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  1. tourproto

    Redweek asking for MORE info in order to list a timeshare rental

    I have used Redweek for several years to list my timeshare weeks that my wife and I cannot use. It has been pleasantly profitable, renting weeks for well more than the MFs. As recently as last year, all they needed to verify my rental was a screenshot from the Vistana website, and an email...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. S

    Vistana Giving away

    Giving away my Vistana Fountains II timeshare ( one week ) for 2024 on. 2 bd 2bd jacuzzi Will use my last week by year end ( 2023 )
  6. J

    Still haven’t received copy of deed for Westin Flex

    We bought a Westin Flex package last summer but still haven‘t received a deed. The package is listed on our Vistana dashboard along with our other three Vistana ownerships. We were send copies of the deed/transfer of ownership documents for these which we then transferred into our trust. We...
  7. N

    Vistana Villages ... Phases?

    Vistana Villages Phases I am a longtime owner at Vistana resort... Thinking of staying at Vistana Villages as a changeup... What's the deal with the phases? Which phase should I be trying to reserve at?
  8. S

    Best value outside of Mexico

    Hey Aloha, Could someone please either direct me to the best thread for my question or please answer, what is the best Westin resale (price per point / MF per point) outside of Lagunamar? Owning in Mexico is nerve racking to me, whether unfounded or not. Also, things keep changing and it's...
  9. tahoeJoe

    Interval International Memberships and SDO

    With an enrolled Marriott week, two Sheraton weeks at mandatory resorts, and a Hyatt week, I have plenty of "corporate" Interval International memberships. I also own a resale EOY Sheraton Desert Oasis (SDO) week. Question: Can I add my SDO to one of my many corporate II memberships? Or do I...
  10. B

    March 31-April 7 Orlando - Sheraton Vistana Resort

    7 nights - $550.00 Friday March 31 to Friday April 7 Sheraton Vistana Resort At the last minute, we are unable to use our timeshare. It is a beautiful and self-contained resort. You could spend the week on the premises and have a great time with many activities, pools, etc. or go to the parks...
  11. tourproto

    Confused about Abound

    So I am a longtime Vistana owner and have several weeks at WKV. I know the Vistana system well and there are only three properties we stay at (WKV, Westin Desert Willows and Westin Princeville). The Abound program is very confusing to me, both from what benefits it provides existing Vistana...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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”...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...