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Interval Eplus - weakened trading power?

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It’s been my firsthand experience that Eplus now weakens the trading power behind your deposit. Had anyone else had this experience or it just my bad luck. It seems that lately Interval also has now upped the ante and is holding on to a heightened trading power requirement for their desirable weeks in Aruba and Hawaii, even when it’s last minute. I used to be able to upsize the unit or trade out non-branded Hawaiian resort for a Marriott but that no longer seems to be true. It stinks if this is the new norm because I used to be a huge fan of Eplus and I add it routinely, even as a cheap form of insurance.
Any input from other experiences?
Excuse me if I sound bitter. Now stuck with 2 weeks that have Eplus that I’m not going to use. And had to use two new deposits to get what I wanted because I found something better for that time frame but couldn’t use the Eplus.
 

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It’s been my firsthand experience that Eplus now weakens the trading power behind your deposit. Had anyone else had this experience or it just my bad luck. It seems that lately Interval also has now upped the ante and is holding on to a heightened trading power requirement for their desirable weeks in Aruba and Hawaii, even when it’s last minute. I used to be able to upsize the unit or trade out non-branded Hawaiian resort for a Marriott but that no longer seems to be true. It stinks if this is the new norm because I used to be a huge fan of Eplus and I add it routinely, even as a cheap form of insurance.
Any input from other experiences?
Excuse me if I sound bitter. Now stuck with 2 weeks that have Eplus that I’m not going to use. And had to use two new deposits to get what I wanted because I found something better for that time frame but couldn’t use the Eplus.
What I noticed for awhile if your original week did not have trading power for a Marriott it will not have it in eplus either.
 

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I purchased EPLUS when I exchanged my 2020 summer week at Marriott‘s Mountain Valley Lodge for an April 2021 week at The Trapp Family Lodges in Vermont. Several weeks ago I was able to use EPLUS to move that week to May 2021. Last week I once again used EPLUS to make our reservation for mid June 2021 at The Trapp Family Lodges in Vermont. I consider myself very fortunate in this series of transactions.
 

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My original trade was for a two bedroom Marriott... albeit not in Hawaii. For fun, I had looked at the Marriott’s in Hawaii that had check in the same day as they were available to see what my Eplus week could pull. Nope, not enough trading power.
 

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I purchased EPLUS when I exchanged my 2020 summer week at Marriott‘s Mountain Valley Lodge for an April 2021 week at The Trapp Family Lodges in Vermont. Several weeks ago I was able to use EPLUS to move that week to May 2021. Last week I once again used EPLUS to make our reservation for mid June 2021 at The Trapp Family Lodges in Vermont. I consider myself very fortunate in this series of transactions.
I’m glad that worked for you. I guess my topic is more concerned with those unicorn sightings of two bedroom Marriott’s in Hawaii or Aruba. It used to be that trading power during “flex” or less than 59 days before check-in seemed to be relaxed. No more, at least not for Hawaii and Aruba. Not even for same day check-one.
 

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It has not been my experience. I always buy Eplus and I seem to see the same inventory as with the original Vistana deposit. The Eplus also seemed to preserve the Vistana priority and I was able to get a 2 bdr Ko Olina instead of the original 1 BR @ KBC exchange I had booked.
 

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First world problems for sure. I’m lucky I had a deposit to spare and I’m sure I’ll be able to use that Eplus week somewhere.... hello, Las Vegas in summer! Now that I’ve vented I feel lots better. Time to pack for an epic Cabo/Ko Olina/Waiohai vacay!
 

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Sometimes it hasn't worked out but most of the time I have been able to make some nice moves using eplus. As with all things timesharing, it's hit or miss.
 

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Since now Vistana has preference, I see lots of MVC. Yet, our Hyatt, does well on its own. I just wish II had more San Diego TS that we would actually visit so I didn’t have to buy into HGVC. Oh well, time to change our portfolio
 

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Perhaps now II is extending the preference to cancellations. In the past, if someone cancelled a Marriott exchange, that cancelled week would go back in to general inventory without preference. This is because the original deposit was way back and the preference period was stated to be from date of deposit. Perhaps now if someone cancels their Marriott (or Vistana) exchange, it goes back in with the preference in tact again?
 

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I agree with your assessment missy.

I have a trade into MKO with a unit I bought eplus. The original unit was a grand vista studio during July that got me a 1br at MKO for Thanksgiving. A couple days ago, I tried to use that same unit for the last minute MKO 2br (March 8) and it also did not have enough power. I could see it with a similar grand vista studio but not the eplus one.

I have noticed that even the last minute exchanges into MKO are under preference and a higher TDI at that. I could see the 2br March 8 MKO a couple days ago with my plat Willowridge studio during July 4th. I tried to see the same unit with a studio Aug willowridge deposit and that unit did not have enough power.

In years past, I would have been able to see these last minute (well days) exchanges with whatever Marriott deposit I had, even limited flex changes. But it seems no more.

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I agree with your assessment missy.

I have a trade into MKO with a unit I bought eplus. The original unit was a grand vista studio during July that got me a 1br at MKO for Thanksgiving. A couple days ago, I tried to use that same unit for the last minute MKO 2br (March 8) and it also did not have enough power. I could see it with a similar grand vista studio but not the eplus one.

I have noticed that even the last minute exchanges into MKO are under preference and a higher TDI at that. I could see the 2br March 8 MKO a couple days ago with my plat Willowridge studio during July 4th. I tried to see the same unit with a studio Aug willowridge deposit and that unit did not have enough power.

In years past, I would have been able to see these last minute (well days) exchanges with whatever Marriott deposit I had, even limited flex changes. But it seems no more.

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Thank you for validating my observations. I think TUGGers are going to be unpleasantly surprised with usage of Eplus going forward.
 

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I agree with your assessment missy.

I have a trade into MKO with a unit I bought eplus. The original unit was a grand vista studio during July that got me a 1br at MKO for Thanksgiving. A couple days ago, I tried to use that same unit for the last minute MKO 2br (March 8) and it also did not have enough power. I could see it with a similar grand vista studio but not the eplus one.

I have noticed that even the last minute exchanges into MKO are under preference and a higher TDI at that. I could see the 2br March 8 MKO a couple days ago with my plat Willowridge studio during July 4th. I tried to see the same unit with a studio Aug willowridge deposit and that unit did not have enough power.

In years past, I would have been able to see these last minute (well days) exchanges with whatever Marriott deposit I had, even limited flex changes. But it seems no more.

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Thank you for validating my observations. I think TUGGers are going to be unpleasantly surprised with usage of Eplus going forward.
Do you feel like this has been a recent change?
 

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I noticed the same issue for the past months as well. There has been a change in the deposits trading power for sure. Specially for Hawaii.
 

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As I commented in the Sightings section, I agree that this is going to hurt Interval since I will want to be confident when I exchange that I will want that particular reservation. They are going to get my money at a later day and the Eplus may become unnecessary, another loss for them.
 

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without EPLUS: 15 x 2 BR units at Marriott Aruba Ocean
Using EPLUS to search: 10 x 2 BR units.
Same underlying deposit, both searches start June 18th 2020





Searching with the Vistana unit without Eplus

Jun 18 2020 - Jun 25 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Jun 19 2020 - Jun 26 2020
0 2 4

Jun 21 2020 - Jun 28 2020
1 4 4

Jun 21 2020 - Jun 28 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Jun 22 2020 - Jun 29 2020
1 4 4

Jun 22 2020 - Jun 29 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Jun 26 2020 - Jul 03 2020
0 2 4

Jun 28 2020 - Jul 05 2020
1 4 4

Jun 29 2020 - Jul 06 2020
0 2 4

Jun 29 2020 - Jul 06 2020
1 4 4

Jul 02 2020 - Jul 09 2020
0 2 4

Jul 06 2020 - Jul 13 2020
0 2 4

Jul 12 2020 - Jul 19 2020
0 2 4

Jul 13 2020 - Jul 20 2020
0 2 4

Jul 19 2020 - Jul 26 2020
0 2 4

Jul 20 2020 - Jul 27 2020
0 2 4

Jul 26 2020 - Aug 02 2020
0 2 4

Aug 06 2020 - Aug 13 2020
1 4 4

Aug 21 2020 - Aug 28 2020
0 2 4

Aug 23 2020 - Aug 30 2020
0 2 4

Aug 24 2020 - Aug 31 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Aug 27 2020 - Sep 03 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Aug 29 2020 - Sep 05 2020
0 2 4

Aug 30 2020 - Sep 06 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Sep 03 2020 - Sep 10 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Sep 06 2020 - Sep 13 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Sep 10 2020 - Sep 17 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Sep 11 2020 - Sep 18 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Sep 13 2020 - Sep 20 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Sep 18 2020 - Sep 25 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Sep 20 2020 - Sep 27 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Sep 21 2020 - Sep 28 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00
Sep 28 2020 - Oct 05 2020
2 6 8

Unit-Size Upgrade
+ $59.00


With EPLUS, the same underlying deposit

Jun 21 2020 - Jun 28 2020
1 4 4

Jun 22 2020 - Jun 29 2020
1 4 4

Jun 29 2020 - Jul 06 2020
1 4 4

Jul 17 2020 - Jul 24 2020
1 4 4

Jul 19 2020 - Jul 26 2020
1 4 4

Aug 07 2020 - Aug 14 2020
0 2 4

Aug 16 2020 - Aug 23 2020
1 4 4

Aug 17 2020 - Aug 24 2020
1 4 4

Aug 21 2020 - Aug 28 2020
1 4 4

Aug 23 2020 - Aug 30 2020
1 4 4

Aug 28 2020 - Sep 04 2020
1 4 4

Aug 29 2020 - Sep 05 2020
1 4 4

Aug 30 2020 - Sep 06 2020
1 4 4

Aug 31 2020 - Sep 07 2020
1 4 4

Aug 31 2020 - Sep 07 2020
2 6 8

Sep 06 2020 - Sep 13 2020
1 4 4

Sep 06 2020 - Sep 13 2020
2 6 8

Sep 07 2020 - Sep 14 2020
1 4 4

Sep 07 2020 - Sep 14 2020
2 6 8

Sep 11 2020 - Sep 18 2020
1 4 4

Sep 11 2020 - Sep 18 2020
2 6 8

Sep 14 2020 - Sep 21 2020
2 6 8

Sep 18 2020 - Sep 25 2020
1 4 4

Sep 20 2020 - Sep 27 2020
2 6 8

Sep 25 2020 - Oct 02 2020
1 4 4

Sep 25 2020 - Oct 02 2020
2 6 8

Sep 26 2020 - Oct 03 2020
1 4 4

Sep 27 2020 - Oct 04 2020
1 4 4

Sep 27 2020 - Oct 04 2020
2 6 8

Sep 28 2020 - Oct 05 2020
2 6 8
 

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Why would the with Eplus be excluding the studio units like that? I would have expected it to exclude harder to get units or weeks.
 
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