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Convert floating week to Flex points?

Discussion in 'Vistana Signature Experiences (formerly Starwood)' started by daviator, Nov 2, 2018.

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What's better, floating weeks or flex points?

  1. Floating weeks

    7 vote(s)
    87.5%
  2. Flex Points

    1 vote(s)
    12.5%
  1. daviator

    daviator Guest

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    I'm at Westin Desert Willows this week and attended an owner update (which, as we all know, is an opportunity for them to try to sell us more.) I own a deeded week at WDW and another at WKORV. They were pushing me to buy some Westin Flex points (ostensibly because it would give me more versatility, the ability to reserve less than seven nights at 12 months out, or to arrive any night of the week) or to convert my Maui week to points, for the same reason. "Everybody wants flex points now" was basically the line.

    I understand the additional flexibility provided by those points, but am I correct in fearing that availability might be a bigger issue when using points? They tried to give me the impression that the only way to get into popular resorts like Beaver Creek would be through the Flex Points at 12 months (and it's true that it IS tough to get into some resorts at 8 months or less using StarOptions.) And because the maintenance fees are so high in Maui, my fees might go down a little. But before they moved to the FlexPoints system, they were selling deeded weeks and saying "buy now, this is your last chance to get deeded weeks, they're much better than points." So I'm not sure what to believe, lol...

    I'm happy with my ownership, but am just curious what people think about weeks vs. points.

    I didn't end up biting, but did buy a decent Explorer package; 240,000 Marriott Points and a 3-night stay at WDW, good for 24 months, for a little under $2,000. The points are worth that much by themself so it was an easy choice.
     
  2. vacationtime1

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    If it's not broken, don't fix it.

    Whatever you do, do not give them your deeded WKORV week and money to get Flex points. Your WKORV week has an ascertainable value on the resale market; whether Westin Flex points will have any resale value remains to be seen.
     
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    I second vactiontime1. Don’t give up a mandatory deed for voluntary points.

    If it’s working why mess with it?


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    +1 for vacationtime1
     
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    Keep your deeded week. As stated above, your WKORV week has significant resale value - Flexoptions do not.
     
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    Wow. That is a very good deal. And another "wow," they are selling it in the Vistana sales centers.

    Edit: "240,000 Marriott Points" cannot be Destinations Points. That would be roughly equivalent to 4,600,000 StarOptions. "240,000 Marriott Points" must be the hotel points. I withdraw both of my "wow"s.
     
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  7. dioxide45

    dioxide45 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    Yes, the 240,000 points is the new Marriott Reward Points.
     
  8. daviator

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    Yes, they are the Marriott Rewards points. They're currently valued at about 0.9¢ each, or $2,160 in all (I usually get more value than that out of them) and so it’s a good deal, especially when you add the three night stay. Of course, the whole point (for them) is that you have to sit through another presentation and give them another crack at you.
     
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    I have found it just as easy to smile and say "No" the second time, and the third time, and... I agree - that is a good value for the points and the stay.
     
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