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  • SnowDogDad
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    I'm certainly not the most experienced person that can reply, but I think the sales people typically play down the transferring or “renting” points options.  After all, they want to sell you as many points as they possibly can.  Different DC members have different ideas as to the minimum number of points required.  As for me, I'd buy something like 1,500 or 2,000 and then rent the rest.  You can always buy more and add them on later.

    in reply to: Thinking of converting….. #833
    SnowDogDad
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    Adding 1,000 points, though, would cost $12K-ish.  I'm a big supporter of the DC program; I think it works well for most people in most cases.  For me, it gives me a lot more flexibility than a typical 7-day/full week ownership.  I never stay anywhere for more than 4 or 5 days.  Maybe when I get a bit older, I'll settle in for a 7-day stay.I have advised a few friends that were interested in DC to buy the minimum number of points necessary and then just rent points year-to-year depending on their vacation needs.  I have had reasonably good luck at "last minute" rentals, as well.  But, of course, I don't typically do them during the busiest times of the year. I'm an owner at the Marriott Grand Residence Club in Lake Tahoe, so I have points coming out my ears.  When I got ready to enroll, I begged, pleaded, and sent humble emails to anyone I could find at MVCI to see if I could get them to waive the enrollment fee.  No dice.  I have found in most corporations that there is always someone willing to bend the rules in the name of good customer service... or to get you to just leave them alone.  Except for Marriott and United Airlines, that is.  🙂

    in reply to: Any information on possible new MVC properties? #848
    SnowDogDad
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    I had heard rumor of the San Diego property, but had also heard (from someone living in San Diego) that it needed a lot of renovation.  The Gas Lamp district is a great location in San Diego, though.  I hope they do a nice job with that property. If Marriott is listening, I'd love to see a NYC property (yes, I know, very expensive) and a Chicago property.

    in reply to: Hello from SFO #763
    SnowDogDad
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    Greetings neighbor!  I'm an owner at the Marriott Grand Residence Club Lake Tahoe.    Frankly, I'm a bit disappointed at the point value I get from a Marriott Rewards exchange on my unit at the GRCLT.  It is nice to have a bank of MR points available, but they have really devalued the program (in my opinion.)For example, one week of my 1-bedroom at the GRCLT can be traded for 100,000 MR points.  However, a 1-bedroom at the Timberlodge during that same time rents for 45,000 points per night.  So, seems like Marriott is making out like a bandit on that trade... 🙂 

    in reply to: General questions about process… #767
    SnowDogDad
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    I have also just recently bought in to the program.  And, as a Grand Residence Club member, I have far more points available than I can use most years.  So, I have offered up some for rent. As a "renter", I have the advantage of knowing that you are legitimate because you (the rentee) is also a Destinations Club member.  I guess if I were the "rentee", I'd want to know something about my renter to make sure he/she is legitimate.  Email, telephone, home address, maybe a Facebook page, and, of course, some positive reviews of previous transactions on VacationPointExchange.com.  🙂I use PayPal quite a bit for other transactions including sales from my business and have found them to be a pretty good platform. 

    in reply to: Lake Tahoe – Grand Residence Club and Timber Lodge #579
    SnowDogDad
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    The Marriott Grand Residence at Lake Tahoe is my home resort.  I have been an owner there for the last 4 years, but have been a regular Lake Tahoe visitor for the last 25 years.  I do know TimG, by the way.  Awesome, helpful gent!  I thought I would hijack his thread and share a bit of my own insight.South Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place to visit year round.  The busiest times (and thus higher prices and limited availability) are Christmas/New Years and around 4th of July.  For a relaxing trip, the best times to visit are spring and fall. The restaurants are not crowded and there is more availability at the Marriott.Ski season is what many people think of when they think of Tahoe.  There are at least 6 world class resorts within an hours drive of South Lake (Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra at Tahoe, Northstar, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley.)  There are also quite a few other smaller ski resorts also within an hour's drive.  For convenience's sake, you can't beat Heavenly Ski Resort.  The Heavenly Gondola is literally right outside the door of the Marriott  Grand Residence and the Timber Lodge.Other popular activities include boat rides, hiking, jet skiing, spas, destination weddings, gambling, shows, and seasonal activities. The drive Lake Tahoe is about 72 miles and is broken up in to basically 3 different areas (for lodging's sake, at least).  Tahoe City and Incline Village are on the north side of the lake while South Lake Tahoe/Stateline are on the south side.  South Lake Tahoe/Stateline is a bit more built up and has more restaurants, attractions, and hotels.  The roads to and around Tahoe are all good and most are open 365 days per year, though big snow storms can temporarily close a few of the roads until they can be plowed.  Driving time includes:

    • Reno to Tahoe - 90 minutes
    • San Francisco to Tahoe - about 3.5 hours
    • Sacramento to Tahoe - 90 - 110 minutes
    • Las Vegas to Tahoe - 8 hours

    If you can't tell, I love Lake Tahoe.  ;D

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