You're welcome to use anything you deem helpful. I don't need any credit but anything that helps other members and TUG is always good in my book.I would like to support this point because I often forget this now that I own GO and GC. BTW, I co-run an II FB group with 15K members. I am going to cut and paste some your post because your overall full view is spot on. It might not matter to you but I will give Dean from the Tug group credit. If nothing else, it promotes TUG.
Supporting your Bucket point. When I bought my first resale in 1995 Marriott Monarch ($12,500) , I also purchased a 2 bedroom resale Resort World of Orlando ($3,500). They were consecutive summer fixed weeks so I never cared about TDI. I am not sure it was even around. Resort World was my first trader, never having stayed in the 20 years I owned it. I no longer remember the II ratings back than, but it was on par with Marriott. I traded the Resorts for the Monarch and exchanged my Monarch for 130K Marriott Reward Points. Over the years, Resort World minimized the MF increases at the expense of the quality of the resort and hence II rating. The management changed from Resort World to Celebrity and finally Legacy Vacation. I gave it away in 2015. At that point the MF of Resorts was half of the Monarch. I just reviewed my trades. If you notice, there are years I had no exchanges. I started to look for Marriott exchanges within 60 days of travel to make up for lost value. Sometimes my work, desirable availability or air fares did not support this approach. In case it is not obvious, I was tied to a school schedule. If unit size is not listed, it was a 2 bedroom.
Marriott's Monarch at Sea Pines 4 times - 1996-2000 (elected points each year). 440,000 travel award for 4 round trip tickets anywhere in world AA flew plus 2 one week stays at any Marriott and a discount on hertz rental though I do not remember the amount. My wife,2 sons and I did a London/Paris/Madrid/Malaga 23 day trip in 2000. This was when the rewards program was best in breed
Marriott's Heritage Club Labor Day Weekend 2001 ( We wanted to golf this year. All free rounds were at the Heritage Golf Club)
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Marriott's Villas at Doral - Christmas 2002
Star Island Resort and Club - Christmas 2003 (gave this to my BIL)
Marriott Vacation Club Pulse Boston 1 bedroom Christmas 2004
Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort July - 2006 (gave this to my BIL)
Villa Roma Resort Lodges - Christmas 2007 - My nephew from Florida wanted to go skiing.
ESJ Towers Hotel 1 bedroom Thanksgiving - 2008
Water's Edge Resort and Spa 1 Bedroom Labor day 2009
Marriott's Fairway Villas - New Years 2011
Marriott's Aruba Surf Club - Studio April 2013
Marriott's Aruba Surf Club - August (within 60 day Trade) 2013
Marriott's Canyon Villas at Desert - 1 bedroom Christmas 2014
Marriott's Ocean Pointe Studio - Christmas 2015