A Few Timeshare Exchange Tips

Beth S. - Timeshare Exchange TipsWhen I started at RCI as a Vacation Guide 10 years ago, I was a college student with absolutely no discretionary income so needless to say, my exposure to “timesharing” was quite limited. I can guarantee that when you first joined RCI, you knew more than I did in my first days.

In addition to my training class, I also learned about RCI and timesharing from you (and other RCI members). Although I have since moved to another department in the company, I will never forget the important tips and tricks I learned about timesharing, timeshare exchange, and our affiliated resorts from members like you.

On one of my first phone calls, I was asked how long I’d been with the company. I said I had just finished training, and the caller laughed at me. She’d been a member for over 20 years, and trust me, she knew everything! She had a confirmed timeshare exchange she couldn’t use, but instead of canceling it, she wanted an RCI Guest Certificate. She explained that she would lose too much Trading Power if she canceled, because she hadn’t purchased (what we today call) Vacation Protection.

So what did I learn? The first thing was that you should definitely understand Vacation Protection and how it works because, without it, if you need to cancel your vacation, you will lose your timeshare exchange fee and your Trading Power will be recalculated to what it would be if you had deposited on the day that you canceled, which can make it more difficult to find a future timeshare exchange.

The other thing this member taught me was that if you choose not to purchase Vacation Protection (or you cannot rebook or are not sure when you can travel again), you should consider gifting your timeshare exchange vacation to a friend or family member with an RCI Guest Certificate instead of canceling. You’ll avoid taking a hit on Trading Power, and you’ll be someone’s new best friend!

What special tips and tricks have you learned over the years? Or if you’re a newbie, what information could help you better understand your membership? Leave us a comment and let us know what you have learned or would like to hear more about.

Comments for A Few Timeshare Exchange Tips

Name: Sue Hill
Time: Friday, September 17, 2010

Are there any "last call" properties for October--any time after Oct. 4?

Name: Walt Barnhill
Time: Friday, September 17, 2010

I'm not understanding the loss of "trading power" with a cancellation. Can you explain? Thank you

Name: David G
Time: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm glad you asked what newbies would benefit from in their trips to new and unknown places. I recently visited the Caribbean for the first time and didn't think about some of the expenses I would incur by not knowing how other country policies work. I brought some of my prepaid calling cards with me, thinking it would save some money for those calls back to the US while I was down there. What a surprise I got shortly before my vacation ended: a phone bill for over $100.! I had assumed that I wouldn't be charged since my calls were accepted by the calling card companies. What I didn't realize was that the resort didn't allow this type of communication and they charged me for each call as if I hadn't used my cards. I tried to complain to the front desk but then they took out a sheet which hadn't been given to me at check in and showed that they didn't accept most US based calling cards. I wish someone had made me aware of this and the fact that you can buy a chip for your cell phone down there that save some big bucks on phone calls.

Name: RCI
Time: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hi Sue, Last Call vacations are typically available less than 6 weeks before check-in. Currently, there are hundreds of resorts available within this window. To search online, login to your account and select “Search For a Vacation,” and then select “Last Call.” The rest is easy to follow!

Name: RCI
Time: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hi there, Walt. This basically means that once you confirm an exchange you have 24 hours to cancel without penalty, unless you purchase Vacation Protection. If you did not purchase Vacation Protection and you cancel after 24 hours from confirmation, the trading power of your week will be re-calculated as of the cancellation date. In other words, it’s like you never deposited your week to begin with and have just deposited on the date you cancel your original exchange vacation, which is closer to the start date of the deposited week - so the newly calculated trading power of your deposit may be lower (sometimes much lower!) than before. If you do purchase Vacation Protection, you can cancel at any time and get back the original trading power of your deposit plus the full exchange fee credited back to your account for you to use during the next 6 months. That's why Vacation Protection is often a useful investment if you aren't quite sure about your vacation plans!

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