So you want to stay in luxury resorts & hotels without having to buy a timeshare?
Or maybe you’re reading this article because you want out of your timeshare but don’t know how to travel to resorts without one.
Either way, this article is going to be pretty cool!
Now, onto the fun stuff. Finding deals.
There are a plethora of softwares & vacation products (example: vacation clubs) that you can use to find deals and stay at resorts. All without being required to own a timeshare.
Here is tip #1:
You can use RCI without owning a timeshare. That’s right! Did you know that?
You can pay to “rent” points from RCI without physically buying a timeshare that has RCI Points attached to it under the ownership.
Now, you do need to have an RCI membership which can be purchased for only around $89-$159 a year depending on which membership you choose.
However, this will give you access to use RCI Points in return for paying money for the amount you need. It will also give you the opportunity to take advantage of their specialty and last minute deals that you can pay for with your credit/debit card.
Call the resort directly.
Yes, we’re serious.
The resort has multiple incentives to get you into a room with them.
You can ask them if they have any specials for people willing to go on a timeshare presentation OR you can ask them if they have any rooms available for rent without being required to go for a presentation.
Obviously the incentive for taking a presentation during your stay is going to be better in most cases but it won’t hurt to see both options.
This is probably the quickest way to get into a resort to your liking. The reason being, the resort has a job to fill those rooms with as many people as possible hoping they can sell them ownership during their stay!
Use booking sites and search engines.
You can simply type in the location and resort name into a search engine such as Google.com and similar info will appear:
You can then see many major sites that offer hotel stays and such listing their price for that particular property per night. See below:
You can always book through one of these sites if you’d wish but we believe the best deal will come by calling the resort directly and using the tips we mentioned above in Tip #2.
Some people may criticize this tip and say “I can get a week cheaper every year if I own though…”
The issue with that statement is that you’re assuming that you and your family are going to use the timeshare every single year. Meanwhile, you’re paying for the balance of the timeshare itself when you financed it from the resort (crazy interest rates) and you’d also be paying the maintenance fees monthly or yearly (in most cases).
We found out the average timeshare owned for 11 years cost you over $100,000 here.
So, what if you don’t use it every year like most of our clients??
Does the “saving” of a few hundred dollars a year make it a smart decision to buy instead of rent? Especially when you’re really paying all of those “savings” upfront when you purchase the timeshare from the resort for $19,000 on average….
Not to mention the maintenance fees which averaged out to be $1,000 a year as stated by ARDA in 2018.
While these 3 tips aren’t the only ones you can use…They’ve very useful and effective.
As always, we hope you’ve enjoyed this article and get tons of use out of it!