Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Learning to Be 31 received one ore more of the products metioned in this post for free for evaluations purposes. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Before doing this review, I had never looked into timeshare rentals. Mostly because I hear the word "timeshare" and I instantly think "scam" or "not worth it."
In fact, I told Hubby I was doing this review and he was super annoyed - "Timeshares are a waste of money." However, this review isn't about buying a timeshare or selling a timeshare, its about renting one. For me, this sounds like a win-win situation, a perfect solution for a family on a budget.
When someone isn't going to use their timeshare for a certain week, they can rent it out for a highly discounted rate. A lot of times, you can stay in a timeshare for cheaper than a cheap hotel! And even more budget friendly is that you get a kitchen, meaning you can make your own meals instead of eating out all of the time. This, in my book, is a huge deal since eating out can be so costly.
RedWeek offers a membership to their website for $14.99 a year so you can search timeshare rentals, read reviews, post reviews, etc. As a part of this review, they gave me a years membership for free so I could check things out (check out the giveaway below to see how you can win a two year membership).
The website really does have some great resources! I checked all of the places Hubby and I were hoping to go in the next year and there was nothing available in those areas. But, to be fair, we aren't going anywhere very touristy. Mostly just trips to visit family and friends. So, I started to think about the places we might go someday...and I instantly thought of Disney World. ;)
So I did a search for Orlando. And I found rentals for as low as $64 a night!
It even shows you the available months for the next two years right in the search! And I really love that reviews are just a click away. I don't have to go to Google to see if my stay will be worth it. And the reviews are detailed. From looking at the reviews for this posting, I learned that there's a grocery store within walking distance, which is nice to know!
When searching, you can even select different "features" such as 'kid-friendly' or 'pet-friendly.'
The RedWeek website has quite a few resources available as well - instructions on renting, a glossary (just to clarify if you get confused), an FAQ's section, and 3 different blogs.
A fun fact, in case you wondered about the term “redweek,” and why this company has that name: In the timeshare industry a “red week” is the best, or prime time, to stay in a timeshare (for example, Christmas week at a ski lodge, etc.). In using this term as the name of this company, it simply means “The Best.” I thought that was pretty creative!
Conclusion: My general feeling is that if you are looking to rent a timeshare, the $14.99 is worth it in order to gain access to everything RedWeek has to offer. The website is easy to navigate and really gives you an edge when it comes to timeshare rentals I think. However, if you are just curious, skip the $14.99 and sign up as a guest instead. Then you have a few days to browse and decide if you really want to rent a timeshare or not. The website is www.redweek.com. Head on over and check it out.
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