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Increasing II exchange fees & membership fees as of 1/1/19

Discussion in 'Exchanging Timeshares' started by mauitraveler, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. mauitraveler

    mauitraveler TUG Member

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    When I last spoke with an II rep, she mentioned that fees will be increasing as of 1/1/19, in case anyone is thinking about renewing or making an exchange...

    Below I have listed some of the fees that will be increasing per an email that I received:
    1 year Basic Membership $99
    1 year Gold Combo Membership $163
    1 year Platinum Combo Membership $238

    Exchange fees will increase:
    Normal exchange fee $209
    Marriott in-network fee $154
     
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  2. DannyTS

    DannyTS TUG Member

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    from 89 to 99, that is a steep % increase. Now i am even happier i paid for 10 years in advance, I think i paid 380 dollars.
     
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  3. klpca

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    I kind of figured that this would happen, unfortunately. More incentive to book my last Marriott deposit that I want to extend with eplus before the end of the year. Thanks for the heads up
     
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  4. pedro47

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    II is only following RCI increases.
     
  5. classiclincoln

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    Glad we sold 3 of our 4 timeshares....
     
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    Makes me sad. $199 was the sweet spot. Seems RCI is leading the way and II is following.
     
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    So what would happen if people stopped exchanging and just used their own timeshares for themselves?
     
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    At some point membership fees, trade fees and added resort fees will make trading a no for many more. For some weeks in the trade systems, between all the fees a trade can cost over $400.

    Whereas I use to trade most of my weeks I own I opted to overall change my portfolio to own mostly what I use because of the increasing fees to trade. I kept a few for trading but started changing those to what I could use if the fees go up too much more.
     
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    This is the piñata approach to the timeshare business. We are piñatas, and they will just keep hitting us until all the money has fallen out.

    I understand rate increases, but I cringe when they are well above the rate of inflation.

    In any event, complaining won't do any good. We will just keep doing our best to enjoy our travels.
     
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  10. pedro47

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    I can remember years ago, paying between $39 to $69 for a week exchange with RCI & II.
     
  11. Sugarcubesea

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    I wonder if II is offering any incentives to purchase 5 years? Does anyone know what the Vistiana to Vistiana trade fee is?
     
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    You are one smart Cookie.
     
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    That is super cheap - as in half price. How did you get that deal?
     
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    LOL. This made me laugh (thanks!)

    I feel like a pinata with all of our bills this month. Sadly, this applies to more than timeshares i.e. taxes, healthcare, college tuition.

    At least with timeshares the fee is discretionary i.e. we don't have to use II. We can stay in our units or trade in system (HGVC points or Vistana SO).

    With the addition of resort fees to RCI it is becoming cheaper to find alternatives or rent from owners to avoid the resort fees and gain full access to benefits. For example if you rent from an HGVC NYC owner, you can gain access to the lounge as a guest of the owner (free breakfast and evening appetizers/beer/wine). If you exchange via RCI or trade internally via HGVC no access and avoid resort fees. This also true of Harborside and other resorts too and should be marketed to potential renters.
     
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    i actually got a call from their marketing dept. I almost declined it, it sounded a bit like a scam, too good to be true. if you want i can send you the number. I do not think this is a permanent promotion but u can try
     
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    That would be great, if you don't mind.
     
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    I just called the old Starwood II desk and got a 5 year, interval membership for $311... This breaks it out to $62.20 per year...
     
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    That’s a good deal. What’s their number?

    Thanks.
     
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    The # is 877-782-7088
     
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    I just spoke w/a rep for Vistana at II. They said that the fee is still $144 for Vistana to Vistana exchanges, but he hasn't heard yet if there will be an increase.
     
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    Someone has to cover the cost of Marriott buying II.....
     
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    Welcome to my side of the fence - haven't exchanged anything via II (or any other company) for our use in 5+ years.
     
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    Too bad we can't think of a way to inform more timeshare owners of the low tug membership fee and exchange services offered here.
     
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    Per an email received this a.m., the Vistana to Vistana exchange fee will increase to $154.
     
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    I may be atypical for TUG; I often exchange for 2 or more units in Mexico every year for Xmas or New Years through II or RCI for family vacations with extended family and friends. My net cost is about $800 - $1000 for a great 2 bedroom unit. Used to be only $600 for the same unit, but to rent those units from an owner, it would cost me $2500 - $4000 per unit, so it's still cost effective to use RCI - it just isn't what it used to be. While I hate the increases, I do love the winter break vacations I can get. (I finally bought Worldmark, and will do some Hawaii or ski weeks in the future, so I'm not dependent any longer on RCI/II. I'll learn over the next few years which option is best - keeping my deeded weeks and trading through RCI/II, using Worldmark to trade through RCI/II, or using Worldmark resorts with no exchange fee.)
     
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