Who wouldn’t want more value?


Julia G. - RCI Weeks News and Information

My role at RCI on the US RCI Weeks Member Marketing team means that I spend my days working to create materials and tools for you to better understand and utilize your RCI membership. I’m happy to be able to share with you the latest news for RCI Weeks members and teach you how to get the most value out of your membership.

Prior to our recent upgrade, when you looked to confirm a vacation, our systems only provided for one-for-one exchanges. You gave your vacation week in the form of a Deposit to RCI, and in return, you exchanged for a different vacation week in RCI’s system. You could book any available vacation that had an equal or lower trading power than you Deposit’s trading power. Now, when you search for a vacation, you can choose to search for any available vacation, regardless of trading power, or only those that have equal or less Exchange Trading Power than your Deposit Trading Power (remember that you are still exchanging a week for a week, and although Nightly Stay rental vacations are available, shorter or longer night stay exchange vacations can only be obtained through an RCI Points membership).

Even better, when you “trade down” to confirm a vacation that has a lower Exchange Trading Power than the trading power of your Deposit, you now get a Deposit Credit on your account which has a Deposit Trading Power equal to the difference between the Exchange Trading Power and the Deposit Trading Power used. More value for you!

How will you use your Deposit Trading Power this year? What adventures do you have planned? Join the conversation by commenting below.

Comments for Who wouldn’t want more value?


Name: Mike
Time: Monday, November 29, 2010

What is the numeric scale that is used for "TRading Power"? What's the highest number? What's the lowest? How do I know what vacations are equal to or lower than my trading power?

Name: RCI
Time: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hi Mike, thanks for reading the RCI Blog! Your Deposit Trading Power is based on a number of components, the biggest being supply, demand and utilization. Once you deposit your vacation week with RCI it will be assigned a Deposit Trading Power, based on all of the components at the time of deposit, ranging from 1 to 60. Currently most Deposits have Deposit Trading Power ranging from 13 to 21. In order to get 100% of your available Deposit Trading Power to use when exchanging you must deposit 2 years to 9 months in advance of your ownership week’s start date. Once your week is deposited you can search against it for available exchange vacations. When searching for an exchange, the Exchange Trading Power needed to book a particular vacation will be listed on the search screen alongside the resort. You can compare the Exchange Trading Power needed with the trading power of your deposit to make the best vacation choice for you. To learn more about trading power and searching for a vacation, you can login to RCI.com to view RCI TV (click on the All About Weeks channel), watch this video (http://bit.ly/idAHvl) or check out RCI.com/InsideRCI to read more info.

Name: Allan
Time: Friday, December 3, 2010

I was stunned when I went into my RCI account today (Dec. 2) to learn that under your new system of trading power, I have access to far fewer possibilities than previously. In fact, of the previous 7 exchanges I have done, I would now be ineligible for even one of these resorts. The week that I presently have banked with RCI is a red week in a gold crown resort. You can imagine how I feel when I see that I have a trading power of 11 for that week. Now I learn that the average assignment is 13 to 21. Your company did not even bother to notify me, as an RCI member, of this major change. I have only learned how if functions by doing searches on the net. I expect that I shall be looking for a different company than RCI with which to deposit my weeks. Your communications and PR are deficient, to say the least. Up til now, I've been pleased with almost all of our exchanges and do look forward to one booked for January, 2011. Interestingly enough, we would not be eligible to go to this resort under your new system. Having to combine 2 weeks to get a one week exchange is nothing but a huge money grab on your part. Try to keep the customer better informed of changes in your company..

Name: Maggie
Time: Monday, December 6, 2010

I transferred points from Wyndham for a one week deposit for a studio in white season expiring 12/31/11. This deposit has never showed up on the RCI web site. First question: why not? Second question: how do I found out the exchange trading power for this deposit?

Name: RCI
Time: Monday, December 6, 2010

Hi Allan, thank you for your comment and for reading the RCI Blog. The amount of your Deposit Trading Power is based on a number of components and these components have not changed with the recent enhancements. One important point to keep in mind is that in order to get the maximum available Deposit Trading Power to use when exchanging, you must deposit 2 years to 9 months in advance of your ownership week’s start date as this impacts the Deposit Trading Power you receive. We have disclosed Deposit Trading Power and introduced the new enhancements to give our members more flexibility and more options. We want to help you make the most of your membership and find that next great vacation so please email us at talktous@rci.com with your contact information so we can review your account and give you a call.

Name: RCI
Time: Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hi Maggie, thanks for your comment! Wyndham deposits are not currently available for viewing online, but we'd be happy to answer any questions you have and assist you in exchanging this deposit. Just give us a call at 1-800-572-0931.

Name: Bart
Time: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I agree with: Friday, December 3, 2010 by Allan. It is outragous what you require now to exchange. It was difficult before, but now with only a trading power of 8, I am very limited on when & where I can stay, without having to bank two or more weeks. Will not renew my RCI membership for sure!! I too shall be shall be looking for a different company than RCI to deposit my weeks. Thanks for making owning a time share even more of a headache!!!

Name: RCI
Time: Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hi Bart, we're sorry to hear of your frustrations - however, we'd like to try to help. Please email us at talktous@rci.com with your contact information so we can review your account and give you a call.

Name: Scott
Time: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I have more "Exchange Trading Power Points" then I need. Another RCI member I know needs more exchange power becuase his week is not very good. Can I transfer some of my exchange power points to their RCI account?

Name: RCI
Time: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hi Scott, thanks for your comment! If you exchange your Deposit for an exchange vacation with lower Exchange Trading Power than your available Deposit Trading Power, you’ll receive a Deposit Credit. The Deposit Credit will have a trading power equal to the difference between your Deposit Trading Power and the Exchange Trading Power of the vacation you booked and will be put on your account in the form of a Deposit, to use toward future exchanges. Deposit Credits on your account and Combined Deposits can be transferred to another subscribing member's account if an MTA (Member Transfer Application) is submitted and the $98 fee is paid. You can access this MTA form by logging in to RCI.com, clicking “Help” in the upper right corner, and then selecting “Fees and Forms.” If you have any questions while filling out the application please feel free to contact us. Hope this helps!

Name: Jeff
Time: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Julia,

RCI is on the right track. About a year ago, I was scared to be looking at owning RCI related properties. Exchanges were a guess and took too long and frustrating. The new system works easily and is based on standards communicated to the membership. Thank you for the changes, especially on the weeks program. I believe these changes will actually increase timeshare values as sellers will be able to show the value with a rating instead of just list the week. And you know what you are trading. As well, it let's you put some math to owning timeshare vs hotel, etc.

Name: RCI
Time: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thanks for the kind words, Jeff. We're happy to hear that you are enjoying the new enhancements to your membership!

Name: AJ
Time: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I completely agree with Allan and Bart. The changes are atrocious. I absolutely will not renew with RCI. Unfortunately, I just deposited two weeks with RCI not realizing that these changes had come into place. I no longer have access to the resorts I typically have gone to (at the time I would go to them). My week was Red all year and my resort has Gold Crown status and now I have not enough trading power to book to places I want to visit. I am shocked that legal action has not been taken as this change is significant to what the terms were when I paid for my membership. To add insult to injury, now to get to the same trading power I once had I need to pay $100 to combine weeks. Simply atroucious and outrageous. I will no longer be recommending RCI to my friends and colleagues (over the last two years I have convinced 8 people to sign up) and will actively be encouraging folks NOT to sign up for RCI. The PR spin on this blog ("enhancements") is quite a disappointment.

Name: RCI
Time: Friday, February 18, 2011

Hi AJ, the changes to the RCI Weeks program were put in place with a goal of helping members get the most value, flexibility and choice out of their subscribing membership. The components of Deposit Trading Power and the terms of membership have not changed. Over the past few years we have received feedback from members asking that we share the Deposit Trading Power and Exchange Trading Power values so that members can better understand the exchange value of the weeks they own and the weeks they would like to book. Now that you are able to see the trading power values, you can decide if you want to combine weeks to exchange for a vacation with a higher trading power. And as before, you can still exchange for an available week with a value equal to your deposit’s trading power, or for a week with lower trading power (and in the latter case, receive a Deposit Credit for the difference). Please email us at talktous@rci.com with your contact information so we can answer any questions you have about the changes and work with you on finding a great vacation exchange. We're here to help you in any way that we can.

Name: Beth
Time: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I completely agree with Allan, Bart and AJ (and I'm sure many others who have not yet discovered this blog): I just deposited a 2 Bedroom Gold Crown resort over 8 months from my date of usage, and only received trading power of 25?!?! The total expense of timeshare ownership no longer provides any benefit. It is cheaper to book these resorts directly thru alternative options, than use RCI any longer. I am very disappointed, and I will also be investigating alternatives.

Name: Kristen
Time: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I completely agree with Allan above. Why are you saying we would have maximum trading power if deposited 2 years in advance? I have never done this in the past and have exchanged for properties that I will never have access to again with the new system.

I own a floating year, we choose our week two years in advance. I always choose a red week and have been extremely happy with the exchanges we have received. BUT now my red week trading power is at 14. The only month that allows a 30+ trading power is in August at my home property. Unfortunately, this is retro-active so I'm already locked into my 2 year out red weeks that are NOT REALLY "red weeks" according to RCI. I now have to wait until August 2011 to grab a 30 point trading power week for 2013 week.

I'm especially upset that it is retroactive from deposited weeks we made last year.

from a very, very, very disappointed long term customer.

Name: Emma
Time: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Personally I think what RCI has done is terrible. I own at the Point at Poipu on Kauai. We own one week a year, we use our owners week, bank a week and the Point at Poipu was always able to help us get our vacation back to back. They told me they are no longer able to do that because RCI doesn't allow it - This is the worst experience I have ever had with RCI. First I deposited my week, then I called a guide to start my search - only to find out he knew nothing, although he said he was the top person - I get a confirmation email that showed my search was in progress only to find all wrong dates. I was back on the phone again for a LONG time to straighten this out. I emailed RCI about the problem, never heard back - they don't care, why should they? I am paid up for years. They have my money. I am very disappointed in this "new" trading power and do not even know when I will know IF my search is successful for my own home resort.

Name: RCI
Time: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hi Beth, thank you for your comment. Currently most Deposits have Deposit Trading Power ranging from 13 to 21, so a trading power of 25 gives you a wide variety of exchange options. Also keep in mind that if you exchange your Deposit for an vacation with lower Exchange Trading Power than your available Deposit Trading Power, you’ll receive a Deposit Credit. The Deposit Credit will have a trading power equal to the difference between your Deposit Trading Power and the Exchange Trading Power of the vacation you booked and will be put on your account for use toward another exchange.

Name: RCI
Time: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hi Kristen, we're sorry to hear that you're unhappy. Your satisfaction is important to us, so let's see what we can do to help get you on a great vacation. First, to answer your question, RCI allows members to Deposit and request exchanges up to 2 years in advance of the deposit’s check-in date. Depositing at least 9 months in advance allows more time for another member to book the week and therefore provides members with more opportunity to plan their vacations in advance. Therefore, you will get the maximum Deposit Trading Power if you deposit at least nine months in advance. Next, not all red weeks will have the same trading power, since the most important factors that determine trading power are supply, demand and utilization. We'd be happy to take a closer look at your account, so please email us at talktous@rci.com and be sure to include your membership number. We're listening, and we're here to help.

Name: RCI
Time: Friday, March 11, 2011

Hi Emma, we're sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience. We'd like to look into this further for you, but we need some information in addition to the details you mention here. Please email us at talktous@rci.com with your account info so that we can help you get on that next vacation.

Name: Jim
Time: Friday, April 1, 2011

I have been able to find the 100% trading value for my resorts. What is unclear to me is this. If I deposit at 9 months+ and therefore get 100% trade value, does that value remain constant or does it decline as the traded week approaches?

Name: Paul
Time: Monday, April 4, 2011

This move is merely an acknowledgement that the push to introduce RCI Points has failed. I personally like it bacause at least it gives transparency to the exchange process.

Name: RCI
Time: Friday, April 15, 2011

Hi Jim, good question! The Deposit Trading Power of your week will not go down once it’s deposited, unless you confirm an Exchange vacation with the deposit and then cancel the Exchange vacation. The cancellation will impact how much Deposit Trading Power you will receive back, and will depend on how far in advance of the deposit’s check-in date the Exchange vacation is canceled. Otherwise, Deposit Trading Power is assigned at the time of deposit and does not go down. Also, if you purchase Vacation Protection for the Exchange vacation, you receive back all of the Deposit Trading Power used for that Exchange vacation in the event of a cancellation. For more information on how to use the Deposit Calculator to determine the Deposit Trading Power of your weeks, you can refer to http://www.rci.com/planningtools for a quick how-to. Thanks for your comment!

Name: RCI
Time: Friday, April 15, 2011

Hi Paul, thanks for your comment. We're glad to hear that you like the new enhancements!

One thing to keep in mind that the RCI Points program continues to be the most flexible exchange program in the world and is a completely different type of exchange program that requires a conversion by both the member and the resort. The new enhancements to the RCI Weeks program are being added to the existing RCI Weeks program and are designed to offer more benefits, flexibility and choice to RCI Weeks members. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us!

Name: Greta Schuil
Time: Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hi, so if I combine a week that is going to expire with another week and it becomes a value of 30, if that amount of trading power isn't needed for my next resort reservation, a credit balance remains on my acct for future use?

Name: RCI
Time: Monday, August 8, 2011

Hi Greta, great question! Yes, after you combine and book an exchange vacation, any leftover Deposit Trading Power will remain in your account as a Deposit Credit to use toward a future vacation. For more information, visit www.rci.com/depositcredits.

Name: Roger
Time: Thursday, September 8, 2011

I own a prime summer red week at a Gold Crown resort in New England. According to the RCI Trading Power calculator, the Deposit Trading Power for my week 33 for 2012 would be 15 -- which is the maximum TP given that checkin is 10 months away. However, the Exchange Trading Power needed to exchange to my home resort for week 33 for 2012 is 19. It appears RCI will not give me the true value (i.e., 19) of my prime summer week! Please explain!

Name: RCI
Time: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hi Roger, great question. Here’s why you may see those different values. Deposit Trading Power is based on many factors, including how much supply we have in a given area, how many people historically have asked for it and how much average trading power they used.. It is assigned when you Deposit, and it will not decrease once deposited. Exchange Trading Power is also based on most of these same factors, but unlike Deposit Trading Power it fluctuates all the time as a result of continuous changes in supply & demand. Keep in mind that if you see your week exchanging for a higher value, that can be a GOOD thing in the long run because if the average Exchange Trading Power remains high that will be reflected in your future week’s Deposit Trading Power. In other words, if demand for your week continues to increase, the Deposit Trading Power of the next week that you deposit is likely to be higher. If you'd like to continue this dialogue, please feel free to contact us at talktous@rci.com.

Name: Lou
Time: Sunday, November 13, 2011

I have a question concerning the 2 year to 9 month deposit of one's week in order to receive the maximum trading power. My timeshare is a floating week with the assigned week in March. I do not receive the billing for each upcoming year until December. This means I can NOT pay for and hence trade it in any sooner then four months in advance of the assigned (though flating) week. Therefore, I will never be able to obtain the maximum trading power from RCI. I wrote an email to RCI and asking about options, however, it has gone unanswered.

Name: RCI
Time: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hi Lou, excellent question. As you mentioned, you'll receive the maximum Trading Power for your Deposit as long as it is deposited at least 9 months in advance of the start date. In the future, you may be able to work with your resort to see if you can arrange an earlier assignment. This may require you to pay your maintenance fee earlier in order to deposit, but it will allow you to maximize your Deposit Trading Power.

Name: Steve
Time: Monday, December 19, 2011

I would like to start off with commenting that the fee increases for exchanges has been rapidly increasing the last few years. $200 just to exchange is rediculous. This is pure corporate greed.
I have been looking to exchange my week and I see my out of pocket cost to trade (for example) for a certain week is about $700+ by trading my week (my resort fee plus your new $200 trade fee and RCI yearly membership fees). But, I can purchase this week that I've been looking at for $296. Why would I trade for something that can be purchased for so much less except for the fact that I've still got a week that I have to trade. This new system sure profits RCI and limits the membership because of how expensive RCI's fees have become and the value we are recieving for our banked weeks.
It would be nice if we could figure out if it is worth combining our weeks to trade up, but we can't see any resorts worth more than our banked weeks. So, before I combine my weeks and pay RCI another fee how can I tell if it is worth combining? How high of a value do Weeks resorts go up to?

Name: RCI
Time: Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hi Steve, we understand an increase in fees is a sensitive issue. We continually aim to provide members with the highest quality of service possible - service that our customers have come to expect, but this does come with a cost. Please be assured that we only increase fees after careful consideration. Remember, by transacting online, you will pay a lower exchange fee than if you transact via the call center.

We do provide a way for you to view ALL available exchange vacations in the system, not just vacations with trading power equal to or less than the Deposit Trading Power your week has. Once you login to your RCI.com account, click on the “search for a vacation” tab. At the top right of the page is an option called “click to change”. By clicking this link, you will be able to change your search options and the inventory you are able to see. Select the option to search against all of your deposits and the options to see all available RCI vacations. Your search results will then display all available exchange vacations, regardless of your deposit’s trading power, that match your search criteria. The Exchange Trading Power will be listed along with the resort information, so you'll be able to determine if you need to combine your weeks to get a particular exchange.

To answer your final question, each Deposited week is different and is based on the components of Deposit Trading Power, which includes when the Deposit was made. Based on these factors, Deposit Trading Power results in a range from 1 to 60. Very few Deposits have a trading power of 60; these are limited to only the very highly demanded resorts in the most highly demanded destinations. Currently most available units have Exchange Trading Power at 21 or lower.

Name: Stacey
Time: Sunday, January 1, 2012

I am having serious trouble with your website. It seems no matter what I do I cannot access my accounts no matter what way I try to go about it. I have called and was told that my password cannot be given over the phone but the link I was sent to access my password. I feel like I am going in a big loop and am very frustrated. I have had a membership for 1 1/2 years and am trying to book my first vacation with you guys and I am having nothing but trouble. I emailed and haven't heard back for close to 2 weeks. Very irritating and it takes away from the excitement I was feeling about going on vacation and makes me feel like maybe I got scammed. I am supposed to be a weeks member if that helps you answer my question.

Name: RCI
Time: Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hi Stacey, it looks like you've gotten in touch with us about this already. We've resent the activation email to you. Please let us know if you continue to have problems.

Name: Ken
Time: Sunday, March 4, 2012

I totally agree with what Allan stated about Deposit Trading power! I was stunned when I went into my RCI account in Feb. to learn that under your new system of trading power, I have access to far fewer possibilities than previously. In fact, of the previous 3 exchanges I have done, I would now be ineligible for even one of these resorts, unless I go when I do not want to. I have never had a restriction on trading any time of the year, and now, I cannot trade for any of the main places I want to go during the summer! I do not care how well you explain that you think we have not lost trading power and that it works the same! We have, and it does not! I will be ending my RCI relationship after this year for sure!

Name: RCI
Time: Monday, March 12, 2012

Hi Ken, thanks for stopping by. The RCI Weeks enhancements shouldn't have caused such drastic changes. We urge you to contact us so that we can look into your account to see if something else has happened that may have affected you. We apologize if the enhancements have caused you to believe that we are not acting in the best interests of our members. We are very focused on customer satisfaction and introduced the recent enhancements in response to member feedback. Our members’ vacations are important to us and we want to do everything we can to meet your expectations. Please email us at talktous@rci.com, as we would like the opportunity to help you get the most from your membership.

Name: Tom
Time: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hi, I have had my timeshare with RCI for 19 years and have traded my week almost every year with no issues. Based on what I have seen so far the new system seems to work well. I normally bank my deposit at least 2 years in advance. By doing this you retain the greatest amount of trading power. I currently have 4 weeks banked with trading powers anywhere between 29 and 51. The 51 was created as a result of combining a week with the remainder I had left after a trade for a week which had a lesser value. In this case I will most likely end up with two weeks rather than one. Good work RCI

Name: Ripoff.
Time: Friday, April 20, 2012

I have been an RCI member for 22 yrs. I have concluded that this trading power system is a giant con for me the customer. I will not be renewing my membership.

Name: RCI
Time: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Thanks for your comment, Tom! We are happy to hear you are enjoying the RCI Weeks Enhancements which includes the ability combine weeks and receive Deposit Credits as “change” back. We are excited about this, too, as it provides RCI subscribing members with more vacation options and flexibility.

Name: Bonnie
Time: Friday, April 27, 2012

Hi, I just purchased my first timeshare and it has not even been closed so this is probably pre-mature. After reading all the comments I wanted to know if there is a way to find out what my trading power would be BEFORE I jump in and join RCI and deposit my week?

Name: Bharat
Time: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hi,
I have points such as 4 - expiring this nov
And other credits of 12; 10; 7 ;2 and1
If I combine them all now can I extend the validity of my first deposit and will the new sum total be arrived for any future exchange with maximum validity

Name: RCI
Time: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hi Ripoff, we are sorry to hear you feel that way. The enhancements to our RCI Weeks program (the ability to combine deposits and the ability to get “change” back in the form of a Deposit Credit) are supposed to give RCI members more flexibility and choice, not less. We would love the opportunity to help you get the vacation you want. Just send us an email at talktous@rci.com. We will be happy to help.

-Kathleen M.
RCI Customer Care

Name: RCI
Time: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hi Bonnie, congratulations on your recent timeshare purchase and thank for your interest in an RCI subscribing membership! RCI members can use the Deposit Calculator available online at RCI.com to see what their week's Deposit Trading Power will be on any particular day prior to depositing - however, you do have to become a member first in order to use the Deposit Calculator. If you send an email to us at talktous@rci.com with your ownership information, we may be able to offer some insight.

-Kathleen M.
RCI Customer Care

Name: RCI
Time: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hi Bharat. If you combine multiple Deposits, the expiration date of the combined Deposit will be two years from the date the combine took place. For example, if you were to combine all your Deposits today (May 14, 2012), the new expiration date of the combined Deposit would be May 31, 2014. Feel free to email us at talktous@rci.com if you have additional questions!

-Kathleen M.
RCI Customer Care

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