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How Happy Are You With Your Diamond Ownership?

How Happy Are You With Your Diamond Ownership?

  • Very Happy - Currently a Point Collection Owner

    Votes: 5 14.3%
  • Very Happy - Legacy Owner e.g. Sunterra or Embarc owner

    Votes: 8 22.9%
  • Moderately Happy - Points Collection Owner

    Votes: 1 2.9%
  • Moderately Happy - Legacy e.g. Sunterra, Embarc Owner

    Votes: 2 5.7%
  • Neutral - Point Collection Owner

    Votes: 1 2.9%
  • Neutral - Legacy Owner e.g. Sunterra, Embarc Owner

    Votes: 3 8.6%
  • Moderately Unhappy - Point Collection Owner

    Votes: 2 5.7%
  • Moderately Unhappy - Legacy ownrt e.g. Sunterra, Embarc Owner

    Votes: 1 2.9%
  • Very Dissatisfied - Point Collection Owner

    Votes: 7 20.0%
  • Very Dissatisfied - Legacy e.g. Sunterra, Embarc Owner

    Votes: 6 17.1%

  • Total voters
    35

CalGalTraveler

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Would love to hear from Diamond Owners. If we are missing a major category, please let let me know.

Also please add in the comments what you own and why you voted the way you did.
 
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best ownership out of the 5 different ones I own.

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best ownership out of the 5 different ones I own.

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Really? What are the other four? I own Wyndham, Williamsburg Plant, and DRI South Bend. I love Wyndham the best, mainly because I can travel across US and easy exit strategy with Wyndham Ovations.
 
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I own DR, Vistana (bought by Marriott), Shell (bought by Wyndham), Palace Resorts (5 star Mexican all inclusive), Raintree VC, Pono Kai.

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I own DR, Vistana (bought by Marriott), Shell (bought by Wyndham), Palace Resorts (5 star Mexican all inclusive), Raintree VC, Pono Kai.

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You should vote then.
 

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We own Worldmark (Platinum), Residence Club at Seaside Oregon (Fractional Ownership but tied in with Worldmark), Royal Solaris San Jose del Cabo, DRI Hawaiian Collection (Platinum but actually only own and pay MF's on 18,500 Points).

We have enjoyed every resort, some more than others. Our favorites are Cabo Azul, Point at Poipu, and Royal Regency Vincennes Paris France. The online system is easy to use. The folks at the Resorts are very helpful, kind, and friendly. Even most of the folks on the telephone try to be helpful.
 

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? vote about what? I missed something

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? vote about what? I missed something

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At the top of this thread is a poll on how you enjoy DRI.
 

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I own Vistana, Marriott, Worldmark, Diamond. I love Diamond's search engine. Easy to use. For the most part, I get to go where and when I want to travel.
 

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DRI: The Point at Poipu, 3 deeded weeks, 1 of which is in The Club.
We bought a deeded week at The Point at Poipu from Sunterra back in 2004. The deeded week included membership in The Club with 15,500 points. Since then we bought two more deeded weeks at P@P on the resale market. It's been the best combination of both worlds for us. We always stay at least 2 weeks at P@P, and we like the flexibility of using points to stay at a variety of other locations. I would never buy points in a collection. The overhead of the trust adds way to much to the maintenance fees. It's also difficult to get rid of collection points. Deeded weeks still have some value on the resale market.

Of all the DRI places we've stayed, the only one that was disappointing was Cypress Pointe Resort in Orlando. It was rather run down at the time, but that was over 10 years ago. All in all, we're very happy with our ownership.
 

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I will go why I am neutral:
1) as a resale buyer, I can only go to my home resort. Also no breaking the week into two half-weeks. I did get a deeded week, which helps. To compare, wyndham resales lets me go to 27 states and 2 US protectorates.
2) bad exit strategy. Diamond transitions is $1k and supposedly only available for retail buyers. In comparison, Wyndham Ovations is free.

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I will go why I am neutral:
1) as a resale buyer, I can only go to my home resort. Also no breaking the week into two half-weeks. I did get a deeded week, which helps. In comparison, with wyndham resales, I can go to 27 states and 2 US protectorates.
I am confused. You say you can only go to your home resort but then talk about 27 states and 2 US protectorates. Did you mean to say Home Collection? Also DRI has the relatively new program for Deeded Week Owners to trade into other DRI Resorts.
 

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I am confused. You say you can only go to your home resort but then talk about 27 states and 2 US protectorates. Did you mean to say Home Collection? Also DRI has the relatively new program for Deeded Week Owners to trade into other DRI Resorts.
For DRI, I can only go to the home resort as a resale buyer, unless I buy developer points.

For Wyndham resales, I can go to 27 states and US protectorates.
 

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Have you looked into DRI's new program for Deeded Week Owners?
 

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DRI: The Point at Poipu, 3 deeded weeks, 1 of which is in The Club.

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I like destination exchange, it lets weeks owners do internal exchange.

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I like destination exchange, it lets weeks owners do internal exchange.

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With Wyndham, if you don’t go to home resort, you can use your points without a cost.

Looks like with DR SB 1BR1BA4 week 22, its tier 2. So I can trade for another tier 2, apparently with $150 fee.
 
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But isn’t an exchange still $200 for deeded resorts. With Wyndham points, there’s no cost to book a resort outside the home resort.
I'll find out for you. Another poster above said $69/year. I've only used a DX CERTIFICATE they gave me at a presentation. it was $29 to register, then to book either $20 (5 day) or $70 (7 days)

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Exchange fee is $150.
 

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Are you should that you can only exchange into only your home resort.?
Example there are two (2) DRI resorts in Williamsburg, Va.
I feel you should be able to exchange into both resorts.
Because they are sisters resorts in Williamsburg, Va.

Sound strange.
 

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Are you should that you can only exchange into only your home resort.?
Example there are two (2) DRI resorts in Williamsburg, Va.
I feel you should be able to exchange into both resorts.
Because they are sisters resorts in Williamsburg, Va.

Sound strange.
I should clarify. I have a deeded week. So unless I join exchange and pay a $150 exchange fee to go to tier 2 at other DR resorts, I can only go to my home resort. I’m not a big fan of the $150 fee.
 

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I should clarify. I have a deeded week. So unless I join exchange and pay a $150 exchange fee to go to tier 2 at other DR resorts, I can only go to my home resort. I’m not a big fan of the $150 fee.
Cheaper than RCI Fee,
 

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I love my Diamond ownership. Originally purchased at Powhatan Plantation, resisted the urge to convert to points under Sunterra (just wouldn't work for me at the time), converted to Diamond points 2 days after they purchased Sunterra. Currently a Platinum owner and I love traveling with family and friends to different Diamond resorts throughout the US, Hawaii, and Europe without having to pay an ever increasing exchange fee with II/RCI. Sales dept and seemingly constant changes with benefits as of late are the only two sore spots I have with Diamond but at least I can get back at the sales side by constantly going to updates and taking the gifts while saying No. ;)
 
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