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  • in reply to: First Time Trying to Rent – Question #878
    GregT
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    Thanks for that head's up, Fasttr.  Good to know that a full night's rate in points must be either legacy or trust, but not both.    Nobody wants leftovers that we'd need to scramble to match up to use.  So, are there increments that must be adhered to in the transfer process?  Can you transfer any increment of ~25 points or is it in other increments (100, 200, 500 etc.)?  Thanks again.

    I believe you can transfer any quantity of points and that it does not even need to be in increments of 25.  It's certainly cleaner transferring increments of 25, but we are starting to see odd number of points (I have 795 points right now) so really any quantity is transferable.I'm glad you like the site.Best,Greg

    in reply to: Any information on possible new MVC properties? #850
    GregT
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    Just got back from Hawaii and all 5 previously listed new locations are legit. I hear we can add NYC to that with plans to convert some hotel rooms at Marriott Marquis in Times Square to MVC inventory ala DC Mayflower.I did not get any time frames associated with the availability though.

    That would be great if they converted some of the Times Square rooms into MVC -- I hope that rumor is true!Best,Greg

    in reply to: Renting Points-"classified" or "general"? #859
    GregT
    Keymaster

    You should post your ad in the Classified section — there is a specific forum for points that are for rent.  I hope that helps!Best,Greg

    in reply to: 1 Week HGVC HHV Lagoon Tower for Aruba Surf Club #818
    GregT
    Keymaster

    John, what size unit do you need in Aruba?  Thx

    in reply to: General questions about process… #766
    GregT
    Keymaster

    Pirate,Welcome to VPE and I hope that it is helpful to you.  I've done numerous transactions -- perhaps 50 with Marriott points and more with Worldmark.  I've had excellent success and have not had any problems.  That being said, I've been mostly done smaller transactions (less than 3,000 points) and if I did a large transaction, I would be especially careful to find someone that has a good reputation, or would explore how best to protect both parties.I hope this works out for you!Best,Greg

    in reply to: Kauai Lagoons #559
    GregT
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    All,I visited Kauai Lagoons last month, and it is a beautiful property.  The location is terrific and as others have noted, almost every room has a nice Ocean View (even the Island View designations).A few additions to what's already been posted:1) Kauai Lagoons is right next to the airport (this is not a negative as there are a modest number of flights per day).  It is the first turn off the main road (on the left) when you leave the airport -- it's that close.2) Costco is about two miles away, off Highway 50 (which is one of the main roads).3) There is also a supermarket in the shopping center across the street from the Costco4) Kauai Lagoons does not sit on a useable beach -- there's definitely a beach, but the water is very rough.  It's great for lava rock walking though, and there is an arch in the near distance where the waves come pounding through, very impressive.5) This is an isolated property -- the surrounding resort plan was never built.  So there is no on-site bar, restaurant, amenities.  Kauai Beach Club is about 1/2 mile away, but not really a convenient walk.6) The units are very well appointed, as this was intended to be a Grand Residence Club, but was converted to MVC when the economy collapsed.7) If you like shave Ice, just as you leave the property (exiting by the hotel property, onto Hwy 51), there is a little roadside cafe that also sells shave ice.  It was the best we had on the island.8) Kauai Lagoons is central to everything, but not close to anything.  It was 45 minute drive to Hanalei Bay, an hour to Waimea Canyon, 30 minutes to Port Allen, 20 minutes to Poipu.  We liked the central location, but recognize that a car is a necessity, and we went somewhere every day because on-site options were limited.9) There are four BBQs located by the pool with beautiful views of the harbor channel.  Each BBQ also has a table so we ate outside many nights.10) Bugs were not a problem at KL, but whenever we went on an excursion, we needed Off to keep us from getting bitten (my wife gets bitten all the time).I hope this helps!Best,Greg

    in reply to: HGVC or Starwood Direct Exchange #747
    GregT
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    I am bumping up this post — I still have extra HGVC and StarOptions for 2015 and would be happy to make a reservation for you.  Best,Greg

    in reply to: Hello from SFO #762
    GregT
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    Ray,Welcome to VPE and I hope that you have also found Timeshare Users Group (tug2.net).  Both can be very useful, and I'm glad that you are here.I like points and I like my traditional weeks too (and I like my other timeshares) so between the combination, it has been terrific!Best,Greg

    in reply to: Howdy from Texas #758
    GregT
    Keymaster

    David,Welcome to VPE and I hope the site is useful -- many of us are in the same situation -- legacy weeks owner, enrolled our weeks and sometimes use points and sometimes not.  Points can be a great addition to our ownership, and I hope that you like the new system.Welcome again!Best,Greg

    in reply to: Aloha!!! Another noob here! #757
    GregT
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    Hi VPE'ers and aloha from Hawaii!  I found VPE just by doing some Googling about Marriott Destinations and "renting" points.I own a 13 week fraction at the Marriott Grand Residence Club in South Lake Tahoe.  I typically occupy, rent, or let a friend occupy my weeks.  We have been given the option to join DC (for owners that have owned prior to March 2013) and I have thought about tossing a few of my weeks in to the program to build up some points to either "rent" or to use for other vacations.I travel for fun 3 - 5 times per year but other than Tahoe or San Francisco, have different destinations for my trips (NYC, France, Italy, Thailand, etc...)  It *seems* like DC might give me some options, but I'm also worried about availability.  I read stories all the time from people saying that they have to be online and ready 365 days ahead of time to get the best availability.  Many of my trips have no more than 2 or 3 months of planning.  Thanks in advance for your patience!

    Welcome to VPE, I think there is alot that you can do within the Marriott DClub and using points, and I hope that this becomes a productive discovery for you.  You have alot of points due to your fractional and some other owners have made a cottage  business out of renting out all those points.  I hope you rent some, use some and report back with great vacations!Welcome again!Best,Greg

    in reply to: Premier Plus Discount on Destination Points #749
    GregT
    Keymaster

    I don't think Marriott would have an issue with this.  It should not be a problem for you to make a reservation for someone else within 59 days and put their name on it.The 30% discount for Premier Plus is a really nice feature of the new system.Best,Greg

    in reply to: Paypal Fees–Who usually pays? #726
    GregT
    Keymaster

    It is negotiable — when I've rented points out, I asked the Buyer to pay the fees and they did.When I am a renter, I have been asked to pay the fees and I do.  But I'm sure it's gone the other way too -- all negotiable.Good luck!Greg

    in reply to: New from Delaware #723
    GregT
    Keymaster

    Scott,Welcome to VPE and welcome to Marriott timeshare ownership.  Many people purchased directly from the Developer for their first timeshare and we have all learned to love our ownership.  There is alot you can do with your 6,500 Trust Points -- please also visit TUG to learn more about Marriott too.Please feel free to ask any questions you may have, and I hope that you find the board useful.All the best,Greg

    in reply to: Hello Everyone! New member here #716
    GregT
    Keymaster

    Welcome to VPE and we're very pleased that you found us!  Congrats on the different purchases (points to get to Premier Plus — and the Disney points) as I think they have interesting possibilities as companion systems.Good luck and thanks again for the kind comments.Best,Greg

    GregT
    Keymaster

    I've not heard this — and I think the denial from MVC is the key data here.    But Disney cruises are great and  worth doing once in a lifetime!Best,Greg

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