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rentayenta
03-23-2010, 11:19 PM
For those of you wanting to trade into RCI, I say go for it. I am sure not all resorts are the same but we just got back from a week at the Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas Mexico and it was amazing! :thumbsup2

Here are the pics. They are on my Facebook so I cannot weed out the non-resort ones so sorry for that. Our view was unreal and the communication with the PG prior to arrival was excellent. Some will say it's not a "great use" of points but for us, it was perfect. :cloud9:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2054735&id=1117416286&l=35c3c7d30b

The Rivers' Rats
03-23-2010, 11:28 PM
Wow, looks like you had a great trip!

pyrxtc
03-24-2010, 05:52 AM
Looks like fun !

AnnaS
03-24-2010, 06:34 AM
For those of you wanting to trade into RCI, I say go for it. I am sure not all resorts are the same but we just got back from a week at the Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas Mexico and it was amazing! :thumbsup2

Here are the pics. They are on my Facebook so I cannot weed out the non-resort ones so sorry for that. Our view was unreal and the communication with the PG prior to arrival was excellent. Some will say it's not a "great use" of points but for us, it was perfect. :cloud9:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2054735&id=1117416286&l=35c3c7d30b


The resort/views look amazing. I happy to see a post from someone who traded into RCI.

My sil and I were talking about trading in about two years - and that we must think about it early.

Did you guys go swimming? How was the temperature? (we thought it was cool for us even in July (05). When did you request your trade? Just wrote down the resort and thank you.

jodifla
03-24-2010, 08:03 AM
Looks like a great trip! Thanks for sharing.

(You guys are a cute couple.)

podsnel
03-24-2010, 08:31 AM
WOW!! That looked fantastic! I'm guessing it wasn't one of the AI ones? Thanks so much for sharing- :thumbsup2

auntsue
03-24-2010, 10:26 AM
What does 'PG' mean and why were you communicating with him/her/it? We are trading (for the first time) into Hawaii next year, is this something I should be familiar with? I thought we just show up with our e-mail confirmation and that's it. Thanks for any help.

bwvBound
03-24-2010, 10:27 AM
What does 'PG' mean and why were you communicating with him/her/it? From the OP's post, I gather that PG = Playa Grande, the destination resort traded into.

rentayenta
03-24-2010, 11:06 AM
Wow, looks like you had a great trip!


It really was a great trip!

Looks like fun !

Super fun!

The resort/views look amazing. I happy to see a post from someone who traded into RCI.

My sil and I were talking about trading in about two years - and that we must think about it early.

Did you guys go swimming? How was the temperature? (we thought it was cool for us even in July (05). When did you request your trade? Just wrote down the resort and thank you.

We did swim, temps were in the mid 80's- perfect! I don't remember when we requested but it only took a couple weeks to get our reuqest from the time we made it. We saw a few of the other Cabo RCI trade options are they are beautiful too.

Looks like a great trip! Thanks for sharing.

(You guys are a cute couple.)


:thanks:


WOW!! That looked fantastic! I'm guessing it wasn't one of the AI ones? Thanks so much for sharing- :thumbsup2

There was an AI option available when we got there but I would never do an AI especially in Mexico. There are far too many amazing places to eat and drink and some and super inexpensive. :thumbsup2



What does 'PG' mean and why were you communicating with him/her/it? We are trading (for the first time) into Hawaii next year, is this something I should be familiar with? I thought we just show up with our e-mail confirmation and that's it. Thanks for any help.

From the OP's post, I gather that PG = Playa Grande, the destination resort traded into.


::yes::

aclov
03-26-2010, 11:27 AM
Beautiful! I've been thinking about Cabo, I have friends that have gone and loved it and not as touristy as Cancun. I'm assuming you traded in a week? I was looking into trading into the Caribbean but nothing available as of it, so thinking possibly Hawaii but I've been there already so wanted to try someplace new.

Dean
03-26-2010, 10:04 PM
While Cabo area has some great resorts, I'd investigate other ways to get there without using DVC points at least as a comparison. Mexico in general is usually fairly easy to trade into and/or rent. We were in MX for 2 weeks about 2 months ago with a direct ocean front view. Our total costs for the trip including air, dining and the exchange costs was under $2500 for 2 people. Our resort is part of RCI's Signature Selections and would have cost us 1500 DVC points for the 2 weeks but even for the normal HIGH season of 270 + 160 for 2 weeks (1 BR then 2 BR), it would not have been worth it for us when the total exchange only cost us around $600 for the 2 weeks. All I'm saying is to compare so you know what your options are.

iwrbnd
03-26-2010, 10:09 PM
I'm glad you had fun! Just curious, how many points did you use?

rentayenta
03-29-2010, 10:46 AM
Beautiful! I've been thinking about Cabo, I have friends that have gone and loved it and not as touristy as Cancun. I'm assuming you traded in a week? I was looking into trading into the Caribbean but nothing available as of it, so thinking possibly Hawaii but I've been there already so wanted to try someplace new.



It has its touristy parts but a street or two over from the marina and it's real Mexico. It was fabulous. :thumbsup2

I'm glad you had fun! Just curious, how many points did you use?


160 for a Sun to Sun stay for a one bedroom, full kitchen, 2 bathroom, ocean view, few steps from the beach- worth every point! :cloud9:

dec5girl
03-31-2010, 10:35 AM
You mentioned that the all-inclusive option was very expensive. Do you mind sharing how much it was?

jamie@dvcstore
03-31-2010, 11:29 AM
Hi rentayenta,
Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoy hearing about when a member uses points to trade through RCI, especially when they enjoy their stay. It looks like you had a great time and the pictures are fantastic.Thanks again for sharing. :thumbsup2
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rentayenta
03-31-2010, 11:57 AM
Hi rentayenta,
Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoy hearing about when a member uses points to trade through RCI, especially when they enjoy their stay. It looks like you had a great time and the pictures are fantastic.Thanks again for sharing. :thumbsup2


Thanks Jamie! :goodvibes


I know some say it's not the best use of points but truly, it was a great use of points for us. Went to tripadvisor to research the resort and did my homework. Sure I could have rented from an owner and banked my DVC points blah blah blah but the ease of trading into RCI and using money already spent provided great value. :thumbsup2 Well worth it and will trade again without hesitation.

Dean
03-31-2010, 06:42 PM
You mentioned that the all-inclusive option was very expensive. Do you mind sharing how much it was?A lot of resorts have meal plans that can mirror AI options. Each should be evaluated on their own merit. The plans at the Grand Mayan were 6 B'fast buffets/entrees for $99 or 6 lunch/dinner coupon's for $210. Not bad but not great. I did consider it though for a couple of reasons. We were there 2 weeks at the coupons could be spread out over that time. They were also not tied to a specific person so if we'd wanted to use one coupon then get a salad or similar, we could have. These type plans are pretty common in MX and vary in price, quality and flexibility. They also come and go fairly regularly, often vanish during high demand times.

Disney_Mama
04-01-2010, 05:41 AM
Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures.

rentayenta
04-01-2010, 09:45 AM
Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures.


My pleasure, thank you. :goodvibes

disfanforlife
04-22-2013, 10:36 AM
Just found this. Beautiful pictures and so nice to hear. We want to trade out at some point - but so few people talk about it. It is nice to hear a good experience!

supersuperwendy
04-22-2013, 11:38 AM
That looks like a wonderful use of points! looks like you guys had a great time!

aclov
04-22-2013, 11:48 AM
I traded into Maui before and this past Aug went to Aruba on a trade. It's a great option and I love having that opportunity!

networktek
04-22-2013, 11:51 AM
looks like you guys had a great time. the resort looked really nice points well spent.

k3chantal
04-22-2013, 01:52 PM
For those of you wanting to trade into RCI, I say go for it. I am sure not all resorts are the same but we just got back from a week at the Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas Mexico and it was amazing! :thumbsup2

Here are the pics. They are on my Facebook so I cannot weed out the non-resort ones so sorry for that. Our view was unreal and the communication with the PG prior to arrival was excellent. Some will say it's not a "great use" of points but for us, it was perfect. :cloud9:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2054735&id=1117416286&l=35c3c7d30b

I agree! We traded to Kauai, Hawaii and had a fabulous trip! Thought it was a great use of points since the condo easily fit a family of five, 7 nights, ocean view for 160 points.

abdgeek
04-22-2013, 04:33 PM
I agree! We traded to Kauai, Hawaii and had a fabulous trip! Thought it was a great use of points since the condo easily fit a family of five, 7 nights, ocean view for 160 points.

I recently returned from the Hilton Grand Vacation Club at the Flamingo(RCI trade) and had a great time! I also have a trade at Maui Lea(Maui) and Kona Coast Resort(the Big Island) for 2014 and I can't wait. For 160 points for a weekly stay in a 1 bedroom, it is actually just a couple more points than I would use for a week stay at BLT standard view in a studio during high season, which is when I travel. I could never stay for a week in a 1 bedroom at WDW for 160 points.

If you have any special requests(view, floor, etc.) DVC tells you to call the RCI timeshare directly a week before your visit. When I did that with HGVC, they honored all my requests and answered all questions I had before I got to the timeshare.

disfanforlife
04-22-2013, 05:05 PM
I recently returned from the Hilton Grand Vacation Club at the Flamingo(RCI trade) and had a great time! I also have a trade at Maui Lea(Maui) and Kona Coast Resort(the Big Island) for 2014 and I can't wait. For 160 points for a weekly stay in a 1 bedroom, it is actually just a couple more points than I would use for a week stay at BLT standard view in a studio during high season, which is when I travel. I could never stay for a week in a 1 bedroom at WDW for 160 points.

If you have any special requests(view, floor, etc.) DVC tells you to call the RCI timeshare directly a week before your visit. When I did that with HGVC, they honored all my requests and answered all questions I had before I got to the timeshare.
This is great information! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I am definitely going to look into a trade in the future.