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Grand Mayan 1/3 Rule

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Can anyone advise whether this is based on calendar year - or three years from the date of the last "departure"?

We stayed at the GM NV April 6-20, 2013 on RCI Pts.

Now looking to book a suite at same resort for my SIL starting April 2, 2016 (RCI weeks, with GC).

Will this run afoul of the rule? Thanks in advance for any guidance!
 

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It probably would. I think it is by date. Nice to know that they have shortened the time. :) They seem to vary the 1 in rule. Sometimes there is none, then it will be 4 years or 5 years - 3 is reasonable in my opinion. If you want to go to one every year, you should just buy one or rent from an owner. Just my opinion on this as someone who loves to go the the resorts and purchased because of it.
 

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You would have different accounts numbers for RCI Weeks and for RCI Points. I'd think there is a good chance of slipping through. But that's a guess.

I'm still a little concerned (and don't have an answer) about whether I can stay at a Mayan resort for 2 consecutive weeks, one procured through RCI Points and the next week through Trading Places. Does anyone have a customer service email or phone number I can call to get this from the horse's mouth.

Jim
 

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You would have different accounts numbers for RCI Weeks and for RCI Points. I'd think there is a good chance of slipping through. But that's a guess.

I'm still a little concerned (and don't have an answer) about whether I can stay at a Mayan resort for 2 consecutive weeks, one procured through RCI Points and the next week through Trading Places. Does anyone have a customer service email or phone number I can call to get this from the horse's mouth.

Jim

Thanks

You should be okay. Our 2013 trips were for consecutive weeks & distinct bookings (albeit through same exchange company). GM considered it as a single booking.

As for who to contact, there should be an email address on the RCI confirmation for the "concierge". I emailed him basically the same question you have about my consecutive weeks Back then and got a response (positive) fairly quickly.
 

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My understanding is that the 1/3 rule is based on the last date you stayed at a Mayan property, not calendar year. You can have consecutive and multiple weeks if they are all part of the same trip and so that should not be an issue.

Not sure if it is "correct" but I have used my RCI points and weeks accounts as you are doing (as separate accounts) to stay more than once in three years. I assumed that if RCI would allow it that there was no problem, since the 1/3 business is only with RCI. My weeks and points accounts were not linked so not sure if the result would be different if they were linked.

I also recently booked into the Grand Mayan Riviera Maya (Jan 2015) using Interval, so it seems that there are occasionally weeks available for trade on II (no 1/3 rule if you use another exchange platform, it's only RCI). I have also seen them on other exchanges so you might also look outside of RCI if you have the ability.

Final point, even when the platform would not permit the booking I have successfully called RCI and gotten a waiver - this works best if it's not peak season, but I think you may be in the shoulder and so give it a try - I've been successful two times (about 50/50) so far in getting a waiver from RCI.

Lars
 
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