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I hope they don't win. Imagine what a precedent that will create.
If Shell changes something to give direct owners more than resale owners, I think that would be fair. According to the article, the owners can't get reservations because of spec renters buying up all the points on Ebay. I'd be mad if I paid retail and couldn't get a reservation.
I do like the idea that developers would not be able to take profits from rentals to non-owners rather than use them to offset expenses that otherwise generally contribute to increased maintenance fee costs.
I am not crazy about the fact that I can rent from shell's hospitality website for $8 more than what the maintenance fees are but the oceanview I had no problem getting at 12 months and I have never seen a full week oceanfront for rent through shell.
It is no different than any other system, you have to plan ahead and book at 12 months (or whatever the date is).
Also resale members do not have access to Svc Elite, SVC LIfesyle and collections or select connections.
Why sue them when you can just transfer your membership and never have to deal with them ever again?
I have no idea what the current lawsuit is, but after owning Shell, I disagree with the prior one. It is very easy to book vacations with Shell. Perhaps the unhappy people just wanted to make last minute reservations and not plan ahead. News Flash: That doesn't work with any of the timeshare systems.
If one can plan just two months ahead, the availability is typically there. I don't get the rationale for a lawsuit, other than folks don't like that their membership was worth 100% less once the ink on the contract dried. But that is not unique to Shell.