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The poster on another timeshare sales site (is claiming) he has 2 deeded weeks @flamingo SM. Considering the MF and asking price it's a pass. Still may be worth it for me to obtain 1 as its a good week. Will be visiting the resort end of February staying in a studio and will check it out, but for 8 years with waxing and wanning interest I've been looking to get in to SM, as it a preferred destination as I live on the east coast. Not really interested in exchanges to other island save the one off trip to Hawaii every few years.
The US Collection owns more than 60% of weeks at the Flamingo Beach and also more than 50% at the Royal Palm.
The ownership at both resorts is a right to use (RTU) and not a deed but I don't know the RTU term length.
The MF of a 2 bdrm at the Royal Palm resorts is very high (~$1,900) from what I see in resale ads and it is cheaper to own points in the US Collection to book it most seasons then owning a RTU week at this resort.
I didn't check the MF of the other units size at the Royal Palm nor at the Flamingo Beach.
The 2023 US Collection MF is $230 + $0.19122 per point (no Club fee to pay with resale points).
Owning 7,000 pts resale to book a week in High seasons (winter and summer weeks) cost $230+ 7,000*$0.19122 = $1,568.64 vs ~$1,900 for a RTU week.
Owning 14,000 pts resale to book 2 weeks in High seasons (winter and summer weeks) cost $230+ 14,000*$0.19122 = $2,907.08 vs ~$3,800 for 2 RTU weeks.
I'm at FB now. I learned from a non-Hilton employee HOA Board member that lives here on the island part of the year that deeded weeks were sold by the original developer. Every management company since (Sunterra, DRI and now Hilton) seek to convince weeks owners to convert to points.