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II switching to points?

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I just read a seperate thread on the Marriott board about II switching to a points system. The original poster said they were at Timberlodge and were told that II was switching to a points system? No one is commenting on that, so I wanted to ask if this topic was common knowledge or a rumor everyone long ago dismissed? I looked on-line and found a points chart for II that values deposits based on size and TDI. Just like in RCI, lock-off units are valued much more than non lock-off units. Just wondering if anyone knows about the pending II switch to points or is this just a rumor. I think there is already some kind of II points system, but I do not think it has had any impact on Marriott owners.
 

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II made a foray into points starting about two years ago now. So far it hasn't been pushed or even published anywhere near as much as the RCI program was/is. I have seen all the details and it is similar in many ways to the RCI offering but does seem to be a bit more owner/resort friendly. When/if it will become the primary II program is unknown.
 

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Thanks, timeos2. I see a points tab in my Interval page but I never gave any thought to it. I wonder if any Marriott owners are using Interval points? If I have free time, one night I might call II to ask about the points program. Maybe.
 

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Marriott owners who have joined the new Marriott destinations club (DC) use their DC points to make their II trades. The bigger the unit the more points, the higher the demand the week they want has, the more points.
 

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Our first timeshare purchase was a Shell Vacations Club week. Then they added points and at the time, my husband had trouble getting away for a whole week, so for a "mere" $10,000 we could switch to points. Have regretted it ever since, but we were too busy and too new to timesharing at the time to know better, and didn't want to waste any more weeks.

The only good thing that came out of that purchase (the week) was exchanging to Kauai Beach Club where we were invited to visit the new, unfinished Waiohai property, where my husband immediately felt he'd found his home away from home. Still unTUGged we bought from Marriott, there and at Mountainside after an exchange there, but the Shell points languished after the switch to RCI.

However, now that Shell has switched to II, we have some Marriott opportunities we never had using the points with RCI. Have only done a little browsing with points since it started, but it looks as if our best opportunities will be during Flexchange, as the Marriott preference will probably eliminate getting the top picks we see with our Marriott weeks.

Our Shell maintenance fee is almost equal to our Waiohai annual fee, so we are happy we'll have more chances to use those points for Marriotts. For shell there does not seem to be a changing point scale between the properties yet. That is, a two bedroom is 4500 points during exchange, 1 bedroom = 3500, etc. However, during flexchange, some Marriott properties were as little as
1500 points. I will soon have time to explore the Shell/II points system in a bit more depth, so this is just a first impression.

Our vacation planning has been on hold for the last couple of month as relatives seem to be dropping from broken hips, surgeries, and strokes, and I have been from one coast to the other helping out. (they are all doing well now) Which does point out one good aspect of the DC (which we have not joined due partly to Shell points regret) and that is the ability to cancel without penalty. Luckily, we only lost out on part of our second week in December, but it could have been a big loss, as we had let our Marriott
insurance lapse until our next big out of the country trip.

We do hope II does not switch to a general points system, as a week is always a week, but the point values can change.
 
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I thought that the II points system was driven by the resorts. That is the resort made the decision as to whether or not to opt in to the points system not the member.

So if your resort decided to adopt the II points system then you as the member could join butvotherwise not.
 

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That might make sense. Since I only own Marriott and Worldmark, I bet neither of those systems joined II's point system. Maybe only non branded resorts have joined II's point system.

I thought that the II points system was driven by the resorts. That is the resort made the decision as to whether or not to opt in to the points system not the member.

So if your resort decided to adopt the II points system then you as the member could join butvotherwise not.
 

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That might make sense. Since I only own Marriott and Worldmark, I bet neither of those systems joined II's point system. Maybe only non branded resorts have joined II's point system.
From what I understand, the only way to use points with II is to have an upgraded membership (Gold) which gives the member more options/flexability when depositing. I have not heard anything from Interval about moving to a totally points program, but if they do, it needs to be better than RCI's system which seems to work against the owners.
 
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