• The TUGBBS forums are completely free and open to the public and exist as the absolute best place for owners to get help and advice about their timeshares for more than 27 years!

    Join tens of thousands of other owners just like you here to get any and all Timeshare questions answered!
  • TUG started 28 years ago in October 1993 as a group of regular Timeshare owners just like you!

    Check out our happy birthday post here: Happy Birthday TUG!
  • TUG is asking for recent reviews of older resorts, earn a free year membership!

    Read more here
  • TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $17,000,000 dollars just by finding us in time to rescind a new Timeshare purchase! A truly incredible milestone!

    Read more here: TUG saves owners more than $17 Million dollars
  • Follow the TUG Member Banner as it travels the world on vacation with Timeshare owners! Also sign up to get the banner sent to you so you can submit a photo of your vacation with the banner to share with TUG! Banner Thread
  • Sign up to get the TUG Newsletter for free! Join tens of thousands of other owners who get this every week! Latest resort reviews and the most important topics discussed by owners during the week!
  • Our official "end my sales presentation early" T-shirts are available again! Also come with the option for a free membership extension with purchase to offset the cost!

    Read more Here
  • A few of the most common links here on the forums for newbies and guests!

RCI is only extended to HGVC as a "courtesy"!

OnMedic

TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
490
Reaction score
0
Points
16
Location
Kitchener, ON
WOW... I just had an RCI counsellor tell me that I do not pay a member fee to RCI, I am not an RCI member (which is kind of 1/2 true) and that I am only receiving exchage privilages as a "courtesy".

Is the annual club fee not advertised as inclusive of RCI access, making me at least an associate member in some sort of way? I was just shocked to hear the perception from RCI of HGVC and it's members. My wishes of II affiliation are even stronger now!
 

Talent312

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2007
Messages
15,213
Reaction score
5,097
Points
798
Resorts Owned
HGVC & GTS
WOW... I just had an RCI counsellor tell me that I do not pay a member fee to RCI, I am not an RCI member...
Is the annual club fee not advertised as inclusive of RCI access, making me at least an associate member in some sort of way?
HGVC members have no individual standing with RCI. Our access to RCI properties depends entirely on HGVC's arrangment with RCI. Its up to HGVC to engineer bookings on behalf of us, the little people. Its like HGVC is the "owner" who has tons of units to exchange, and we're HGVC's step-kids.
 

OnMedic

TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
490
Reaction score
0
Points
16
Location
Kitchener, ON
No doubt, and this RCI counselor made it feel exactly like that! Maybe time to go back to SFX or find an affiliate that exchanges with II.
 

dougp26364

TUG Review Crew: Expert
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
13,334
Reaction score
1,560
Points
498
Location
Kansas
Resorts Owned
Marriott Grand Chateau
Marriott Shadow Ridge
Marriott Ocean Pointe
Marriott Destination Club Points
Hilton Grand Vacation Club Las Vegas Blvd
Grand Colorado on Peak 8
Spinnaker French Quarter Resort Branson
HGVC has two major drawbacks.

1. A lack of HGVC built timeshares in a variety of locations.

2. A HGVC owned membership with RCI.
2a: It's RCI
2b: You don't even really have a membership. You're tagging along (and paying for) HGVC's corporate membership.

If HGVC had more options for places to travel with HGVC built and managed resorts and if they were with I.I., I'd own more HGVC points and probably would never have bought our 3 bedroom Marriott Grand Chateau unit. For that matter, HGVC may have been the ONLY timeshare we owned. But, alas, I don't have control of my exchange company accoung, the account is through RCI rather than I.I., and HGVC only seems to want to build where they KNOW they can sell, Vegas, Orlando and Hawaii.
 

jhm40cu

TUG Member
Joined
Jul 3, 2008
Messages
70
Reaction score
0
Points
6
HGVC members have no individual standing with RCI. Our access to RCI properties depends entirely on HGVC's arrangment with RCI. Its up to HGVC to engineer bookings on behalf of us, the little people. Its like HGVC is the "owner" who has tons of units to exchange, and we're HGVC's step-kids.
Does this mean HGVC owners don't even get Last Call or Extra Vacations offers from RCI?
 

Bill4728

Moderator
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
10,659
Reaction score
272
Points
719
Location
Lake Tapps, WA
WOW... I just had an RCI counselor tell me that I do not pay a member fee to RCI, I am not an RCI member (which is kind of 1/2 true) and that I am only receiving exchange privileges as a "courtesy".
That is why you are not allowed to talk directly with the RCI counselors. You aren't an individual member of RCI, HGVC is.
 

UWSurfer

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2007
Messages
2,425
Reaction score
27
Points
258
Location
Los Angeles
[Note: Part of this reply (below) is INCORRECT!!! I've struck it out but am leaving it so that the continuity of the thread remains consistent]

I'm a little concerned and want to clarify if the OP got that from an RCI counseler or an RCI specialist within HGVC?

If it was an RCI employee then I'm surprised they even spoke with the OP.

If it was from an HGVC RCI Specialist, something should be said to a supervisor at HGVC. I've never been treated with anything but respect and courtesy when dealing with those in the HGVC call center.

HGVC members do not have access to the RCI system in the traditional way "RCI members" do. So "Extra Vacations" and "Last Calls" are not part of the HGVC member's experience.

HOWEVER the HGVC call center RCI Specialist have been known to "work" the RCI system and on one occassion I had one take inventory from the RCI rental side and get some days we needed from it which we paid for with HGVC points. I feel that I pay a premium for HGVC (vs: my non-HGVC, weeks) and that having someone working on your behalf at HGVC is a perk.

Still, I do have access to both systems (HGVC & RCI) through my various weeks which combined make for quite a bit of options...provided I plan.
 
Last edited:

alwysonvac

TUG Lifetime Member
Joined
Sep 11, 2005
Messages
14,053
Reaction score
2,247
Points
648

UWSurfer

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2007
Messages
2,425
Reaction score
27
Points
258
Location
Los Angeles
You are absolutely right...I am wrong. :doh:

That will teach me to read the things HGVC sends us more carefully. :wall:

Thank you for that!!!!
 

ricoba

TUG Member
Joined
Jun 7, 2005
Messages
6,272
Reaction score
2
Points
323
Location
Metro Los Angeles
Can someone explain to me what Extra Vacations & Last Call are?

I have heard these terms over the years and I think I understand them, but I'd like a definitive answer/explanation.

Thanks :)
 

UWSurfer

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2007
Messages
2,425
Reaction score
27
Points
258
Location
Los Angeles
As I understand it, Extra Vacations are name RCI puts on it's vacation rental biz. An example of EV's can be found recently here on TUG http://www.tugbbs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90616

Last Call is similar to HGVC's Open Season...inventory weeks which have not been claimed available for rental at discounted rates. A search a few minutes ago with my RCI Points account, for Pacific Coast and Nevada yielded some weeks in Reno, Vegas & Manson, WA (?) Weekly rentals on this search ran from $199 - $249 for the week, with dates as far out as 3/22/09.

Grandview in Vegas has a continuous string of 1 Bdrm's availalbe for $219. The new Summer Bay Desert Club has a week starting 3/1 & another at 3/22 also for $219.
 
Last edited:

Bill4728

Moderator
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
10,659
Reaction score
272
Points
719
Location
Lake Tapps, WA
A search a few minutes ago with my RCI Points account, for Pacific Coast and Nevada yielded some weeks in Reno, Vegas & Manson, WA (?)
Manson is another name for Lake Chelan. A very popular summer vacation spot in central washington.
 

ricoba

TUG Member
Joined
Jun 7, 2005
Messages
6,272
Reaction score
2
Points
323
Location
Metro Los Angeles
As I understand it, Extra Vacations are name RCI puts on it's vacation rental biz. An example of EV's can be found recently here on TUG http://www.tugbbs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90616

Last Call is similar to HGVC's Open Season...inventory weeks which have not been claimed available for rental at discounted rates. A search a few minutes ago with my RCI Points account, for Pacific Coast and Nevada yielded some weeks in Reno, Vegas & Manson, WA (?) Weekly rentals on this search ran from $199 - $249 for the week, with dates as far out as 3/22/09.

Grandview in Vegas has a continuous string of 1 Bdrm's availalbe for $219. The new Summer Bay Desert Club has a week starting 3/1 & another at 3/22 also for $219.
Are they always only weeks or can they be nightly stays as well?
 

UWSurfer

Tug Review Crew: Rookie
TUG Member
Joined
Feb 10, 2007
Messages
2,425
Reaction score
27
Points
258
Location
Los Angeles
Are they always only weeks or can they be nightly stays as well?
Last Call is selling weeks on a cash basis. My RCI points account has a tab which EV and LC are found under called "Vacation Offers". Another "offer" is under Nightly Stays. This section reads:

"Only have a few days to travel? No problem. If you do not want to use your RCI Points for your trip, you can now use Nightly Stays. You've got access to competitive nightly rates at top RCI-affiliated resorts. Search online or call...." However the on-line search link doesn't work.

Again this is under my RCI account...not HGVC, though from what we're learning in this thread you might be able to access some of this if the HGVC/RCI specialist can work it for you.
 
Top