• 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 30 years!

    Join Tens of Thousands of other Owners just like you here to get any and all Timeshare questions answered 24 hours a day!
  • TUG started 30 years ago in October 1993 as a group of regular Timeshare owners just like you!

    Read about our 30th anniversary: Happy 30th Birthday TUG!
  • TUG has a YouTube Channel to produce weekly short informative videos on popular Timeshare topics!

    Free memberships for every 50 subscribers!

    Visit TUG on Youtube!
  • TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $21,000,000 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 $21 Million dollars
  • Sign up to get the TUG Newsletter for free!

    60,000+ subscribing owners! A weekly recap of the best Timeshare resort reviews and the most popular topics discussed by owners!
  • 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!

    All T-shirt options here!
  • A few of the most common links here on the forums for newbies and guests!

RCI Search

DEROS

TUG Member
Joined
Jul 24, 2007
Messages
549
Reaction score
55
Location
Ewa Beach HI
Ok. I am leaning towards doing a RCI search. Have a question that is really not answered in the user manual or the website.

If I cancel a RCI search; do I get my points back? I would assume yes.

My plan was to do a RCI search up to a certain date. Cancel if they don't find anything and use the points to get a hotel room instead.
 

Talent312

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2007
Messages
17,655
Reaction score
7,518
Resorts Owned
HGVC & GTS
Ok. I am leaning towards doing a RCI search. Have a question that is really not answered in the user manual or the website.

If I cancel a RCI search; do I get my points back? I would assume yes. My plan was to do a RCI search up to a certain date. Cancel if they don't find anything and use the points to get a hotel room instead.

You pay the search-fee upfront, but your points are taken only if you confirm a booking. The CS Rep will discuss your chances of success, even B4 the search-fee is paid, i.e. "I've been here for five years and never seen a unit available there." In lieu of booking a hotel room, you might consider renting a unit or apartment thru TUG or www.vrbo.co, www.redweek.com or the like.
 
Last edited:

Sandy VDH

TUG Review Crew: Elite
TUG Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
10,006
Reaction score
4,377
Location
Houston, TX
Resorts Owned
Wynd VIP Plat GF, HGVC Elite, WM, HICV, +
You also get your upfront fee back if no match is made. You also get your points back, provided they are from a current or future use year and NOT a past use year.

I had this situation occur. I booked a Manhattan Club in 2007 for a 2008 exchange. Some of the points were 2007 and some were 2008 points. When I had to cancel my reservation in 2008, my 2008 points were returned to my account but my 2007 could not be returned because they were from a past year. What happens then is those points sit waiting for me to make a booking in RCI. You have 2 years from the end of the use year the points are from to make an RCI booking. So my 2007 points would expire the end of 2009. So this year I make a booking for Manhattan Club and used my 2007 and 2008 points for a booking a stay in 2009.
 

GTLINZ

TUG Review Crew: Veteran
TUG Member
Joined
Mar 31, 2008
Messages
1,051
Reaction score
483
Location
Georgia
I put in a search for the Keys in 2005 and accepted/confirmed a reservation for early 2007. I had to cancel later when I had found out a few months ahead that I had a conflict. My points were expired within HGVC but still valid within RCI for two years from the initial 2005 deposit. I put in another search, paid another fee and did end up going to the Keys in late 2007.

RCI is a nice way to save your points. In effect, I did not get them back because they could not go back but I did keep them alive. In fact, I originally bought in late 2005 and put them into RCI to keep from losing them. I did end up paying 2 reservation fees so I lost the original fee (was $149 at the time).
 
Top