Boulder, CO (August 22, 2012) — LodgingDeals.com, a new, easy-to-use website for vacationers looking for luxury vacation deals at top rated resorts in the US, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and the South Pacific has been launched by Lodging Deals LLC. Resort units are offered at 25% to 80% off retail value, directly from timeshare owners who are unable to use their allotted vacation weeks.
Boulder, Colorado couple Jim and Katherine Velasco founded LodgingDeals.com. The website fills the need for vacation resort owners to sell their unused allocated time easily to vacationers looking for great lodging deals at luxury resorts.
“LodgingDeals.com is the type of website my husband and I were looking for when we planned vacations. Sometimes we just didn’t know where we wanted to go. We wanted to glance at options, availability, costs, and pictures quickly, but there just didn’t seem to be anything like that online. Now, others can experience the ease and flexibility of vacation shopping, and enjoy saving thousands of dollars on lodging at some of the top resorts,” explains LodgingDeals.com Co-Founder, Katherine Velasco.
LodgingDeals.com offers a valuable new service for timeshare/vacation ownership members who are frequently faced with “use it or lose it” situations. Timeshare owners can now offer unused weeks direct to vacationers. On LodgingDeals.com, timeshare owners control their listings and are notified if an unrented listing is approaching the rental date. The timeshare owner has options: cancel or reschedule the listing so they will not lose their week, or reduce its cost to entice a sale. There are no membership fees, no high commissions, plus timeshare owners receive real-time rental status information. There is a nominal fee to post a listing.
Vacationers now have a new direct option for obtaining great lodging deals in the previously more private timeshare world. Instead of having to invest in timeshare/vacation ownership at a premier resort themselves, vacationers can rent from current owners who cannot use their vacation weeks. Usually these rentals are deeply discounted from the price the renter would need to pay if going to the resort directly.
LodgingDeals.com is easy to use and different from other travel sites because it does not assume the vacationer has decided on a destination. Instead, it permits the vacationer to search, sort, and select from criteria that is important to them. It could be a vacation time frame, price, amenities, a general geographic area, a particular resort, or the common city/state/country search. Also, because the listed resorts are well known, the vacationer always knows exactly what they are getting and what to expect.
LodgingDeals.com provides fast search and sort results utilizing the latest web technology. The website leverages the power of modern browsers through an innovative approach to database management where large datasets filter and sort on the browser itself, thereby eliminating many connections back to the server. This results in faster user interface responsiveness. The architecture lends itself nicely to being able to bring the user back to various points where they left off, if they choose.
Katherine and Jim Velasco, the creators of LodgingDeals.com, have been members of Wyndham Resorts for more than 15 years. Finding themselves in that “use it or lose it” predicament with their own property, the Velascos investigated some of the available websites that could rent timeshare for them. Because those websites had varying drawbacks for owners and vacationers, the idea for LodgingDeals.com was born.
Jim Velasco, the technical architect of LodgingDeals.com, is a retired IBM system engineer and software architect who specializes in web-based applications and solutions. Co-Founder Katherine Velasco owns a website development company and has a background in operations and IT management.