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Just bought into Points, but would Weeks also benefit me?


Nov 1, 2011
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Chicago, IL
Hi Everyone! My name is Ryan and, as you may already have guessed, I am from Chicago. FYI - Many Chicagoans believe the term "The Windy City" came due to the windy politicians who blew a lot of hot air, rather than the weather. History and recent events tend to substantiate this. LOL

I am posting this in the Points discussion as I know there are some people here that have both RCI Points and Weeks accounts so they are familiar with how both systems work.

I recently acquired a triennial unit at The Grandview Las Vegas, which gives me 16,333 points a year. My maintenance fees/taxes will be about $114 a year. I acquired this for the purpose of booking (what RCI used to call?) Instant Exchanges (30 days out, 9000 points or less per week). I recently closed on this, just received my deed and will now be setting up my RCI Points account. So...I have not used this as of yet.

FYI - I say "acquired" instead of "bought" because the seller paid me to take the timeshare off of his hands. After all closing costs/title insurance/resort transfer fees, I cleared $800. This will help for RCI costs, future maintenance fees, etc so it worked out great. He also paid for the 2012 maintenance fees without requiring reimbursement.

I am considering getting a triennial Weeks unit also at The Grandview. The maintenance fees are around $114/year, but of course I can only trade it every 3 years. Cost, with all closing fees, will only be about $250 total.

I have also considered getting an annual Weeks unit at The Grandview where maintenance fees will be about $343 each year. Obviously, I can use this annually.

Whether if I have the annual or triennial, will I get additional benefits from having a Weeks unit and having a RCI Weeks account? If so, what are these additional benefits (other than I will be able to exchange yearly or every three years, depending on the unit)?

Does the Weeks unit give me additional benefits due to a TPU (I am still learning all of the terms, etc so forgive me if I am stating this incorrectly).

Will I be charged separately for both a Weeks account and a Points or do they somehow combine the fees?

Any insight would be appreciated. Again, I posted this in the Points discussion because I know there are a lot of people that own both Points and Weeks and know both systems.

Thank you for your help in advance! :cool:
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Jun 7, 2005
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Coastal Southeast Virginia
I started out with RCI Weeks in 1984 and joined RCI Points in 2007

You will only be charged for your RCI Points account, not the Weeks account, if you have both.

I like having both. Sometimes, I see things in one that I don't see in the other. Sometimes, it is a better deal using Points instead of TPUs and visa versa.

Yes, those last minute deeply discounted weeks using Points was a great deal. I found myself back in the old days purchasing additional Points from other owners or renting them from RCI. I used to have four annual Points resorts with a lot of Points. Now I have two. I don't go through Points nearly as quickly and haven't found the need to buy or rent additional Points since those great deals on last minute weeks are not as abundant and are much closer to check-in.

I find it beneficial to have both accounts.


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Feb 11, 2011
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Redmond, WA
I'm interested in the answer to these questions as I've had the same ones in my head recently. :)