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Combining RCI deposits [As of 9/17/16, Travel Window reduced to 12 months]

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OK I have a question. Can I only combine TPU units once? Or can I continue to combine old units (that were combined previously) with newer deposits and keep the TPU moving forward?

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Since the combine inception, there has been no limits as long as you have still have something to combine it with. I always thought that this might not last forever but so far it has.
 

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It's a great income stream for RCI. :p

I just did this again the other day (re-upped one that had been combined before). I just hate to lose TPUs, so I keep feeding the meter until I finally get the TPUs used.
 

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I combine once a year and just keep rolling them forward ! Combine all my little ones into something useable. I usually create one large new deposit. Last year I decided to create 2.
 

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Just saw the notice on RCI.com... As of September 17, combined deposits are only good for 12 months from the date combined. Today you get 24 months for combined deposits. I don't see anything about the price to combine also being cut in half.

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Just saw the notice on RCI.com... As of September 17, combined deposits are only good for 12 months from the date combined. Today you get 24 months for combined deposits. I don't see anything about the price to combine also being cut in half.

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Thanks so much for posting this. I hadn't noticed this. I have been waiting to combine so that the expiration coincided with my membership expiration in Oct. 2018. I'll be waiting a few more weeks to combine before they change the rules, then I'm letting RCI go.
 

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Yes, thank you for posting this and thank you to the OP for the "combine" thread.

Just saw the notice on RCI.com... As of September 17, combined deposits are only good for 12 months from the date combined. Today you get 24 months for combined deposits. I don't see anything about the price to combine also being cut in half.

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I probably would not have noticed that little blurb on RCI.

I guess I'll do a combine before the September 17 change.

RCI - Always looking for ways to reduce benefits and charge more for the "privilege" of being a member.

I'm working on what I need to do to get this monkey off my back.
 

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:crash: So much for saving them for retirement and a couple of big trips.
 
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RCI reducing the length of time for combined combined deposits

Hidden on the RCI website is this announcement:
"Please note: As of September 17th, the travel window for Combined Deposits will be 12 months from the date of the combine."

This is a major drop in the value of combining. Up until now, combined deposits have been valid for 24 months. This will particularly make combined deposits hard to use for ongoing searches, where you need to be in the queue for a while to gain priority.

Although RCI cut the value of combining drastically, they haven't announced a price reduction.

Another reason to give other exchange companies your business.
 
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Thanks! I was about to deposit in RCI.

Just saw the notice on RCI.com... As of September 17, combined deposits are only good for 12 months from the date combined. Today you get 24 months for combined deposits. I don't see anything about the price to combine also being cut in half.

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Thanks for posting this! I was about to deposit a unit into RCI, but this convinced me to deposit it into SFX instead.
 

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And another reason TUG gets a 'black eye' .... we let others know of their "improvements" or other tricks.

So basicly, RCI has doubled the combining fee and ruined the ongoing search for anything MORE than 12 months out.
 

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Well that just stinks! Do you think if you combine before the Sept date you will get the 24 months?
 

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This is terrible. RCI often has a 18-12 month lead time on their inventory.
And it's not like combining is cheap. It has gone up nearly every year $99, $109, $119...on top of the $219 (which also continues to climb nearly every year).
 

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This is terrible. RCI often has a 18-12 month lead time on their inventory.
And it's not like combining is cheap. It has gone up nearly every year $99, $109, $119...on top of the $219 (which also continues to climb nearly every year).
Exactly. I'll be happy to vote with my feet.

I have a pretty long fuse but for whatever reason, this was the last straw. Almost all of my units are dual affiliated (and despite their changes, I still prefer Interval) so I will either use II or one of the independents.
 

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I like my RCI Points account and have considered the weeks account a bonus. I've been using the weeks account for my Massanutten lockoff, which gets more TPU when deposited as 2 units and then combined. I will do that one last time in the next couple weeks.

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oh boy this really changes my plans
 

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Thanks for this info. I was planning to combine in October but now I guess will have to do it in September.

I just noticed on RCI if you have a deposit that is expiring you can extend it for 12 months for the cost of $119. Which is what I have TPUs expiring in October. I think I am better off combining with one of my other deposits (exp Mar 2019) for the same cost in September but it will knock that other deposit down 6 months. (exp Sept 2018)
 
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Pretty stupid on RCIs part. Now I will not bother to combine those bits and pieces, so RCI loses the combine fee. And without those bits and pieces combined, there's no little extra vacation so no exchange fee for RCI. I have already decided I'm not renewing my Platinum, because they ruined it, so that's another fee they won't get. They lost $119+$219+$69 =$407. And I am just one person.
 

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This definitely takes away some value of combining and of depositing with RCI.
 

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Definitely a poor decision on RCI's part.
In fact, not that it will do any good, I'm going to write to them.

Just finished a survey a week or two ago from them and was complaining then about how they nickle & dime for everything and their value isn't going up in parallel.

Yes, Platinum isn't worth it anymore either. They changed it right after I committed to a 'special' 3-year sign-up fee. :annoyed:
 

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A 12 month point life on RCI is almost worthless.
You can no longer set up ongoing searches 2 years - 12 months out.

Why do these companies continue to screw the people who keep them in business?...
 

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At the very, very least it should be 12 months from today's date or the current expiration date of the deposit with the nearest expiration date from today, whichever is greater. Under the new rule this means that if I have two 2017 deposits that I want to combine that have expiration dates of Jan 2019 and July 2019, If I combine them in October I would then have an expiration date of October 2017.

If you have high deposits that don't need to be combined, you may have an advantage getting 12+ month inventory. It is also going to help those that search with points (RCI points, Hilton, Wyndham, etc) who will be able to start the searches early without actually tying up anything for 1-2 years.
 
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