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Timeshare Resort Fees Are you ok with them?

Discussion in 'Exchanging Timeshares' started by Panina, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. bogey21

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    Exactly why they should be charged to all Users and included in Resort Budget to reduce MFs for all Owners. It would be a wash for an Owner who is also a User and a plus for Owners who rent or exchange...

    George
     
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    Update on Kauai Beach Villas. We checked in yesterday and nothing was said about a resort fee. They must have received enough negative feedback that they rescinded it. I didn’t ask about it.
     
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    Aloha,
    There is a resort fee for RCI exchange or rental reservations made after a certain date around or after the middle of October 2018.
    If you rent directly from a KBV Owner, the usage is considered the Owner's usage and the resort fee does not apply.
    Your reservation was made well before mid-October. RCI erroneously sent the announcement of a resort fee to folks with existing exchange reservations. The policy has not been rescinded.
    As I stated earlier in post 58, I will continue to read this thread with interest.
    Enjoy Kauai - I hope you get good weather (remember - no rain no rainbows).
    Jack
    https://www.tugbbs.com/forums/index...e-you-ok-with-them.282951/page-3#post-2223903
    https://www.tugbbs.com/forums/index...las-board-election.240675/page-8#post-2140817
     
  4. MrockStar

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    This happened to me as well using RCI in Maui they added an extra resort fee a month ago and this reservation was booked a rear ago at Kahana sands. I wont be going there now but will loose my exchange fee $$. Most annoyed by this policy.
     
  5. pedro47

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    The questions to me are how can timeshare exchangers protest these new resort fees charges and who do we complain to in written.?:ponder:
     
  6. Panina

    Panina TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    In time, as more are more people realize it is getting too expensive to trade into these place, trades occurring could diminish due supply and demand. Eventually, probably later then sooner, it will happen as the greed will continue and these resort fees will get too high.

    Meanwhile you can write a letter to the trade companies to voice your concerns but until it hurts their profit line they probably won’t do anything about them.
     
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    I was just about to book Hanalei Bay through GPX until I saw the fees: $20/day resort fee, $7.51/day tax, $6/day parking and a $25 additional fee paid to the resort...$259.57 total...I think that is way too much....ridiculous
     
  8. klpca

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    Unless something has changed since I booked Hanalei Bay Resort in May, it's just the $20 resort fee and the tot tax (which goes to the state of Hawaii). Still more than I would like but at least there is AC in the unit. I am pretty sure that Cliffs Club has no AC and still charges a resort fee! That right there is over my limit line.
     
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    We also complain about rising maintenance fees. You will either have higher MF or the resort fees, especially for resorts with high bad debt expense. I don't like it either, but since everyone does it in the travel industry (especially the hotels and airlines) it is probably here for the forseeable future.

    If people actively avoid resorts with added fees, the demand will go down for those resorts and theoretically their trade value will diminish. I own two southern CA resorts that charge resort fees. They trade very well - because at the end of the day, it's location, location, location.
     
  10. Panina

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    Yes, harder to trade in locations can definitely get away with the resort fees. The problem is less desirable locations and oversupplied areas are charging the fees too.
     
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    Gee, all these fees. Maintenance which are many times over 1 k a week and resort fees too. I echo what almost everyone is saying. And yes, I avoid resorts that charge resort fees. I find Vegas the worse for that.

    My airbnb and renting a week from TUGGERS just gets better and better. Since this strategy, I haven’t paid a resort fee.

    I like the RCI thingy where when you book in many resorts in Mexico, you have to pay the Inclusive fee that runs between 150 and 200 a day per person! I just bypass RCI and book a 5 star all inclusive package with airfare and save thousands. Or again, Airbnb and get cheap tacos and beer and save thousands in fees.


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  12. klpca

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    Some of my worst travel experiences were with airbnb/vrbo. Don't get me wrong there were some good ones too but at $750/nt it had better be good (although come to think of it, that rental in Yosemite West had a broken thermostat and was ungodly hot the whole time we were there). I have had to wait for the cable guy to fix the wifi (Kauai), found the house uncleaned - complete with used drug paraphernalia (Kona), rented a place that looked nothing like the photos (Maui), and found out that our unit was an illegal sublet (Sonoma). I use airbnb/vrbo when those are the only options, but my preference is for timeshares. Just fewer issues.
     
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    In all fairness I like using timeshares too. I too have had timeshares that were dirty with cockroaches in the cupboards and toilets filled with residue

    Only one bad experience with Airbnb too. So, not all timeshares are of high standards.

    And yes I was in hotels that were disguising. So, it does happen everywhere but overall timeshares, Airbnb’s and hotels have been great experiences. Just a few rotten apples here and there

    I’ve never paid more than 150 a night all in on any of the options.


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    A reality check. Airbnb may not have 'resort fees', they just call them 'service fees'. Same thing, different name, bigger dollar amount. If that airbnb is owned/managed by somebody else, then add another layer, only this time they usually call it a management fee. Some add a ridiculous amount for cleaning; I've seen up to $500 for cleaning. Whether airbnb or VRBO or whatever variation, they all add extra fees that can almost double the per night cost of the lodging. I was checking a 4 night stay in a small town on the Oregon Coast in the off season. Per night was $150 + tax + $90 service fee + $226 managers fee added $110/night to the bill. Vacasa is the worst at this and they seem to have taken over all the local management companies I've used in the past.

    I'm also one who won't exchange into a resort that adds resort fees, and my personal pet peeve, housekeeping fees. I think it just encourages bad behavior and while in theory it shouldn't matter if the price is still right, it still ticks me off. The same thing goes for other rental lodging. Don't tell me the price is $150/night if it's really $260/night.

    Sue
     
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    Great points. One needs to watch for these extra fees everywhere. I too think its deceptive to charge a price and fee to death. If i see that on check out, i cancel the order. However there are many that the price quoted is all in or near all in. You just need to look around.


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    It's a good thing I truly enjoy researching vacations and comparing costs. It is annoying to have to double check all the extra costs. I like Expedia and Travelocity cuz you can get your final cost before actually renting the room. My issue with vrbo/Airbnb is that there don't seem to be any checks or regulations. You can get screwed and there's no recourse except VRBO might remove the other from vrbo.
     

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