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Manhattan Club hospitality fee?

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We just received an invitation to a timeshare sales presentation at the Manhattan Club where we are booked for February. Included is this incentive:

To learn about the newest vacation opportunities please call 888-692-2121 and schedule your personal preview of the Manhattan Club. As our thank you for scheduling your appointment in advance, we will give you a discount off of your hospitality fee.

Does anyone know what this fee is? We were not charged an extra fee previously at the Manhattan Club.

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Through a 1 bd 4/4 RCI exchange we had with MC several years ago, we paid a whopping $25/night for the privilege. Not sure they still do this, but if they do, perhaps this is what is meant?
 

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We stayed at MC in September through an RCI exchange. They did, in fact, levy a $25 per day "hospitality fee." When asked what the fee was for, they had no answer. And If we had agreed to attend their sales pitch, they said they'd waive the fee entirely. Our limited time in NYC was worth more than that to us, so we opted out, and paid the $175 extra for the week. Extortion? Yep. Especially when you consider the other exchange companies that trade into MC don't charge any such fee. It's exclusively an RCI thing, as I understand it. Just like the RCI 1 in 4 rule. :shrug:

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Just checked my records and we stayed there Oct. '07 via an RCI exchange, so it's been at least 4 years. Not sure why you got away without the fee via an RCI exchange in '08, but lucky you!

Edited to add: Here's an older thread that goes back to '06.
 
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There is a solution. Trade in through SFX, instead of RCI, and you will not have to pay this ripoff charge. This has been reported before by those who have used SFX for their exchanges into MC, but is worth repeating here.

There is absolutely NO justification for this rip-off charge by MC. One way to get ''pay back'' is to zap them on your resort report card back to RCI. Give them a ''1'' in the Resort Hospitality category (charging for hospitality isn't very hospitable) and the Check-In / Check-out category (it is annoying at those times to think about how they are ripping you off). Those are components of Award Status and if enough people downgraded them, they ought to get the message.

I remember a resort on the French Riviera a few summers ago where I was behind an RCI exchanger at check in and they were loaded down with a series of extra fees. When I went to check in as a DAE exchanger, I was only charged the metered electricity, the same as an owner would have been.
 

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Thanks for the useful replies!

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New York is one of the places where SFX might make a lot of sense. No hospitality fee, lower exchange fee, and it might not require as much "oomph" on deposit vs. the 58/60 tpu valuations in RCI. Provided, of course, that SFX would take your week.
 

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Yes there is. It's called freedom of choice. If an RCI exchanger can trade for a unit at Manhattan Club for less over cost than using SFX, then they should do it.

In addition, if SFX doesn't have availability for the dates that traveler wishes to go, then that's another reason.

No, I am not an RCI apologist. I hate RCI and I don't use them anymore. I haven't even looked at my RCI account for years. Consumers need to vote with their feet.

There is a solution. Trade in through SFX, instead of RCI, and you will not have to pay this ripoff charge. This has been reported before by those who have used SFX for their exchanges into MC, but is worth repeating here.

There is absolutely NO justification for this rip-off charge by MC. One way to get ''pay back'' is to zap them on your resort report card back to RCI. Give them a ''1'' in the Resort Hospitality category (charging for hospitality isn't very hospitable) and the Check-In / Check-out category (it is annoying at those times to think about how they are ripping you off). Those are components of Award Status and if enough people downgraded them, they ought to get the message.

I remember a resort on the French Riviera a few summers ago where I was behind an RCI exchanger at check in and they were loaded down with a series of extra fees. When I went to check in as a DAE exchanger, I was only charged the metered electricity, the same as an owner would have been.
 

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New York is one of the places where SFX might make a lot of sense. No hospitality fee, lower exchange fee, and it might not require as much "oomph" on deposit vs. the 58/60 tpu valuations in RCI. Provided, of course, that SFX would take your week.

For my trip earlier this year, I just rented a unit directly from an owner.
 

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For my trip earlier this year, I just rented a unit directly from an owner.

We have rented the last two times we stayed there at well below the rate for a trade or even the "special preview". They have escalated owner fees so high that many are looking to rent simply to get some back while the glut of rentals has forced many to deeply discount to get a taker. Renting may indeed be your best choice and there is no fake DVC type "Hospitality" fee (you can thank II for those - RCI only started it nyears after II allowed it) when you rent.
 

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(Humorous observation)

I find it interesting that in NY they charge you to be hospitable. :rofl:
 

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I was there in Oct 2011. There was the 25/night fee. I must have received 6 emails and 6 phone calls to meet with the RCI people. The $$ incentives went up to $150. We still didn't do it.
 
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