Why oh why don't more people try this?
I am typing this from a 2BR at the Galleon resort on Key West.
I traded for this with another TUG member. It cost both of us NOTHING--zero, nada, zilch, zip, bupkus. What part of that don't the TUG members understand?
For several years I have been posting threads here every six months or so asking why more members don't utilize this wonderful resource. And the answers?
"I never see anything I want..." Not like RCI or II where you always see what you want, right?
"How can I be sure that my trade will be honored?" It's called faith. If you aren't willing to trust another TUG member, then this isn't for you. Stick with RCI where at least you can be sure they will always honor your request, never cancel or switch you at the last minute, etc.
"What if I have to cancel?" You can work it out with your trade partner--you're both adults. It's amazing how much more compassionate another member will be to your problems compared to RCI or another trade company who only sees you as a dollar sign.
How do I know? I have made at least 10 individual private trades with TUG members over the last 8 years. I've had to cancel and had them cancel on me--and we worked it out to both of our benefits. I've had a trade I was unhappy with and received a MORE than fair settlement. I've NEVER had a problem that couldn't be solved by two fellow timeshare members working together for a solution that was fair and acceptable to both of us.
But mostly, I have had great trades--like this one--that I couldn't have gotten (most likely) through RCI et al. And this was quick and easy--as all of the swaps have been.
On top of that, I have made several "trade pals" that I still correspond with. All of us have felt we got a great deal on the trades and have agreed to make the same trades again in the futures as the opportunity arises.
So why don't more members register their weeks?
I don't know--but I wish you all would. You don't need a destination to request. Leave that part open. Just say you are willing to discuss any trades. Or, if there are certain places you don't want to go, just say--"No Orlando, Williamsburg or Las Vegas". That's what I say. You'll be surprised at what you may be offered.
And you'll meet some great new friends. Obviously, you are under no obligation to accept ANY trade that is offered. But the flexibility is really cool. I made one trade where neither of us had the properties that we wanted. But we could both get them by swapping our existing properties. So we both traded our properties for something the other wanted. Then we swapped those to each other and just had the original swapees issue the reservation in that person's name. And it worked exactly as planned. No problems at all because we all took care of the other as we wanted to be taken care of.
If you have any specific questions or want to discuss privately, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
. Otherwise, just list your weeks (ALL of them that you are willing to swap) in the listing area. The farther out the better...want to swap your 2011 week now? You can do it!
And be open to new ideas. You may be amazed at what you are offered. I was. And I'll never settle for just trading through exchange companies again.