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DEX..Diamond XChange?

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Does anyone really understand this "new and improved" option at Diamond Resorts? I know one can deposit points and have up to 5 years to use them. I know this replaces the II affiliation DRI had for years (which we never used but paid for each year) but it seems so complicated to me that it makes me dizzy! Different tiers of exchanges, fees to exchange (which are less than the comparable fees from II) but to know exactly how to navigate this system is confusing. Hope I haven't missed a previous discussion of this new program.
 

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Does anyone really understand this "new and improved" option at Diamond Resorts? I know one can deposit points and have up to 5 years to use them. I know this replaces the II affiliation DRI had for years (which we never used but paid for each year) but it seems so complicated to me that it makes me dizzy! Different tiers of exchanges, fees to exchange (which are less than the comparable fees from II) but to know exactly how to navigate this system is confusing. Hope I haven't missed a previous discussion of this new program.
The DR website is pretty clear. Is there a specific question that you have? Perhaps I and others can help.
 

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I will share that my experience with the new system is only so/so. Basically, the units that used to be added from Club Combo/Club Select are now offered as Destination Exchange weeks through The Club. This is actually different from the Diamond Destination Exchange program that can be used by deeded weeks owners. It's very confusing because both programs have the same name. I was able to make an exchange recently in the Club side of Destination Exchange, but it's not easy to find decent weeks. You have to search often. Some of the weeks available through The Club Destination Exchange are way overpriced. (Some not great studios are considered Tier 6, which is 12,000 club points.) The way they assign a Tier number to many of the units is not logical.
 

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Can you used DRI Club Points to exchange with RCI or II ?
 

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The DR website is pretty clear. Is there a specific question that you have? Perhaps I and others can help.
I don't have a specific question or exchange I want to make right now but am not sure how to decide whether to use the Club (for no exchange fee) or DEX which, as someone has said has greatly inflated costs re: number of points necessary to book. I have taken my 2020 points which I couldn't use anyway due to COVID and deposited them into two different tiers of the DEX. My 2021 points can be used either way and I'm hoping to be able to use them next year but who knows the way things are going presently. I have enjoyed my DRI timeshare for many years and keep paying the ever-increasing maintenance and club fees years. It used to be simple to use; book through the club or through II.
 

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I will share that my experience with the new system is only so/so. Basically, the units that used to be added from Club Combo/Club Select are now offered as Destination Exchange weeks through The Club. This is actually different from the Diamond Destination Exchange program that can be used by deeded weeks owners. It's very confusing because both programs have the same name. I was able to make an exchange recently in the Club side of Destination Exchange, but it's not easy to find decent weeks. You have to search often. Some of the weeks available through The Club Destination Exchange are way overpriced. (Some not great studios are considered Tier 6, which is 12,000 club points.) The way they assign a Tier number to many of the units is not logical.
Thanks for the info. I appreciate hearing from someone who has used this new program.
 

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I don't have a specific question or exchange I want to make right now but am not sure how to decide whether to use the Club (for no exchange fee) or DEX which, as someone has said has greatly inflated costs re: number of points necessary to book. I have taken my 2020 points which I couldn't use anyway due to COVID and deposited them into two different tiers of the DEX. My 2021 points can be used either way and I'm hoping to be able to use them next year but who knows the way things are going presently. I have enjoyed my DRI timeshare for many years and keep paying the ever-increasing maintenance and club fees years. It used to be simple to use; book through the club or through II.
You can always save your current year points for the following year if you do it earlier in the year.
 

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Personally, I think that it’s best to use your points for regular Diamond reservations. However, if you see a resort where Diamond does not have a location, you can do an exchange with your points and pay the exchange fee. I would only deposit into the tiers of the DEX program if I had no other choice, and I was going to lose my points because I could not bank them into the next year. Trying to choose the tier is not easy because you don’t know what size unit or where you’ll be in a couple of years, so you could lose points if you placed points in Tier 6 now but 4 years from now you find a really nice Tier 4 that meets your needs, You will lose the difference in points. That’s 4000 points or about $760 that you’d have lost. I forsee that happening in the future to many people.
 

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Thanks for the replies. Our problem was that we had banked 2019 points thinking to use them this year. When 2020 closed down many resorts we didn't travel. It was getting toward the end of the year and we were going to lose those 2019 points so I put them into DEX. I don't know if what I did will reap benefits but we'll see. I still have some 2021 points available to exchange for regular Club properties.
 

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How are DRI Club points used in the new DEX program or can you used DRI Club points after December 31, 2020?
 

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How are DRI Club points used in the new DEX program or can you used DRI Club points after December 31, 2020?
It's very complicated IMHO. You can deposit points from 2019 and 2020 and have five years to use them....with an exchange fee, of course. They are using this instead of their old affilication with Interval International, which also charged a fee. DEX fees are supposed to be lower. Using them is not something I'm familiar with yet. All the information is on their website.
 

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How are DRI Club points used in the new DEX program or can you used DRI Club points after December 31, 2020?
In the DEX program, there are 6 tiers of accommodation types. These tiers start at tier 1 which is 2000 points and tiers increase by 2000 until tier 6 at 12000 points. You can put your DRI CLUB points in any tier or tiers you’d like. The tiers increase by size, quality and season. You can keep the deposit in the DEX program up to five years where you can only keep deposits in interval up to two years. There are other particulars of DEX that if you had questions I’d address. However, this is an exchange program. You can also not use the tier program and just use your points to make a straight exchange like you did with points and pay the exchange fee the way you did with Interval.

You can use the DEX program after December into the future for exchanges. It is Diamond’s official program for exchanges for its members. Interval International
is now owned by Marriott so they don’t want their customers swayed by going and supporting Marriott when they want that money.
 
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