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marriott vacation club

  1. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 70... How Doing 2 Marriott Owner Updates = 6 Days in Hawaii

    Who doesn't want to go to Hawaii for a week? Well, hopefully this video will provide you with a way to make your dream happen. I know that it did for me. Honestly, I was surprised that I could do this. But if it worked for me, it seemed like a great idea to share my success so other could...
  2. Clifbell

    Review Two Bedroom at Marriott's Shadow Ridge II - The Enclaves In Palm Desert Ca

    The Marriott Shadow Ridge is a very high end timeshare located about two hours east of Los Angeles. It is a few miles to the west of Palm Springs. There are two resorts in one (Shadow Ridge I and Shadow Ridge II) which means there are lots of pools to choose from. For those looking to save...
  3. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 68… A Timeshare Trip across America

    Everybody loves an adventure. So, off I go on a seven week trip in Timeshares to enjoy a family Reunion as well as a high school reunion. I will be traveling from California to Ohio and then back. But to make this trip more interesting, I will travel through Southern California, Arizona, New...
  4. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 67… Earn 5 FREE nights at Marriott Vacation Club

    There is nothing like a free Vacation... In this video I show you how to earn points and then how to use them to get a free Vacation in Palm Springs and elsewhere. You just have to use the Bonvoy Credit card to pay your maintenance, buy an Encore Package, and attend a few Marriott Vacation...
  5. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 66... How to Spot a Good Timeshare Salesperson

    Meeting with a good timeshare salesperson will change your whole experience with timeshares. If all the salesperson cares about is getting you to buy, you will feel nothing but pressure and often not the most truthful. But a good timeshare salesperson will want you to get the most out of your...
  6. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 63… Are Ocean View Prices worth it?

    Everyone loves an ocean view room... Right? But if you are staying in a timeshare are you aware of how much the Ocean view rooms cost compared to the standard rooms of the same size? I will explore Hilton Grand vacations and Marriott Vacation Club and their costs for upgrades. I focused on...
  7. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 62… My Troubles with Marriott Vacation Club

    I was so excited when Marriott announced it purchase of Vistana in 2018. I was excited by the number of locations of the combined clubs. So excited that I upgraded my Vistana and bought Marriott with plans of being Platinum for life in Marriott Bonvoy. But after four plus years of waiting...
  8. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 60... Five Timeshare Habits that Help me Learn

    No matter how much you know, you can always get better. And who doesn't want to have better vacations? And better experiences using your timeshares too. In this Video I share with you my top five habits I use to get better. I am sharing what I have learned over the last decade+ of using...
  9. Clifbell

    Review One Bedroom Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas at Poipu Kauai Hawaii

    It is hard not to love staying at the Sheraton Kauai Resort... You are right on the beach... The pool looks out onto the ocean... You can get small cabanas right on the beach... The rooms are of high quality. The one bedroom / one bathroom layout is great. I was in Building 7 on the fourth...
  10. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 56... Hilton and Marriott Merger Updates May ‘22

    I qualify as a glutton for punishment. Two owner updates in one week from two different timeshare companies both of which are in the process of a merger. It just so happens that both of the places I got my updates were from the companies being acquired (Vistana location and Diamond...
  11. Clifbell

    Review Two Bedroom Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas at Poipu Kauai Hawaii

    It is hard not to love staying at the Sheraton Kauai Resort... You are right on the beach... The pool looks out onto the ocean... You can get small cabanas right on the beach... The rooms are of high quality. The two bedroom / two bathroom layout is great. I happened to stay here as part of an...
  12. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 53... The Five Biggest Timeshare Mistakes

    In this video, I discuss the five biggest mistakes that timeshare purchasers make. The top five include; 1) Being sold a timeshare without Researching 2) Not Learning all the Features Available 3) Not Planning Ahead 4) Not Leveraging Bargains 5) Not Leveraging the Hotel Side. With each...
  13. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 52... The Future of Timeshares

    It this video, I cover how timeshares are a business that generates recurring revenue for the timeshare companies and a lower cost for timeshare owners to stay at a timeshare. I also discuss how timeshare companies are consolidating. Everyone is aware that new entry into leisure travel is...
  14. Clifbell

    Review Westin Princeville One Bedroom in Princeville Kauai Hawaii

    I've now stayed in all three of the unit sizes (Studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom). This is the final Westin Princeville review of the one bedroom. Clearly, I like the Westin Princeville. I am working on a post to highlight the difference of the three unit sizes, but wanted to post the...
  15. Clifbell

    Review Westin Princeville Two Bedroom in Princeville Kauai Hawaii

    About an hour drive from the Lihue Airport in Princeville Hawaii on the Island of Kauai sits the Westin Princeville (part of Vistana and Marriott Vacation Club). Today's review is of the two bedroom unit. The building are three stories tall and have lush tropical plants throughout. There are...
  16. SueDonJ

    Thread Dedicated to the Upcoming/Anticipated Integration of Vistana and Marriott Ownerships

    All "official" indications via Marriott Vacations Worldwide Investor Calls have been that following Vistana coming under the MVW umbrella, there will be some type of Vistana/Marriott timeshare integration with reciprocal usage benefits. Sales reps have been mentioning it for quite some time but...
  17. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 46... Why I chose Timeshares over Airbnb

    Both Timeshares and Airbnb can provide great vacations. I have used both but have tended to focus more on Timeshares. For me, making a purchase of a timeshare was making a commitment to taking a vacation. I am very active in a lot of projects, so making a timeshare a project was my way of...
  18. Clifbell

    Timeshare traveler episode 45... Staying in Timeshares with Hotel Points

    The reason I created this video was to provide people with an idea on how you can learn if you might like to be an owner of a timeshare. The best way is to stay in one. And by using your hotel points, you won't have to get involved with the timeshare marketing groups. Timeshare accommodations...
  19. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 41… What happened to the Vistana / Marriott Merger?

    Originally announced in May of 2018, The Marriott Vacation Club purchase of Vistana promised a vision of a high end and extensive network of quality timeshares. As an owner of both Vistana and Marriott Vacation Club, I was excited about the proposed merger. I even went so far as to upgrade my...
  20. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 40…. Buying trial packages is a good way to learn

    I am a curious person and I enjoy learning more about the programs I am a part of or thinking of joining. In the case of timeshares, they offer trial packages. I have rented cars before to see if I like a car before buying that make and model. Doing a timeshare trial is a similar idea. I...
  21. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 36 Six Waikoloa Hawaii Timeshares

    In this video, I review six different timeshares in the Waikoloa area on the Big island of Hawaii. Waikoloa is located about 20 miles north of the Kailua Kona airport. I have stayed in all six of these timeshare (a tough job but someone has to do it)... The six are Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV)...
  22. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 33 How I earned 71 free hotel nights in one year

    In this video, I reviewed my overly obsessive approach to figure out how to earn 71 free hotel nights in a single year. My goal is offer you several ideas for how you can leverage what you are doing to earn free hotel nights by doing what you are doing anyway. I look forward to learning...
  23. C

    Renting Marriott Vacation Club Vacations to Offset Costs

    Hi All, I have been researching Marriott Vacation Club Points for a little bit now. I have been seeing many pros and cons of the programs, and one major con seems to be the yearly point fees. I was wondering if anyone with Marriott Vacation Club Points have experience 'renting' or 'selling' a...
  24. Clifbell

    Review of Sales presentations in a pandemic

    I have managed to tour WorldMark, Vistana, Hilton, and Marriott in the last 2 months. This is for two reasons. First, my house is being upgraded and therefore I needed places to stay. And secondly, I needed to use my points. I was very curious how the timeshare presentations had changed from...
  25. Z

    Selling our [# Deleted] MVC Points

    What is the best way to sell our two deeds? I called sellmytimeshare.com and they want $2000 up front. Then I called a broker from California and he said his fee was $3000 but only after we sell. I know I'm screwed no matter what we do, but what is the best way? Is Red Week any good? Or...
  26. W

    Exchanges on legacy Marriott program (merged)

    Looking for some advice. I’m considering buying into a legacy platinum week at Marriott Grande Vista. 3 bedroom every other year. Plan is to use 2 bedroom unit and exchange the lock off portion on II for use on my off years(I think I would be exchanging a studio?). Is this a good plan? Would...
  27. T

    Marriott Vacation Club - Additional Points (New Member)

    Aloha! New member here, I have been browsing and really appreciate all the honest unbiased opinions! We just had an amazing trip at Marriott Vacation Club in Lahaina, Maui! We booked the week second hand at a great rate. My wife and I have 6 kids and it was the first time in a long time we...
  28. C

    ILG (Vistana Flex) and Marriott Vacation Club - Now what? Owner update?

    Has anyone listened to an owner update to find out how the Marriott purchase of ILG will impact Vistana Flex moving forward? I'm curious since I'll be staying in a Vistana resort next week and I'm wondering what will be shared if I do an "owner update".
  29. S

    MVC encore cruise certificate

    anybody else use a cruise certificate? If so any recommendations? We were “informed” at the original presentation and the follow up encore sales presentation that we would be able to book a 7 day cruise basic inside cabin guarantee with the certificate. After activiting the cert, using the...
  30. T

    Marriott wants to transform the Sheraton experience

    I know the hotel is separate from the timeshare side. However, I wonder if this is promising for what MVC will do with Vistana - since there is coordination between the hotel and timeshare brands...