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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 119... Timeshare Winners and Losers in 2023

    Which timeshare company made the best investment in past years to gain the most in 2023. I will be reviewing three timeshare companies... Hilton, Marriott, and Wyndham / Worldmark to provide you with insight based on my year of timeshare travel and my experienced gains. The impacts of the...
  3. C

    Hawaii AND Palm Springs Westin Timeshare Giveaway - Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas AND Desert Willow Villas

    We are giving away our 2 timeshares as a bundle. 1. Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Even Year Float, Platinum Season, 148,100 Star Options, Mandatory resort 2. Westin Desert Willow Villas, Even Year Float, Gold Season, 56,300 Star Options Please note that we are giving them away as a...
  4. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 115... Why This Vistana Owner Opted-in to ABOUND

    From now until the end of December 2022, Vistana owners have the opportunity to Opt-in to ABOUND so that they can use the ABOUND system for 2023. I am one of the Vistana Owners that did Opt-in to ABOUND. The purpose of this video is to discuss why I did it. Not that my choice is the best for...
  5. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 113... Marriott Abound Dec 22 Owner Update

    With all the travel I am doing staying in timeshares full time, I get a lot of opportunities for Owner Updates. This is especially important with regards to Marriott ABOUND as the only real way to get information is to attend a sales presentation. In this update, there were a lot of...
  6. JudyS

    Rented! Xmas in Orlando: Original Sheraton Vistana Resort, 1 Bdrm, Dec 24-31 (2 available)

    I have two identical timeshare suites available at the original Sheraton Vistana Resort. Both are one-bedroom sleeps 4, and my Bonvoy account says they each have a balcony. Given the late date, I'd be happy to get $600 each. I also have a suite at the Sheraton Vistana *Villages*, which I'm...
  7. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 104... Tips to Maximize the Marriott Merger

    As 2023 approaches and the Merger of Vistana and Marriott gets closer to being fully functional, I felt it would be a great idea to provide an update on how to maximize your points in 2023. Since I am an owner with both Marriott and Vistana, I wanted to cover plans for 2023. For those of you...
  8. B

    Abound Sales Pitch - Buy Vistana Now?

    Looking for some insight into the sales pitch I got at Westin Lagunamar. They said that for Vistana owners, you take how many star points you have and divide by 30 to get Club Points. They said that the lowest number of Marriott Club points you could buy from Marriott would be $25,000. However...
  9. 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...
  10. T

    Interval International - Depositing 155,000 Vistana Westin Nanea Points

    I have 155,00 unrestricted points that expire at the end of this year. Called Vistana about options and then said I can deposit them into Interval International and have 2 more years to use them. How does that work exactly? Does the 155k convert directly so I’ll have 155k “Interval Points”...
  11. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 92... Owner Update at Marriott

    I completed my owner update Yesterday and wanted to publish the results quickly. Good news is that there were no changes in the description of Abound. Today was a more traditional sales presentation where they offered an upgrade and their reasoning. So much information is now on the websites...
  12. tahoeJoe

    Here We Go Again - Bonvoy refuses elite night credit on TS stay.

    Last month I traded my Marriott week for a week at the Sheraton Vistana Resort in Orlando. A week after my stay no elite night credit appeared in my Bonvoy account. I e-mailed Bonvoy and they responded that since there were no charges no Bonvoy points are awarded. Bonvoy completely ignored the...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 83... Multiple Timeshares or More Points with one Timeshare?

    If you are new to Timeshares, then the question is always how many points do I need and should I keep all my points with one Timeshare or should I own multiple timeshares for more locations. In this Video, I attempt to provide my perspective on the process you can use to decide for yourself...
  16. Clifbell

    Two Bedroom Westin Mission Hills Review in Palm Desert Ca

    About two hours east of Los Angeles sits the beautiful Westin Mission Hills Villas. It is next to the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa. You can get a day pass to go to the hotel. Check with the front desk for Pricing. There are two pool Areas at the Westin Mission Hills Villas. The main...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 51... Three wonderful Timeshares in Princeville Kauai

    I have stayed at three wonderful timeshares on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai. I stayed at the Westin Princeville, the Club Wyndham Bali Hai Villas, and the Makai Club. As a comparison, the cost to rent a two bedroom unit at each is $820/night for the Westin Princeville, $509/night at...
  25. Clifbell

    Timeshare Traveler Episode 50... Survival Guide for Timeshare Presentations

    A lot of people don't like timeshare presentations because they can feel like high pressure situations. But they don't have to be. If you know what you are looking for and you approach the presentation as an opportunity to learn, you can survive a timeshare presentation. I'll explain my...
  26. C

    Owner Update + Westin Flex Purchase = Confused!

    We just did our owner update at WDW and ended up purchasing Westin Flex, but we're thinking we're going to rescind after reading a lot of the latest TUG posts. We have one developer unit and 4 resold mandatory units. They said the developer unit would get us DP with MVC, but only around 2,000...
  27. Clifbell

    Westin Princeville (Studio, 1, and 2 bedroom) comparison in Princeville Kauai Hawaii

    This is my first comparison video of a all the room types in a timeshare. It is hard work, but someone has to try out all the configurations :cool: . About an hour drive from the Lihue Airport in Princeville Hawaii on the Island of Kauai sits the Westin Princeville (part of Vistana and...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. B

    westin lagunamar (not an owner)

    Hi Owners, me and wife recently went to westin langunamar resort. my wife got a timeshare tour email that offered 4 nights for $299. we took it and went to Cancun for a small vacation. during the presentation i was offered 10.2K initial fee and $846/year maintenance fee , 47k pts and 5 gateways...
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