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So far I love Interval International

Discussion in 'Exchanging' started by Mayble, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Mayble

    Mayble TUG Member

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    My SDO timeshare finally closed. I purchased a gold plus 2 bedroom lock off in January and received notification last week that Vistana has recognized the change of ownership. I set up an II account today but was told it can take up two months to link it to my resort, but in the mean time I can browse the directory and purchase getaways. So are I am loving what I see. The quality of the resorts seem superior to RCI.
     
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    They are :) In general, RCI for quantity and II for quality. It's not applicable across the board (RCI has Disney, Hilton, and Wyndham among others), but it's mostly true. I'm sure there will be some who disagree with me.

    Sent from my sweet Samsung Note 8 using Tapatalk :)
     
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    Interval is affiliated with Vistana (Westin/Harborside) and Marriott, so that helps to raise the quality of their inventory.
     
  4. Panina

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    I always have preferred II over Rci not only in the quality of resorts but also how II handles the customer service aspect, superior to rci.

    I have had great success getting what I wanted with II requests. With Rci never had a good match, always had to use instant exchanges.

    Rci is great for last minute exchanges. I recently got a disney resort for 10 tpus.
     
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    I think you will have a good argument for liking either system. Right now I am liking the different resort available to me in II. We will see if my opinion changes once I start exchanging. I was just getting tired of all the RCI fees and the lack of good inventory.
     
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    What's a good trader to own for II? My TSes only trade in RCI, and I'm going to unload the annual points one but likely keep the EOY OY one. Both are great traders with reasonable MFs. Marriotts are great quality, but the annual MF increases are not particularly palatable to me!
     
  7. nitemaire

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    That's a loaded question that will spurn additional questions from others on TUG.

    It's tough to recommend without knowing your vacation habits, desires, and resources among other things. I own a Marriott trader (Grand Chateau) that works extremely well for me. Then again I'm a Marriott fan (just hit 750 nights last night) and don't mind the MFs.

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    This was the SAME question I first asked on TUG around 10 years ago.
    Quite a number of people responded with the SAME answer: "Buy only where you want to stay".
    I ignored that advice, and bought Marriott weeks with relatively low MF that others claimed to be excellent traders.
    Two years later, after having mostly unsuccessful trades, I unloaded those Marriott weeks (at a loss) and purchased Marriott weeks where I wanted to stay.
    I have never looked back, unless it's to share what I learned from my mistake.

    What is an "excellent trader" today may not be tomorrow. II rules change. Marriott rules change. Availability changes. Popularity changes. Trading power changes. Exchanging is a PITA.
    Own where you primarily want to stay.
     
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    I realize the majority of TUG will offer the same advice you gave. I guess I'm in the minority. I've owned since 2003 and have never stayed at my home resort. I purchased specifically to trade.

    Yesterday, we checked into Marriott's Ko Olina (Oahu) for our 2nd exchange (were here in Nov 17), have 2 weeks on the Big Island in Aug, and a week on St Thomas (Marriott) in Dec. YMMV.

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  10. Steve Fatula

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    The addon to owning where you want to primarily stay is if you cannot get a trade some year that you want, you can always stay instead, so, at least you didn't have to go somewhere you really had little interest in.
     
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    I have a non-Marriott that I typically use to trade into Marriotts. But I am unusually flexible and what works for me may not work for you. Definitely keep doing some research and searches on this site to get an idea of what your best options are.

    But I'm also a fan of II (my non-DVC timeshare is dual-affiliated with both II and RCI)...
     
  12. Chrispee

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    I’m in the minority as I bought Marriott units specifically to trade. I have not been disappointed in the slightest (predominantly trading into Hawaii Marriotts), but I’m a fairly diligent II user.
     
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    We have 5 timeshares. All different resorts. We belong to RCI. Joined II because one Resort was affiliated. II gave us a free exchange for joining. We did the one exchange. Then didn’t renew II.
    Our RCI expires in 2020. Will decide next year if we want to keep it. We also have VRI and have used DAE. Lately we have done successful TUG exchanges. They are the easiest because we deal with other TUG members who want to avoid fees for exchanging. All of our timeshares are places we enjoy so if we don’t exchange we can go to them. We just did an RCI exchange for 4 TPUs for VV in Weston,FL
    We were planning a trip there to visit our son and the week we wanted showed up. Perfect timing.
    Silentg
     
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    Some good posts have been made stating their successful trades. As I mentioned the "buy where you want to stay" philosophy, I should elaborate a bit on why trading was not for me.

    Most importantly, my wife is a teacher. My kids are in school. You see where this is going...as we can only travel during the peak (hardest to travel) time.
    CLEARLY, exchanging is not a great option for someone in that bucket.
    In fact, you can see from those replies that mentioned successful trades - they traded into very good locations, but they were mostly non-peak seasons.

    But in addition to that, we have always traveled for 2-3 consecutive weeks per year. Doing this makes exchanges quite a bit more difficult, as ideally you want each exchange to have the same day of the week for arrival. So once you lock in one of those weeks, with, say a Saturday arrival, what do you do when your vacation is approaching and you finally get that offer for your second week, but it has a Sunday arrival? You either need to turn it down and let it roll, or you accept it and pay for a connecting day. Or what if that second week has a Friday arrival. If you accept it, you have adjacent weeks with an overlapping day.

    I think exchanging is an EXCELLENT option for people who are retired, or anyone with very flexible travel options, or for those who go for one week stints.
    But for a two-income married couple or a couple with kids, exchanging might not be ideal.

    My family situation was (and is still) not suited for trading.
     
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    I have that overlapping situation for a dec. trip. I have a Sun. Checkout but a Friday check in before that Sun. Can't figure out how to make this a benifit and not a loss of two nights in awesome locations. Ones in SoCa and ones in NoCa
     
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    I have had an overlap day before, Sun check in, then a Sat check in. I just told them to link the 2 reservations and not move us.
     
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    I exchange only - never been to any resort I own.

    Hubby and I both work and we have a 12 year daughter - so yes....school schedules are what we do. Over the last couple of years during non summer school breaks (so - Christmas, winter and spring school vacations) we have been to Marriotts in Orlando, Aruba and St Thomas. Hyatts in San Antonio and Sedona. Ski weeks in New England.

    Why don't I own where I want to go? The only two places we consistently go to year after year, sometimes a few times a year are Orlando and New Hampshire. The cost of a getaway/extra vacation or trader MF and exchange fees are typically less than what I would pay for in MF for the resorts I stay in. The other trips for the year are always to someplace new.
     
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    Everyone seems to have good rationales for why they do what they do. This just shows that there is a lot of flexibility with timeshares. It's a shame timeshares have such a bad reputation because they are actually quite flexible and can get you better and bigger accommodations for less money - whether you buy to own or buy to trade.
     
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    My account is all set up and I started searching today with one half of the lock off and I was able to see
    Westin Nanea Ocean Resort Villas with an optional upgrade to a 2bedroom. Is this beginners luck?
    So far I am very pleased with II.
     
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    I've owned for about six months. It's been great so far, but perhaps I got lucky. I acquired two of the cheaper one bedroom Vistanas - I wanted to at least have some sort of priority. I don't intend to ever stay in either one. I'm flexible, with both time of year I can travel, and with being able to travel last minute. Also, Interval seems to give out "accommodation certificates" somewhat regularly - I've already gotten 2. So far I've booked:
    Marriott Pulse Boston Custom House - $199 (this became available two days in advance, so definitely last minute)
    Baja Point Los Cabos 3bd - $275 (4 months in advance)
    And back to back weeks in Hawaii this December (mid-month), with a 2bd at the Marriott Waiohai in Kauai, followed by 2bd at Westin Nanea, swapping my 1bds and paying the exchange and $59 upgrade fee.
    Now, this could just be luck and things could go downhill from here - ownership is a long term commitment. But keeping my fingers crossed for now!
     
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    Sort of beginners luck, there was a large deposit recently - I think that particular week might be Thanksgiving? I'm assuming less demand. I check every day, often there are only one or two random properties in Hawaii for the next year. Patience and flexibility is key.
     
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    [Redacted: TUG asks that you only post Exchange Company Sightings on the Sightings forum - it is a benefit of TUG membership.]
     
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    I imagine is partially luck and also being flexible. Either way, I'll enjoy it while it lasts. I was with RCI for 8 years and although I got some great trades I am happy I switched to II.
     

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