Vacation clubs like RCI, Universal Vacation Club or Interval International are a modern variation on the timeshare model where rather than buying a week or two in a specific property you buy the equivalent points for an upfront sum or pay over a longer period in smaller amounts. Your membership to the vacation club enables you to redeem those points for accommodation each year based on the level of your membership.
So let’s have a look at some of the advantages of joining a vacation club:
- Great Destinations
Like traditional timeshares, vacation clubs offer accommodations in the best locations. Resorts are listed for there excellent service, amenities and popular locations.
- Larger Accommodations
Accommodations offered by vacation clubs are usually much larger than standard hotel rooms, more like condos which include kitchens, dining areas and living rooms (sometimes even laundry rooms too).
- Pay for What you Use
Like timeshare, you only pay for the time you spend in the vacation property, reducing your costs in comparison to owning a property outright. Additionally, with a vacation club you do not have to stay for a whole week, and can use just a couple of nights of your allocation if you so wish.
Vacation clubs give you the freedom to choose dates, locations and types of accommodations. You do not have to take your vacation at set times of the year and can travel at the last minute. You are also not limited to the type of accommodation you occupy, so long as you are within your range of points. Many vacation clubs also allow you to accrue your points.
When you compare the cost of the accommodation you have access to with the cost of renting a hotel room, it becomes clear that you are making great savings. Not to mention the reduced costs for families who can take advantage of the spacious accommodations and kitchen facilities of vacation club properties.
- Guaranteed Vacation
Your vacation is guaranteed in a popular location every year and membership is a great incentive to ensure that you spend quality time with your family.
- Hassle Free
Vacation clubs take the stress out of vacations. You can trust the quality of the properties they offer and can make all arrangements online or over the telephone. You also do not have to worry about the upkeep of the property, you just arrive with your suitcases.
Many vacation clubs allow members to transfer their lifetime membership to other family members. Some clubs even permit you to sell your membership.
- Welcome Existing Timeshares
If you have already purchased a timeshare, some vacation clubs, such as RCI accept your timeshare property in exchange for points. You have to add or ‘deposit’ your timeshare week and you are allocated points depending on how your timeshare is rated.
- Member Discounts
Most vacation clubs have special discounts and offers for members such as discounts in local stores and restaurants and sometimes even airline tickets.