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  1. NiteMaire

    Unwanted Arrival at Waiohai

    It may be the norm now, but it wasn't before. I've received plenty of pre-arrival emails (probably not as many as you), but this was the first with this message. Interestingly, the email didn't reflect the closures. I found out about them because I asked during the call. And I agree that...
  2. NiteMaire

    Short Trip to Big Island

    2.5-2 8 miles each way. Mostly flat. No shade at all. There is a nice breeze so I recommend staying near (not necessarily on) the coastline each way. On our first trip there in 2018 someone said the fence line (you'll see it if you go there) was the shortest way. We regretted taking it since...
  3. NiteMaire

    Short Trip to Big Island

    Thanks for the tip. Also, see this thread for why we are staying there and not Marriott: https://tugbbs.com/forums/threads/unwanted-arrival-at-waiohai.306649/
  4. NiteMaire

    Unwanted Arrival at Waiohai

    When the governor lifted the interisland quarantine, DW and I exchanged into Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club to spend July 4th on Kauai. Instead of the usual Marriott pre-arrival email, they sent an email discouraging our arrival. Here's the quote: "we are writing today to strongly encourage you...
  5. NiteMaire

    Short Trip to Big Island

    Since interisland travel opened up, we decided to take a weekend trip to the Big Island. We stayed at Volcanoes National Park. We arrived Friday evening and left Sunday. Here's what we did on our short trip. Saturday: Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park aka Place of Rufuge...
  6. NiteMaire

    Why has the $800 limit not risen with inflation?

    $800 is a recent change. It was $700 for the longest time. I agree that it's still very low.
  7. NiteMaire

    New look for TUG review pages!

    It gets even more interesting. If I go to "My TUG / Settings" then "My Reviews" I see my username at the bottom of each review. If I get to the reviews by searching for a resort, then I see my member #.
  8. NiteMaire

    New look for TUG review pages!

    I agreed to have my username displayed. My username was displayed on the previous format, but the new review format lists my TUG #. I didn't change any settings. All the reviews I clicked on displayed member #, not username. I presume the username option was toggled or ignored when you cutover...
  9. NiteMaire

    Is Official Marriott deeded legacy weeks resale website still around?

    Unfortunately not. It's been a few years.
  10. NiteMaire

    How long or so long Hawaii?

    DLs work for proof. When you arrive at the security line, you have to fill out/turn in the health form and show ID. We printed them at home and filled them out ahead of time. After turning in forms, they check your temp. No TSA Pre at the moment, but we were 2nd in line. You have to fill out...
  11. NiteMaire

    How long or so long Hawaii?

    They should. DW mentioned something to me about DLs as proof, but can't remember what she read. I'll DM you when I get info.
  12. NiteMaire

    How long or so long Hawaii?

    Inter-island travel no longer requires quarantine as of June 16. I'm bring a copy of my electric bill just in case...
  13. NiteMaire

    How long or so long Hawaii?

    We leave Friday for a weekend trip to BI; forms are printed, temps are normal (today), and masks are at the ready. We printed 2 sets of forms in case we need them for the return as well. If they aren't needed, we'll use them for our trip to Kauai next Friday.
  14. NiteMaire

    II Re-Trade Question

    We've done this on all trades since II added eplus. We have an exchange into Westin Nanea later this year; if we go, it'll be the first trip that we didn't use eplus. Even when we were absolutely certain we were going, we added eplus; it paid for itself when we retraded. We always pass on the...
  15. NiteMaire

    Considering a Massanutten resort to use for trading into Orlando

    You stated you wanted to trade for Marriott and Sheraton in Orlando. Colonies will get them. Even if your traveling preferences change, you should be able to get very good trades. As I mentioned in this post...
  16. NiteMaire

    Empty Marriott Waiohai Photos

    Nice pics. We'll be there July 3-10. We'll be able to get out since they lifted the Inter-island quarantine. We'll see how it will affect occupancy...I'm not anticipating much of an increase.
  17. NiteMaire

    marriott grand chateau value

    Thanks. That seems consistent from the past few years. $2.5K seems the magic # for 3BR EOY to pass (though there may have been 1 that didn't pass if memory serves me correctly). Most 3BR EOY offers below $2K had ROFR exercised (I think 1 wasn't), and most between $2K-$2.5K were waived...
  18. NiteMaire

    marriott grand chateau value

    For a while you could get a superb deal with MGC as it seemed almost everything was passing ROFR. I'd be shocked if this passes ROFR, even considering the current situation. Then again, if they don't have the need/appetite/$$ for MGC in the trust, then someone will get a great deal. I can't...
  19. NiteMaire

    Grande luxxe Nuevo Vallarta - quality resort? What is “msuite?”

    It's a master suite with 2 bedrooms. Both rooms have a full bath, but one is "better" than the other. I just realized I lumped all of our Vidanta trips together. We've been to LX2 twice. Both times were 3BR confirmations. We "downgraded" to a 2BR once, but it was for a great ocean view...
  20. NiteMaire

    Grande luxxe Nuevo Vallarta - quality resort? What is “msuite?”

    Grand Luxxe is Grand Luxxery! We've been 7 times. It's a 2BR Master Suite, but we've been put in a couple different types of rooms depending on the year. Technically, I don't think msuite is spa room, but we were assigned a spa room with 1-2 of our msuite confirmations. @Eric B @pittle and...
  21. NiteMaire

    new purchase...is this a good deal?

    Like @RX8 I don't own Worldmark, but I'm fairly certain they are HouseKeeping Credits and Guest Certificates (tokens). Each stay requires X credits/tokens. You either use your tokens/credits or pay $$.
  22. NiteMaire

    In quarantine Marriott Maui

    Couldn't have said it better myself. It's amazing what you can get by continuously searching II on a daily basis. Okay, let me not kid anyone...I bypass persistence and go straight to obsession. When we're in vacation hunting mode (and even when we're not), I obsessively & incessantly check...
  23. NiteMaire

    Considering a Massanutten resort to use for trading into Orlando

    The upgrade fee without the higher II membership is $99 (last I checked). That would cost you $198/year in total upgrade fees. If the difference in MF for 2 2BR units is greater than $198 compared to 2 1BR units, then 2 1BR units may be more cost effective...granted this doesn't account for...
  24. NiteMaire

    New look for TUG review pages!

    @TUGBrian any estimated date for the new pages?
  25. NiteMaire

    Considering a Massanutten resort to use for trading into Orlando

    Couldn't agree more. When WPN and CWQ added the RCI affiliation (it used to be exclusive to II) a little more than 2 years ago, I grabbed a special 2-year intro to RCI. The quality of (most) trades were better in II; however, I was able to snag a 2BR Bay Club on the Big Island with RCI. II...
  26. NiteMaire

    Considering a Massanutten resort to use for trading into Orlando

    They have a selective deedback option. You just have to call and ask if your resort is currently on the list. After I purchased my CWQ unit, I no longer needed/wanted WPN. I called and was able to deedback my WPN unit.
  27. NiteMaire

    Considering a Massanutten resort to use for trading into Orlando

    You have options. You asked about Massanutten and Williamsburg Plantation. Both are Vacation Village Resorts. I mentioned The Colonies at Williamsburg since it is also VVR and not much further of a drive from Massanutten. It's also one that will get you Marriott/Sheraton in Orlando (through...
  28. NiteMaire

    Considering a Massanutten resort to use for trading into Orlando

    @CPNY is correct. If your primary interest is an inexpensive trader into Marriott and Sheraton in Orlando, you need a unit that trades with II. I recommend The Colonies in Williamsburg; it's a sister resort to Massanutten and is capable of pulling Sheraton and Marriott. Like Massanutten, they...
  29. NiteMaire

    Kauai in December recommendation requested

    Considering (only) weather/rain late December-early January, Lihue is definitely better.
  30. NiteMaire

    New look for TUG review pages!

    The new pages are outstanding. My input isn't specific to the review pages; it's related to the resort tier throughout the site. II added an "Elite" tier, but TUG still displays "Premiere" for those that were bumped to Elite. As an example, I've attached the tier icons for MGC; it's an...
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