When we posted our infographic about when you should book your vacation with Global Discovery Vacations, we had many members tell us about ending up on a waitlist instead of reserving their vacation. Being on a waitlist doesn’t mean you are too late or that you won’t get your condo, rather you’re put in line for the next available condominium.
Here’s a little bit more information on waitlists to help clear up some questions many of you have.
What is a Waitlist?
A waitlist is a way for us to organize members when we can’t immediately offer the condominium they requested. When those units do become available, our Vacation Specialists offer them to members on the waitlist in the order in which requests were received.
Why Would I Be Put On the Waitlist?
We have it for a few different reasons:
1. High Demand
Some destinations are just too popular to accommodate everyone, no matter what travel club you’re using. So once all the initial condominiums we have access to are reserved, the remaining Vacation Week requests are placed in a waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis. If there are any cancellations or if we are able to secure more inventory, we will offer the unit to the next member in line. If they refuse the unit, the next member is made the offer and so on.
2. Next Year’s Inventory isn’t In the System
Some of our leases have a yearly renewal and we won’t know specifics on the units until the condominium is inspected, a lease is generated and then executed, which takes time. Some of the resort destinations are seasonal, and that means there is no set schedule on when we receive and enter condominiums for reservation. The process is continual and ongoing.
So let’s say you request something in February 2015 for February 2016 and we don’t have the inventory yet. Since you made your request as early as you could, it will increase your chance to receive an offer if we do get that resort or destination.
What Happens if We Don’t Get the Inventory or if It Goes to Other Members on the Waitlist?
Our Vacation Specialists will use their expertise to let you know the realistic chances of reserving the condominium you’ve requested. If they think chances are high, they will continue to keep you on the waitlist and search for accommodations.
If they don’t think they can find what you original requested, they will offer you comparable accommodations in a different location. We might have a west coast beach that would be just as good or better than an east coast beach or a ski resort in Oregon that’s going to give you the perfect winter retreat instead of Colorado, just to give you a few examples.
Even though we might not have the inventory at the time of your request, we still suggest making your Vacation Week request as early as you can. You just might get your accommodations right then. Or you can save your place on the waitlist and increase your chances of finding the right accommodations.