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Wyndham extra fees...charges via RCI "Extra Vacations"

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Quick question, as I have something on hold...The "fine print" as I was on the RCI site grabbing a Wyn Cypress Palms to attend TUG gathering...it said $75 might be charged since it's a 5 night stay. With the tax and fee, another 75 bucks makes this unattractive for me. I didn't know if I should put this posting on the "Exchanging" TUG board, or the Lounge. If a moderator or admin wants to move this to a better TUG forum, please do so, as I need a rapid response.

I hope somebody sees my question today or tomorrow and could post a quick reply if you know what happens with Wyndham fees upon arrival and check-in...if a RCI member booked a 5 night stay through RCI "Extra Vacations". TIA!
 

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Quick question, as I have something on hold...The "fine print" as I was on the RCI site grabbing a Wyn Cypress Palms to attend TUG gathering...it said $75 might be charged since it's a 5 night stay. With the tax and fee, another 75 bucks makes this unattractive for me. I didn't know if I should put this posting on the "Exchanging" TUG board, or the Lounge. If a moderator or admin wants to move this to a better TUG forum, please do so, as I need a rapid response.

I hope somebody sees my question today or tomorrow and could post a quick reply if you know what happens with Wyndham fees upon arrival and check-in...if a RCI member booked a 5 night stay through RCI "Extra Vacations". TIA!
All Extra Vacations have fees, usually $100. The "Extra Vacations" usually cost $300-400 via Last Calls. In fact, it's one of the ways that TS resorts, promising people a free extra vacation, make new TS owners think they are getting a good deal. In reality, the "Extra Vacations" usually save TS owners $200/year, which of course is not enough to justify retail/developer purchases. @SNA27 you asked whether it's worth it to use "Extra Vacations." Yes, if you ever use the Last Calls, which is usually quiet season.
 

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All Extra Vacations have fees, usually $100. The "Extra Vacations" usually cost $300-400 via Last Calls. In fact, it's one of the ways that TS resorts, promising people a free extra vacation, make new TS owners think they are getting a good deal. In reality, the "Extra Vacations" usually save TS owners $200/year, which of course is not enough to justify retail/developer purchases. @SNA27 you asked whether it's worth it to use "Extra Vacations." Yes, if you ever use the Last Calls, which is usually quiet season.

That's not exactly what they're asking. They're asking if the $75 housekeeping fee disclosed on the fees tab of the Extra Vacation in RCI will be charged (in addition to the understood cash cost of the Extra Vacation), because it says "may be a fee" in the wording. Because it's a 5-night stay and not a full week I'd expect to pay that fee, because RCI vacations are priced in terms of full weeks, and if they've got to clean that unit twice in a week because they're offering a 5-night stay they'll charge that fee. But I don't have firsthand experience to that effect, never having booked an RCI cash vacation of less than a week. This question is probably more pertinent to the exchanges forum.
 

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Thank you both...I probably worded my question wrong since I was in a hurry. But I am thinking they will stick me with an extra $75 fee...not worth it to me. (Plus they'll be ringing my phone off the hook and trapping me at check-in, to give me a parking pass I won't even need...from their OPC who will want me to sign up for a tour.) :rolleyes:
 

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Are there two different nomenclatures for RCI accounts from, say, Wyndham, as opposed to the kind of RCI account I have for my RCI points account? This is the second time in as many weeks that I've heard people talking about expensive Last Call weeks or, now, cheap Extra Vacations. Do these terms not mean the same thing in corporate accounts?

Edit : for the OP, I try not to book the <7 night Last Call or Extra Vacations, because you're paying at least a 7 day exchange fee, AND run the risk of them charging you a short stay housekeeping fee.
 
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If this is a Points reservation for a partial week, yes you will pay it. If it is a Weeks reservation using the new resort code (DK75) then I'm not as certain, but based on how the fee is worded I suspect the answer is "yes." Might be worth calling the resort.

"Housekeeping fee for all RCI reservations: There may be a fee of 75.00 U.S. dollars for all units, per stay. Cash or Credit is accepted."
Fee is for less than 7 night stays.​
 

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Are there two different nomenclatures for RCI accounts from, say, Wyndham, as opposed to the kind of RCI account I have for my RCI points account? This is the second time in as many weeks that I've heard people talking about expensive Last Call weeks or, now, cheap Extra Vacations. Do these terms not mean the same thing in corporate accounts?

Edit : for the OP, I try not to book the <7 night Last Call or Extra Vacations, because you're paying at least a 7 day exchange fee, AND run the risk of them charging you a short stay housekeeping fee.

No, the Wyndham portal RCI accounts see the exact same cash vacations as other entry points to RCI, and Last Calls are typically cheapest while Extra Vacations can vary but are generally noticeably more expensive than Last Calls (the exception being the best Extra Vacation sales, which come very close to Last Call prices). In the OP's situation, from checking RCI it looks like the vacation in question was only available via EV and not LC (though it would fall in the LC timeframe), and was a pretty reasonable price for 5 nights before taking the $75 cleaning fee into account.
 

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I've done a few RCI exchanges. I didn't get charged housekeeping or fees at WBC or Reunion in Florida. There was no extra charge at Welk. I did get charged 1 euro/day per adult plus electricity in Europe though I think that has less to do with resort and more to do with the EU.
 

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I didn't get charged housekeeping or fees at WBC or Reunion in Florida. There was no extra charge at Welk.

Were these for less than a week stays? That's specifically what the OP is asking about (and also as it applies RCI's cash vacations rather than exchanges).
 

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A couple of times they were "free" weeks so I had to pay tax (lovely.) I never get partial weeks as it is the same difference to me just getting the full discount week and not being there the entire time. But there should be enough Wyndham owners showing up in Orlando that perhaps an ISO on the wanted board might even be cheaper than RCI.
 
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