So you know you want to stay at a Disney Vacation Club resort and you are interested in renting DVC points, but you don’t know where to start.

Renting Disney Vacation Club points is a great way to enjoy staying at some of the best resorts in Disney and at some of the best prices.

In this article I go through where to find your DVC points, and how to rent those DVC points for your next Disney Vacation.

1. Find DVC Points

The first step in renting Disney Vacation Club points is to find someone to rent Disney Vacation Club points from.

The two most common options are, directly from a Disney Vacation Club member or indirectly through a DVC points broker.

To help you decide which option is best for you, below are the advantages and disadvantages to each method.

Using a DVC Point Broker

Advantages

The main advantages of renting DVC points from a DVC point broker are:

  • That you don’t have to worry about loosing your moneyWhich is one of the biggest risks you take when renting point directly from a DVC member. When using recongnized DVC brokers, like David’s Vacation Club, you have a 100% transaction guarantee. If something goes wrong with your booking, you might loose your reservations, but you get your money back.
  • They are members of the Better Business Bureau. If they are not don’t rent from them. The Better Business Bureau is a trusted sign of good business, and shows honest reliable business practices.
  • Experience. Working with someone who has done the process many, many times before, makes the rental process that much easier.
  • Availability. Many DVC points brokers have a dedicated team of workers who are there to answer you questions and requests daily and in a timly manner.
  • Lots of Inventory. If you need a lot of points you will have more chance of getting all of them from a larger DVC points broker who has access to lots of inventory.
  • Better for Hard to Get Reservations:  If their is a popular reservation you require, they are more likely to get it for you. Because this is their job they are booking and securing reservations daily, they know when and how to get it if it becomes available.
  • Ease of Use: You can add a dinning plan or Disney Magical Express transfer easily by contacting the DVC point broker directly, which is part of their service, and is done smoothly.
  • Save Time. You don’t have to negotiate price, or a reasonable contract. The DVC point broker has done this so many times that the process is streamlined and quick.

All DVC point brokers are not created equal. Make sure they are members of the Better Business Bureau. Or use our recommended broker, Davids Vacation Club, one of the oldest and most active in the industry.

Disadvantages

  • Price. It can cost you more, sometimes up to $3 more per point, but their is no guarantee you will be able to find somone with the number of points you need for the price you need.
  • Small risk of loosing your reservation. While money should never be lost,  their is a small chance you could loose your reservation. That is if the owner that the broker uses either cancels the reservation or defaults on their maintenance fess your reservation maybe cancelled. In that event, most DVC point brokers would do whatever they could to reserve another reservation for you, but if what they come up with is not satisfiable, they should fully refund your money.

Sometimes DVC Point brokers have dedicated rentals and last minute deals that makes renting points from them just as cheap as renting from a member. However last minute deals or points that need to be used quickly are usually only available at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

Using a DVC Member

Benefits

  • Price. The main advantage of using a DVC member to rent DVC points is that you can sometimes get points cheaper than using a DVC Broker. Depening on how many points you need, it can save you hundreds of dollars on the rental.

Disadvantages

  • Risky. It is a private transcation, that is nothing more than a virtual handshake. While many people have been very succesful renting DVC points direclty from members you are taking the risk that you might be dealing with a scammer.
  • Inexperience: While you could be dealing with someone who is a legitimate DVC member, this doesn’t always mean they know or understanding how to rent out their DVC points and might get the rental mixed up.
  • Availability: This is not their business. They are just renting out their points. So if you have any questions or need anything added onto your reservation, like dinning or magical express transfers, you may have to wait a while for a response.

Lessen Some of the Risks

Their are a lot of people that do rent points directly from a Disney Vacaiton Club member, and are very comfortable with it, and have had no problems. While their is some risk renting directly from a DVC owner, you can lessen the risk by doing some research before sending any money. mouse owners.com has a great suggestions for how to research the owner, the main points are listed below.

  • Rent from an established forum like the Disboards DVC-Rent/Trade Board or MouseOwners’ Rent/Trade/Transfer Boar
  • Ask for past rental references and check those references.
  • Do not rent from a forum member who has only a few posts or has just joined one of the boards.
  • Review past posts, to find out more about what type of person.
  • Get the DVC owner’s full name, home address and home phone number before sending any payment. Then call them on the phone and or google their name and address.
  • You can confirm they are a DVC owner by running a search at the Florida Comptroller’s Office web site. Only Walt Disney World DVC resort owners will be listed.
  • You should make a written contract or letter of agreement, signed by both of you, before any money is exchanged.. Saying exactly what the rental will cost, when payment is due, and the dates of the stay. Click here for a Sample DVC agreement done on mouseowners.com
  • Finally, educate yourself in how DVC rentals work.

Depending on who you go with the rental process will be a little different.

Below we discuss the process of going with a DVC Points broker or going directly with a DVC Vacation Club member.

2. Rent DVC Points

DVC Point Brokers

Below I outline all the steps it takes to rent points from a DVC Point Broker.

1. Decide Where and When You Are Going

Take a look at the different DVC resorts offered and pick the one that best suites you.

When deciding where you want to stay, It is best to have a first, second and third choice, because some of the resorts and room types are very popular and sell out quickly!

Once you know where you are staying, you should decide when you are going.

Keep in mind that you can start booking your Disney Vacation Club resort up to 11 months before your arrival date, however, limited reservations maybe available 1-2 months before your arrival date.

You should definitely book these popular reservations 11 months in advance:

Animal Kingdom Villas

  • Concierge Level Studio
  • Concierge Level 1 Bedroom
  • Concierge Level 2 Bedroom
  • Value Studio
  • Value 1 Bedroom
  • Value 2 Bedroom

Boardwalk Villas 

  • Standard View Studio
  • Standard View 1 Bedroom
  • Standard View 2 Bedroom
  • Boardwalk View Studio
  • Boardwalk View 1 Bedroom
  • Boardwalk View 2 Bedroom
  • Grand Villa

Aulani Villas in Hawaii 

  • Standard View Grand Villa

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 

  • Standard View Studio
  • Standard View 1 Bedroom
  • Standard View 2 Bedroom
  • Theme Park View Studio
  • Theme Park View 2 Bedroom

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

  • Standard View Studio
  • Standard View 1 Bedroom
  • Standard View 2 Bedroom

2.  Determine How Many Points You Need

Click on this DVC point checker to determine how many DVC points you need for your stay.

Just click on the dates you are going and toggle to show point amount. Then look at what resort you want to stay at, and what room type you are interested in and take note of the number of points you need to stay for your selection.

3. Determine The Cost of Your Stay

The DVC point checker you used above can also tell you how much it will cost you to rent the room, by toggling between points and cost per room.

This DVC point calculator is currently (Jan 2017) based on a rate of $15 per point.

However, these resorts Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa have a premium of $16 per point for reservations made more than 7 months in advance. After 7 months the rate is back to $15 per point.

The going rate for most DVC point brokers is $16 per point for regular reservations and $17 per point for premium reservations that are requested more than 7 months in advanced, after 7 month the rate should be back to normal at $16 per point.

However, some DVC point brokers charge a $.50 to $1.00 premium on rentals of less than 50 points.

Please check the details of cost per point with each DVC point broker before purchasing, as cost per point, and different premiums might change or be different from broker to broker.

Point prices above were accurate at time of posting, but are subject to change.

Multiply the total points needed by the cost per point to get your expected cost of your stay.

4. Check Availability and Secure Your Room

Now that you know where you are staying, when you are going, and how much the room is going to cost you, you can complete a reservation form like this one here, offered by David’s Vacation Club,  and request and secure your DVC resort reservation.

We recommend using David’s Vacation Club, because they have a solid reputation as DVC point brokers, and they are the oldest, largest, and most trusted in the industry. They are price competitive and know how to get the job done right, having served thousands of renters since 2005.

About The Form

  • DEPOSIT: A non refundable despot is due upon submission of the form, and if the room is available you will be committed to the reservation and your deposit will not be refunded. If the room is not available, they will offer you a comparable rooms, which can be turned down, and if turned down, your deposit will be refunded.
  • FILLING IT OUT: When filling out the form make sure all the information on the form, including names and e-mail address, match the names and e-mail addresses on your “My Disney Experience” profile and the names and e-mail addresses you have attached to any Dinning Reservations.  If the profile does not match it will not link.
  • MORE THAN ONE ROOM: If you require two or more rooms, you will need to fill out a form and submit a deposit for both rooms. In the comments section of each form indicate that you are traveling with family ‘X’ and ‘Y’ and that both rooms need to be booked at the same resort or none at all.

DVC point brokers, like David’s Vacation Club Rental,  require you to make a deposit to check for room availability and then also secure your reservation at the same time.

The reason for the deposit, is so that if the room is available they will make the reservation right away and secure it with your deposit to avoid you loosing that reservation, which can happen for popular rooms/resorts.

This process means you will need to be committed once you make your request, because if it is available it will be booked and if you want to cancel you will lose your deposit.

However, the deposit is not a fee, but part of the down payment on the room rental fee. It does not cost you anymore to rent from them, just that your rental is secured faster. The deposit is more of a security feature, so that you will not be disappointed if the room is not available once you respond to secure the room, the room will already be secured if available.

Availability

Room types available to DVC members are also available to the general public or regular guests on Disney’s online booking system, they are called Deluxe Villas.

However, the price of Deluxe Villas are usually much higher, than the price of renting them from a DVC member/broker.

If a room is available online through Disney’s online booking system, it doesn’t mean it is available to rent as a DVC rental and vice versa.

There are a specified number of rooms for DVC point holders and when the rooms are booked they are full, even if the same room is still available to non members or regular guests.

5. Final Payment

Once your room has been secured, you will be emailed a confirmation number from David’s Vacation Club. You can view and confirm the reservation directly with the confirmation number at Disney’s Vacation Club by clicking here.

To finalize your reservation you pay the balance outstanding (total cost – deposit = balance outstanding) at the time you receive your confirmation number. Most DVC point brokers take credit or PayPal.

Now your reservation is complete. Once the balance outstanding is received, a completed invoice, including the rental agreement will be e-mailed to you.  A sample of the rental agreement offered by David’s Vacation Club is located here.

Just remember DVC reservations are final and no changes or cancellations can be done. So make sure everything is accurate at time of booking, and make sure you have travel insurance for unexpected circumstances. 

6. What To Do Next

Additions like Disney Dinning Plan and Magical Express need to be done directly through the DVC ponts broker.

You can not call the Disney Vacation club to discuss your reservation, because they will not discuss reservations with a non-member, even if your name is on it. Disney or the Disney Vacation Club is in no way involved in this transaction. It is a private transaction between you and the DVC Broker.

Disney Dinning reservations and FASTPASS+ reservations can be made by you through your My Disney Experience account.

Link your reservation to your My Disney Experience account as soon as you can, so that FASTPASS+ reservations can be made at the 60 days before your arrival date.

If you need additional assistance with your Disney account or My Disney Experience page, please call Member Services at (800) 800-9800† or (407) 566-3800

Park tickets need to be purchased by you as well, and linked to your My Disney Experience account at least 61 days before your arrival to make your FASTPASS+ reservations.

Although Rare

There is still some, although minimal, risk that your reservation could get cancelled due to unforeseeable circumstances. David’s Vacation Rental, and most other brokers would do their best to make sure you get a comparable reservation, but if nothing was available that would suite your needs, they would refund your money.

DVC Member

Finding a DVC member directly, that is willing to rent out their points, sometimes can save you money over renting from a DVC Point Broker.

The average price per point directly from a DVC member is $12-14 per point, sometimes as low as $10 if the owner is desperate and the points are about to expire. This is about a $1-$3 cheaper per point then renting from a DVC point broker.

However, renting directly from individuals, is at your own risk. There is no guarantee that you will not get ripped off, or that the owner will be able to assist you if something goes wrong with your reservation.

A lot of people who have gone this route, say they feel a bit uneasy until they moment they check-in at the desk. For more suggestions on ways to help lessen the risk of renting directly from a DVC member click here.

Below we outline all the steps it takes to rent points from a DVC member.

1. Decide Where and When You Are Going

Take a look at the different DVC resorts offered and pick the one that best suites you.

When deciding where you want to stay, It is best to have a first, second and third choice, because some of the resorts and room types are very popular and sell out quickly.

Once you know where you are staying, you should decide when you are going.

Keep in mind that you can start booking your Disney Vacation Club resort up to 11 months before your arrival date, however, limited reservations maybe available 1-2 months before your arrival date.

2.  Determine How Many Points You Need

Click on this DVC point checker to determine how many DVC points you need for your stay.

Just click on the dates you are  going and toggle to show point amount. Then look at what resort you want to stay at, and what room type you are interested in and take note of the number of points you need to stay for your selection.

3. Find a DVC Member to rent points from

The most common way to rent DVC points from a member is to rent from an established forum like:

The Disboards DVC-Rent/Trade Board

MouseOwners’ Rent/Trade/Transfer Board

Please note that while both boards are well established and have a lot of successful transactions, there are still the possibility of scammers, so be vigilant and read this article before you proceed with renting any DVC points directly from a DVC member.

4. Determine The Cost of Your Stay

When dealing with a DVC member, price per point can range anywhere from $12-$14 a point. Some might be cheaper depending on how soon the points will expire. Any more than that, and I would suggest going directly with a DVC point broker.

You maybe able to negotiate the price, however, don’t expect to pay much less than $12 a point. Just asking if price is negotiable is good enough, and if it is, then make an offer.

Once you settle on a price, multiply the total points needed by the cost per point to get your expected cost of your stay.

5. Check Availability and Secure Your Room

Every DVC member will be different when it comes to checking availability and securing your room. The important thing to remember is to be clear as to what you expect from them.

If you just want to know if the room is available and you do not want them to secure the reservation, let them know this. Don’t be offended if some DVC members will not check room availability without a deposit, as this can be a waste of their time.

If you want to know if a room is available and you want them to secure the reservation then tell them that.

However, expect to pay a deposit to secure your room.

Payments can usually be made to private sellers as Paypal or cashiers cheques, depending on what the seller offers.

Before any monetary transactions takes place make sure you have verified the seller by following these suggestions. However, even with verification, remember that these transactions are done at YOUR OWN RISK.

Also make sure that you have price details, a payment schedule, and a cancellation policy, if any, in place, and fill out this Sample DVC agreement done on mouseowners.com, which both you and the DVC member should sign.

The reservation should be made in your name with the exact names and email address that are on your My Disney Experience account, so that linking with any current FASTPASS+ or Dinning reservations can happen.

6. Final Payment

Once your room has been secured, you will be emailed a confirmation number, if you have not received one, request the confirmation number from the DVC member.

You can then view and confirm the reservation directly with Disney’s Vacation Club by clicking here using your confirmation number.

According to your Sample DVC agreement that you filled out above, final payment will need to be paid upon what was agreed upon.

As I said above, before any monetary transactions takes place make sure you have verified the seller by following these suggestions. However, even with verification, remember that these transactions are done at YOUR OWN RISK.

Unless you agreed otherwise, usually DVC reservations are final and no changes or cancellations can be done at this point.

Always, secure travel insurance, and make sure that a third-party rental is covered by it.

7. What To Do Next

Additions like Disney Dinning Plan and Magical Express need to be done directly through the DVC member.

You can not call the Disney Vacation club to discuss your reservation, because they will not discuss reservations with a non-member, even if your name is on it.

Disney or the Disney Vacation Club is in no way involved in this transaction. It is a private transaction between you and the DVC member.

Link your reservation to your My Disney Experience account as soon as you can, so that FASTPASS+ reservations can be made at the 60 days before your arrival date.

If you need additional assistance with your Disney account or My Disney Experience page, please call Member Services at (800) 800-9800† or (407) 566-3800

Disney Dinning reservations and FASTPASS+ reservations can be made by you through your My Disney Experience account.

Park tickets need to be purchased by you as well, and linked to your My Disney Experience account at least 61 days before your arrival to make your FASTPASS+ reservations.

Conclusion

Now that you have learned how to rent Disney Vacation Club points you are ready to get started planning your Disney vacation.

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