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  • Are timeshares still about timeshares?

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    I was talking to a friend recently, who owns a fair amount of timeshare points. She said "Timeshares aren't really about timeshares anymore. It's now about your entire travel experience."

    Is that true? And if so, is it a good thing? Continue...
  • Timeshare exchange fees - How much is too much?

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    In December 2016, RCI raised their exchange fees again. If you're an RCI member, you know this is not uncommon. In fact, it comes less than a year after the last increase.

    Anyway, this got me thinking... When it comes to exchange fees, how much is too much? Continue...
  • RCI Platinum - 2016 Evolution and what's next?

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    A lot of people wonder if RCI Platinum is worth the extra cost. I've written about this before, but it's a moving target. The program has evolved over the years, and will continue to do so.

    What's the current state? And what does a crystal ball show for the future of this program? Here's the scoop...
  • RCI Changes their Combine Deposits feature

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    RCI has announced that they are changing how Combine Deposits will work, effective Sept 17, 2016. If you're an RCI Weeks owner, then this could affect your strategy for managing your deposits. You might want to take action quickly, too!

    What's changing and how will it affect you? Read all about it...
  • Interval hits owners with new upgrade fees

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    Members of Interval International got a rude surprise recently, when they discovered a new fee has been added to many timeshare exchanges. Depending on what you're trading, this could add $100, $200, or even $300+ to the cost of your transaction. Ouch! :(

    On the other hand, many owners won't see any effect. It all depends on your exchange strategies. So what's the big deal? Read more...
  • Interval Gold and Platinum - Are they worth it?

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    If you're a member of Interval International, you've surely seen promotions for their Gold and Platinum membership upgrades. They have a list of nice, shiny benefits that you can only get with these higher level memberships, but of course there's also a cost.

    The question is -- are these upgraded memberships worth it? Here's my take on it. . . [Continue]
  • 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...