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First trade... how did I do?

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Just last month we completed a purchase of a 2 bedroom SDO unit. The deal included the sellers 2011 week.

Last night, I put in for an exchange of my full unit for Harborside, Westin St John or the two Marriott's in Aruba and checked that we would accept a 1 bedroom. I selected only the summers month for 2012 (a 9 week period) because we have kids in school.

First thing this morning, received the email that we had a match! We got a 1 bedroom at the Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club.

I am completely fine with a trade of a 2 bdrm for the 1 bdrm because we are trading into Aruba but it does have me wondering, do you think if I had split off our unit, would our 1 bdrm have been enough to make this trade?
 

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ded4025--interesting question. I honestly have no idea of the answer (I am sure experienced Tuggers will opine soon) but if I had a lock-off, I don't think I would have been happy with a 1 bedroom only. That being said, I traded my SVV 2 bedroom (non-lockoff) for 2 studios at the Ocean Club in June and I was happy with that trade as it was the exact week that I wanted and I felt that it being Aruba versus my Orlando week, it was a good trade. (And now I can take friends and we each have our own space).

In the last year my SVV hasn't been seeing the good Marriott weeks once they are outside Marriott priority (no 2 bedrooms), but it still sees great Starwood weeks, so it is what it is. I am sure SDO owners will be able to give you a more accurate picture on trading and their successes. My take is, if you are happy with the trade, then that is all that matters.

BTW, what week did you get? Remember, you still have 24 hours to cancel if you are not happy.

Anita
 

GregT

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Just last month we completed a purchase of a 2 bedroom SDO unit. The deal included the sellers 2011 week.

Last night, I put in for an exchange of my full unit for Harborside, Westin St John or the two Marriott's in Aruba and checked that we would accept a 1 bedroom. I selected only the summers month for 2012 (a 9 week period) because we have kids in school.

First thing this morning, received the email that we had a match! We got a 1 bedroom at the Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club.

I am completely fine with a trade of a 2 bdrm for the 1 bdrm because we are trading into Aruba but it does have me wondering, do you think if I had split off our unit, would our 1 bdrm have been enough to make this trade?

I think you did well -- Marriott Aruba Ocean Club is an excellent destination and if it was the 2011 week, that was a "free week" anyway. Harborside or WSJ would have been unpredictable for you, so take the trade you got. It is unusual that there is a Marriott bulk deposit right now, so your timing was fortunate.

What you may want to do is call II and see if you can substitute a 2BR for the 1BR match either at Ocean Club or Surf Club. They may let you do it.

See the Sightings board for an on-going discussion on the Aruba bulk deposit.

Note: the really interesting thing about this is that you broke though the Marriott preference -- these units were just recently bulk deposited.

Best,

Greg
 
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On the instant exchanges my 2BR SDO pulls the same trades as a 1BR. I personally would call and cancel but first try to just use a 1BR, allowing a 1BR trade later on.
 

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The original "XYZ" involved getting a second unit for just the price of the exchange fee when you "downgraded" from a 2-BR to a 1-BR (or from a 1-BR to studio, etc). II would voluntarily tell you about this if you expressed disappointment in going from a 2-BR to a 1-BR.

The first time I used it (5 or more years ago), I traded into a popular summer week in a 1-BR at Disney's Old Key West (there were no 2-BRs available). Then, when I saw a studio pop up a short time later, I called and was able to book it for just the exchange fee. Disney was able to put the two units together into a 2-BR lockoff. Would it be even better to get a 2-BR? Absolutely! But, the exchange fee is a small price to pay for the extra space.

I would watch for a studio on the same dates and call and ask. The worst they can do is say no. And, if you get it, contact the resort and ask that the two units be put together (of course, there are no guarantees, so if you have little kids, this might not work).

Once, we were booked into the Marriott Ocean Club and someone from HQ (not Aruba) called and identified themselves as the reservation coordinator (or something like that). Apparently, they had to take some OC rooms out of service and were putting us in the Surf Club instead. I mention this only because Marriott may handle room assignments outside of Aruba. So, if you are by some chance successful at scoring a studio, ask the Marriott experts on the Marriott board for the best contact info.

Good luck!

PS I think you did great for your first trade!! We love Aruba! And, you can't go wrong at the Marriott.
 

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FWIW, I checked again and my 2BR, 1A and 1B pulls 4 studios for MSU.

Again for MAO, the same for a 2BR, a 1A or 1B. 4 1BRs and 6 studios.

My point is, if she calls back, she could get half her deposited unit back or get a studio and a 1BR at the same time of consecutively (and stay two weeks).
I'm not saying that this is regularly the case with sightings or II inventory, just that she could get the same with a 1BR (preferably B side).

Just trying to help...:shrug:
 

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FWIW, I checked again and my 2BR, 1A and 1B pulls 4 studios for MSU.

Again for MAO, the same for a 2BR, a 1A or 1B. 4 1BRs and 6 studios.

My point is, if she calls back, she could get half her deposited unit back or get a studio and a 1BR at the same time of consecutively (and stay two weeks).
I'm not saying that this is regularly the case with sightings or II inventory, just that she could get the same with a 1BR (preferably B side).

Just trying to help...:shrug:
Yes, you're right! For this instance, absolutely, get one half of the unit back. I was referring generically to the difference in 2BR and 1BR pulling different units when both 1BR and 2BR units are available.
 

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Yes, you're right! For this instance, absolutely, get one half of the unit back. I was referring generically to the difference in 2BR and 1BR pulling different units when both 1BR and 2BR units are available.

Agreed. Now if there were some 2BRs left in Aruba to even see if a SDO Gold Plus could trade a 2BR for a 2BR.... II is quirky at best! Sometimes I have to enter the same search a few times to see the most inventory, but nothing so far. Not really a big deal since it is not in my travel plans...
 
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