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RCI vs Interval

Discussion in 'New to Timesharing? Look Here!' started by El485hlax, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. El485hlax

    El485hlax TUG Member

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    Hello everyone!
    We are in the process of purchasing our first timeshare at the Sheraton Vistana (buying resale from a seller on the Tug2 marketplace of course)!
    We are curious of the pros and cons of both RCI and Interval.
    Is there a difference in trade value from each exchange?
    Any insight would be appreciated!
     
  2. Passepartout

    Passepartout TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    Some say that II has a higher percentage of 'better' resorts, but with Disney and Hilton both exchanging in RCI, that assessment lacks evidence. You'll be able to find suitable exchanges (all at more $$$$ cost than we like) in either outfit. Incidentally- since your resort is in Orlando, Disney is blocked and not an option for you.

    Welcome to TUG. If you are going to be actively exchanging, I'd suggest you actually JOIN TUG. ($15/yr) to get access to the reviews by TUGgers of thousands of resorts worldwide. Click the yellowish SUPPORT TUG link in the blue stripe at the top of this and every page.

    Jim
     
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  3. El485hlax

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    Thanks Jim! I did join TUG! $15 well spent!
     
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    Not really. II has Marriott, Westin, Hyatt and Four Seasons so plenty of 'better' resorts.

    The real issue is who has the resorts in the area you want and cost. RCI costs more to use.
    Look at the resort directories in each to see who has what you want.

    Sue
     
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    Thanks. It's been a long time since I did it, but iirc you'll get an email with a code to enter to change your status to the 'prestigous' Member tag.
     
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    Thanks Sue! I’ll check them both out. I am acquiring a week 25 2br unit at SV in the Falls. Any idea what it would be worth if we exchanged on II and RCI?
     
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    Done!
     
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    You can join both RCI and II, but there is a yearly membership fee, so it's better to strategically join an exchange company when you are ready to make an exchange. Keep in mind that the best strategy is to put in your exchange requests a year out, so it takes some advanced planning. Putting in an ongoing search is like wait listing for the resort/date you want.

    RCI and II have very different inventory, so which works best at any given time depends on where you want to go. If you want to trade for other Sheraton/Westin/Starwood/Vistana properties, they are affiliated with II.
     
  9. Panina

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    I am not familiar with the resort so I don’t know if you have any resort specific portal access to rci or II thus I am telling you what I think based on a private account and the value I looked up on both sites.

    I believe II will give you better trades as your week has a high tpu value and a high rating. Realize that orlando has lots of availability which diminishes a little of its trade value. An ogs will give you the best outcomes.

    Rci will give between 25-28 tpus, it fluctuates and can go up or down. It will give you lots of choices but will not give you enough points for higher demand areas and times. So for example you can get a prime summer week 2 br at a Blue Ridge Resort at Blue Ridge mountains with left over points but wouldn’t have enough points to get a prime winter week in southwest Florida. Rci does have reduced rates for short term trades. If they become available, many times they do many times they don’t, a week normally requiring 30 or more tpus can be had 10-13.

    I must disclose Everyone knows I prefer II. Some tuggers have even accused me of bashing RCI. For me the value of rci is short term reduce tpu trades and being able to trade into Disney which being you already own in orlando that benefit will not exist. Everything else, rates, trades, customer service is better in II, my opinion if course.
     

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