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TradeWinds Cruise Club/TradeWinds Experience

GregT

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All,

Okay, I've gone ahead and acquired a membership in TradeWinds Experience. I found a member in the Facebook Group page who was looking to sell 350K points for $4,000. The points were unlocked, so they had already paid about $2,800 in maintenance fees to unlock the points, so this portion of my payment was a reimbursement for the maintenance fees -- and then I had to pay $1,995 to transfer the points ($1,000) and the new member fee ($995). The points expire in 2026 so I have a reasonable time horizon to use them. As with other timeshare systems (like Marriott), it does seem like an inordinate amount of the transaction consideration goes to the timeshare organization to facilitate the transfer and I can see why most owners prefer to sell their excess points through the reservations process.

It's a smaller package that I originally anticipated seeking but there are few resales offered with most owners preferring to make reservations directly to warrant a higher purchase price and not have to be discounted because of the transfer fees. We will see how this works out, but wanted to communicate the details to my TUGging friends.

As I find come across things of interest, I will post them -- thanks all for your help over last few weeks -- I thought I would buy one eventually and this was just an opportunistic purchase. I don't think it was cheap nor overpaying, considering the transfer fees, and think this was a fair purchase for both parties.

Best,

Greg
 

Sandy VDH

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Okay, I've gone ahead and acquired a membership in TradeWinds Experience.
Welcome to the club. Can't wait for covid to be over and things for TWs to go back to normal. They have had huge issues with islands not allowing access or having to put in place 14 day quarantines. Yachts impose another issue, as land ops are open in some places, but not yachting options.

Maybe we will have to arrange a TUG TW Cruise. Get a few of us Tuggers who are owners all on the same trip. As far as purchasing a TWE account outright I think you found one of the best deals I have seen.

Happy Sailing.
 

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Congrats Greg! I'm sure you'll enjoy this. I've been interested in trying a TW cruise for a long time.

We'll start the Carlsbad Cruisers Club.
 

GregT

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Maybe we will have to arrange a TUG TW Cruise. Get a few of us Tuggers who are owners all on the same trip.
Sandy, thanks for the comments -- and I agree -- that would be fun to do with a group of TUGgers.

Speculative Question: if someone reserved a whole boat charter (which I can't), are there any TUGgers who would pay [$2,000?] to reserve a cabin (and then also pay the ~$1,100 per person AI fee) to do a TUG cruise on a Luxury Class yacht? That reservation fee would have to be non-refundable because some TUGger would be taking the risk by reserving the boat. But there may be enough interested TUGgers to even consume a cancelation.

Note: this is not an advertisement because I don't have a boat reserved, nor do I have sufficient points to even be able to reserve a boat, I'm just trying to figure out if this is even possible.

Best,

Greg
 

Sandy VDH

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Speculative Question: are there any TUGgers who would pay [$2,000?] to reserve a cabin (and then also pay the ~$1,100 per person AI fee) to do a TUG cruise on a Luxury Class yacht? That reservation fee would have to be non-refundable because some TUGger would be taking the risk by reserving the boat. But there may be enough interested TUGgers to even consume a cancelation.

Note: this is not an advertisement because I don't have a boat reserved, nor do I have sufficient points to even be able to reserve a boat, I'm just trying to figure out if this is even possible.
I DO have sufficient points to rent more than 1 whole boat. So if there is an interest, we can work something out.
 

GregT

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I DO have sufficient points to rent more than 1 whole boat. So if there is an interest, we can work something out.
That's terrific! I would do a TUG TradeWinds cruise for sure and would be happy to pay for a cabin. That would be a blast!!!

Best,

Greg
 
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buzglyd

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That's terrific! I would do a TUG TradeWinds cruise for sure and would be happy to pay for a cabin. That would be a blast!!!

Best,

Greg
Keep me on the list when things are normal. Sounds like a blast.
 

heathpack

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Good chance we’d be up to go in on a boat. We sold our 42 foot sailboat back in March and would enjoy getting back on the water without the fuss of chartering a boat ourselves.
 

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Us too. Totally would be in on a full boat booking.
 
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