I have been an owner at Fords Colony since 2001. I am in the process of looking over the paperwork to get into the Destination Point program. I was offered to join the program for $595. Then for an additional $404 I get 4 days, 3 nights and 1,000 destination points to go back and get the sales pitch to get into to full program which I assume affects my deed.
I have been reading some of the posts here and the documents I am suppose to agree to and return. My questions are:
1 - There seems to be different destination point memberships, which one am I signing up for (can you tell by what I have posted here)?
2 - As I understand it this membership does not affect my deed, but allows me to add another option to my plans and that is to turn over my week (when I choose to) and get destination points to go to other Marriott properties - correct?
3 - Do participants find that it IS easier to get into Marriott timeshares with these points, or is demand so high I really won't have any better luck than I would going through II?
From what I have read and the cost, I don't think it is a good choice to get into the full program for an additional $11,000. As I see it, the only benefit is getting an additional 1,000 points per year. I tend to use my home resort a lot, so why would I spend that kind of money when I already bought the deed.
I enrolled my Orlando week about 2 years ago.
1- I am not sure what you mean by different destination point memberships. I’m guessing you mean membership levels (presidential, executive etc)? These are based on the number of points you own. There are benefits associated with each level but you can acquire more points at a later date.
2- Membership does not affect your deed. You still own your week. Each year you can stay at your home resort, exchange via interval international or elect points and book a points stay on the MVC website or my phone.
3- That’s the million dollar question right?
Have a look at how many destination club points your week is worth. Each resort week is worth a different number of points- they are not all equal. You will probably find it’s not enough to stay at your own resort during the season you purchased (people call this a “skim”).
Plus different resorts require different point amounts. My Orlando resort is not a high point value. I suspect your Williamsburg isn’t either. So to do a point stay you would need to either decrease the number of days of your stay, choice a lesser season, go down in room size, or get more points either from borrowing from the next year, renting points from someone else, or having purchased more points.
In my limited experience I will say that I did book a stay last spring at a resort (Marco island) that I had never been able to exchange to in more than 5 years of trying on II ( I am limited by school vacations so this has been something that makes trading on II more challenging for us and an influence on our deciding to enroll). To make our points stretch we booked 5 nights with DC points and 3 more nights on Marriott.com using our owner discount code. The weekend nights tend to require more DC points so we booked those on Marriott.com.
I liked that using the DC points I could book the size unit that I needed, the view that I wanted, the nights that I wanted. More and more I had been finding that II exchanges to Marriott’s were restricted to low level back of the property units. It was nice to pick what I wanted and be assured of getting it.
Even if you never elect DC points it may be beneficial to enroll. With your 195/year club dues you get a corporate Marriott account on II (note if you own other non Marriott TS you will need to have a separate II account for those). The corporate account gives you free lock off, free Marriott to Marriott exchanges and the ability to cancel and retrade to another Marriott for free (so no need to buy eplus, if fact you can’t buy eplus). For me this is a cost savings.
4) You mention paying 11k to get in the full program. I again am not sure what you mean by this. Once you enroll you are in the full program. You don’t have to purchase points to be in the program. Your sales person wants you buy points I’m sure, and as many points as they can sell you so they mention the “benefits” of the upper level memberships. But unless you have a lot of vacation time or plan big family reunions yearly etc. the advice from experienced owners seems to be just to rent points if you find you need them.
When I enrolled the offer I got was half price enrollment just for listening to their pitch, or free enrollment if we bought 2K points. We were offered an encore package (4 nights and comeback to get pitched again) but didn’t take it. Are you sure the 1000 points you have been offered are DC points and not Marriott rewards points?
Hope that helped. Again I am new at the DC program but wanted to share my experience so far.