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$300 travel credit for USVI visitors in 2017 (must book through linked portal)

Discussion in 'Caribbean Timesharing' started by LisaRex, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. LisaRex

    LisaRex TUG Member

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    https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-virgin-islands-pay-visit-170320020.html

    "(To celebrate their 100 year anniversary of becoming a US territory)..., every visitor will receive $300 to spend on their vacation. The money can be used for historical and cultural tours and activities, so visitors can learn more about the islands' culture, according to Thrillist. This includes eco-tours, museum admissions and outdoor exploration, like kayaking and hiking.

    Those traveling in March (the month of the actual centennial!) will also receive a commemorative "centennial" souvenir. All you have to do is go to VisitUSVI.com and book a three-night minimum stay at one of the participating hotels on St. John, St. Croix or St. Thomas. The department of tourism will then send you $300 in credits to use like cash money at any of the participating locations."

    https://www.visitusvi.com/package_and_promotions

    PARTICIPATING HOTELS:
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    The Buccaneer
    Caravelle Hotel & Casino
    Chenay Bay Beach Resort
    Club Comanche Hotel
    Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino
    Holger Danske Hotel
    Mt. Victory Camp
    Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort
    The Palms at Pelican Cove
    Tamarind Reef Resort
    Sand Castle on the Beach

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    Caneel Bay Resort
    Coconut Coast Villas
    Concordia Eco-Resort
    Star Villas
    The Westin St. John Resort

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    At Home in the Tropics
    Bellavista Bed & Breakfast
    Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
    Frenchman's Reef Marriott Resort
    Galleon House
    The Green Iguana Hotel
    Lindbergh Bay Hotel & Villas
    Secret Harbour Beach Resort
    Two Sandals Bed & Breakfast
    VI Campgrounds
    Windward Passage Hotel
     
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    Thanks for sharing, i will make a note.
     
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    Do a search for prices - I did for early June 2017 - ~$700/nite for a 2Bd at Westin St John - so only $600/nite (plus $40/day resort fee) - what a bargain! :D
     
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    If I bought there (and I'm not going to, I'm not going to, I'm not going to), I'd be forking out about $25-30k for the week I'd want (week 4-8) in the regime I want (Bay Vista) + ~$350/night in MFs. So $600/night with no contract isn't really out of line with what owners are paying. And no contract required!
     
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    Well... of course. But, that holds true for any place that has both TSs and Hotels (and villas) - and not wanting to buy a TS in order to use for a short-term visit.

    Note that the times are limited to non-high season. AND... you can rent from Owners for much less at these times (check out RW - lots of rentals) OR... can rent a non-WSJ villa for less - in many cases for smaller places - much lower. There are many adverts for villa rentals throughout StJ.

    Note - the 1Bd/studios ran at ~$500/night in June, but I was interested in comparing to our annual stay in a 2Bd.

    You may want to rent for ~$650 per night for a 3-night stay (don't forget $40/day resort fee) when many other options are available, but not me. My point is that saving $300 for a ~$5000 week rental (reasonable length of time) that is already at an expensive rate is not a bargain or even a good value. Of course if one is only staying 3 nights - a better 'bargain'.

    YMMV - and likely does.

    E.G.
    $4900 for a week - 3-4 people
    http://islandgetawaysinc.com/cinnamon-stones/
    (no affiliation... just one of many examples)
     
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    That is often a problem with these sorts of deals. If you have to book your hotel through a special website or phone number, the prices may be inflated.

    Also, there may be strict limitations on what you can do with the $300 credit, which may reduce its value.

    Possibly, this $300 offer is a good deal for certain hotels. I have not looked into it. But, it's good to know what the "gotchas!" might be.
     
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