A final thought about Christel House

Gordon G. - RCI Membership and Timeshare Vacation Info

I hope you enjoyed reading stories from all of us this week about Christel House. As the week comes to a close, I’d like to leave you with one more story. A while back I had the great privilege of meeting some of the students, and seeing this organization’s mission in action, at the Christel House in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Instead of being asked to read to a group of young children, those children read to me and other guests from story books each of them had created. Each hand-made book was filled with words and images describing what Christel House meant to its young author, and what each now thought their opportunities could be.  It was so inspiring to learn from the children in this sincere and poignant way how Christel House had opened their eyes to the world of possibility—to see that they now believe they can accomplish really anything if they put their minds to it. Later, as I spoke with them, I heard many say that they would never have felt such hope if they hadn’t been schooled at Christel House, which gave them not only the tools to aspire to be whatever they wanted, but also the self-esteem and belief that such hopes are indeed possible. It was wonderful to see. 


More recently, a Christel House graduate addressed a gathering at the ARDA convention this year (the ARDA convention is held each year for professionals in the vacation ownership and resort development industries). After describing her extremely impoverished background, she shared with us how Christel House had allowed her to succeed in ways she never had thought possible.  This 19-year-old girl was so articulate and confident, it made me very proud to be able to help such an organization, even in a small way, to make such a powerful impact on young people’s lives. 


I hope you’ll join me in supporting this life-changing organization. And attention RCI subscribing members: if you send a contribution to Christel House by December 31, 2012, RCI will match it. Learn more about Christel House here.

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Trading Power at RCI: How Our Timeshare Exchange Program Works

Gordon G. - RCI Membership and Timeshare Vacation InfoTrading Power is very important for you when you are booking a timeshare exchange with RCI! This is how we determine what timeshare exchange offers to provide you.


The RCI Weeks program is based on a like-for-like principle. This means we will always work to provide you with a timeshare exchange similar to the deposit you provided us. That is, if you provide us with two weeks in a very popular destination, we will try to give you two weeks in another equally popular destination.


Most of the inventory in our timeshare exchange program is provided by members who deposit their ownership week with us. RCI members have up to 24 months before their start date to make a deposit. Within that two year window, other members may ask for that same start date for their vacation. So our job is to try and match everyone we can with all the deposits we get from other members.


Although all exchanges are made based on Trading Power, it takes higher Trading Power to travel to highly demanded areas with limited supply, or during highly demanded weeks of the year (like Christmas Week, 4th of July, etc.).


The Trading Power of your deposited week is based on a lot of factors, including how many members have historically asked for your type of deposit, how many deposits like yours we get, the quality of your resort, and the size and season of your deposit, just to mention a few. We compare all of these to the vacation that you request, and if the Trading Power is similar (or if your deposit has more Trading Power), then you will have a great chance of getting what you are asking for.


You probably have heard our Guides talk about depositing early. That's because you can usually help to maximize your Trading Power by depositing early. If you don’t deposit your week until 3 to 4 weeks before your vacation, we cannot give your week to someone else until then. And I'm sure most of you would want to know if you had an exchange long before that!


Also, other members are depositing into our timeshare exchange program all the time. So, if the vacation you want is not available right now, enter an ongoing search for your choice of destination or time of year! These searches get prioritized for matching new member deposits. So an ongoing search helps improve your chances of getting the timeshare exchange you want.


Finally, to maximize the number of people we can send on vacation, we are always acquiring inventory from our resorts and other sources like hotels, especially in big cities where there are not many timeshares.


Our goal is to use every unit we get and to get you on the best resort vacation we can. So deposit early, enter ongoing searches if a unit is not immediately available, and be as flexible as possible! Have a great vacation!

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