Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  2. Harborside Resort at Atlantis
  3. Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  4. Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club
  5. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club
  6. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club
  7. Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club
  8. The Manhattan Club
  9. Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas
  10. Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  11. The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
  12. Costa Linda Beach Resort
  13. Marriott’s Grande Ocean
  14. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Lahaina Villas
  15. Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  16. Hilton Grand Vacations Club (HGVC) at Hilton Hawaiian Village
  17. Marriott’s Ocean Pointe
  18. Marriott’s OceanWatch Villas at Grand Dunes
  19. Playa Linda Beach Resort
  20. The Royal Sands
  21. Marriott’s Waoihai Beach Club
  22. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club – Napili Villas
  23. The Westin St. John – Virgin Grand Villas
  24. Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort – West Village
  25. Kaanapali Beach Club

What’s different from 2014’s list? Things remain pretty consistent, with mostly minor shifts. Disney’s Beach Club ranks number one for several years straight, and Harborside Resort and Disney’s BoardWalk Villas keep their respective places among second and third. This year, Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club and Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club switch places, but Marriott properties still remain consistent in our list – running off with eleven of the twenty-five places! The Manhattan Club has slipped down to eighth place from seventh, replaced with Marriott’s Aruba Ocean Club. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge gained some ground and switched places with The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, proving Disney Vacation Club properties are as popular as ever. A few more minor switches occur further down the list, but we do not see any newcomers for 2015.

Did your favorite resort make the list? Were you surprised with the results, and do you think we’ll see any newcomers in the running for 2016? Let us know!

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New Year’s Weeks Are Going Quickly!

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

New Year’s week is an ever-popular time to travel and for good reason – there’s something exciting about ringing in the year somewhere out of the ordinary. Unfortunately, the popularity comes with some downsides. Resort rates soar in response to the demand, and many travelers are left out of options unless their trip was planned months – or sometimes years! – in advance.

Timeshare rentals to the rescue! Many travelers don’t consider the option of renting, and so there are still savvy owners with these coveted weeks on the market and eager to rent. Better yet, prices run for only a fraction of the resort’s direct rate. This January, celebrate somewhere extra-special and check out our secret stash of New Year’s weeks!

(prices listed in $USD for a full week unless otherwise noted)

Florida

Arizona

Hawaii

California

Colorado

Nevada

Mexico

The Caribbean

Please be aware: all availability and prices were verified on December 7th, 2014. These weeks are bound to go quickly, so be sure to contact the owner as soon as possible to lock in the week!

Have you decided on your perfect New Year’s destination yet? Or perhaps you snagged a week at an amazing price with just as amazing plans in the works! Let us know in the comments, or share your experience on our Facebook page!

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Top 5 Things to Do in August

As the summer season ends you can still sneak in some late summer fun at one of these August events. If you are renting a timeshare in the area check out these events:

1. Chicago Lollapalooza (August 1-3): Did you know this event started out as a traveling farewell to the band Jane’s Addiction? Well now Chicago’s Grant Park hosts Lollapalooza for a rollicking and muscial good time. Love food? Chow Town (food market) will be on hand and so will Green Street (the eco-centre) and for the little ones they can enjoy kidzapalooza.
Web: Chicago Lollapalooza

2. The Rhode Island International Film Festival (August 5-10): Providence, RI plays host to this film festival where directors, writers, and movie buffs (like you) can hang out together and rub elbows. Or you can go enjoy the shows and discover new voices in independent films.
Web: The Rhode Island International Film Festival

3. Made in Hawaii Festival (August 15-17): Head to Honolulu for the Made in Hawaii Festival. On display: arts, crafts, foods, books, gifts, fashions, plants and even cooking demos. You can call it your one-stop Christmas shop while you support local Hawaiian-made goods.
Web: Made in Hawaii Festival

4. Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (August 15-17): If you are in the Lyons, CO area don’t miss the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. Music is showcased on the main stage from morning until 10 pm each night. Food is offered by local vendors at the event. Take a blanket (the locals bring tarps) and enjoy the mellow sounds of Blue Grass in the Rocky Mountains and watch your kids play in the sandy beach next to the stage.
Web: Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

5. Nevada Burning Man (August 25 – September 1): For this event you will be in the middle-of-nowhere Nevada desert with over 50,000 eccentric people who travel to Burning Man to build a temporary city before sending it all up in flames. Sound like fun? The event is dedicated to community, art, and self-expression and involves a big party.
Web: Nevada Burning Man

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Top 5 Amusement Parks

Adrenaline junkies will love to know about these amusement parks. Rent a nearby timeshare and take your family on a roller coaster hunt at one of these fun-filled adventure parks.

1. Cedar Point: Known as the roller coaster capital of the world Cedar Point (pictured) does not disappoint. If you are a roller coaster buff then this place is for you. The goal: ride every coaster in the park…twice.
Web: Cedar Point
Location: Sandusky, Ohio

2. Six Flags Magic Mountain: Six Flags is also known for its roller coasters. The most famous: The Green Lantern. If you are an adrenaline junkie this park is for you.
Web: Six Flags Magic Mountain
Location: Valencia, California

3. Hershey Park: Roller coasters and chocolate, what a combination. This park was created for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate factory. Today it’s open to everyone and there is even a water park for those who want to cool off on warmer days.
Web: Hershey Park
Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania

4. Knott’s Berry Farm: This is one of the oldest parks in the United States. Named by the original Knott’s jam producers the park features thrill rides and water rides.
Web: Knott’s Berry Farm
Location: Buena Park, California

5. Knoebels: Nostalgic types will adore this old fashioned amusement park. It’s also super affordable for families. There are even a couple wooden coasters for those who want to ride the old school way.
Web: Knoebels
Location: Elysburg, Pennsylvania

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Top 5 Places to Fly a Kite

There are only a few things needed to fly a kite. A large open space with no obstructions, a steady wind, and your favorite kite. On your next timeshare rental take along a kite (or buy a kite in the area) and launch it from one of these kite perfect places:

1. Chrissy Field Center: There is a always a brisk breeze at Chrissy Field. Downtown San Francisco features this scenic park next to the bay where kite flyers love to set sail with views of the Golden Gate Bridge offering the perfect backdrop.
Web: Chrissy Field Center
Location: San Francisco, CA

2. Clearwater Beach: This gorgeous park is peppered with kites in the Sand Key area just far enough away from the bustling beach. There is also an active kite club plus kite stores in the area. Get ready to set sail. Web: Clearwater Beach
Location: Tampa Bay, FL

3. Wildwoods: The New Jersey Shore is where sport kiting was born and it’s also home to the annual International Kite Festival. The sandy beaches at Wildwoods feature just the right amount of room to get a running start to fly your favorite kite.
Web: Wildwoods
Location: Wildwood, NJ

4. Long Beach Peninsula: Washington State is a kite flying mecca. The Long Beach Peninsula features the American Kite Flying Museum and several kite stores. Consistent breezes in the coastal area offer 28 miles of beach front to go fly a kite.
Web: Long Beach Peninsula
Location: Long Beach, WA

5. South Padre Island: Head down to this Gulf Coast beach and you will be treated to seasoned local kite fliers with years of flying experience. The wide beaches offer the perfect place to send a kite aloft at South Padre Island (pictured).
Web: South Padre Island
Location: South Padres Island, TX

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Top 5 Outdoor Swimming Pools

There’s nothing better than cooling off on summer vacation. On your next timeshare rental swim in a fabulous outdoor pool. The best part is all these outdoor pools are open to the public! Just don’t forget to pack your suit.

1. Coral Gables Venetian Pool: This man-made, eight-foot deep lagoon designed in 1924 is drained every night and refilled with fresh spring water. The pool (pictured) is connected to a couple waterfalls with one reaching 25 feet high. A great place to cool off on vacation.
Web: Coral Gables Venetian Pool
Location: Coral Gables, FL

2. Barton Springs Pool: The 1,000-foot-long Barton Springs was sacred to Native Americans for their healing powers. Today you can take a dip and rejuvenate or lounge pool side on the grassy hills shaded by ancient oak trees.
Web: Barton Springs Pool
Location: Austin, TX

3. The Big Pool: This pool is known for its size. The Big Pool holds 2.2 million gallons of water and is large enough for water-skiing. There are 50 Olympic swimming lanes, three waters slides, and a children’s pool.
Web: The Big Pool
Location: Garden City, KS

4. Astoria Park Pool: This is the oldest and largest pool (at 330 feet in length!) in New York City. The Astoria Park Pool features a main pool, an Olympic diving pool and even a wading pool for wee ones.
Web: Astoria Park Pool
Location: Queens, NY

5. Rose Bowl Aquatics Center: There are two Olympic size pools at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. One is 50 meters long and the other is 25 yards long with depth up to 17 feet. There’s even a 55,000 gallon warm water pool, several diving platforms, spring boards, and meter boards.
Web: Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
Location: Pasadena, CA

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Top 5 Things to Do in July 2014

July is the month we celebrate our nation’s independence. There are several other fun July events going on around the United States. On your next timeshare rental check out one of these fun events:

1. Boston Harborfest (July 2-6): This five-day long Fourth of July Festival features the colonial and maritime heritage of the American Revolution in historic Boston. There are more than 200 daily events during the festival in downtown historic Boston and the waterfront districts including reenactments, concerts, tours, and even a Chowderfest.
Web: Boston Harborfest

2. San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops Concerts (July 4 – Labor Day): If you are in the San Diego area head on over to Embarcadero Marina Park South along the San Diego Bay for 10 weeks of concerts featuring the San Diego Symphony (pictured). Special singing guests join in with the symphony and there’s even a concert/screening of Disney’s Fantasia.
Web: San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops 

3. North Carolina, Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival (July 18-19): If you’ve never been to a BBQ competition don’t miss this one. From a wings contest to public tastings and a cornhole tournament there is something here for the whole family. Enjoy bluegrass music, clogging team events, crafts, and there’s even a 5K fun run.
Web: Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival

4. Nashville Gala of The Royal Horses (July 19): If you haven’t heard the news, for the first time ever riding Master Rene Gasser is bringing his world-renowned equestrian tour to North America. One of the stops will be in Nashiville, TN. The Gala of The Royal Horses will feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds.
Web: Gala of The Royal Horses (more locations here)

5. Colorado Grand Mesa Moose Day (July 26): Literally pack a picnic for this event, plop your family down and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm be dazzled by moose. Their size, their attitudes, and their habits will be on display and you’ll even learn about moose biology. This is the closest most people will get to moose in their entire life. And the best part is this family-friendly event is free.
Web: Colorado Grand Mesa Moose Day

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Top 5 Day Hikes

It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors! On your next timeshare rental lace up your hiking boots and head out onto one of these day hike trails:


1. Angel Rocks: This trail is family-friendly! It’s a 3.5-mile roundtrip hike in the Chena River Recreation Area near Fairbanks, AK. Since summer offers extended hours you can get in a loop late in the day. Locals will tell you that the animals in the area come alive at night too.
Web: Angel Rocks Trail

2. Brewster Mudflats: Bring a pail, put on water shoes, and hike out to the mud flats near the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA. This hike is not like other hikes you’ve been on. Prepare to get muddy. Kids love this hike!
Web: Brewster Mudflats

3. Falls Creek: If you are looking for a strenuous hike then the 6.1-mile Falls Creek Trail in South Carolina is for you. This hike will treat you to rocky switchbacks, uphill climbing, and onward to the entrance of Jones Gap State Park. Overall you will gain 1,700 feet of elevation. Best part: The waterfall.
Web: Falls Creek Trail

4. Rocky Top: If you are in the North Carolina and Tennessee areas you can’t go wrong with a day hike in the Great Smoky Mountains (pictured). If you want to see the famous Rock Top of country music fame take the 13.9-mile roundtrip Lead Cove Trail to Bote Mountain. Here you will have panoramic views of the Smokies.
Web: Rocky Top

5. Angel’s Landing: Head to Zion National Park in Utah for a 5-mile roundtrip hike in the Zion Canyon known as Angel’s Landing (roundtrip you will gain 1,488 feet). Start at the shuttle stop for the Grotto picnic area and take the West Rim Trail through 21 switchbacks (known as Walter’s Wiggles) and head up to Refrigerator Canyon. Snap some photos at the lookout and then continue on the last half mile which is known to get hairy.
Web: Angel’s Landing

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