08 July 2007
Posted in General DVC News
One of the most popular sites used to rent DVC points is the DISBoards.com. Members holding points they will not be able to use can post free classified ads in order to “rent” use of a single year’s points to a member or non-member seeking to vacation at one of the eight DVC resorts. Similarly, non-members can post a request for rental points, often saving hundreds of dollars off of Disney’s published rates for the same accommodations.
In recent years webmasters at the site have been streamlining policies regarding the rental process. The most recent change is a virtual prohibition on members making reservations with the sole intention of renting them to non-members. The DISBoards Rent/Trade Board Posting Rules & FAQ’s have been updated to reflect a policy that “no existing reservation may be offered for rent until it is within thirty (30) days of the arrival date.”
One of the more hotly-debated topics among DVC members is the appropriateness of reserving a specific resort / room / date combination for the sole purpose of later renting that reservation at a premium price. For example, a member reserving a Studio villa at the Beach Club for early December is likely to fetch more than the standard $10-12 per point in a subsequent rental due to high demand for the accommodation. While the DVC member renting the points often views this as a wise manner of conducting business, members who purchased their points exclusively for personal use are often not as forgiving.
A further restriction limits forum members to a maximum of two posts per calendar year concerning the rental of existing reservations. By instituting these changes, the DISBoards has effectively eliminated itself as a medium that members can use for speculative rental transactions.