Timeshare owners beat travel inflation by paying for a lifetime of vacations up-front. But, unfortunately, prices have gone through the roof on flights, hotels, gas and more. Inflation is all over every news outlet and is at the forefront of Americans’ minds. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA) reports, hotel prices have increased about 39%, hitting a record high price.
An increase in hotel prices is no surprise that people are itching to get back into traveling after the pandemic. However, with everyone having the same game plan, inflation has caused the price of hotels to rise. Timeshare owners can sit back and relax, knowing they won’t be affected by inflation. Experts predict that Summer 2022 will be the busiest travel season ever. With the high traffic around traveling, it is much easier for timeshare owners to make a reservation in contrast to making a reservation at hotels.
The Cost of Timeshares Vs. Hotels
A hotel stay is, on average, about $137-$172 per night, as reported by AAA. So for an entire week’s vacation, a family of four will spend about $1,200 just on a hotel reservation. However, with 2022’s travel inflation, those rates have increased even higher. Timeshare owners that purchased vacation ownership in 2011 at $18,400 (according to Timesharing Today) have almost broken even by now. Besides the initial up-front cost, owners only pay annual maintenance fees, which are $1,120 per year on average, according to the American Resort Development Association (ARDA).
Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is another example of a timeshare brand that has soared in price for non-members. Walt Disney World Resort vacationers are currently looking at spending $700 per night at a branded Disney hotel on the property. Meanwhile, owners that purchased DVC points at the original DVC property in 1991 originally paid $48-$51 per point. That’s around $7,650 for 150 points, which covers two weeks in a Deluxe Studio at Disney’s Old Key West now. A DVC owner has more than broken even on their points’ purchase and is basically paying the same rate of a Disney hotel now that they paid back in 1991.
Inflation has affected other travel expenses, not only hotels. According to recent research by digital advertising platform Cardlytics, consumer spending with a year-over-year increase of 99% among airlines, 110% in amusement parks, 345% cruise lines, and 83% among travel aggregators and agencies. However, timeshare owners have been able to at least save money without needing to book a hotel.
Research from NerdWallet expressed that 66% of the time, someone who booked a hotel room 15 days before instead of four months in advance saved money. However, it is a gamble to wait until nearly the last minute to book a hotel reservation due to inflation. Certain clubs and resorts offer last-minute getaways that timeshare owners can easily book at steeper discounts.
What is a Timeshare?
Timeshares are an alternative to purchasing a second vacation home. They allow the security of having a second destination to visit without the large purchase of a house that most families will only stay for a small part of the year and need to maintain on their own. Timeshares started as fixed week timeshares. Today, the industry has revolutionized to include floating weeks, fractional ownership, points-based, biennial, etc.
In contrast to hotel rooms, units at timeshare resorts have more space than a traditional hotel, with fully-equipped kitchens and private bedrooms for maximum comfort. Timeshare owners are not only paying less than the average traveler, but they also have extra amenities. Additional amenities include a washer/dryer, housekeeping, concierge, on-site staff, pools, spas, fitness centers as well as events and activities. ARDA estimates that the average size of a timeshare unit is 1030 square feet, which is larger than an average apartment. 61% of those units are also two bedrooms. With extraordinary amenities and spacious units, it’s proven that timeshares cost tens of thousands of dollars less on vacations over a lifetime than hotels or vacation home rentals.
Currently, there are over 1500 timeshare resorts in the United States, with over 270,000 units. Top hospitality companies such as Marriott, Hilton, Wyndham, and even Disney have timeshare resorts in all corners of the world, making it easy for their owners to travel to almost any destination, especially with an exchange membership. Vacation exchange platforms such as RCI or Interval International allow timeshare owners to trade their weeks or points for thousands of other resort and hotel offerings. With savings over a lifetime of vacations, flexibility, and hundreds of vacation options, it’s no surprise that 87% of all owners rate their timeshare experience as excellent, very good, or good.
Recap: How Timeshare Owners Are Beating Travel Inflation
Owning a timeshare secures owners a place to stay on vacation year after year with no change in cost. When timeshare owners purchase their timeshare, they are paying for a lifetime of vacations upfront. They don’t have to worry about the rise in hotel room prices over the years. By purchasing a timeshare, owners have security against inflation in the future.