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RCI Points - Where Is the Housekeeping Fee Shown For Short Stays?

jlwquilter

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I am not very practiced at this. In fact, I only have made one Points exchange so far, ever, and that was for a full week.

I am looking at maybe reserving just a day (or 2) in December. It's my DH's birthday and I have several fun activities planned in the Miami area, mostly around the general Key Biscayne area. I've reserved a hotel on Collins Ave. (in the heart of the action so to speak) on Booking.com, which is fully refundable/cancellable for Saturday night. I'd love to take him down Friday evening too but am having a hard time justifying the add night's cost (hotel room and parking is not cheap!).

So I decided to see if I could get something decent using Points. I found Hollywood Towers is available - supposedly - for Saturday night. 1 bedroom, partial kitchen (which is fine for such a short stay), and at a reasonable cost for my points and the transaction fee.

But... no where does it say what the housekeeping fee will be. There always is one for short stays as far as I understand. When I click thru to payment, it just shows the transaction fee being charged. Don't I pay any housekeeping fee when I do the exchange? Or is that billed and collected seperatley by the resort? And even if it is, it should be noted clearly BEFORE I hit the final make-it-happen button. What am I missing? Or where am I missing it?? Did this info disappear with the upgrade last weekend?

On a different timeshare I briefly considered, the housekeeping fee of $75 (!!) was clearly stated in the addiotnal info screen before clicking thru to payment. But Hollywood Towers - nothing.

As an added aside, the website shows that I could reserve for just one day (Saturday night) but when I click thru on that, it dumps. I can click thru if I choose a 2 night stay (Saturday and Sunday - I really want Friday and Saturday but that's not showing up as available at all). I also understand that usually one night isn't worth it with the added cleaning fees, but since I don't even know what they will be, it's hard to make the decision. And in this case, it might be worth it due to the high cost of hotels rooms, parking, etc. for one night.

I may decide to keep the hotel anyway as it's more central and convenient to what I have planned but still, I do want to understand how this Points thing would actually work if I did go that way.

Any help is most appreciated!
 

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Unforturnately, I think the info got removed in the upgrade. You are safer to assume there is one than not because hardly any don't anymore. RCI might still have the info if you call a VC, but I hate calling RCI. The other day I called the management company of the resort I was thinking about booking for 4 nights who told me "I'm pretty sure it's $59." Hardly definative and I still would need to be prepared for it to be higher but even in the past the fees were subject to change so I usually guess $30-$50 for smaller units and $50-$85 for larger units.
 

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I just realized that there was no mentioning of housekeeping fee when I made an exchange for 4 night stay with RCI point. Any recent experience? I made the reservation for my sister and I don't want her to be surprised.
 

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Call up the resort and ask them if they charge a fee for reservations for less than a week and how much it is. I have found about $50-75 to be the average for a 2 bedroom.
 

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I was trying to find that info recently, too, and I couldn't find it for most resorts. :(

I ended up just calling the resort and asking.
 

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Just found these terms on my exchange confirmation. Wish the fee is spelled out with my confirmation. The amount should be locked at the time of the reservation.

6. Housekeeping Fees: The resort may charge a housekeeping fee for each unit occupied. Please contact an RCI Points Guide for specific charges.

8. Additional Resort Fees: Some resorts may impose additional fees and taxes at check-in or check-out, which may include, but are not limited to, mandatory all-inclusive fees, usage fees and housekeeping fees. RCI has no control over these fees and taxes, which are subject to change by the resort without notice. ...
 
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