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Old 11-10-2012, 07:14 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by CarolMN View Post
For those of us who have been members for some time and know little or nothing about trading, I think an occasional trade is a good use of the points we won't use for a DVC trip in a given year.
I think there are two separate questions here.

The first is OP's indication that the option to exchange via RCI is a plus to consider in their purchasing decision. Although she says they understand the limitations, etc, I would still argue that this perk is not a valid consideration in making a decision to purchase DVC...or any other timeshare. It is a limited benefit which could go away with one stroke of the Mouse's pen -- AND...there are much less expensive ways to get much better exchange opportunities.

That said, Carol's point is the value of an occasional exchange for the existing DVC owner. For someone who already owns DVC points, can't use them despite banking etc, and wants to use them for an RCI exchange -- I think the question of comparable value really doesn't matter much.

In ANY timeshare system, when you exchange out you are generally getting less value than if you had used your timeshare within that company's internal system. Although the quality of the lodging you get does matter, I think the most important thing is whether you are satisfied, or not satisfied, with the accommodations you get in the exchange. If you are satisfied, who cares about the relative "value?"

I'll give you an example.

Oct 13-20, we exchanged into a small timeshare in Cape Cod through Wyndham/RCI. Why? Because we were taking a family trip to see some aging relatives in the Boston area and wanted to be based on Cape Cod because that's where everyone was going to be. We got a one-bedroom for my family and a studio for a cousin and her husband. The lodgings were WAY below Wyndham standards, but they were spotless, the amenities were reasonable, the staff was very gracious, and we were satisfied with the value to us that we received for the points that we had not been able to use anyway.

We had a spectacular trip, spent many, many hours of quality time with family we love, ate way too much lobsta and chowda, and left talking about doing it again next year. To me, that's a good exchange.
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