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Red, Blue, White? What dates?

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I have been looking at the Marketplace for buying timeshares and I am not sure what dates are included in the Red, White and Blue seasons. There is also a designation as "other". What timeframe is included in this listing? Also, some resorts list 1 or 2 bedrooms, some say 1L or 2L. What does the L indicate? Thanks for your help in translating the information.
 

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happy to help!

these are some basic terms in the timesharing world, the colors indicate the demand of the interval being discussed. ie red = high blue = low demand etc.

some resorts use precious metals (gold/silver/etc) some use colors...sadly there is no uniform system...but they all tend to define the level of demand for a particular week.

when you see an L on an interval, this indicates a lockout/lockoff unit...which is a completely separate room attached to an adjacent room with a lockable door. many 2bedroom lockoff units are essentially two separate 1bedroom units attached via a door for example.

here are two great articles to familiarize yourself with common concepts and terms!

http://tug2.net/timeshare_advice/timesharing_101_an_introduction_to_timeshares.html

http://www.tug2.net/timeshare_advice/timeshare_glossary.htm
 

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And it should be noted that the colours, which vary between exchange companies, will also vary from area to area. So a red week in a ski area will be at a different time than a red week in a beach area. "Other" could possibly be floating weeks. Some weeks float all year round so they really aren't fixed to a particular colour/season.

Also, within red, you might find references on TUG to weeks ranging from pale pink to scarlet. So for example some beach areas are, according to RCI, red all year round. But a July 4th week is going to be a bright red week, valuable and will get you fairly high trade value, as a general rule. November, pale pink - not a lot of people want to go to the beach in November so it won't be as good for exchanging.

If you're buying something you want to use every year, the colours and exchange values won't mean much to you, just buy what you want and enjoy your vacation. But if you are looking to exchange your week, there's a lot that can be learned before making a choice. This is a very good website to get that education.
 

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Still unsure

Thanks for your replies. So I guess when a resort is listed for sale in Marketplace and it says Red, White or Blue, the exact dates are specific to the resort. So a buyer would have to research that particular resort or talk with the seller to find out the season dates. Is that correct? Are these designations resort generated or decided by the seller?
 

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Thanks for your replies. So I guess when a resort is listed for sale in Marketplace and it says Red, White or Blue, the exact dates are specific to the resort. So a buyer would have to research that particular resort or talk with the seller to find out the season dates. Is that correct? Are these designations resort generated or decided by the seller?

Above is pretty much the deal. And from exchange to exchange. For instance, I have one TS that some weeks are 'White' season in one exchange, but 'Red' in RCI. Go figure.
 

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And it should be noted that the colours, which vary between exchange companies, will also vary from area to area. So a red week in a ski area will be at a different time than a red week in a beach area. "Other" could possibly be floating weeks. Some weeks float all year round so they really aren't fixed to a particular colour/season.

Also, within red, you might find references on TUG to weeks ranging from pale pink to scarlet. So for example some beach areas are, according to RCI, red all year round. But a July 4th week is going to be a bright red week, valuable and will get you fairly high trade value, as a general rule. November, pale pink - not a lot of people want to go to the beach in November so it won't be as good for exchanging.

If you're buying something you want to use every year, the colours and exchange values won't mean much to you, just buy what you want and enjoy your vacation. But if you are looking to exchange your week, there's a lot that can be learned before making a choice. This is a very good website to get that education.
Things have changed, right? Now a red is a red? Or else how does one know what is a scarlet at a particular resort?
 
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