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Has anyone found anything useful to use the Platinum Savings Dollars for? I got a notice that I have $199 expiring soon, but so far it looks like slim pickings.

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When I've looked I haven't seen anything I was interested in either. If I'm remembering correctly, and I might not be, I looked at using them for hotels and wasn't at all impressed with how that worked because I would still have to pay at least $75 and up per night. We stay in our timeshares frequently but don't stay at hotels. For our own personal use, not my husband's stays for work, we've stayed in a hotel twice in the last 7.5 years and only for a single night each time. Both times I paid less than $75 as I booked the cheapest decent places I was able to find since we were only there to sleep and get ready to go the next morning.
 
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I find no use for them.
 

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I don't use them at all. You wouldn't believe the number of supposed savings dollars I have built up.
 

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I've seen hotel discounts that were maybe $6-$12 cheaper than what I could find elsewhere- Say on a $120 vs $126 room. Problem is when using saving dollars the room is immediately non refundable and I am not sure if I would be eligible to earn reward points. So not really worth using to save the little that may be applicable.
 

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I never saw the benefits of being a Platinum RCI member?
 

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I never saw the benefits of being a Platinum RCI member?
I've enjoyed some platinum benefits... but I liked the program a bit more before 'Savings Dollars' were introduced. The rebates on certain transactions were more useful than the savings dollars.

It's like they had a brainstorming session to determine what would be the LEAST beneficial to their customers.
 

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I never saw the benefits of being a Platinum RCI member?
If you are an RCI weeks not points owner then not enough of the benefits will apply to you to make it worth the extra expense. For points owners if you have enough points that you go frequently or use a lot of sale weeks they are so worth it IMHO. I've gotten a lot of use out of the free holds, free upgrades, free ongoing searches, advance time to book sale weeks, 10% off on sale and last call weeks and the discount on guest certificates. There are some other benefits but these are the only ones I've used.
 

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If you are an RCI weeks not points owner then not enough of the benefits will apply to you to make it worth the extra expense. For points owners if you have enough points that you go frequently or use a lot of sale weeks they are so worth it IMHO. I've gotten a lot of use out of the free holds, free upgrades, free ongoing searches, advance time to book sale weeks, 10% off on sale and last call weeks and the discount on guest certificates. There are some other benefits but these are the only ones I've used.
Which of these are points only benefits?
 

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Which of these are points only benefits?
Sorry I don't know. I only know that weeks owners posted in a thread a while back that they don't get some of the best platinum benefits. After that I asked one time when I called RCI and she confirmed that weeks owners don't get all the platinum benefits that points owners get.
 

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Sorry I don't know. I only know that weeks owners posted in a thread a while back that they don't get some of the best platinum benefits. After that I asked one time when I called RCI and she confirmed that weeks owners don't get all the platinum benefits that points owners get.
Doesn’t surprise me as they have been diminishing the value of week owners in trading too.
 

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I’ve used the savings dollars for restaurant certificates, but that’s about it. You can get a $25 one each month with them.
 

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There are sometimes some good deals through the priority access. For example, there are a few Grand Luxxe units available that don’t have the resort fee and are for the upper tier ones (spa, loft and residence units) as well as the suites and villas. I used that before they limited it to non-Vidanta owners; right now it would save you the $30 pppd fee for the cost of a platinum membership ($89/yr). There is a limit of one week per year per resort ID, but that would still let you go there 5 or 6 times and avoid $420 in fees for a couple; way more for a family.
 
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Having early access to extra vacation sales is nice. And getting a discount on those also helps...if you use those
 

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Thanks for the responses. The only thing I saw at all was the restaurant gift cards where I could use $5 at a time to get $5 off. Probably not worth it to me. I used Restaurants.com in the past, but had too many experiences where the restaurants were closed or had stopped taking the certificates. Maybe I'll give them another shot.

Sheila
 

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Has anyone found anything useful to use the Platinum Savings Dollars for? I got a notice that I have $199 expiring soon, but so far it looks like slim pickings.

Sheila
Hi, I like the hold function and the ongoing search function. I also received a 10% off when booking some weeks. I am weeks and book about 3 trips a year so for me it is
worth it. The upgrades too have worked to our benefit. Savings points are not much good. Have used a few for eateries in the USA but they have none for Canadians. Have also used for booking hotel rooms with minimal savings. I keep renewing because I feel I save a bit with it and it covers the costs of it all.
 

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If savings $$$ are so beneficial why can’t you use them to reduce exchange fees.... They are more of a gimmick that said if you look at the special offers on so things they are selling sometime you will find good deals that beat other online prices for items. But YMMV.

I would never use for hotel room unless I booked as I was leaving for hotel all their hotel deals are non refundable to my knowledge, rental cars same way.
 

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I'm pretty sure these are very similar to the travel savings dollars that Specials by Restaurant.com sells. They are... Not terribly useful, but can be useful on occasion. The use case I've found them most worthwhile for is one way long distance car rentals - twice now I've been able to use them to cut my costs by about 40% over autoslash rates. You can also sometimes use them to save a few dollars on independent hotel/motel stays, though I I'd usually rather use hotels.com to earn points. I'd almost always rather earn loyalty points by booking directly if the property is associated with a chain.

You can buy the (I'm pretty sure identical) version for about 3c per 'dollar' on restaurant.com - I have been able to redeem them for over 50c apiece on two occasions.

If anyone else has any use cases that are worthwhile, I'd surely be interested. They're essentially worthless otherwise, in my opinion.

Edit: refundability seems to come down to the agreement they have with individual vendors - some hotel stays are fully refundable, as have been my rental car reservations Well, technically, the cash portion was the only part that was refundable, you lost the savings dollars if you canceled. I considered that to be acceptable, since the points are mostly worthless otherwise...
 

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Looks like they're retiring these, with new platinum benefits 'coming soon'. Maybe they'll actually offer something of value...
 

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I’ve used the savings dollars for restaurant certificates, but that’s about it. You can get a $25 one each month with them.[/QUO

thanks for the reminder, I just redeemed a restaurant.com certificate
I don't understand what the savings dollars do for you. I have 500, will they get me anything?
 
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I got an offer from RCI on Oct 10 8 months for $32 for platinum membership. when I checked my credit card statement, I saw they charged me $59. I wanted to do a combine and save the 10% but I was unwilling to pay $59. I called about it, and after a very long hold while the agent talked to a supervisor, they credited the $59 and gave me seven months for no cost. So I got the combine discount and i will grab a restaurant.com certificate when I remember. Big deal you don't have to pay for the search, you still have to pay the exchange fee.
 

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Big deal you don't have to pay for the search, you still have to pay the exchange fee.
Several people on facebook and one or two people here have reported that ongoing searches have auto booked instead of being held. When they called they were told that this is a change in rci coding. I am not sure if this is true but as a platinum member who has not prepaid the exchange fee, I have had several matches and none auto book. They just hold until released or not booked by the deadline.
 

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Mine did not auto book
 

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Looks like they're retiring these [restaurant.com certificates], with new platinum benefits 'coming soon'. Maybe they'll actually offer something of value...
Actually, they look like they're still there. Just a bit hard to find.
 
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