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The Crane, Barbados. 2br with plunge pool.
28000 HGVC points, but booked via RCI for 7680 points.
Hi, we are new to HGVC and are looking for tips on how to best utilize/stretch our points. How did you book via RCI?
 
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I'm presuming they went to RCI via the HGVC portal, found it available (or maybe did and OGS for it) and that's the RCI point cost (converted automatically into HGVC points). Of course, doing it that way also costs the $299 RCI exhcange fee, but compared to the MF cost difference there that's well worth it.
 

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we are new to HGVC and are looking for tips on how to best utilize/stretch our points.
Some members have reported how they used RCI to book back into HGVC resorts. You will need to do the math because there is an RCI booking fee and possibly resort fees but hopefully less required HGVC points.
 

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For many HGVC resorts the resort fee usually kills any advantage of booking back in via RCI. There are some resorts in RCI that don't charge resort fees but they are becoming rarer and rarer.

Also be aware that with RCI you need to remain flexible and usually won't get high season or the best rooms.
 

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Hi, we are new to HGVC and are looking for tips on how to best utilize/stretch our points. How did you book via RCI?
See this recent thread


Keep in mind, some resorts within RCI have lots of weeks available for exchange and some have very few to none.

In general, expect high demand locations and/or high demand weeks to be used by owners. I’m not saying it’s not possible to snag a high demand week/location but expect lots of competition during peak travel period and/or high demand locations. Some owners bought into a specific resort or timeshare system for a reason ;).

With exchanging you need to be very flexible with your travel dates and travel locations. Similar to HGVC reservation system, high demand resorts and travel dates will be taken first. If you’re interested in a specific resort, it’s best to ask questions and do a little research (read reviews and TUG posts). You can also search the TUG sightings forum to see if there are any patterns from past sightings (available months, unit sizes, frequency, quantity, etc). For example, HGVC does an annual bulk deposit into RCI (link).

Depending on the timeshare, deposits into the exchange company can be made by individual owners and/or the developer. Traditionally, a bulk deposit is when a developer (aka timeshare system) dumps a large number of weeks into an exchange company. Lots of TUG members take advantage of what’s available via a bulk sighting.

It's always best to setup an ongoing search request for your preferred resorts but to also have flexibility to take advantage of current exchange availability. Over the years, I've also changed plans from time to time to take advantage of exchange sightings. Some resort sightings are rare (harder to find availability) and some are frequent.

Examples of bulk sightings from the TUG Sightings Forum (link)
Note: These are typically the leftovers after all ongoing search requests have been satisfied ;)

Crane (link)
Wyndham (link)
Hilton (link)
Non-hotel brand names as well (link)

NOTE: Need to be a TUG member to view links to TUG Exchange Sightings forum
 
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Some members have reported how they used RCI to book back into HGVC resorts. You will need to do the math because there is an RCI booking fee and possibly resort fees but hopefully less required HGVC points.

I used to do this years ago. But back then the RCI exchange fee was less than $100? And there were no other fees involved.
 
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