Ahead When Bartering Your Timeshare Week
The ability to
trade places is the main reason most people purchase timeshares, and
that�s been the case for years. Research reveals, in fact, that more
people barter their weeks than use them.
frequent complaint among the country�s nearly 2 million timeshare
owners (after they complain how difficult they are to resell, even
when priced below cost) is that they never seem to be able to
exchange their time for what they want.
But it doesn�t
have to be that way. Owners can trade places with other timeshare
owners by depositing their interval with an exchange service, and
withdrawing a corresponding interval somewhere else.
interval that is given up is used by someone else doesn�t matter,
since timeshare bartering is not a direct trade. As long as one puts
something in the bank, something else can be taken out. At the same
time, though, it�s important to have realistic goals.
run into a glitch, it usually has something to do with what they put
into the system and what they want to take out. For starters, when
considering a timeshare for the exchange possibilities -- and there
are hundreds of thousands of them -- make sure to buy in an area
that is in high demand.
Time and size
are two other factors that help enhance the ability to enact a
successful trade. So aim to buy the biggest unit in the best week
that is affordable. The formula is based on comparability, so don�t
buy an off-season week unless you expect to travel in the
strongly advise depositing your interval as soon as you know you
won�t be using it. Because depositing early increases one�s trading
power. You�ll get a higher priority by depositing early, because you
are allowing them to fulfill someone else�s exchange.
In short, if
you don�t deposit early enough, your week might be worth only 50% of
its exchangeable value. And you may have to wait until the last
minute to go somewhere else, or take a less desirable travel time or
a smaller sized unit.
early isn�t the only tactic that will lead to a successful trade. So
will being flexible. Instead of demanding a particular resort, for
example, request an area. Or even request a type of vacation, as
opposed to something more specific. And pick a range of dates, not
an exact week.
You even can
ask the system to search for two choices. Then if a match is made,
you�ll have 48 hours to decide whether that�s really where you want
to go. If it is, you can lock in a reservation and make your travel
arrangements. But if it�s not, the system can keep looking.
and Interval International list thousands of properties in their
catalogs (Interval works with 1,800 affiliated resorts in more than
70 countries; RCI with 3,500 properties in 90 countries) that
doesn�t mean space is always available. Their inventories are based
only on what their members give up. So plan ahead, and follow the
foregoing suggestions...the likelihood of success will be greater.