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Way, way fewer TPUs than before

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We own a fixed unit at a popular ski town, fixed week 51. I've been able to get 45 TPUs from RCI for it in the past. Deposited this coming year's usage, 2015, sometime this past January and got 45 again for it, as before.

Just checked to see how much I can get for 2016, and it's only worth 13 TPUs. Is it just because it's too soon? That's almost 18 months away. We're thinking about our next summer's plans.

We were just there a few weeks ago, and visited our unit-we've never actually stayed in ours, we always get upgraded to a bigger unit when we do go there for our week-and there's nothing different. It's been well-maintained, and is a very nice place.

Thanks! :)
 
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This year week 51 is Christmas week, next year it isn't. Holiday weeks get much higher trading power.
 

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I can understand that, but a drop from 45 to 13? That's a lot!

Will the amount of TPUs go up as we get closer to the travel dates?
 

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I think panina hit the nail on the head, a holiday week commands higher costs in most resorts.
 

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Even one day makes a difference.

I took at look at Getaways for Orlando for week before Christmas in Interval International.

Example:

Marriott Cypress Harbour


Dec 17 2015 - Dec 24 2015
2 6 8

$417.00 $392.00 $367.00

Dec 18 2015 - Dec 25 2015
2 6 8

$1,577.00 $1,552.00 $1,527.00

Next year my week 51 Sheraton Vistana falls the week before gets TPU of 25, usually when it falls the week including Christmas Day it gets 53.
 

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The week after Thanksgiving to the week before Christmas is just about the lowest demand time of the year almost everywhere. Most people don't want to go the week before Christmas unless they are stringing together a multiweek trip that includes the holidays or are extreme bargain hunters. When our boys were in preschool we use to head to the Caribbean at that time. Flights were cheap and resort prices were very low, Christmas decorations were up and it was cold enough at home that the warm seemed really nice.

I wouldn't think the tpu's would fall any further and if all of the current units are taken for that week and there is continued demand, it might rebound a little so it probably wouldn't hurt to hold on for a little while longer. But I wouldn't count on it rebounding by more than just a few points.

When you think about your tpu's and/or rental prices for a week 51, you might want to average it out by the 4 years instead of just concentrating on the high 3 years or the low 1 year. I have a week 51 that I have to rent below MF's on the leap year but I make up for that on the other 3 years.
 

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You may want to try using one of the other exchange companies to see what they'll give you for your 2016 week. My experience with RCI has been less than ideal for several years, and I've recently found SFX is a better fit for me. I doubt I'll ever deposit to RCI again.

Dave
 

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Thanks, all. I'm going to go ahead and deposit it, even though it's so low. I guess when we deposited it and got 45 TPUs, that I never made the connection with Christmas falling in that week. We just had other plans and knew we'd have a hard time going then, and happily traded and took our 45 points. I will still get a great week that we're looking forward to using, but last times, I was able to squeeze 2 or 3 trades from that deposit. Oh, well!
 

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My resort is with VRI, and I did try their availability, but we want to go to a specific area of the country, during a specific time. Nothing available with VRI, but we do like them. With RCI, I got something close enough that we can work with it. RCI it is.
 

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Bringing this back up. My resort always lets me pay and bank two years out. I always pick the week I want which is usually week 26 and includes July 4th.
Last year they they went down to silver crown. Still I got 45 TPU. This year they got gold crown back and I reserved and banked the same July 4th week and only got 38 TPU. It actually has been slowly decreasing every year. Myrtle Beach, not ocean front.
 

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We only get 36 tpu's for our OuterBanks 2 bedroom/loft for 4tth of July week on the beach. RCI tells me people don't want to go to the Outer Banks!! We used to get awesome exchanges before they went to tpu's
Pat
 

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I traded into the OBX in July of this year. It is a really difficult trade but it isn't as though they underpoint you and then sell it for much higher. I believe mine was 34 tpu's for an oceanfront unit. They just under point it. OBX like many other areas are underpointed with RCI. The probably get only a handful of summer deposits vs the hundreds and thousands they get in places like Williamsburg, Orlando, Massanutten and Branson. Giving them higher tpu's gets even more deposits which they get either a $209 exchange fee or $199-359 as a rental fee. They know with places like the OBX giving owners a couple extra points isn't going to really tip the scales on whether they deposit or not. Most won't. The overbuilt places is where the exchange places make their money.
 

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I traded into the OBX in July of this year. It is a really difficult trade but it isn't as though they underpoint you and then sell it for much higher. I believe mine was 34 tpu's for an oceanfront unit. They just under point it. OBX like many other areas are underpointed with RCI. The probably get only a handful of summer deposits vs the hundreds and thousands they get in places like Williamsburg, Orlando, Massanutten and Branson. Giving them higher tpu's gets even more deposits which they get either a $209 exchange fee or $199-359 as a rental fee. They know with places like the OBX giving owners a couple extra points isn't going to really tip the scales on whether they deposit or not. Most won't. The overbuilt places is where the exchange places make their money.

sage advice, thanks!
 

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I traded into the OBX in July of this year. It is a really difficult trade but it isn't as though they underpoint you and then sell it for much higher. I believe mine was 34 tpu's for an oceanfront unit. They just under point it. OBX like many other areas are underpointed with RCI. The probably get only a handful of summer deposits vs the hundreds and thousands they get in places like Williamsburg, Orlando, Massanutten and Branson. Giving them higher tpu's gets even more deposits which they get either a $209 exchange fee or $199-359 as a rental fee. They know with places like the OBX giving owners a couple extra points isn't going to really tip the scales on whether they deposit or not. Most won't. The overbuilt places is where the exchange places make their money.

Interesting viewpoint I never thought off, after reading thru so many posts about RCI overpointing the overbuilt places...

Great3
 

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You may want to try using one of the other exchange companies to see what they'll give you for your 2016 week. My experience with RCI has been less than ideal for several years, and I've recently found SFX is a better fit for me. I doubt I'll ever deposit to RCI again.

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I think this is a great idea , even if only for that year when the value is low . SFX may come through with added incentives making it worthwhile .
 
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