When purchasing a resale timeshare, it is important to research the variety of brands that are available to you. Understanding the differences and similarities of each vacation club, will help reveal any unique features that may be especially important to your personal style of travel. Even though you’re probably looking for the top 10 brands, in this article, we will go over the top 5 timeshare brands and each of their distinct features. Feel free to click on the names of the vacation clubs below to get more detailed information about each club’s resort offerings.
One of the premier vacation ownership brands is Hilton Grand Vacation Club, or HGVC for short. Boasting over 45 different resorts in almost half a dozen countries, you are able to take advantage of top vacation locations in Las Vegas, Orlando, and even Cancun and Portugal.
With an integrated points system you are also afforded access to over 6,000 RCI resorts worldwide when you utilize the trade feature of your point system.
Through Marriott timeshare ownership, you also have a large amount of vacation freedom. Marriott offers floating usage for booking, meaning you have a block of weeks during specific seasons to book your reservation. With Marriott, the various seasons are defined by different categories, such as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, and those specific categories can only be traded with an equivalent or lesser category. Also, you are able to book up to 12 months in advance, and it is recommended to do so if you’re booking a very desirable location at peak times.
WorldMark operates on a type of points system referred to as Vacation Credits. With Vacation Credits, you do not need to manually rescue or bank the points, as any unused points will filter into the next year, and expire at the end of that year. When booking with WorldMark, you will want to understand the various seasons and how many points it will take in order to book during your desired time. For high seasons, referred to as Red Seasons, you will need to book a minimum of a week-long stay at the resort. However, for mid and off seasons, referred to as White and Blue, there is no minimum stay requirement. This allows more flexibility when traveling during seasonal downtimes. A distinct difference with WorldMark timeshares is that they utilize housekeeping tokens in addition to standard maintenance fees. With housekeeping tokens, you are allowed a free housekeeping service. You’ll receive one token every year for each account you own, or for accounts 10,000 credits and larger, one token is awarded per block of 10,000 annual credits. Since this applies to a single service, any maintenance fees accrued from additional reservations will still apply.
Disney Vacation Club, or DVC for short, is another club which operates on a points-based system, so it will be best to determine which point package works best for you travel needs prior to your purchase. With DVC, you are able to book up to 11 months in advance for your home resort and 7 months for any other resort. So, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead if you are brainstorming a vacation for a popular destination a peak times. It is also worth mentioning that if you purchase ownership of a DVC property through resale, you won’t be able to use the points for Disney Resort hotels, Disney Cruise Line or Adventures by Disney. Many owners still choose the massively discounted price on resale. In truth, resale is a much more affordable way to go and many of these benefits you lose are not a huge deal when you can get the property for less than half price.
With Hyatt, you are also afforded a points based system with fixed week booking, so you are able to spend your points to book at your home resort and also trade within your available network. Whereas other resort clubs utilize RCI’s network for trading, Hyatt takes advantage of II, or Interval International’s, network. While there is no minimum stay requirements with Hyatt, you should keep in mind that if you choose to stay less than your full week, or stay at a smaller location requiring less points, then the remainder of your available time will convert into VC points, which can be used towards your home resort, as well as other HVC resorts, participating Hyatt Hotels and II External Exchange.
Knowing more about these important facets of each vacation club with help you to find the one that works best for you and your personal vacation habits. If you have any additional questions about the various features of each ownership club, feel free to contact us. Our licensed resale agents, are standing by to answer any questions you have.