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Vistana, Westin & Sheraton Deedback program

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RCI Extra Vacations and Last Call are always available for Las Vegas. And for very close to the Exchange Fee.
I won't have RCI access after this, but I may look into actually buying a share in Las Vegas. As I tend to go there at least once a year.
 

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Ginny- what do you own? Sometimes there is value if you sell it. You can list it on TUG.
If you let us know, we can tell you if there’s value
Hope it’s not something of value....
 

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I am not sure why...you can stay an RCI member without a property
I didn't know that was possible! How does that work? They say on their site that "RCI's core business is exchange vacations – helping timeshare owners to exchange their vacation ownership for time at other affiliated resorts. So, to enjoy exchange benefits through RCI®, you must own a timeshare to exchange."
 

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I didn't know that was possible! How does that work? They say on their site that "RCI's core business is exchange vacations – helping timeshare owners to exchange their vacation ownership for time at other affiliated resorts. So, to enjoy exchange benefits through RCI®, you must own a timeshare to exchange."
RCI doesn't know that you sold your timeshare. As long as you pay membership fees, you can remain -- and purchase Last Calls, etc.
 

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RCI doesn't know that you sold your timeshare. As long as you pay membership fees, you can remain -- and purchase Last Calls, etc.
That only works on the RCI weeks side though? Not RCI Points?
 

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I didn't know that was possible! How does that work? They say on their site that "RCI's core business is exchange vacations – helping timeshare owners to exchange their vacation ownership for time at other affiliated resorts. So, to enjoy exchange benefits through RCI®, you must own a timeshare to exchange."
I actually am not sure, but I had paid for 3 years RCI membership and lost my exchange unit (due to bankruptcy) and I can still make Extra and Last Call reservations.
 

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From the RCI Help Library on the points side regarding your account after selling your ownership (emphasis added):

Will my RCI account number be transferred to the new owner?
If you want to keep your RCI account to use your remaining deposits, confirmed vacations or Extra VacationsSM getaways, you can keep your RCI membership. If you want to transfer everything, including any prepaid membership fees, then you will transfer the RCI membership and RCI account number to the new owner.
 

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I think this is good news for those of us who are aging and have difficulty traveling any more and/or don't want to burden our children/grandchildren with yearly fees.
Your relatives are not required to pay your timeshare fees once you are deceased.
 

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Interestingly the original webpage https://www.vistana.com/exit , from this discussion has been updated so that they only mention that you might want to sell at some point. They do say they have agents that will help you "explore your options" but no where does it mention anything about a deed back program available. It also has this foot note so the exit program now sounds like it is just an excuse to try to get you to trade in and buy more.

"This material is intended to encourage the sale of Vistana Signature Experiences all-villa resort interests classified by state legislation as timeshare sales. This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of offers to buy in any state or other jurisdiction in which registration requirements have not been met. Vistana Signature Network™ is a registered Exchange Program.

THIS ADVERTISING MATERIAL IS BEING USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF SOLICITING SALES OF TIMESHARE INTERESTS."
 

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Interestingly the original webpage https://www.vistana.com/exit , from this discussion has been updated so that they only mention that you might want to sell at some point. They do say they have agents that will help you "explore your options" but no where does it mention anything about a deed back program available. It also has this foot note so the exit program now sounds like it is just an excuse to try to get you to trade in and buy more.

"This material is intended to encourage the sale of Vistana Signature Experiences all-villa resort interests classified by state legislation as timeshare sales. This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of offers to buy in any state or other jurisdiction in which registration requirements have not been met. Vistana Signature Network™ is a registered Exchange Program.

THIS ADVERTISING MATERIAL IS BEING USED FOR THE PURPOSE OF SOLICITING SALES OF TIMESHARE INTERESTS."
Did the page ever mention a deedback program? I didn't think that it did. Wasn't it just to call and explore your options. I suspect the disclosure is a state mandate in Florida and other states since they are by definition selling timeshare interests. Did that not exist previously? The no longer offer their trade in program like they were doing for people to buy Flex points.
 

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given how many folks are successfully able to deed back their vistana ownerships, id have to say the program still works even if the website doesnt specifically cater to it.
 

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Did the page ever mention a deedback program? I didn't think that it did. Wasn't it just to call and explore your options. I suspect the disclosure is a state mandate in Florida and other states since they are by definition selling timeshare interests. Did that not exist previously? The no longer offer their trade in program like they were doing for people to buy Flex points.
I thought it did mention options including deed back but maybe it did not. I did do a deed back on a single unit last year.
 

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I thought it did mention options including deed back but maybe it did not. I did do a deed back on a single unit last year.
I don't ever recall it mentioning what the actual options are. They probably don't really want to box themselves in and want to leave their options open.
 

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I just contacted Vistana two days ago and received a response to deedback my last ownership. Apparently it is still working.

Alan
 

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I just contacted Vistana two days ago and received a response to deedback my last ownership. Apparently it is still working.

Alan
I sent in an inquiry Monday 8/31 and got the automated response that I would be contacted in 3 business days. I haven't received anything else. I guess I will try again.
 

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same for me , they accepted the deed back as long as annual dues are paid. Thanks TUG !
Quick question : they are asking that I get the papers notarized at US embassy ( I live in Canada ) ... I live 10 hours away ! I don't understand why they don't accept Canadian notary.... anyone with similar experience ?
I told them the USA embassy in UK were on limited business due to corona virus and lack of on site staffs I used a notary local to me, emailed the documents for approval, then sent them via courier, all have arrived in Littleton CO,keep you posted on developments.
 

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given how many folks are successfully able to deed back their vistana ownerships, id have to say the program still works even if the website doesnt specifically cater to it.
Just been emailed from FNF,(the company finalising my deedback@Vistana),three weeks time it will be concluded, can furnish email address of the people I have dealt with at the company&Marriot vacations, no smoke, no mirrors or snake oil treatment used
 

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We want to give back our Sheraton week , and they accepted it.
But! Be aware! You have thirty days to make a reservation if you didn't used 2020 week yet and also 30 days for 2021, plus they simply close your access to your vistana.com account , because they are " in the process to close your account".
I'm very upset about it , especially the vistana.com.They didn' tell us this when we called first...
 

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We want to give back our Sheraton week , and they accepted it.
But! Be aware! You have thirty days to make a reservation if you didn't used 2020 week yet and also 30 days for 2021, plus they simply close your access to your vistana.com account , because they are " in the process to close your account".
I'm very upset about it , especially the vistana.com.They didn' tell us this when we called first...
Are you able to call and make your reservation?
 

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Are you able to call and make your reservation?
We want to give back our Sheraton week , and they accepted it.
But! Be aware! You have thirty days to make a reservation if you didn't used 2020 week yet and also 30 days for 2021, plus they simply close your access to your vistana.com account , because they are " in the process to close your account".
I'm very upset about it , especially the vistana.com.They didn' tell us this when we called first...
That came as a surprise to me, too, especially since I had already deeded back two others. I guess when it’s your last one, they close your online access to everything And then warn you that you only have 30 to use what you still have.
 

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Are you able to call and make your reservation?
Yes we are , but needless to say , it's much easier to make a reservation yourself when you can see your options and points. We wanted to visit Phoenix to look around if we want to buy a retirement home in Arizona next year , but also spend some time in Myrtle Beach with my niece. And It's not fair , to block my access to my account when this year is a completely normal year , they have the whole 2021 to " close my account".
 

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That came as a surprise to me, too, especially since I had already deeded back two others. I guess when it’s your last one, they close your online access to everything And then warn you that you only have 30 to use what you still have.
At least they should warn you before they block your access , or at least wait the 30 days! We were in a process to make a reservstion in Myrtle Beach but I had to wait until Monday(Oct.19) b/c of a doctor's appointment to finalize the date, and to my suprise I just couldn't get to my account.
 

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Bummer,as soon as they found out we did not want them anymore they responded in predictable childish fashion, but at least we got our retaliation in first, not able to access the account to pay the MF they are not going to get, and will not have to fill in an online survey, enjoy the freedom.!
 

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Bummer,as soon as they found out we did not want them anymore they responded in predictable childish fashion, but at least we got our retaliation in first, not able to access the account to pay the MF they are not going to get, and will not have to fill in an online survey, enjoy the freedom.!
They told us that we have to pay next year MF , I don't get it why , but at least we can use it...
 
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