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Best "small"exchange company

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Hi,

I'm new to this forum but I have owned Wyndham points for over 10 years. I've always gone with RCI as my exchange company and I want to try something new. I'd like to know what everyone's opinion is as far as who the best small (not RCI or II) exchange company is. Thanks in advance everyone :D
 

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Try Platinum interchange too

Hi,

I'm new to this forum but I have owned Wyndham points for over 10 years. I've always gone with RCI as my exchange company and I want to try something new. I'd like to know what everyone's opinion is as far as who the best small (not RCI or II) exchange company is. Thanks in advance everyone :D

We have used SFX too but then found Platinum Interchange whch has lower rates, and I like that their bonus weeks are for 2 years. Yes, their inventory is not as large as RCI and may not be as fancy as SFX, but we have found many good exchanges, including even a week at Wyndham Kona Hawaiian resort in the summer last year on a bonus week, no less! (Cost for that week for us was $119 - love it!)

I also like that their inventory is easily available at all times.
 
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And if you do love Hawaii the Hawaii Timeshare Exchange might be just ythe ticket:

http://htse.net

To check it out before joining put in 9999 as the login and htse as the password
 
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I just looked around their site. Couldn't find out how much the upgrade fees are. Do you know? The trade time for a deposit is only two years, and I like DAE's three years. But otherwise, seems like a good company. Are they selective in which resorts they accept for deposit?
 

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Are you asking about Platinum or Hawaii timeshare exchange?
 

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I just looked around their site. Couldn't find out how much the upgrade fees are. Do you know? The trade time for a deposit is only two years, and I like DAE's three years. But otherwise, seems like a good company. Are they selective in which resorts they accept for deposit?

Platinum upgrade fees are $99 for size upgrade, $99 for holiday upgrade.

My strategy is to always book a holiday week to deposit,then I am covered. And I have a variety of 1 Bd or 2 BD deposits to use and so can pick up regular weeks or bonus weeks at the different sizes as per availabilty,. I like Platinums 90 day bonus timeframe for reserving (vs Trading Places at 45 days) and 2 years bonus weeks (rather than 1 year from several others, including TP and II.)

DAE told me they cannot take Wyndhams any more, so they are out for me now.. I will stil use them for their bonus weeks - you just join with them and then they are available to you with no deposits.
 

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Thanks for all the responses...What kind of resorts/locations does SFX get?

They only trade high demand seasons and areas. It seems like they specialize in NYC, Mexico, Hawaii and California. At least those are the main areas I see when I do online exchange searches. Here is a link to their resort list. It only lists the resorts that they mostly deal with - not all of the resorts that they exchange.

http://www.sfx-resorts.com/directory/
 

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They only trade high demand seasons and areas. It seems like they specialize in NYC, Mexico, Hawaii and California. At least those are the main areas I see when I do online exchange searches. Here is a link to their resort list. It only lists the resorts that they mostly deal with - not all of the resorts that they exchange.

http://www.sfx-resorts.com/directory/

Do you see NYC with an online search? I've never seen one of those units. I'm just wondering if it is a trade power issue? I'm looking with my Donatello unit.
 

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Do you see NYC with an online search? I've never seen one of those units. I'm just wondering if it is a trade power issue? I'm looking with my Donatello unit.

San Francisco deposits should give you the maximum trading power.

Yes, I've seen NYC several times with Worldmark deposits and southern California coastal deposits. NYC pops up on the sell off list sometimes, too.
I will try to remember to post them here when I see them. I usually post them on another sightings board.

Of course, if you are looking for specific dates, you are better off calling them. When my kids needed a room, I called, giving a 2 month window of travel. I expected SFX to laugh in my face, but they kept me on the phone while they searched and I had the room booked before the call was done.
 

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San Francisco deposits should give you the maximum trading power.

Yes, I've seen NYC several times with Worldmark deposits and southern California coastal deposits. NYC pops up on the sell off list sometimes, too.
I will try to remember to post them here when I see them. I usually post them on another sightings board.

Of course, if you are looking for specific dates, you are better off calling them. When my kids needed a room, I called, giving a 2 month window of travel. I expected SFX to laugh in my face, but they kept me on the phone while they searched and I had the room booked before the call was done.

Thanks for that info. I just started looking for NYC but I also have an ongoing request in with them. I just hadn't recalled seeing this online. I don't do too many online searches with SFX as I find their search tool a bit clunky. I'm not too worried about confirming in since my dates are for next spring, but I will check the sightings board. It's great to hear of real life trading success stories.

To keep this from being a complete hijack of the thread, I want to add that the customer service at SFX is excellent. Their reservation agents are polite and efficient.
 

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And if you do love Hawaii the Hawaii Timeshare Exchange might be just ythe ticket:

http://htse.net

To check it out before joining put in 9999 as the login and htse as the password

Thanks eal. Is there a way to check availability on this site as well?

Edit: Doh! Found it! Thanks!
 
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They only trade high demand seasons and areas. It seems like they specialize in NYC, Mexico, Hawaii and California. At least those are the main areas I see when I do online exchange searches. Here is a link to their resort list. It only lists the resorts that they mostly deal with - not all of the resorts that they exchange.

http://www.sfx-resorts.com/directory/

We have used SFX for a number of years. In addition to the areas mentioned above, they have gotten us great exchanges in Tuscany, London, Caribbean, Florida, Hilton Head, Whistler, Austria. According to their site, the online searches for immediate booking really don't show you the in advance great weeks. Seems it's just last minute stuff that hasnt been booked for exchanges. Nearly all of our exchanges with them have been with placing a request for a search.

Julie
 
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