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How to Use DVCapp To Check DVC Rental Availability And More!

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I am excited to share an amazing tool for planning a Disney World vacation with you today – DVCapp. While I have used this site for years, the recently-added features have made it my go-to resource for checking DVC rental availability!

studio villa room interior

DVC Studio Villa at the Polynesian

I am a huge fan of Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resorts such as Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge. One of my top money-saving tips for Disney World travel is to rent points from an owner for stays at DVC resorts (read all about how to save up to 70% by renting points in this post).

In this post, I’ll walk you through how to use the DVCapp website to research and find the best DVC resort for you, check availability at DVC resorts, and connect with an owner from whom you can rent points for a stay!

Researching DVC Resorts

DVC App account, view floor plans option

After you create a free DVCapp account and verify your email, you can select the “View Floor Plans” link on your account homepage to research DVC resorts.

floor plan options

From there you can choose from the 14 different DVC resorts found in Disney World and beyond.

viewing floor plans

When you select a resort you’ll be able to see the floor plans and layout of each type of villa. This is incredibly helpful for deciding which resort and room type will be the best fit for your family!

You can see the sleeping arrangements, such as pullout couches and Murphy beds, as well as the number and location of bathrooms (very important, of course).

Membership Options

Disney's Beach Club Villas

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

As I already mentioned, you’ll need to create a free account to use DVCapp.  After you verify your email, you will be asked to enter DVC credentials for one-time verification.

DVC Login

If you don’t want to or can’t enter your credentials (more on this later), you also have the option of upgrading to a paid PRO membership.

DVCapp PRO Promotion

A DVCapp PRO membership costs $7.99 for 3 months and allows you to search DVC rental availability for all resorts, get email/text message updates when your saved searches become available, and connect with owners to rent points.

Availability at DVC resorts changes frequently (and sometimes maddeningly) so the ability to get updates via text is totally worth the $2.67 price tag per month for me!

If you aren’t happy with your PRO Membership you can cancel at any time and get a full refund. You can also easily turn off the auto-renewal feature at any time if you decide you no longer want the service. I keep my membership active because it represents such an incredible value for a few dollars each month!

Searching DVC Rental Availability

DVC App availability

DVCapp was designed as a tool for DVC owners to easily and quickly check availability at DVC resorts. The DVC website is notoriously clunky, so the creator of DVCapp made a light and fast tool for checking availability across all resorts at once.

You can search across multiple resorts for up to a 2-week period, which makes it easy to plan if your dates are flexible.

sample dvc rental availability in dvcapp

Here is a sample of the results from a search I did for availability for a studio villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge for next May. Rooms that are available are in green and those that aren’t are in red.

Not surprisingly, Value and Concierge studios are already booked, but I can see that standard and savanna view studios are still available at both Jambo House and Kidani Village for my dates!

DVC Rental Availability: Renting Points from An Owner

screenshot of how to book with an owner in dvcapp

Lastly, the newest feature of DVCapp is the ability to connect with an owner for renting points. When you find a villa that is available for the length of your search, you will see the “Book it” options at the top of that column in your search results.

offer posting on DVCapp

After you click it you will be taken to a screen where you can customize a rental offer. You can select how much you are willing to pay for the stay and post your offer for free.

As I mentioned, DVCapp is intended for DVC members. However, a PRO membership can be a good option if you are unable to enter DVC membership credentials.

If you are a former DVC owner, or just someone who loves to rents points for stays at DVC resorts to save money, you can use this service to connect with owners willing to rent you points for your stay.

This can be an alternative to using a DVC points broker to search availability and secure an owner for a rental. You can potentially save $2-4 per point by finding an owner through DVC app.

After you connect with an owner, you can set up a contract that outlines a change and cancellation policy, payment plan, etc.

In summary, DVCapp is an affordable and easy-to-use tool for researching DVC resorts, checking DVC rental availability, and connecting with an owner for renting points. I have found it invaluable in planning our many stays at DVC resorts.

If you have any questions about DVCapp, you can leave a comment on this post or send me a message via The Frugal South’s Facebook page!

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Mary

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Do you have to be a DVC member to use this appoach?

Leah

Monday 16th of March 2020

No you don't - but you do have to have a paid membership to DVCapp.

Laura

Sunday 4th of August 2019

Hi there, I have rented before from a points broker and enjoyed the ease and safety of the process. As someone who wants to rent points direct from an owner for the first time, how would you go about it to make sure everything goes smoothly. You mentioned a contract...is this something the owner provides?

Leah

Sunday 4th of August 2019

Hi Laura! Yes, the owner usually provides the contract. I most often find owners on the MouseOwners forum. Here is a link: http://www.mouseowners.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=63 You will have to be familiar with how DVC works in terms of home resort booking window, point charts, etc.

Ashley Bupp

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Thanks Leah!

Ashley

Monday 24th of June 2019

Hi Leah! Help! I joined DVCapp as a premium member looking over a span of 8 weeks for either beach or boardwalk. The Disney website shows availability but I cannot find anything on DVC. Is there a place for me to post my request?

Leah

Tuesday 25th of June 2019

Hi Ashley! First, rooms through Disney and DVC are separate inventories. As you know, you'll pay WAY more booking through Disney so I'm sure you'll want to rent DVC points if at all possible. Beach Club and Boardwalk are in SUPER high demand now because of their proximity to Hollywood Studios and Galaxy's Edge. I expect they will both be booked solid before the 7 month window. So you may have to expand your search to other resorts if you want to visit before that. If you are willing to wait, you can set a search in DVCapp for your dates and you will get a text and/or email notification if your dates open up at Beach/Boardwalk. When you do a search there will be a place to "Name this search" - do that and it will be saved to your searches. Then you will be able to manage the alerts for the search. Availability does sometimes open up but I'd say only for shorter stays - I wouldn't expect a week to open up, for example. I hope that helps!

Erin

Monday 17th of June 2019

What is your success rate with this option? I’d love to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge and this seems like such a great deal! Do you typically find an owner to rent from or is it kind of hit-or-miss?

Leah

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

Hi Erin! I have had pretty good results. I have made 4 requests and 2 of them were filled. It depends on how much you are offering of course! And how far in advance and availability. Last minute requests are harder to fill than those far in advance. Owners can book 7 months in advance at any resort and 11 months in advance at their home resort. So it's easiest to find availability in the 6-7 months before arrival. Hope that helps!

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