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  1. Clifbell

    Help for Struggling Timeshare Owners... Timeshare Traveler Episode 187

    This video is for all the people who bought a timeshare and then realized they don't know how to use it. They are often angry at the timehare companies and themselves for caving in to the pressure from the timeshare salesperson. They might have considered dumping the timeshare. If any of...
  2. Clifbell

    Ritz Carlton Club San Francisco Two Bedroom Review

    Today I am reviewing the Ritz Carlton Club two bedroom in San Francisco, California. This property is located in the center of Downtown San Francisco. This is the first Ritz Carlton property that I have stayed in. The two bedroom is extremely opulent. Every part of the unit is first class...
  3. Clifbell

    What I like about Marriott ABOUND... Timeshare Traveler Episode 186

    For many peoiple who don't own timeshares, learning about the good parts of the timeshare from a timeshare salesperson can be misleading. So, I decided to create a video of the parts of ABOUND that I like. This comes from a person who has years of timeshare experience. and has practical...
  4. Clifbell

    San Francisco Pulse Studio by Marriott Vacation Club Review

    Today I am reviewing the studio unit of the San Francisco Pulse by Marriott Vacation Club in San Francisco, California. The property is located in the Fisherman's wharf area of San Francisco. This is the first Pulse property that I have stayed in. The studio is really a hotel room rather than...
  5. P

    MARRIOTT VACATION CLUB doubts and rescind!

    Hi, Thank you for this active website, I'm hoping my wife and I can rest easy after sending out our cancellation letter. We sat for a MARRIOTT VACATION CLUB presentation in Orlando on Feb 5th, had no intention of buying, but heard them out. Even though we love the locations / offerings, after...
  6. L

    How many points using Marriott premier chase visa for maintenance fees?

    Hello! We are trying to decide which credit card to use for our MVC maintenance fees. We have a Marriott Bonvoy Premier Chase Visa signature card. We are lifetime titanium. What kind of points will we earn on this card? Thanks so much! I looked up the same question and could only find answers...
  7. B

    Pay off Marriott Vacation Club?

    Hi all, Signed up back in 2021 directly at a Marriott and discovered this forum and how we could have saved thousands by not making the mistake we did. At this point the plan is to pay it off ASAP, the rate is 11.99%. Any known issues doing early payoff with MVC? Trying to avoid the added...
  8. Clifbell

    Are Timeshares A SCAM?... Timeshare Traveler Episode 177

    There are many reasons why people can feel like timeshares are a scam. I don't necessarily disagree with how people feel. In some cases people made a decision based on lies or they made a purchase that wasn't big enough to be useful, or they didn't ever learn how to use the timeshare. All of...
  9. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 174... Is Timeshare Industry Consolidation Good?

    With the recent announcement by Hilton to purchase Bluegreen, the timeshare industry consolidation continues to grow. In the last five years we have seen Hilton buy two timeshare companies, Marriott by one and Club Wyndham buy a travel company. In this video, I will recap the recent purchases...
  10. Clifbell

    Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort One Bedroom Ocean View in Ka'anapali Maui Hawaii

    About 30 miles from the Main Airport in Maui sits the wonderful Westin Ka'anapali OceanResort near Ka'napali now part of Marriott Vacation Club. The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort is a huge resort area filled with lush tropical gardens that are a pleasure to stroll through. I stayed in a one...
  11. Clifbell

    Westin Nanea One Bedroom In Kaanapali Maui Hawaii

    About 30 miles from the Main Airport in Maui sits the wonderful Westin Nanea near Ka'napali now part of Marriott Vacation Club. The Westin Nanea is a huge resort area filled with lush tropical gardens that are a pleasure to stroll through. I stayed in a one bedroom with an wonderful deck with...
  12. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 170... Who Likes Timeshares and Why

    I've been enjoying my current trip in Hawaii.. I have the chance to relax and meet other people. I've been hanging out at the pool and reading books and getting my "hot tub Time" in. As a result, I've had some interesting conversations with other timeshare owners. By and large, most of the...
  13. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 168... ABOUND Owner update October 2023

    Just had my first owner update with Marriott. I had a great salesperson in Abe. He provided me with some great options.... At the end of the day, I could not get past the 12% increase in maintenance fees. There are some interesting options but I just could get past the increase this year...
  14. Clifbell

    Marriott's Kauai Lagoon Two Bedroom Review in Lihue Kauai Hawaii

    Located in the Lihue area on the island Kauai in the state of Hawaii (10 minutes away from the Lihue airport) is where you will find the amazing Marriott Kauai Lagoon as part of the Marriott Vacation Club timeshare. The property is extensive and feature a main pool with a smaller pool on an...
  15. Clifbell

    One Bedroom Residence Inn Fairfield review in Fairfield Ca

    Located in Fairfield which is about one hour from San Francisco sits the residence Inn by Marriott. The Residence Inn has many of the same features as a timeshare but also free breakfasts like a hotel... I call this "timeshare Lite" since it has a full kitchen yet does not require timeshare...
  16. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 166... Timeshares make Hawaii Vacations Less Expensive

    One of the reasons that timeshares work really well for me is that I like Hawaii. And Hawaii seems to highlight the biggest disparity between hotel life and timeshare life in terms of cost. In this video, I want to highlight that from a timeshare perspective, staying in Hawaii is similar to...
  17. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 164... Timeshare Traveler is Bearish on Marriott Vacation Club

    I was shocked to get my annual maintenance fees and see a 15% increase in my Vistana Maintenance. I then had a sigh of relief that I didn't buy any more Marriott / Vistana. And then came the sarcastic thoughts about ABOUND not being about More vacations but MORE maintenance costs. But this...
  18. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 163... Timeshare Thursday thru Saturday

    Getaways Nothing is more refreshing than taking a short break either as an event or themed adventure. I recommend that you plan these trips around a weekend. I like shifting them to Thursday Thru Saturday instead of the traditional Friday and Saturday. The reason I like to shift to...
  19. L

    3 bedroom Marriott Maui Ocean Club Napili or Lahaina

    Hello, are all 3 bedrooms at the Marriott Maui Napili Lahaina Ocean Club towers all oceanfront? Thanks so much!
  20. L

    Is there a way to see view category?

    Hello, Is there a way to see the view category when exchanging into a resort on interval? Thanks so much!
  21. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 160... Timeshare Maintenance Fees as Motivation for Better Vacationing

    I always want to keep my costs of Vacationing to a minimum so I can enjoy more vacationing. I use my maintenance costs as motivation to try to do more without adding more points. Over the years, I have gotten extremely good at doing this to the point that I can stretch my points to be living...
  22. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 159... Timeshares Compared to Weekend Getaway Properties

    I've always wondered if I should consider buying a second home for weekend getaways... The thought of having a place in mountains or a getaway at the ocean has always felt like a nice idea... But then I realized I could use my timeshares to do the same... I use Worldmark in this example, but...
  23. Clifbell

    Two Bedroom Marriott Timber Lodge in South Lake Tahoe Ca

    Located at the base of Heavenly valley Ski resort is the Marriott Vacation Club Timber Lodge. The two bedroom has a pull out sofa. It has a full kitchen and a dining table for six people. the bathroom has a separate shower and jacuzzi tub, as well a large living room with a fireplace.. The...
  24. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 156... Using Timeshares to Decide Where to Retire

    In this video, I wanted to discuss the use of timeshares to help you figure out where to have a retirement. Many people like to move when they retire and what better way to figure out where you would like to retire than by using your timeshares to determine where you would like to retire. The...
  25. L

    Help with looking for an exchange

    Hello, my two resale gold weeks finally hit my interval account:cheer:, and I need to exchange one of them, as we will not be able to use the week reserved. However, when I go to ”Exchange” then “my units”, it shows the MVC where I own my three weeks, but it doesn’t show me which week is which...
  26. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 154... Top 5 Ways to Use Your Timeshare Points

    In this video, I wanted to share my top uses for my timeshare points... In general, I rank the usage of my points based on the most value for each point I spend. A general rule is that if two companies are involved, then there are two sets of profits which means your points will be diluted...
  27. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 153... How Timeshares Changed my Vacationing

    Ever wonder how your vacation would change if you bought a timeshare. In this video, I will explain how my vacations have changed and my experience is similar to others. I used to take the cheapest vacation possible or even skip a vacation. But now I take quality vacations. For me the...
  28. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 152... Bought a Timeshare, Can't use it, Now What?

    So you bought a timeshare and now you can't use it... It is hard to book what you want... Everything seems to need more points than you own... You are not even sure how you would do what the salesperson said was possible.... You are angry and feel lied to.... Well, you wouldn't be the first...
  29. Clifbell

    One Bedroom Residence Inn Vacaville Ca

    Located in Vacaville which is about half way between Sacramento and San Francisco sits the residence Inn by Marriott. The Residence Inn has many of the same features as a timeshare but also free breakfasts like a hotel... I call this "timeshare Lite" since it has a full kitchen yet does not...
  30. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 150.... Which Timeshare Company is Adding the Most New Things?

    In this video, I compare the top three timeshare companies in terms of innovation. Innovation is a form of survival in any industry and thus critical to growing your business. I am an owner with Hilton, Marriott, and Wyndham so I am positioned to understand the direction of all of the top...