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Westin St John Master Thread - Part 3 [Dec. 2017 and forward]

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I plan to try (try....key word...) to get reservations for my family for 5-7 days anytime in June or July. As I do not know if I need a 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom, I thought I might try to get a 2 bedroom and a studio. Any chance of this happening? And if so, how can I try to get them close to each other? Thanks for any input/advice/suggestions!!!
 

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I plan to try (try....key word...) to get reservations for my family for 5-7 days anytime in June or July. As I do not know if I need a 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom, I thought I might try to get a 2 bedroom and a studio. Any chance of this happening? And if so, how can I try to get them close to each other? Thanks for any input/advice/suggestions!!!
I have another question.... I am looking at a reservation for a 3 bedroom lockoff for 7 nights starting on Sat., June 6. It says that it requires 215,200 Star Options. I do not see anything that matches up on the StarOption Chart. I am confused. Can anyone help?
 

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I have another question.... I am looking at a reservation for a 3 bedroom lockoff for 7 nights starting on Sat., June 6. It says that it requires 215,200 Star Options. I do not see anything that matches up on the StarOption Chart. I am confused. Can anyone help?
I called and they said it was a glitch in their system? Of course I had to speak to a supervisor to get that answer. First agent told me that it might be because they are more in demand during that time???? Or that it was between high and low season??? WWHHAATTT????
 

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June 6 is low season for VGV, and med season for the other phases. Only CV and SB have 3Bd LOs - VGV has 3Bd pool villas.
 

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I have an ad here looking for a Westin St John efficiently rental week next Aug. I had a reply that was going well until I asked for proof he owned the unit he was renting. He did not reply. I have sent no money. There was one other red flag that I will not say. Should I report the name and contact info he gave me to The Westin and Vistana?
 

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I have an ad here looking for a Westin St John efficiently rental week next Aug. I had a reply that was going well until I asked for proof he owned the unit he was renting. He did not reply. I have sent no money. There was one other red flag that I will not say. Should I report the name and contact info he gave me to The Westin and Vistana?
Glad that no money exchanged hands. And good for you in being cautious.

Not sure to whom you would report this to at Westin/Vistana - not really their issue.

When you stated that this was on a ad here - do you mean TUG? If so, you should out this person and their ad.


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It is my TUG ad and he replied to it.
 

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We will be staying at WSJ for a second time in April. We took the WSJ Ferry the last time, but I understand it operates a bit differently now. I have a number of questions and would appreciates any insights Tuggers can provide:

- Does it run out of Red Hook? If so, do they bus you from the airport to Red Hook and vice versa?
- What is the daily schedule?
- Do they still allow for complimentary trips back to Charlotte Amalie during your stay?
- I believe the cost is $120 PP. Is that correct?

Thank you.

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This should answer your questions.

WESTIN PRIVATE FERRY
If you choose the private Westin ferry service, you will check-in at the Westin reception desk at the airport and leave your luggage with the airport staff for direct transport to your villa. You will enjoy the 45-minute ride across the island of St. Thomas to the Red Hook ferry dock in an enclosed, air-conditioned van that is equipped with Wi-Fi. Upon arrival at the Red Hook dock, you will be met by Westin staff who will escort you to the private Westin ferry for a 15-minute ride directly to the resort dock, where you will be welcomed by the resort staff and offered transportation directly to your villa.

Please contact The Westin St. John concierge team at least seven days prior to arrival, to ensure that the airport staff is ready for your arrival. Please note that Westin ferry passes must be purchased at the Westin Airport office.

The Westin ferry service includes round-trip service from the airport and the resort (including all transportation and luggage fees), unlimited travel between St. John and St. Thomas for the duration of your stay, and daily shopping trips to downtown St. Thomas (including taxi service to and from the ferry dock).

2019 Pricing for the Westin Ferry:

  • Adult: US$120 round trip note I read somewhere that owners get a discount. I believe it is $ 110 for owners.
  • Youth (ages 4-17): US$90 round trip
  • Children (3 and under): complimentary
The private taxi and ferry operate on set schedules. While waiting, you are invited to relax in the Westin Airport Lounge.

Westin Ferry Schedule

Ferry Departure Times: on Westin St. John site
 

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It is my TUG ad and he replied to it.
The only recourse is to out the person here. Why would Westin /Vistana care? Although, perhaps it was innocent and they changed their mind, or they are attempting to rent a SO reservation? Or, perhaps they are a scammer. As no money exchanged hands and communication stopped - you can’t report a person based on an assumption.
 

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We will be staying at WSJ for a second time in April. We took the WSJ Ferry the last time, but I understand it operates a bit differently now. I have a number of questions and would appreciates any insights Tuggers can provide:

- Does it run out of Red Hook? If so, do they bus you from the airport to Red Hook and vice versa?
- What is the daily schedule?
- Do they still allow for complimentary trips back to Charlotte Amalie during your stay?
- I believe the cost is $120 PP. Is that correct?

Thank you.

Best regards.

Mike
For 2 people that is $240 - about 1/2 of what a car rental for 1 week would cost.
For 4 people - no brainer - rent a car unless you are petrified of driving on left.
IMO
 

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For 2 people that is $240 - about 1/2 of what a car rental for 1 week would cost.
For 4 people - no brainer - rent a car unless you are petrified of driving on left.
IMO
Thanks David.

I will look into that option too. We will be at WSJ for 4 nights, then 1 night at a hotel on STT (Red Hook area), and finally 4 nights at the Ritz. Parking at WSJ is free IIRC, but not at Ritz. I will consider the options, including taking a rental car to St John.

Best regards.

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WSJ-VGV Owners: Don’t forget to pay your Property Tax Bill - due Oct 14th.
Can be online, but need invoice/control numbers from bill.
You should have received these from the WSJ-VGV HOA, or USVI.
I received mine from WSJ-VGV HOA.

If not, they may not have your correct address.
 

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The only recourse is to out the person here. Why would Westin /Vistana care? Although, perhaps it was innocent and they changed their mind, or they are attempting to rent a SO reservation? Or, perhaps they are a scammer. As no money exchanged hands and communication stopped - you can’t report a person based on an assumption.
Vistana should care because it is against the rules to rent VSN reservations. They should either enforce the rules or change them otherwise the only ones benefiting are the ones dishonest enough to break them so they do encourage bad behavior. And let's not assume Vistana does not care, it may take time, effort and money to find the people violating the rules but there is a good chance they would be willing to investigate if given detailed information. With that being said, it is also possible that the information you may give them would not go anywhere if the listing you mentioned used another email address than used for Vistana and a slightly different name than on the deed.
On the other hand WSJ does not have a lot of inventory using SO, they may be able to find the person if they search by the check in date you would provide.
 

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VSE should open an investigation based on pure speculation on TUG based on the off chance that this a SO rental?
Seriously?

I would love to see the transcript of that phone conversation.


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WSJ-VGV 2020 MFs are going up by 9.4% (after being relatively stable for years - since 2012) - based on the proposed budget.
Mainly due to increased insurance premiums, utility costs, and wages.
 
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What is the maintenance fees for an summer months efficiency in the different sections?
 

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What is the maintenance fees for an summer months efficiency in the different sections?
No idea - this is for VGV phase.


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Well that stinks :(
Why does it stink? Did you not expect some increase in light of the recent hurricane damage and related preparedness for future risks?

FWIW, everything I have seen says we got off easy compared to the way Marriott treated owners at Frenchman's Cove.
 

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Why does it stink? Did you not expect some increase in light of the recent hurricane damage and related preparedness for future risks?

FWIW, everything I have seen says we got off easy compared to the way Marriott treated owners at Frenchman's Cove.
I didn't expect a 9.4% increase ... If my maintenance fees were $1000 than a 9.4% increase wouldn't feel as painful as if they are already at $2600
 

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I didn't expect a 9.4% increase ... If my maintenance fees were $1000 than a 9.4% increase wouldn't feel as painful as if they are already at $2600
Plus Property Tax plus BS $25/nite ‘environmental’ fee


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Why does it stink? Did you not expect some increase in light of the recent hurricane damage and related preparedness for future risks?

FWIW, everything I have seen says we got off easy compared to the way Marriott treated owners at Frenchman's Cove.
I was under impression that VGV Hurricane Deductible was insured.
Does that mean other phases will increase more?


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I own at Bay Vista, and the increase was exactly the same. 9.4%. I got the letter a couple of days ago.
 
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