We are trying to decide between purchasing a DVC membership or the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort. DVC is now with RCI and Westin is with II. DVC is 48 years and points versus Westin which is deeded and floating week, I think. We have been once to Disney World and don't plan to visit it frequently. We live in California. We want to visit other places, so exchange power is important to us. Any suggestions?
Welcome to TUG! Stick around here long enough, and you will end up owning both
, and then you might end up with Hyatt, too, and some cheap traders just for fun :whoopie: . Oh, wait, that's me
Seriously, though, there are many ways to go. 1) Rent where you want to go 2) Buy where you want to go 3) Buy where you want to go, then rent it out when you want to go somewhere else, and rent out the place you want to go. For example, buy Maui, rent Maui, rent DVC or trade with an owner.
We own at Westin Ka'anapali and go every year. We love it there. We own DVC, and try to go every other year. We love it there. The general rule has been if you visit DVC at least every other year, then it is worthwhile to buy points. Otherwise, just rent when you need to go.
If you need to go to Maui during peak travel times (holidays, school breaks), then you either need to own there or rent from an owner. If you can travel during off-peak times and like gambling, then you can buy a less expensive Starwood trader and try your luck trading into Maui. You would need to be flexible with your dates. I would not personally buy Maui to trade, because of the high (and climbing higher) maintenance fees.
Good luck! You are choosing between our favorite timeshares. I say, get them both