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DRI is launching an internal exchange network for DRI weeks owners

Discussion in 'Diamond Resorts International - DRI' started by youppi, Mar 18, 2017 at 7:07 PM.

  1. youppi

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    The web site says: "At this time, enrollment is exclusively available to owners with Diamond Resorts International." I take this to mean deeded owners at resorts where Diamond holds developer rights.

    A one year membership = $69
    The standard exchange fee (online) = $149
     
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    IMHO - smart business strategy.

    This is a continuation of what started with the "mini-systems", when developers began building up networks and creating their points-based clubs. The clubs effectively work like exchange companies, but with greater ability by members to actually book reservations at other locations. The fees that the owners pay for club membership then is essentially money that owners were paying to an exchange company for membership and exchanges.

    Most of the clubs have included a free membership with RCI or II, and when an owner goes outside the network, then the owner pays the exchange fee. With a programs such as this, the developer captures an additional revenue stream.
     
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    Wow thank you for this information!

    I just looked up the legacy week I own at a DRI managed resort and it's a level 4 tier (they have tiers 1-6 with 6 being best). Then I looked up other resorts availability and there are plenty of options that work for me! I think I might sign up and give it a try.
     
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    The search is not as good as II. You can search only in a window of 60 days at a time (example: July 1st to Aug 30 or Oct 15 to Dec 14).
    I looked at the inventory available in Hawaii and there is many Point at Poipu weeks and few KBC.

    Is the inventory listed on the destinationxchange is the deeded back weeks that DRI acquired for free ?
     
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    The granularity between TIERs and Points are not the same. Hope they will readjust the number of point to be inline with TIERs. Logically, the number of point for a same TIER should be the same.
    See the following comparison of some resorts (pdf).
    NB: Upgrade fee ($7 per day) and point discount are not used in the comparison of THE Club points/cost that could reduce the points/cost when available.
     

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    Yes, thank you for this update. It had been alluded to me to keep my eyes open because new exchange opportunities were coming and that I would no longer need RCI. That's not entirely true. But I look forward to the opportunities for internal exchanges.
     
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    I owe a DRI week and when I try to join it told me I wasn't eligible so I wonder if I have to be a club member which I am not? I acquired my week resale and maybe that's why but I know you guys will know the answer. Thank you in advance for all your great help. I wouldn't have this week if not for this site.
     
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    A bit off topic, but I recently purchased two DRI European Getaways at very low prices -- and found myself wondering why these are being offered -- thinking there must be DRI owners who would like exchanges.
     
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    I joined the Facebook group for Diamond Resorts International users and asked this question there. The response I received is below and with his permission I am posting his answer here. Thank you goes out to John Adamson for this.

    I asked DRI for more information on their new product DestinationXchange and all they would comment was

    We can advise this is being trialed in the US at a small number of deeded resorts. We do not have any further information on whether this is being rolled out to other resorts at this time.
     
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    Diamond's European operation is not doing well. Sales are slow, sales staffs have been reduced, sales centers are closing. At the same time, as members leave the European Association, Diamond becomes the owner of their inventory. Thus, Diamond's unsold inventory is growing and they have a huge surplus of points. I've been told that Diamond holds a bit over 40% of the points in the European Members Association. This is why they have sold some of the resorts and have some others listed for sale.
     
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