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Weekend Travelers

clathrop

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My wife and I are considering buying a timeshare because we travel alot and are hoping to get better accomodations at a better rate with less hassle. We're pretty much sold on the concept except that we have some concerns.

Typically, we only travel for a weekend or long weekend; we never take full weeks. We are mildly flexible on when and where we go (i.e. any week so long as it is 3-4 days around a weekend and anywhere so long as it's within 6 hrs driving distance). However, we do frequent the NC Outer Banks. We started exploring this possiblity because we have been dismayed at the poor hotel accomodations at exorbitant prices in that area.

Also, when we go for a long weekend, we would want to check in on a Thursday and check out on a Sunday or Monday. From what I've seen you can typically only check in on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I am wondering if anyone thinks that timesharing would be a good option for us or not.

Thanks for your help,

-Chris
 

lprstn

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It sure would...if you have a points system type TS

I am an avid weekend traveler. I happen to own a TS - Weeks resort and a TS - Points resort. However my Wyndam (TS points) resort is the most used of the two.

Wyndam (FSP points) https://www.wyndhamvacationresorts.com/ffr/index.do allows the owner to;

- Go any place within the Wyndam selected resorts for 1 day - 7 day stays
- Bank a week with RCI for 1 week stays and I am able to bank a certain number of points for the types of weeks/size unit I want to bank (like 28K points for studio off season week, 70K pts, 105 pts, or 154 pts)
- I also bank weeks of 28K or 70K values for offseason and pay the $169 trade fee, for a long weekend trip as its a bargain. (so I can check in on Friday in Outer Banks Beach club from a banking of my Wyndam points to trade with RCI, and stay for 5 nights and still have points left over for a weekend within Wyndam).

There are other points systems that allow this type of flexibility. Some to consider are Wyndam, Worldmark, RCI points, Blue Green, Starwood, HGVC, Hilton ... review each plan/prices / location of internal resorts / BEFORE you purchase, and lastly,

ONLY PURCHASE RESALE through ebay, www.tug2.net, www.redweek.com, gmac timeshare resales, myresortnetwork.com and various other reputable sources here.

Good luck on your decision..
 
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