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    • #172
      kinwin
      Participant

      Me and my wife just got back from a sales pitch to buy into the Marriott Vacation Club. We managed to get out without committing to anything. Doing my research on the internet now, and it appears to me there is really no reason to join the club as I can always rent vacation days from members without being a member myself. This way I don't have to pay anything, no upfront payment, no annual fees, and we have full flexibility to vacation as much and as little as we want, yet we can enjoy the exact same resort experience as members do simply by renting from them.Why would anybody buy into these clubs, Am I missing something here?

    • #656
      Fasttr
      Participant

      If there were not members in the club, would your plan still work?  Somebody's got to lead the way.  There are so many reasons why people buy timeshares and/or shares in a vacation club.  Who's to say those decisions were good or bad.  I'm sure there are some who regret it, but likely for every one of those, there are several who love it, as the commitment they made motivates them to take great vacations to wonderful places allowing them to rejuvenate, help them to reconnect with family and friends, etc., etc., etc.  Will you rent every single year?  Who knows?  It's easier to say, let's put it off till next year if you have no skin in the game.  But if you were a member, it's far more likely you would vacation every year.  I know I have since I became a member and have not regretted it for a second.    Also, by being a member, I can control when I book, where I book, I can make decisions on the fly to make sure I can secure the exact vacation that I want.  I am not dependent on somebody else to hopefully be quick enough and patient enough to work with me to get the reservation I was hoping for.  Again, there are a lot of variables.  Why do I own a car, instead of just renting one when I need one?  Convenience is the likely answer.  Then again, when I drop the top down on my TT and feel the wind in my h....well, bald head, I love it.  It puts a smile on my face.  Same smile I get when I am staying at one of the Marriott Vacation Club locations.  ;DI say, to each their own!!  If you are an owner/member great, if you want to rent from owner/members, that's great too. 

    • #657
      StevenTing
      Keymaster

      There are benefits to owning and there are benefits to not owning.  Fasttr expressed some of those benefits.When you do not own and are renting from others, you may have to pay a small premium to the other person since they had to make the large outlay to buy into the program.  Just set your expectations at the right level because I'm afraid some people feel entitled to the best pricing without having to buy in.As expressed above, the biggest benefit of owning is that you have control.  When you rent points from someone, those points can be transferred to you and then you have all of the control to define what you want.  Without that control, you are trusting a stranger with your reservation.  In order for all of this to work, there has to be some level of trust.

    • #658
      bmul2
      Participant

      I think other owners have thought about their possible respnse here and not responded.  I, however, feel the need to 'defend' owners.  It is ultimately your choice to become a timeshare owner, whether you have a deeded week, floating week, or points on a Right To Use or Deeded basis.  We either purchased at a sales meeting, from another owner via resale or directly to Marriott.  That choice was also ours to make just as it is yours not to purchase.It is like buying into a club.  It forces you to plan for your vacation usage rather than just 'winging it'.  Are vacations a primary part of your life? Do they provide a balance to you?  We control our destiny with our vacation plans...you do not.  There is no guarantee you will receive the points you require in any given year.I wish you the best with your choice...as for me, I will continue enjoy being an Owner and keep planning my future vacations!

    • #659
      Heritageclubfan
      Participant

      Actually OP is correct.I was offered a week at my home club.The maintenance is $1400.It takes 1950 points to secure that week with the destination club.Even at .60 cents a point--which is the high range--it would cost $1170 to rent that unit.Why would I want to purchase a week and than pay more very year to rent it??Some say for convenience but in reality the weeks are easy to come by, there is no convenience.

    • #660
      Fasttr
      Participant

      Actually OP is correct.I was offered a week at my home club.The maintenance is $1400.It takes 1950 points to secure that week with the destination club.Even at .60 cents a point--which is the high range--it would cost $1170 to rent that unit.Why would I want to purchase a week and than pay more very year to rent it??Some say for convenience but in reality the weeks are easy to come by, there is no convenience.

      If you are a Trust points owner in the club, your maintenance fees on 1950 points would only be around $850.  You seem to be comparing your fees for your owned week and trying to compare that to what it would cost to rent 1950 points here to secure that same week.  Seems you are comparing different things in an attempt to prove your point. 

    • #661
      StevenTing
      Keymaster

      This really depends on the resort.  Some resorts require more points and availability is more challenging.  These are generally the Hawaii resorts and a few other locations.  --Sent using Tapatalk

    • #662
      dioxide45
      Participant

      If you are a Trust points owner in the club, your maintenance fees on 1950 points would only be around $850.  You seem to be comparing your fees for your owned week and trying to compare that to what it would cost to rent 1950 points here to secure that same week.  Seems you are comparing different things in an attempt to prove your point.

      Though there is a $175 fee on top of that $850. So the total MF one would pay on the $1025. Still cheaper than the $1400 weeks MF. Renting the points would only be $1170. So about $150 more than owning. Since it would cost about $20,000 to buy 2000 trust points, there is still a lot to be said about renting those points. It would take over 100 years to make back that upfront purchase price.

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