There's very little here on the Hyatt system. I've read the FAQ here (http://www.tugbbs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24754) but it's dated 2005...The last two times I completed an on-line survey I received a telephone call from Hyatt Corp the next day. I actually was shocked that not only was there a response but it was from a human. During the conversation the person gave me some great tips on using the system.
Also, it's kind of fun to bait them with that question of new resorts. I know where some of the new properties are planned so I always add those to the list. Some day they might call and discuss my wishes !
I agree with Jya-Ning here. Fairfield is not really a hotel-based timeshare; they are a "regular" (non-hotel) timeshare chain that has recently added on a hotel brand's name.Where would Fairfield fit in here, or is it not considered Hotel based?
I wonder if they bought or associated themselves to or with the Wyndham name so they can compete with the the Hyatt's, Marriott's or Westin's too?I agree with Jya-Ning here. Fairfield is not really a hotel-based timeshare; they are a "regular" (non-hotel) timeshare chain that has recently added on a hotel brand's name.
For hotel-based timeshares, I own only DVC, and like it very much. But it mostly is only worthwhile if you go to Disney a lot.
I have sort of wondered that too. But to me Wyndham is a kind of nondescript brand. It's not like the other four that have a wide name recognition in the general public. Was Wyndham a name made up by Cendant? What's their history, where did they come from?I wonder if they bought or associated themselves to or with the Wyndham name so they can compete with the the Hyatt's, Marriott's or Westin's too?
What do you think?
Only time will tell if they will succeed or not.I have sort of wondered that too. But to me Wyndham is a kind of nondescript brand. It's not like the other four that have a wide name recognition in the general public. Was Wyndham a name made up by Cendant? What's their history, where did they come from?
I can't even tell you where there is a Wyndham here in LA. Other than the fact that the Bel-Age was a Wyndham now it's becoming The London.
Perhaps now with the new branding of Fairfield, they may achieve more name recognition, but I don't think that has happened yet.
Here is a new update, I can't update the front page any longer so I will update in the thread from time to time.
If I had to vote today, I would also vote for the Hyatt brand of all the well-known hotel brands that are here today. I love the Hyatt location at Lake Tahoe in NV and the Carmel location in CA too and the new locations where they are planning to go to next; plus the fact that internal exchanges are calculated in point values rather than in week to week exchanges. What can be fairer than that as it gives everyone in the system a chance to go to the best location one day if they save up their points? Also, you can exchange through the Hyatt system internally without having to use an external exchange company.The rankings are great, but I think the comments from TUGGERs is the best part, it gives us all some perspective on the BIG 4 should we be considering another purchase (Hey name a TUGGER who isn't ALWAYS looking for another purchase, we are addicts!)
1st place vote gets 4 points/2nd 3 points/3rd 2 points/4th 1 point
Hyatt 40 points!
7 1st place
2 2nd place
1 3rd place
4 4th place
Hilton 39 points
4 1st place
4 2nd place
5 3rd place
1 4th place
Starwood 34 points
6 1st place votes
1 2nd place
2 3rd place
3 4th place
Marriott 31 points
3 1st place
5 2nd place
2 3rd place
What vacation club do you like?If I were in the market again today, I would seriously consider buying into a vacation club and not own anything anymore. You stop paying your membership fees and you are free of all obligations right there and then just like with any other club you belong to but you have hopefully enjoyed some of the most incredible vacations while you were a member of that club and it would have cost you the equivalent or a lot more if you had rented similar accommodations privately so you got your monies worth.
Marriott DOES have an internal trading program. They simply use I.I. as the internal exchange mechanism. In fact, it is likely the most successful internal exchange program among the hotel companies. While Starwood allows a 3 day trade exclusive to Starwood owners, Marriott provides for a 24 day exchange exclusive. Starwood only permits Options trading at 8 months. Marriott trade requests can be made anytime.I have been holding off on my votes, especially since I had not been to all the different Hotel based timeshares.
But here it goes..........
#1 Starwood....I do like the flexibility of the Staroptions. They have the locations we want St. John, Atlantis, Hawaii, Arizona. They have nice fall back resorts in case we don't want or can't go to any of the "prime" resorts. The are adding new resorts in the right locations.
#Marriott....I am giving them the nod here only because of the number of resorts and loctions. I don't like that there is no internal trading system. I don't like that multiple week owners can bump, lock-out single week owners by giving them extra time to reserve peak weeks.
#3 Hyatt....Only been to one resort, was not impressed. System look good, easy to use and understand. Need more locations besides the main three.
#4 Hilton...I just don't like that Paris girl!