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OGS and 2019 MFs

Discussion in 'Vistana Signature Experiences (formerly Starwood)' started by DannyTS, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. DannyTS

    DannyTS TUG Member

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    I understand now that in order to use a 2019 Vistana week for an ongoing search in II, you first have to pay in advance the maintenance fees for 2019 at least for the week/contract you would use in case of a match. Is this correct?
     
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    Yes.

    In my case I always deposit first so I pay before I deposit.
     
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    In the case you do not deposit first, you still have to pay them in advance?
     
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    Yes, to place a OGS (without depositing first), you have to pay your maintenance fee.
    To just look through II at available exchanges, you don't have to pay.
     
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    Hi Danny - I moved your question to the VSE forum, because VSE resorts have different exchanging rules that other resorts, and you will get more accurate answers from VSE owners.
     
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    is there an easy "hack" to put a number of resorts in the OGS? In the getaways search for example, i have a list of resort codes separated by comas, i put them in the search space and click search. Pretty easy. With the OGS, the moment i put several codes, the system adds resorts in the same areas, some that i know nothing about or just not interested in and this make the process very frustrating.
     
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    You have to put one in at a time, in fact it will show suggestions in the drop down.
     
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    can you edit or add to the OGS using the same deposit? if you add to the OGS, do you have to pay the exchange fee again?
     
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    You can edit and you would only pay an additional fee if the exchange fee is higher. For example if you originally requested all Vistana properties and got the discounted exchange rate and then added non vistana options you would have to pay the difference.
     
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    YES

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    One exception - you get a exchange fee discount for VSE to VSE requests. If you add a resort to your request that is not a VSE resort, you will have to pay the difference in the fee. If eventually you do exchange for a VSE resort, you still have to pay the higher fee, you don't get a refund of the difference.
     
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    Another exception would be if II raised the exchange fee after you made your first request. Your standing OGS would get the original exchange fee if you add anything then you would have to pay the then current fee.
     
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    it sounds good. From what i read on thd Rci forum ( i will be a member soon through HGVC) there is on fee for each OGS but people found a way to avoid it altogether and pay only when they match. some report to have 10 open so they do not want to pay 10 times in advance for what will eventually be 1 match
     
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    if you add later to the OGS, do you keep the initial priority (at least for the resorts/dates you do not change) or it is like starting from scratch?
     
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    You keep the original priority.
     
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    owesome. Thanks everyone
     
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    You may or may not keep the same priority. With II it is hard to say. I have had agents say that there is a separate priority for each exchange requested based on the time while others have said it was based on the original request. For a weeks owner the date the search started is a tie breaker but if someone with a stronger unit request after you they still will get the exchange before you. So if you start an ongoing search with a platinum one bedroom say in Colorado for week X at Resort Z and then someone 5 months later starts an ongoing search using a platinum 2 bedroom unit at the same resort as you requesting the same thing. Then 2 days later someone deposits week X at Resort Z. The two of you happen to be the only ones who requested that week. It doesn't matter that you requested months earlier, II gives it to the stronger deposit. Not if you both had deposited a 1 BR at the same resort then you would have gotten the exchange. If you both deposited a 1 BR and you requested first but the second person deposited at a resort that II considers a more desirable deposit then person 2 gets it. So who knows when the priority starts when you add resorts and who knows how important the date is in factoring priority.
     

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