You might be thinking, “Wow! Points, weeks, what’s the difference? How is a timeshare worth it? Timeshares have such a bad rep! I would never sit through one of those presentations!” Well, I’m here to tell you that if you don’t vacation every year, can not plan far in advance, and you don’t have the intention, capability, or desire to do so, then yes. Timeshares are probably not right for you. There’s also a learning curve that must happen in order to get all the benefits they offer. But, if you can plan far in advance and travel at least once a year, then read on. I will teach you how to stretch your points or weeks to be able to stay for more than 1 week on 1 maintenance fee.
Essentially, you’re buying pre-paid vacations for life or for a certain amount of years. The out of pocket cost after your payment of the timeshare deed itself is the maintenance fees which are yearly. If you don’t rent out what you have or use it yourself, it’s just a waste. BUT, if you use it in different ways, you’ll be set. It opens so much traveling experiences for you that you might never have been able to accomplish or even afford before having a timeshare.
Depending on time and locations, DVC, Marriott Vacation Club, Hyatt Residence Club and Vistana have great rental abilities. We have rented to family and close friends over the years and it’s been great. But we mostly use our points for our own stays and when you’re able to go during school times, you’ll be able to stay even longer because the point charts are lower. If you go during school breaks, it costs more points. You get the idea.
So while our girls were smaller, we would be able to go for 2 weeks at a time. Once they started school, it got less because we had to abide by the school policies.
There are other timeshares like Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton which go off of points and/or weeks. The difference is that with a week, you basically now would choose a time frame based on seasons or desirability that they have laid out, and then you would choose the type of view you want. Then, you’re able to book a room during that allocated time instead of the same week every year. Although, a lot of timeshares are still structured with fixed weeks. There’s nothing wrong with that either! On one hand with a fixed week, your flexibility diminishes but on the other, you gain control over knowing that you have a set week at the most desirable time. Guaranteed.
Either way, there is a lot of options when it comes to timeshares and the opportunities are endless!