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  • How RCI Trading Power Protection works

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    When you have to cancel a vacation due to health, work, family or any other reason, it’s always a bummer. Vacations are some of the best times in life, and missing out on a trip you’ve been looking forward to is always hard. If you also suffer financially as a result of the cancellation, then it’s even worse.

    When you get a timeshare exchange vacation through RCI, you have the option of getting Trading Power Protection. What does this do, and is it worth the price? Read on to find out…

  • Timeshare owners win this round…

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    In a classic David vs. Goliath battle, timeshare owners at a small resort in Lake Tahoe have fended off an attempt by Diamond Resorts to take control — at least for now.

    In an industry where the power balance seems to increasingly favor the big companies, it’s encouraging to see individual owners banding together and taking action. Find out what went down…

  • II vs. RCI – Timeshare App Showdown

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    We have smartphone apps for just about everything these days, from maps, to movies, to meditation. You can add timeshares to the list too, because the big exchange companies are also in the app market now.

    Both II and RCI have apps that let you access some of their features while you’re on the go. What do they offer, and how do they compare? Here’s a feature by feature showdown between the two. Check it out…

  • How much is my timeshare worth?

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    A lot of people want to know the answer to this:

    “I own a timeshare at __________. I bought it in ______¬†for ______ and have fully paid it off. I haven’t been able to use it recently, and I’d like to sell it. How much can I expect to get for it?”

    I don’t have figures for all timeshares at my fingertips, but I can tell you how to research this yourself. Here’s a good way to see what your timeshare is worth… Continue…

  • Westgate takes timeshare lawsuit to Supreme Court

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    This is a follow-up to a previous post I wrote, “Duped timeshare buyers score a victory”. In that one, a Tennessee couple took Westgate Resorts to court, claiming that they had been misled while buying a timeshare. The court ruled in favor of the couple, and handed Westgate a $600,000 judgment for punitive damages, saying the company “engaged in intentional and fraudulent conduct.” The story doesn’t end, there, however… Read more…

  • Resort Review: Grand Lodge on Peak 7

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    If you enjoy a vacation in the mountains, then one resort to consider is the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, in Breckenridge, Colorado. High in the Rocky Mountains, this picturesque town is surrounded by options for outdoor activities, and there are plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy, too. As for the resort itself? Here’s what we found […] Continue…

  • Should I upgrade my week to RCI points?

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    Here’s a question I get quite frequently – it goes something like this: . . . “We recently attended a presentation, where they told us we could upgrade/convert our week and get points, for $x,xxx. They said weeks like ours aren’t very useful anymore, and if we want to get good vacations, we’ll need to have points. Should we convert? Is this a good deal?” Continue…

  • What is Flexchange, and how can it help you?

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    If you’re in II, you’ve probably seen a promo like “Featured Flexchange Destinations.” So what is Flexchange? The simple answer is an exchange within 59 days of check-in. While accurate, that doesn’t tell the whole story. There’s a lot more […] Continue…

  • Duped timeshare buyers score a victory

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    You’ve heard the horror stories. Maybe it even happened to you… A couple is steamrollered into buying a timeshare by salespeople who promise them the moon. Later, they discover the promises were lies. A Tennessee couple fought back […] Read more…