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Forum: Marriott Resort System April 23, 2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,590
Posted By OldPantry
Hey FT, you're mangling the guy's point. Sure,...

Hey FT, you're mangling the guy's point. Sure, there's been inflation in the cost of hotel rooms, but do you think his maintenance fees haven't risen sharply over the years as well? Why is it...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 10, 2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,136
Posted By OldPantry
One possible additional advantage: my wife was...

One possible additional advantage: my wife was just given Gold status for 2014. This is the second consecutive year this has happened, despite our coming well short of the required 50 paid nights...
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 16, 2012, 03:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By OldPantry
Thanks. I should have guessed. They're not...

Thanks. I should have guessed. They're not really nights, just a counting system.
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 16, 2012, 03:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By OldPantry
Elite Nights: Whattaboutem?

I read frequently about elite nights, carryovers, etc. But, I don't really know what use they have. I feel silly about it, but haven't seen anything in the Marriott Rewards website that explains...
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 8, 2012, 04:10 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,640
Posted By OldPantry
Ah, but they're an investment! Why the many...

Ah, but they're an investment! Why the many guilt trips I've given my kids have been priceless!
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 8, 2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,640
Posted By OldPantry
Well, that last comment says it all, doesn't it? ...

Well, that last comment says it all, doesn't it? Sure, we are all here for a short time, and need to unwind in the meantime. Sure, it would be silly to beat ourselves up endlessly about past...
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 8, 2012, 12:50 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,640
Posted By OldPantry
It was poetic exaggeration!!!! That nice smell...

It was poetic exaggeration!!!!
That nice smell lasted for several days. Priceless!!!!
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 7, 2012, 04:38 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,640
Posted By OldPantry
Hi!!!! Boy, you're even more hard-headed...

Hi!!!!

Boy, you're even more hard-headed than I. I admit to buying new cars only, about one every five years, with a total turnover of ten years. I love that smell, even though it only lasts for...
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 6, 2012, 01:26 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,640
Posted By OldPantry
Ah, poetic exaggeration (four exclamation...

Ah, poetic exaggeration (four exclamation marks!). Really though, you wouldn't spend $1 million for those choice weeks, would you?

You don't actually mean priceless, you mean valuable. And...
Forum: Marriott Resort System September 5, 2012, 10:56 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,640
Posted By OldPantry
Well, that $5k in perks sounds nice, but ......

Well, that $5k in perks sounds nice, but ... isn't that really just a return of principal? That is, Marriott got $70K from your friend, and handed back $5 as an incentive. So really, he invested...
Forum: Marriott Resort System June 14, 2012, 12:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,687
Posted By OldPantry
Well, I tried to do this exact thing last...

Well, I tried to do this exact thing last Tuesday. That is, I own multiple weeks, and wanted to use the 13 month window to split my Timber Lodge into 1BR and lock-off weeks, booked consecutively. ...
Forum: Marriott Resort System February 5, 2012, 12:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,158
Posted By OldPantry
Well, since the soda and coffee aren't free, why...

Well, since the soda and coffee aren't free, why is it "not nice" to point out that filling a retread is theft? Comments about hygiene or cheapness of the syrup are irrelevant. A small theft is...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 18, 2012, 06:08 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,039
Posted By OldPantry
[QUOTE=SueDonJ;1231042] Sorry, my edit, to...

[QUOTE=SueDonJ;1231042]
Sorry, my edit, to clarifiy that I don't have great-grandchildren (or even grandchildren) yet caused a total dupe. Unintentional.
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 18, 2012, 05:39 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,039
Posted By OldPantry
OK, white flag time! I now believe you went into...

OK, white flag time! I now believe you went into the deal with eyes wide open. You were also the lucky beneficiary of a totally honest and candid sales presentation. And, I assume, you've won the...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 18, 2012, 03:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,039
Posted By OldPantry
Hi Sue. Wow, a $9000 sewing machine? That must...

Hi Sue.
Wow, a $9000 sewing machine? That must sting. The timeshare observation, though, has a large whiff of hindsight. Did you REALLY believe the money was gone the moment you bought the...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 16, 2012, 08:30 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,039
Posted By OldPantry
If you really want to cry, try owning in Hawaii,...

If you really want to cry, try owning in Hawaii, particularly Kauai, Ko Olina or Maui. Those MFs have risen hugely (over 70% for me at Ko Olina), and in many cases, rentals no longer cover them. ...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 12, 2012, 04:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By OldPantry
The first part of the answer is a relief. ...

The first part of the answer is a relief. Another fee is a non-issue compared to being unable to use a prime week entirely. As to the second part, would "changing the reservation" be different? ...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 11, 2012, 10:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By OldPantry
Since you seem up on the ins and out of II, what...

Since you seem up on the ins and out of II, what are the possibilities for changing a reserved week (internal exchange to Timber Lodge) for another choice at another time? My reservation is way out...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 11, 2012, 07:32 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 63,082
Posted By OldPantry
No, your explanation clarifies the difference...

No, your explanation clarifies the difference between the use 'em or lose 'em nature of the bonus points, which clearly do have skim built in, as one is unlikely to be able to use exactly 800 points....
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 11, 2012, 11:27 AM
Replies: 277
Views: 63,082
Posted By OldPantry
Well, if "surplus" Marriott DC points expire, and...

Well, if "surplus" Marriott DC points expire, and don't roll over from year to year, then I would definitely call that a major skim, and certainly by design.
In fact, it would be pretty hard to...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 10, 2012, 09:53 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 63,082
Posted By OldPantry
Really Susan, I think you slipped here. What...

Really Susan, I think you slipped here. What about the exceedingly common situation where a reservation used most, but not all of your bonus points (given for joining the DC)? What happened to...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 7, 2012, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By OldPantry
I can't agree at all. The trouble with...

I can't agree at all. The trouble with downgrading the summer term to gold is that gold has a fairly negative meaning for most other resorts. Summer is a highly valued season for Tahoe. I've been...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 7, 2012, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By OldPantry
Well, now I feel better, which might make you...

Well, now I feel better, which might make you feel worse. Sorry. I was kicking myself for missing that gem, but it turns out to be a head fake. So ... OK. By the way, this might have been one...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 6, 2012, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By OldPantry
Gotta say, I'm experiencing waves of nausea at...

Gotta say, I'm experiencing waves of nausea at tsunami levels! I bought an identical unit last year for $8,000, and was patting myself on the back. I have the same queasy feeling about my...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 3, 2012, 11:23 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,391
Posted By OldPantry
Hi novice. Unless you have plenty of excess...

Hi novice. Unless you have plenty of excess "fritter" money (I mean above and beyond ALL other more serious obligations), I would advise you to pass. Recurring, ever increasing, obligations can...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 2, 2012, 01:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By OldPantry
Yes, another dupe. I'll do better next time.

Yes, another dupe. I'll do better next time.
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 2, 2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By OldPantry
Honestly, I didn't try to do that. I think I...

Honestly, I didn't try to do that. I think I just posted once. I'm going to try to delete the repeats.
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 2, 2012, 12:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By OldPantry
Accidental dupe.

Accidental dupe.
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 2, 2012, 12:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By OldPantry
Accidental dupe.

Accidental dupe.
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 2, 2012, 12:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By OldPantry
Hi. Your counter-argument is emphatic, but the...

Hi. Your counter-argument is emphatic, but the first four points seem to support my pessimism.
1. Misrepresentation: you seem to blame the folks who bought with an expectation of appreciation. ...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 2, 2012, 12:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By OldPantry
gnorth16, I agree the east coast (South...

gnorth16,

I agree the east coast (South Carolina and Florida) resorts have shown better resilience than most other Marriott sites (Aruba excepted). However, I'm not sure they're any more immune...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 1, 2012, 10:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,609
Posted By OldPantry
I'm afraid I come down more on the $1000 side. ...

I'm afraid I come down more on the $1000 side. Sure, an unbroken downward trend might reverse sometime, but would you want to bet on it? The factors forcing prices down are unlikely to reverse...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 1, 2012, 08:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,401
Posted By OldPantry
Hmm, that's a thought. We just escaped to...

Hmm, that's a thought. We just escaped to Newport from Seattle over Christmas, and my wife LOVED it. We had feared an inferior resort experience, due to the late season, but were blown away to...
Forum: Marriott Resort System January 1, 2012, 08:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,401
Posted By OldPantry
Just Gotta Brag!

Well, in my admittedly limited experience, I would say the II trading option for Marriott legacy weeks is alive and well. Last July, I was able to trade a Ko Olina studio for a two BR Breckenridge...
Forum: Marriott Resort System December 8, 2011, 09:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,889
Posted By OldPantry
Geez. It's tricky to agree with someone, but...

Geez. It's tricky to agree with someone, but dislike the utterly pompous way the point is made. The criticism leveled against you was that you were being overly broad. I think that's fair. There...
Forum: Marriott Resort System November 14, 2011, 10:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,167
Posted By OldPantry
Your every other year unit enables you to reserve...

Your every other year unit enables you to reserve two separate weeks (for a fee). Both must be in your usage year. However, once you have reserved that 2012 studio week and traded it into II, you...
Forum: Marriott Resort System November 14, 2011, 11:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,167
Posted By OldPantry
The way I've done it is to lock off; reserve the...

The way I've done it is to lock off; reserve the most desirable studio week I could find (using the Vacation Club points charts is helpful to target the best trading weeks); then deposit the week...
Forum: Marriott Resort System November 13, 2011, 11:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,167
Posted By OldPantry
When you talk about trading, I assume you're...

When you talk about trading, I assume you're looking to lock off the studio and occupy the 1BR? If so, I can attest to the superior trading power of the studios. As an EOY owner, I have traded my...
Forum: Marriott Resort System November 13, 2011, 08:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,482
Posted By OldPantry
My two cents worth: rescind ... YESTERDAY!

My two cents worth: rescind ... YESTERDAY!
Forum: Marriott Resort System November 10, 2011, 01:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,041
Posted By OldPantry
The OP was complaining about his salesperson's...

The OP was complaining about his salesperson's apparent ignorance regarding key features of the VC plan. His ignorance, if such, is sloppy. But it could easily have been deliberate...
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