Hot Travel Tip for Families – Rent a Timeshare

by: Esther Lee

What is it?
Timeshares are fabulous condos/suites/villas located in some of the hottest travel destinations for families around the world. You probably know that you can buy and own a timeshare, but did you know that you could RENT one? It’s one of the biggest secrets in the industry.
Benefits of timeshare rentals
There are so many benefits when you rent a timeshare versus a hotel room. The condominium set-up gives you the conveniences of home, like separate bedrooms (kids in another room).

  • 1-3 bedrooms that separate from the living room area
  • 1-3 bathrooms
  • Fully equipped kitchens to stay-in and cook and deal with baby needs easily
  • Washer/dryer so you don’t have to pack as much
  • Separate living room area
  • Dining area


Can I just say that having the kids in a separate bedroom is part of what makes a family vacation, a vacation! I never get any sleep when my son sleeps in the same room with me.
Many of the timeshare resorts are part of bigger hotel brands like Marriott, Westin, Ritz-Carlton, and Hilton. As a result, you can often enjoy the slew of children’s activities, family programming and on-site kid-friendly attractions like waterparks, kiddie pools, mini-golf courses and more as part of staying at the timeshare.

Here’s one quick example, when we were planning our vacation to Maui, we knew that the Westin Resort is a top resorts for families. The best price we could find for a standard hotel room for our travel week was $308/night. Not crazy for a 5-star beachfront resort complete with an on-site waterpark.
However, we were able to find a 2-bedroom at the same Westin resort that was a timeshare for $230/night through Redweek and a few other timeshare rental websites. How cool is that? We got 2 separate bedrooms, a full-size living room, kitchen, dining room and washer/dryer for less than a standard hotel room!

Where to begin
There are several companies who all deal with timeshare rentals. All of them have owners who are extremely responsive (24 hours or less) and helpful. They are all free for Trekaroo members. Here are our three favorites:

Trekaroo was first introduced to the idea of timeshare rentals through travelnut, a Trekaroo family of 6. She raved about all the great timeshare rentals that she’d booked through and given the prices that she was getting, we had to check it out.When you think of, think timeshare central. You can rent, buy, sell and exchange timeshares all in one place. They have hundreds of timeshare properties available for families to rent all across the world.


Their user-interface is simple and easy-to-use. On one screen, you can easily see what inventory is available based on your travel dates and budget.  They even have an escrow service to protect you from fraud. The owners are also very responsive. I sent off 5 inquiries and received emails back from all 5 within less than 24 hours, which was amazing. is offering all Trekaroo families a 100% free 1-year membership (Value: $14.99). For more details, go to


Although, looks very similar to RedWeek based on the homepage, it ends there. It’s a bit more difficult getting around the website and harder to determine what properties are available for specific travel dates and budgets. No membership fee, which is nice., a subsidiary of Homeaway, specializes in vacation rentals and timeshares rentals too. Instead of scrolling with a chronological list of weeks that are available, you punch in your travel dates and they'll pull the properties which have availability. A different user experience, but also effective. They do not have an escrow service, but they do have a carefree rental guarantee to protect you from fraud. No membership required here either.

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updated: April 18 2010 by thelees4

at 05/02/2010 03:58PM familyadventuremom wrote:
If you figure out where the time shares are in a given city, you can also just book your rooms via or other websites. We've stayed at some great places in Vegas that way.
at 05/12/2012 08:47AM Uday Sarkar wrote:
Thank you for these tips.. i wish these would he helpful for me on my vacation to carribean islands. i have taken a carribean villa rental

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at 06/01/2016 11:04AM CourtneyCP wrote:
We rented a two bedroom, two bath timeshare from Wyndham Bonnet Creek near Disney and shared with another family. It worked out perfectly. We loved all the amenities of the Wyndham and having a full kitchen for meals, too! Only tricky part was staying firm upon check-in, when we were heavily pressured to buy a timeshare ourselves. But if you can get past that, it's a great budget option.
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