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Best II Resort trader

Discussion in 'Exchanging Timeshares' started by Mjasp, Apr 2, 2019.

  1. Peterh1952

    Peterh1952 TUG Member

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    Try Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Vermont. I’ve owned a 2 bedroom chalet in prime ski week since 1993 and enjoyed a wide variety of exchanges with II. This is an owner cooperative with only owners on the BoD. It exchanges for just about everything that II has to offer. Never a problem
     
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    Of course there is no penalty (no rebates/refunds either). I would just check out when leaving.

    If you are planning to arrive a day or so after your official check in day, you will need to let them know that you will be delayed or risk them considering you a "no show."
     
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    Thanks
     
  4. krj9999

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    I don't know that there is a single answer to this; and would depend on a person's needs and priorities. How large of a unit are you normally looking to trade into? Do you want a high quality resort (Hyatt, Vistana, Marriott)? Where do you intend on traveling to? Stay in peak or off-peak periods? Etc.

    And how inexpensive for MFs is considered "inexpensive" these days? (also need to consider possible unit size upgrade costs)

    For example, Hyatt I think would be great for staying at studios in Hawaii that show up at high quality resorts (really inexpensive stays) but getting larger units there would be more problematic due to preference periods. And you wouldn't have access to Hyatt resorts via II trading.

    Between Vistana and Marriott, at present I'd lean towards Marriott due to many more destinations available with internal trading preference. I'm very happy with what I can see with my Platinum Willow Ridge deposits (both the 1 BR and Studio, though upgrades cost more to exchange unless within 60 days).

    Though what the longer term plans may be are less certain, now that MVC has merged with Interval.
     
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    I get a kick out of "what is the best ...." Best car? Best place to live? Best country? Best place to vacation, Best woman to marry, etc. First - - "best" is often in the eyes of the beholder. Also, there are usually secondary factors - - for instance, cost - - best car... AND under $15,000, $30,000? or under 50,000, etc. Each answer is different. Consider the question, "what is the cheapest possible car" that is the "best".

    Also, I think that the "best II trader" and the "lowest MF" may be two different and conflicting factors. If the definition of the "best trader" is a really cheap MF timeshare that has a somewhat reasonable ability to trade? Or is it a really really STRONG trader (cost not a factor)? Or a "pretty" strong trader with a MF under....say $1800 per year or $2500 a year...etc....

    I own at some Marriotts in Palm Desert. They are "reasonable" traders. Their MF are NOT the cheapest but not the worst. I like exchanging into other Marriotts (because of the "M" preference).

    I think that the season may be a factor to consider. Prime seasons probably trade better than "dog" or "mud" seasons (low demand) and the MF is (usually) the same. But you'll pay a bit more on the secondary market.
     
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    Huh? Worldmark is owned by Worldmark owners. It is not a typical timeshare owned by developers. Wyndham is only the management company and developer that the Worldmark Board of Directors bought in to interface Worldmark without exchange companies, expand it---without adding any debt, and handle the maintenance. Wyndham will have to purchase from the owners in order to take over this timeshare.
    That is one of the reasons we have some of the highest resale values (though miserably low) and lowest maintenance fees.

    Had no idea Wyndham had properties in Maui or Lake Chelan, maybe you were on Worldmark properties and Wyndham was trying to sell you Worldmark rather than Wyndham. If the sales people did not understand the distinction between Wyndham and Worldmark enough to clarify it for you, no wonder they felt they were stressed out. But bottomline, by resale.
     
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    Hyatt weeks come with a free II membership? Thanks I did not know that
     
  8. Shankilicious

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    Does II have a list it chart showing which resorts have this "top trading power"? Or is this just informed opinion?

    Sent from my SM-G892A using Tapatalk
     
  9. Tahiya

    Tahiya TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    It's informed opinion. II keeps the algorithm with which it determines trading power a secret. Even the vacation counselors profess to not know the relative trading power of different weeks.
     
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    If you join as a member of TUG, you get access to the Sightings board. On this board, there are periodic "trade tests," where various TUG members do the same search to see which units can "see" the targeted deposit. It's the best way for you (and us as a community of users) to figure out relative trading power.
     
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    So I can only see the sightings page if I become a paid member?
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    Yes.
     

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