RCI® subscribing membership benefits that you might not know about


Catherine S. - Cruise Stories and RCI NewsWe love helping to send you, our RCI subscribing members, on vacation!  In order to provide you with even better vacation options and enhancements to your overall membership, we have an established alliance with International Cruise and Excursions (ICE) – which is sometimes referred to as Our Vacation Center.

 

Through this alliance, we’re able to provide you with many benefits that you may already be familiar with:

 

  • The RCI Cruise program gives you the option to purchase a cruise at a reduced price with exchange, or purchase a cruise without exchange (sometimes referred to as “Cruise Extra VacationsSM getaways”) both with the Best Rate Guarantee.

 

  • RCI Cruise & Resort Vacations* offers you the opportunity to receive up to two weeks of vacations in one convenient and flexible package.  You can spend one week cruising to great destinations like Mexico, Alaska or Hawaii, and the second week in an awesome resort destination like Las Vegas or Florida.

 

  • With RCI Vacations*, you can save up to 70% off at select preferred hotels in popular destinations worldwide. Our members can purchase up to five hotel savings certificates which can be used to book hotels and save hundreds of dollars on each stay compared to popular online travel sites.  In addition to the hotel savings certificates, every RCI Vacations package includes a choice of a prepaid cruise, resort or hotel vacation. 

 

  • RCI Platinum® Lifestyle Benefits, including golf discounts, spa getaways and gift certificates, ski packages, an online wine store, tickets to movies, concerts and sporting events, and online shopping. 

 

  • RCI Travel, which allows you to get the best pricing on air, rental car, and hotels, making your vacation planning more convenient!

 

Our alliance with ICE helps us provide you with even greater enhancements to your RCI membership.

 

Have you taken advantage of any of these benefits yet? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

 

 

*Not available to all members

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Mexico Trip 2008


My daughter's school decided in 2008 that they would not be able to take any international trips. Her older brothers and sisters were able to visit Europe and also Mexico. Needless to say, she was very disappointed. I then decided to try to take her to Mexico myself. I got on the internet and searched for an RCI vacation exchange. The great news was that there was an opening at the Mayan Palace on Riviera Maya available during our spring break. I quickly booked the week and then the airfare. I even rented a car for the week that we were down there. It has been one of the best and most rewarding vacations I have been on. We visited the Mayan Ruins, took the ferry over to Cozumel. Each day we traveled to a new destination and saw even more than she would have on her school trip. We went out for supper each night and did a lot of shopping. Yes, we danced at Senor Frogs! Having the rental car was easy and without it we wouldn't have been able to do all the things we did! We kept our cost down and really enjoyed ourselves on our schedule. This will most definitely be one of my top vacations.

- LuAnn R. from Sellersburg, IN
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An Unforgettable Experience in Cabo, Mexico


One of the best parts of a vacation is the positive outlook you derive from pleasant anticipation. Thinking briefly “Yeah that was great!” or “I am really going to enjoy this trip!” can add to the lightness of your day.

We had 16 family members who decided to vacation together. We searched RCI’s web site and viewed photos and we choose Los Cabos, Mexico. Sol Mar Hotels & Resorts have turned hospitality into a fine art. RCI made the vacation possible with 5 rooms available as Extra Vacations rentals.

Check in with our RCI confirmation was quick and easy and we began to enjoy our week at Sol Mar. The view from the room was amazing and very relaxing. The welcome drink was also helpful to get us started.

Now tequila isn’t for the timid. Some say it’s for those of us who are passionate, strong and who live life with gusto. Some Americans think of tequila as something to be tossed back with a dash of salt and a lime, or added into a margarita, but serious tequila drinkers are slow, thoughtful sippers. We now call Joe, “Tequila Joe”, after an all-you-can-eat-and-drink fiesta on the beach in front of Sol Mar. Joe found out that tequila, “like no other liquor”, has a delayed reaction. It catches the uninitiated off-guard.

We all slapped on some sunscreen before leaving the resort and then wandered around in search of a decent cup of coffee and breakfast. At Mama's Royal Cafe, the Stuffed French Toast is absolutely amazing!

Next, we wanted to kick off our shoes and head down to the beach. We also thought lunch at “The Office” would be nice. You can dine barefoot at the tables placed on the beach and enjoy a fantastic view of the arch. Watch vendors stroll between the tables and you can watch the activity going on nearby. It's a good place to "people watch”.

Remember – before any walk around town, in a country where water costs more than beer, make sure you bring water bottles with you. Yes, it is true – a golf pro said if they can figure out how to irrigate the golf course with beer, they would save a ton of money.

For a taste of "Old Mexico" a day in San Jose del Cabo fits the bill. Cabo Wabo and Squid Row still rule the nightlife. If lines outside the club are a measure, Squid Row wins hands down!

- Russell K. from Hillsboro, OR
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How EndlessVacation.com Can Fit Into Your Vacation Planning


Emily S. - EndlessVacation.com and Destination InfoA couple months ago, I traveled to Mexico for the first time and visited a timeshare rental in Cabo San Lucas. The views of the sea were amazing, the days were filled with sun, and I had a chance to travel around the town to check out the beaches, restaurants (try The Office!), and shops. Now that I’m back and the summer is over, I’m already thinking of where in Mexico I’ll want to visit next.

Since a lot of my job at RCI consists of working on www.EndlessVacation.com, it only made sense for me to turn to the website for information on some of the most popular Mexico timeshare rental destinations. I found so many useful tips, I thought I’d share some of them with you:

While researching things to do if I stayed in Cancun or Riviera Maya, I found this article, Away for the day in Mexico, extremely helpful. It shows you three day trips you can take: Chichén Itzá, Valladolid or Isla Mujeres. Even better, these trips are so different from each other, you are sure to find one that you’d like! Just set up your timeshare rental as your home base, and then visit any of the other three areas during your stay.

I also came across an article on the relaxing island of Cozumel. Not only does it tell you about the cultural and shopping hotspots, but it gives you a great inside scoop on where to go to snag a hammock, where the beaches are the least crowded, and how to best experience viewing the sea life.

Finally, this article outlines the popular beach destinations in Mexico (like Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Playa del Carmen), so you can pick the one that’s right for you. Whether you are heading to Mexico for sailing, beaches, shopping, the nightlife, or the food (or any combination of those), this article will set you in the right direction.

If you have visited a Mexican timeshare rental, what suggestions can you provide help to others who are also planning a vacation to a Mexico destination? Also, how do you use EndlessVacation.com? What do you like best about the website?

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