A friend of mine is buying a 2 BR unit at SDO and asked for my thoughts. I am not familiar with Starwood/Sheraton. So I thought that I would pose some questions here.
The ebay listing said "red week (floats 1-52)", which does not conform to the above season breakdown (platinum, gold, etc.). My friend requested an estoppel and received a document called a Resale Information Sheet and it too said "Float 1-52" and "Season: Red". So this agrees with the ebay listing but does not conform with the Platinum, gold, etc. nomenclature that Denise mentioned (above). (1) Because the Resale info sheet refers to the red color, is this suspicious that someone incorrectly filled it out or it might not be real?
This sounds like a Gold Plus week. It is sometimes called "red."
I'm confused on some other issues - - a Platinum unit has access to weeks 1-21 and 50-52 while the Gold plus (presumably a lesser value than Plat) has access to weeks 1-52 - - a wider range. (2) Does this mean that the gold-plus unit would actually be more desirable than a Platinum because it has wider access?
Plat weeks have more value:
1. Platinum 2 bdm. weeks are highly prized for requalifying. In a nutshell, this is a way of bringing them back into the SVN so they have Staroptions, so they sell for a lot more.
2. Plat weeks have more trading power with II and RCI.
(4) Would either Plat. or Gold-plus both have the same access to the Spring baseball training units for reservation purposes? How easy is it to reserve those units? If a person is on the phone 365 days in advance as soon as the reservations open, is it a reasonably easy thing to reserve?
Both Plat and Gold Plus weeks have the same opportunity to make a reservation. Of course the Plat week are limited to their season, and the Gold Weeks can reserve weeks 1-52.
I don't think they will have any problem making a March (Spring Training) reservation, as long as they do so as early as possible.
The best practice is to go online, and make a reservation at 12 midnight, Eastern, the night before you can call. For instance, tonight at midnight, you can make a home resort reservation for Nov. 27, 2015. You can also call at 9:00 am tomorrow, but obviously, the early bird gets the worm.
Question: Does your friend want to reserve Spring Training for their own use, or something else?