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  1. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 127... Which Hawaiian Island to Choose?

    After spending six months in Hawaii on Five Different Islands over the last year, I thought I would share my thoughts on how you could choose which Hawaiian island would be best for you. I tried to keep my biases out of the choices as best I could. The truth is that there is really no horrible...
  2. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 122... Stay 'n Fly Reduces Stress

    This video is for everyone who is a worrier on the day of travel like I am. Will I wake up in time? Are there traffic Delays? Will my Uber / Lyft Driver be available or show up? Is long term parking filled? I could go on and on... But I think you get the point. An option I have started...
  3. D

    Free Marriott Sunset Point Hilton Head SC

    Desireable 2bd/2bath unit preferred weeks (1-8; 49,50) Dues are 1400 a year Usage will be 2024 as I need to deposit into or I can help you reserve an II week for taking this over. I will pay title transfer fee. I took over from a friend and am moving to NE next year not close enough for a...
  4. M

    Can Marriott restrict deeded weeks rentals

    Has anyone heard of Marriott restricting how many weeks one can own or how many weeks one can rent, before it is labelEd a commercial enterprise? Can’t folks do what they want with their deeded weeks?
  5. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 95...Maui Comparison of Marriott, Hilton, WorldMark

    For those of you that want to vacation on Maui, this is the video for you. In this video, I not only compare two different locations on Maui from Worldmark, Hilton, and Marriott... But I also compare the programs (my opinion) on how they stack up on Maui. Below, I have included the reviews of...
  6. O

    Marriott's Crystal Shores 3BR Poolside High Floor September 26-30, 2022 $460

    Marriott's Crystal Shores 3BR Poolside High Floor September 26-30, 2022 $460 zelle, venmo or paypal (friends and family option)
  7. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 90... Book Marriott cheaper by using WorldMark and Interval International

    Have you ever wanted to Book a Marriott vacation and you are a WorldMark Owner? Or maybe, Like me, you own WorldMark and Marriott and you find the Maintenance fees for Marriott too high, but you like the Marriott Resorts. Well, there is a solution for you and that is to use your WorldMark...
  8. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 87... Hawaii Sept to Nov 22 Plans

    In a few days I am off to Hawaii (Maui and the Big Island) for just a little over two months. I recently (Episode 85 and 86) posted about living in Hawaii for a month and being Frugal. Well, I am Just about to do exactly what I described. I will be staying in Kihei and Kana'apali for 3 weeks...
  9. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 86... A monthly Hawaii Budget for 4 persons

    Many People have dreamed of spending an extended vacation in Hawaii... Well, I have put together a monthly budget (actually four weeks) that shows what it takes to stay in Hawaii for a month. I have done this several times and it really works. In my last post, I discussed a four week trip for...
  10. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 85... A Monthly Hawaii Budget for 2 persons

    Many People have dreamed of spending an extended vacation in Hawaii... Well, I have put together a monthly budget (actually four weeks) that shows what it takes to stay in Hawaii for a month. I have done this several times and it really works. For those of you who think you can't afford this...
  11. Clifbell

    Two Bedroom Westin Kierland Villas Review in Scottsdale AZ

    As part of the Phoenix Metro Area, the Westin Kierland is located in the upscale town of Scottsdale Arizona. And this resort doesn't disappoint. Not only do you have access to the Westin Villas, but you have access to the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. There are multiple pools at the Westin...
  12. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 80... Abound / Vistana Owner Update

    I just completed an owner update at a Westin Property where the discussion centered around the New Abound platform. The Abound Platform is the new name for the Combined Vistana and Marriott Timeshares. Supposedly, the new program is rolling out. You should be getting the official...
  13. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 75... Studio Timeshares should all have Kitchens

    Ok, this is a pet peeve of mine. I expect a full kitchen to be in every timeshare and this includes Studio units. I will except a mini kitchen with a two burner stovetop, a medium refrigerator, dishwasher, and all the necessary cooking stuff. I paid a lot of money to own timeshares. I don't...
  14. mcsteve

    Marriott in RCI or II

    I currently use RCI and have been looking to trade into a few different Marriott’s. The RCI catalogue shows a variety of Marriott locations but I have yet to be able to see any inventory. Specifically I am looking at the Southeastern Atlantic coastal region (SC, NE FL) I have seen references to...
  15. S

    Valuation help for a possible Marriott resale

    Hi all! I am considering purchasing a family friend's Marriott timeshare and wanted to understand a few things first. There are 2 separate timeshares in the account: 1) Is a week at Marriott’s Grande Vista in Orlando. 2 Bedroom + 2 Bath. Season: Platinum It says “Enrolled” (I believe this means...
  16. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 42… Living 6 months in Timeshares

    There are several questions one would ask about living in a timeshare for six months. 1) Why would anyone do this? 2) What are the economics? 3) What are the possibilities? 4) How can I do this? Why would anyone do this? Two weeks a year to vacation and see the world is not enough anymore...
  17. M

    Rescinding MVC Points Purchase

    Hi all, First of all, so glad I found this site. We purchased 2000 MVC points last week at a presentation. We have decided to rescind that offer and have 10 days to do so. I will email and send and mail the letter from our document packet by certified mail, but does anyone know if I have to...
  18. N

    Interested in Marriott Vacations Worldwide financials and markets Updates?

    This is a great update on Marriott Vacations Worldwide financials, demographics, markets - includes updates on MVC, Westin, Sheraton, Hyatt and Welk, and Interval... https://ir.marriottvacationsworldwide.com/static-files/1f003fef-f67d-420b-aa1d-e742fad7d963
  19. 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...
  20. O

    Lake Buena Vista, Orlando January 4 - any check-out date

    Hi, we're hoping to extend our stay in Lake Buena Vista, Orlando Florida. We are currently at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek in a 2BR unit. Looking to extend our stay beginning January 04, 2022 with an open check-out date. Please let us know what's available. Thank you
  21. O

    Marriott Orlando or Bonnet Creek 1BR January 01-08, 2022

    1BR unit at Marriott Orlando or Wyndham Bonnet Creek January 01-08, 2022
  22. lmnanea

    MVC Deadline to elect points

    Hi what is the deadline to elect points for MVC Weeks for 2022 usage? Thanks
  23. O

    Newport Coast Marriott November 23

    Hi, can anybody book me a few nights at Marriott Newport Coast from November 23- any number of nights? Open to a 2-Night, 3-Night up to a 7-Night stay. Thank you
  24. 5

    Vistana sales email re: Marriott merge

    I receive the below email last week, and I am considering taking the call to find out about any concrete merger plans. Obviously I know an upsell is going to be part of the pitch, but curious if anyone has more information they can share to help me prepare for the call. FYI I have a even year...
  25. O

    Hilton Head Island Marriott Grande Ocean October 8-15, 2021 AND/OR October 9-16

    Hilton Head Island Marriott Grande Ocean October 8-15, 2021 AND/OR October 9-16, 2021 OR October 10-17, 2021 Thank you
  26. O

    Las Vegas 2BR September 05-06, 2021 (1-Night)

    Hi, looking to book a 2BR unit at either a Marriott or Hilton in Las Vegas for 1-Night only, September 05-06, 2021. Thank you!
  27. FLDave

    Considering a MVC Purchase - Requesting Advice

    Hello All. I am looking for some advice from this forum. I have been a long-term holder of DVC points in Boardwalk and the Beach Club (sold pre-COVID) and finding the use of DVC too limited for non-Disney destinations. My wife and I have looked at other programs and seem to think MVC is the...
  28. L

    OceanWatch myrtle beach

    Does anyone know what the allowable dates are for the “shoulder” season for this property? mom pretty sure it’s February and March in the spring and mid-September and October in the fall.But id like to know the exact dates/weeks. Thanks much!
  29. W

    Verifying a vistana reservation purchased on ebay (Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas)

    Hi All, I recently purchased a timeshare on ebay for a 1 week rental @ Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas(Vistana Property). Payment was fully submitted via ebay and the seller was prompt in his response. He asked for my name and later said that he has changed the reservation to my name...
  30. OurAdventure

    Live 12 months in TS? Help! How do we best do this?

    Thank you in advance for your thoughts, brainstorming, and help. My wife and I are thinking about selling our home of 22 years, and relocating in Arizona in 2022 or 2023. But before we purchase in AZ and settle in, we would like to travel. And we are strongly considering living in a...