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Chemteach, thanks for your very comprehensive post.

Does TW charge a high percentage apr if you finance? Did they go over the maintenance fees or unlocking fees?
I've never financed. I just work out some agreement like 5K down and the balance due in 6 months.
 

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Tradewinds sounds amazing. I have this now on our bucket list.

I would like to include family and may need 2 to 3 cabins. Is there a way to do this via RCI with HGVC points within the 1:4 rule?
I'm not sure, but SFX has some affiliation with tradewinds as well. I don't know if they're subject to the 1-4 rule or what either.

Just an idea.
 

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@chemteach Thanks for the detailed update. Wow, this sounds amazing! Would love to return to FP someday on one of these cruises. We visited on our honeymoon 32 years ago, but didn't cruise. It was amazing then too. Fiji is also on our list.

What are the Tradewinds locations that are not on RCI/SFX?
 
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@chemteach Thanks for the detailed update. Wow, this sounds amazing! Would love to return to FP someday on one of these cruises. We visited on our honeymoon 32 years ago, but didn't cruise. It was amazing then too. Fiji is also on our list.

What are the Tradewinds locations that are not on RCI/SFX?
SFX only shows:
Flagship - Guadalupe only

Luxury Class -
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Guadeloupe
  • St. Maarten, Anguilla, St. Barths
  • St. Vincent & The Grenadine

Cruising Class -
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Belize
  • Panama - Las Perlas
  • Greece
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Guadeloupe
  • St. Maarten, Anguilla, St. Barths
  • Turkey
I haven't looked at my RCI account via Hilton (not RCI Points, it's an odd beast)
 

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Apparently there are quite a few people who have points expiring in 2020. If you can travel in 2020 it might be a great opportunity to get on a Tradewinds cruise. I found a great deal via Facebook pm me if you need info on who to contact. (I am not the seller, or related to the seller in anyway, the timing just isn’t right for us)
 

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There is NO active base in Panama -Las Perlas or Turkey right now.

There likely should be an Antigua listing. French Poly and Fiji has also had deposits in RCI.

Don't know if Abacos or Exumas in the Bahamas were ever deposited into RCI.

Rest are members only. FYI
 

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The biggest issue for us is getting to the bases. Man, the cost of airfare to get there is the big stumbling block.
We do the credit card game. I have 300,000 points now on Air France. It’s 55,000 points round trip lax to ppt. (But you have to be on it to get the lowest point fares.). We had 60,000 points from a citi thank you credit card sign up offer, then 3x points for all my timeshare maintenance fees, plus they ran a 30% bonus for Air France. I had been saving up thank you points for a long time, and transferred them all over to Air France last year. I also have a citi at&t card that gives 3x points for all online purchases. That one makes the points really add up. I don’t think that card is offered any longer, though. I’m trying to figure out the cheapest way to get to Fiji in 2021.
 

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@chemteach Thanks for the detailed update. Wow, this sounds amazing! Would love to return to FP someday on one of these cruises. We visited on our honeymoon 32 years ago, but didn't cruise. It was amazing then too. Fiji is also on our list.

What are the Tradewinds locations that are not on RCI/SFX?
Tradewinds has a boat now (and likely 2 in a few years) that goes to a new destination every 6 months. (Seychelles, Maldives, Madagascar, etc.). These are not put into RCI because members book them up within a few hours of their availability posting on the Tradewinds member site. We really wanted to be able to go on one of these.
 

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I’m trying to figure out the cheapest way to get to Fiji in 2021.
I don't normally fly these long distances in coach. I ususally use FF rewards and go biz class, but I got a fare on Fiji Airways this spring and I booked it through the Chase portal so it costs the equivalent cash value of $263. That was return air LAX to Fiji. And since I used points and not real money, I will even earn AA points for the flight, since they are a partner. I leave for Fiji in less than a month.

I can't even fly to the Caribbean for that price.

I am hoping that the Fiji sale pops up again next year, and I will then likely return. I just paid for the Economy PLUS seat out of pocket, so at least I will have leg room on the bulk head.
 

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I don't normally fly these long distances in coach. I ususally use FF rewards and go biz class, but I got a fare on Fiji Airways this spring and I booked it through the Chase portal so it costs the equivalent cash value of $263. That was return air LAX to Fiji. And since I used points and not real money, I will even earn AA points for the flight, since they are a partner. I leave for Fiji in less than a month.

I can't even fly to the Caribbean for that price.
That is an amazing fare!! We flew home from French Polynesia in a bulk head seat - was really nice!! (But I've never flown business class...). We had lots of leg room.
 

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That is an amazing fare!! We flew home from French Polynesia in a bulk head seat - was really nice!! (But I've never flown business class...). We had lots of leg room.
I am 6'0" tall. Typical Dutch girl. I have legroom issues.
 

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We do the credit card game. I have 300,000 points now on Air France. It’s 55,000 points round trip lax to ppt. (But you have to be on it to get the lowest point fares.). We had 60,000 points from a citi thank you credit card sign up offer, then 3x points for all my timeshare maintenance fees, plus they ran a 30% bonus for Air France. I had been saving up thank you points for a long time, and transferred them all over to Air France last year. I also have a citi at&t card that gives 3x points for all online purchases. That one makes the points really add up. I don’t think that card is offered any longer, though. I’m trying to figure out the cheapest way to get to Fiji in 2021.
Cheapest way in terms of money or award tickets?

If you're planning on award travel, you might consider the services of an award ticket booking specialist (I've used one company in particular twice now). It's how I was able to plan ahead and get 2 first class tickets from US to Maldives next year. The credit card game, but it was helpful to know the ins and outs of the programs and which miles to accrue.

Flyertalk forum is useful, but they aren't very kind/forgiving on some things, so expect a lot of snark and rude comments (IMO), but if you have a thick skin, can be helpful (if you post).

I used a company called Juicy Miles (they now have an online/self-service subscription you can purchase if you want to see what's there and you know the booking rules, etc.) If you want their "full service" service, it's more expensive, but like I said, I used it twice.

In my case, we stocked up on Korean Airlines (as I already had some) and AA miles to book either Etihad or Qatar (I couldn't rack up enough Alaska or JAL miles to get Emirates and Singapore Airlines apparently has very tough availability for 2 tickets with their new First Class suites). Ended up in the Eithad Apartments, but even that was tough (glad I had them do all the work). They have to call the AA office in New Zealand as for some reason the US office can't see all the flights. Same with Korean. Online booking was a nightmare, so the agent had to call in and deal with all that (fortunately he knew Korean Airlines very well) and was able to piecemeal something together.

Good luck and let us know!
 

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I was on Sweet Pea in May, it’s a new 60ft in TradeWinds fleet . It was the inaugural sail, we went fro Nassau to George Town in Great Exumas.

It was nice, something different. Love cruises too.
 

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Attached are some pictures of my Tradewinds experiences in Antigua and the British Virgin Islands (BVI):

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6 days and counting. 4 working days left. French Polynesia here we come! Thanks for the pictures!
 

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I'm excited too. I have less than 3 weeks to Fiji.
 

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Here are some assorted shots from different trips. St. Vincent Grenadines (New Beginning 70 ft. Flagship); St. Martin (Home 60 ft. Luxury); Antigua (Further 59 ft. Luxury).
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I just wanted to post an update on the Tradewinds sailing offerings in the Bahamas. The base in the Abacos is not functioning so there is an alternative schedule.

Below is a list of the three offered sailings in the Bahamas. RCI codes are listed.

TradeWinds Nassau (#DQ99)
Embarkation at Palm Cay Marina in Nassau
Disembarkation at Emerald Bay Marina in Great Exuma

TradeWinds Exumas (#DQ39)
Embarkation at Emerald Bay Marina in Great Exuma
Disembarkation at Palm Cay Marina in Nassau

TradeWinds Bahamas (#D577)- while the Abaco base is down the 2020 sails will be out of Great Exuma.
Embarkation at Emerald Bay Marina in Great Exuma
Disembarkation at Emerald Bay Marina in Great Exuma
 
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