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WARNING Don't rent from National Timeshare Help aka NTHC Travel

Discussion in 'Buying, Selling, Renting' started by Pmd1037, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Pmd1037

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    National Timeshare Help aka NTHC Travel is not a reputable company and I would avoid them at all costs. I rented a week from them and it was a DISASTER. The place was so noisy that my wife had to try to sleep in the living room to get away from the problem.
    They had no alternative accomations to offer and would not compensate me when we had to leave after just 3 nights due to problems at the resort that they knew or should have know existed. Dealing with them has been so frustrating that I have given up trying. Just BEWARE if you deal with this company.
     
  2. DeniseM

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    A little more info., please:

    Where did you rent?

    Did you research the resort in advance to find out if there were any issues you should be aware of?

    Have you rented a timeshare before?

    Did you complain to resort management while you were there?

    Note that NTHC does not own the resorts they rent - they are simply an agent for owners who want to rent their timeshares. There is no reason to assume that they knew or should have known that a noise problem existed.
     
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  3. rickandcindy23

    rickandcindy23 TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    What resort? Some resorts are noisy. Some guests are just crazy loud, and it's not the fault of the company that finds you the accommodation, it's the fault of the resort for not controlling noisy guests.

    What kind of noise? Jumping up and down? Kids above your unit can create terrible problems for sleeping. Believe me, we couldn't take the noise at one of the Marriotts and asked the resort to move us, but they had no other units at all. Calls to the guests above us were of no use. It's really not NTHC's fault.

    You have unrealistic expectations of a company that helps to rent timeshares for owners. They have no clout with the resort, no more than you do as a guest.
     
  4. 1st Class

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    Did you contact NTHC to explain the situation before posting here? If so, what was the outcome?
     
  5. Beaglemom3

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    My only experience with NHTC was a positive one. I rented a one bedroom at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club a few years ago at a decent price.

    They were professional and honest.

    No flippancy or sarcasm intended here, however, unsure of any company that has control over the actions of other guests.

    JMHO.
     
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  6. DeniseM

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    Yes - they stated this in post #1:
     
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    My question too is have you ever rented or stayed in a timeshare before? It's much different than a hotel. It's really a question of working with the management of the resort, just like it is when staying in our own timeshares that we individually own or in an exchange somewhere.

    I've not rented from NTHC ... yet. I will not hesitate to do so based on my dealings re inquiries and am hopeful they may come up with something that I've been in touch with them about.

    I mean this with the greatest of respect but perhaps you should deal directly with a resort next time. You'll probably pay more but they may be able to do more to address your concerns.

    I'm sorry that your vacation wasn't good.
     
  8. e.bram

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    They are also a large upfront fee TS sales(listing ) company. Stay away
     
  9. DeniseM

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    e.bram - how about Redweek?

    They charge upfront fees too -

    Membership - $14.99 for 12 months
    Timeshare Rental Ads - $24.99/ea for 6 Months
    Timeshare Resale Ads - $59.99/ea for 12 Months

    How about ebay? It costs a minimum of $75 upfront to rent there.

    How about Vacation Rental by Owner? They charge over $200 upfront.

    Are the all scams?

    Your continuing harassment of NTHC isn't doing much for your credibility...
     
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  10. BocaBum99

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    Sorry, but the issue is your lack of due diligence. NTHC simply rented a unit at a resort. You got a bad unit with noisy neighbors. It happens everywhere in timesharing.

    Timeshares are NOT hotels. They are condos owned by individuals and managed by a resort. The rental agency cannot simply help you to change rooms or get you alternate accommodations. They don't own any. YOU are responsible for knowing the potential issues at a specific resort by reading sites like Trip Advisor and TUG. Even then, some units are bad and others are good. It's a bit of a roulette wheel getting a good to great unit. That's just part of the experience of renting a timeshare condo from ANYBODY.

    NTHC's responsibility to you is to get you a confirmation letter at the resort in a specific unit type for a specific amount. If all of that happened, they did their job.

    You should change the title of your thread to be about the resort and how it sucks and that others should not rent from it. Or, never rent a timeshare because the owner can't just simply change your unit when you encounter a problem you don't like.

    If you don't like timesharing, try Expedia or Hotels.com. There are plenty of suite hotels that can meet your specific need.
     
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    Sorry ... thought the OP was referring to resort management.:ignore:
     
  12. NTHC

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    I would first like to state that we are sorry the OP had a bad experience during his rental stay. He originally contacted me to rent three nights of a week during Mardi Gras in New Orleans at The Frenchmen 519. As this was a week long Festiva booking, I was unable to split the reservtion and the OP decided to rent the entire week.

    We received a call AFTER the guest had returned home requesting a refund for 4 nights. We did not receive a call during the stay to give us the opportunity to rectify the situation as our confirmation clearly states. Even though we were not contacted until after the stay, the guest was offered $100 towards a future rental with our company.

    We offered and the guest received a two bedroom during Mardi Gras at The Frenchman 519. Perhaps for a quiet experience the OP may want to choose the Outer Banks in Feb.

    Ebram, I have requested many times that you contact me personally to discuss any issues you may have with my company.....I'm still waiting.

    Thanks,
    Cindy

    540-560-2987
     
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    Hmmm....
    Is the OP protesting because he is trying to get money back from the 7-day stay he paid for, when he only used 3 days?

    He states "we had to leave after just 3 nights due to problems at the resort" but the post from NTHC says that his original request was for 3 nights.

    I can't help but wonder who's scamming who?
     
  14. T_R_Oglodyte

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    Yes - it certainly raises the suspicion that the OP rented a whole week from NTHC because that was cheaper than obtaining three nights of comparable accommodations elsewhere, spent the three nights, and is now trying to extort (to use the correct term for what might be going on here) a refund from NTHC.
     
  15. DeniseM

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    Cindy - What was the nature of the noise - Mardi Gras itself?
     
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    The OP stated that there was noise on the street at all hours of the night.

    Thanks,
    Cindy
     
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    I'm shocked!:D
     
  18. T_R_Oglodyte

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    What do you mean by "large?

    Are you saying that NTHC is a large company or that the upfront fee is large?
     
  19. DeniseM

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    Steve - Like most of the other rental websites, NTHC has a membership fee.
     
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    Don't know how much of this is true. Found on Red Week. Posted today. Might explain a little more the circumstances of the OP.

    "Anyone have reason to distrust booking travel through NTHC

    Yes it was just this week tyhat ended today. the unit was on a very noisy street in New Orleans (far away from Burbon Street in a supposedly quiet neighborhood) where the area bars blasted loud music till 4am every night. No one could sleep!
    we stayed thru Mardi Gras because there was no alternative anywhere within 100 miles and then had to leave 4 days early so we could get some sleep. they had no alternative accomodation and kept lying about and then tried to blame me for not telling them sooner even though they could produce no alternative accomodations and refused any refund.
    Once they have your money you are totally at there mercy. I gave up dealing with them because they refused to do ANYTHING or answer any questions directly. Not worth risking a vacation on them they are not reputable....... Hope this helps"

    Seems like it wasn't the timeshare neighbors who were rowdy.

    But, I would not go to New Orleans during Mardi Gras expecting a "restful" environment. ... eom
     
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  21. rickandcindy23

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    Most renters are not dishonest, as this person apparently is. We had a renter who disputed the charge on her credit card, after the rental was over (Wyndham points). She tried to tell her credit card company that she hadn't talked to anyone with our company name and had no idea what the charge was.

    The evidence was overwhelming.

    Our daughter had 1) signed contract; 2) her name on the guest certificate; 3) all email communications; and 4) a survey the woman filled out after the rental.

    She knew darned good and well she rented that from us. The woman lost, and even more important, she lost her credibility with her credit card company.
     
  22. vacationhopeful

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    That resort is in the night club area of the city. There are several famous jazz clubs (open late into the evening) and any review (TripAdvisor, Expedia) would have stated what the neighborhood is. Most cities would refer to that type of clubs as "after hours".

    Any for it being Mardi Grais time, there are few places even more than 100 miles from the city which would not have been party central.

    Baton Rouge is 100+ miles away and it also has Mardi Grais parades and partying....:D As does Lafayette, LA, and Galveston, TX and ....
     
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    I'm mostly going to stay out of this...But i think the question needs to be asked

    Who has more reason to lie...a Rental company who may lose customers because of their missteps being posted publicly or a consumer who is posting a review of their rental and the services they received from that rental company?

    The rental company could lose thousands upon thousands of dollars because of this members reviews....the member, well i'm still trying figure out Why they would lie...$100 doesn't seem like much compared to what the company will lose because of one honest negative review

    I'm surprised a Rental agency would advertise a central new Orleans TS during Mardi gras as 'quiet'
     
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    Ride, ... "Who has more reason to lie...a Rental company who may lose customers because of their missteps being posted publicly or a consumer who is posting a review of their rental and the services they received from that rental company?"

    Those who do not believe the OP here tend to be TUG posters who are also rental companies. They appear to have made up their minds.

    I don't know who is right (or who is wrong) here. I would not rent in New Orleans during Mardi Gras unless I expected some noise. But, I have no idea how this week was marketed.

    There used to be an old adage: "The customer is always right." But, it's out of vogue now - I guess because everyone took advantage of it to stoke their over-active sense of entitlement. A sign of the times? ... eom
     
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    A few things that weigh against the OP in my opinion:

    1) In his first post (deleted) he blamed TUG for all his rental problems.
    2) In his original post in this thread, he did not mention any of the important details - like the fact that he rented in NOLA during Mardi Gras.
    3) He waited until after he got home to call NTHC - he did not call them from New Orleans and let them know he was having problems.
    4) He originally only wanted to rent 3 days - but that wasn't available, so he stayed 3 days, and then went home and demanded a refund for 4 days.
    5) NTHC is a long-time TUG member with a solid reputation.
     

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