OK, free DC enrollment is news to me. I'd appreciate if someone would help me out. I'm a legacy owner with one week (it's a white week 2BR lockoff at DSV2). It was purchased direct from Marriott well before I found TUG. Steve's spreadsheet shows that a DSV2 white week is only worth 2150 points if I were to enroll and convert it to points. I never did enroll for a variety of reasons (one of which was that I figured that I couldn't do much with only 2150 points and also I didn't like the idea of paying an enrollment fee to Marriott for the "privilege" of being able to convert to so few points), but I would reconsider enrolling if it's now being offered as a freebie. I also own a second (non-Marriott) timeshare in Sedona which was purchased resale (after I found TUG - thank you all). As an outsider, I have always been confused about the DC program, probably because I was not forced to learn it. So....
1. The Points FAQ that Sue refers to says that:
must pay the annual Club Dues
fee which is based on the number of DC Points that a Trust Member owns, or, for which an Exchange Member is eligible through all Enrolled Weeks, or, a combination of both. Effective with the 2016 invoices the fees are:
- $185 Owners and Select Members
- $225 Executive and Presidential Members
- $250 Chairman's Club Members
So, does this mean that my annual DC dues would be $185? With only 2150 potential points, I think I'm quite low on the totem pole. I have no intention of purchasing another timeshare or buying more points now.
2. Usually we lock off our unit and exchange through II. (Our unit also can convert to 110,000 Marriott hotel points every other year. I used to do that, but stopped a few years ago because the devaluations in the Marriott hotel program made 110,000 Marriott Reward points much less valuable than they used to be.) Our trades are often into other Marriott timeshare properties. If I understand, we could continue to make week for week trades rather than convert to points and any Marriott to Marriott trades would be covered by the DC dues with no additional trading fee. Is that right?
3. Two other questions about trades:
a. What would be the fee for Marriott to non-Marriott trades?
b. Would we still have to pay Interval upgrade fees if we were to trade our 1BR for a 2BR or our studio for a 1BR? (Our success rate in trading for a larger unit is high.)
4. Since I also own a non-Marriott timeshare, does this mean I will end up with two separate Interval accounts, one for my Marriott week and a separate one for the non-Marriott? The cost of a separate II account for the non-Marriott week is a downside to enrollment, I suppose.
5. Finally, what about our annual maintenance fees? Would it just be the usual annual maintenance fee for DSV2, just as we pay now, or would it be something different?
Thanks very much for any help or advice. I apologize for what are probably some very basic questions.