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Destination XChange

Discussion in 'Diamond Resorts International / Embarc Resorts' started by applepie, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. applepie

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    I read the Destination Exchange (DE) guide that posted on this forum, and I had further questions. I called the number in the brochure.

    What they said I could do to enhance my vacation flexibility is as follows:

    1. You can take your deeded timeshare and deposit into the DE. If you have a lock off, you lock it off first and then deposit it. (I didn't ask if they would lock it off for you).
    2. If your fees are paid up 5 years, then you have the weeks available to you for 5 years.
    3. If I had a 2 bedroom Sedona lock off unit as an example, then I would lock it off and deposit both units into DE. Potentially, I don't have to use either of these units in Year 1 -- I could use them in Year 2, 3, 4, or 5.
    4. If I did the same thing the next year, then I have those units available to me for up to 5 more years, as long as my membership/fees are current.
    5. This means that if I wanted to, I could use one week on my lock off for the first 3 years and have 3 DE possibilities available to me to use all at once during year 3 or up to year 5.
    6. If you have Tier 4 deposit and want to do something really special like a Tier 6 for your anniversary, you simply pay $175 per tier upgrade.
    7. They will work with you if you want to go to a different resort or location throughout the world. So, if I wanted to go to Aruba, and Diamond doesn't have a resort, they will work to find me a week during my timeframe and to meet my needs. I didn't go into specifics about costs.

    This seems like a nice option for deeded owners.
     
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    There is a very moderate fee to split your unit. I believe it is $39.

    For those who golf, another perk for Sedona Summit deeded week owners is access "a punch card for Golf Vouchers" at The Ridge on Sedona.
     
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    That must be new. I didn't have that fee in the past when I locked off a unit.
     
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    Just as a quick update, I was able to get TWO Tier 4 units at Point at Poipu for my 2 BD LO at Sedona! My unit is rated Tier 5 if I deposit it as one chunk. But I first separated it into two components: Studio 1 BD by paying the $39 lock off fee. Then I called the Deeded Owner number and had them deposit the Studio as a Tier 3 week and the 1 BD as Tier 4 week. I was them able to book the TWO, 2BD units at Point at Poipu for Presidents Day week in 2020 by paying one Tier upgrade fee of $175. So my $890 MF + about $514 in fees (that is 2 exchange fees, one split fee and one upgrade fee) stretched quite a bit into 2 weeks in Hawaii. So far, I am quite happy with Destination Exchange.

    I love the 13-month booking in advance window and the ability to see the inventory before deciding whether or not to join Destination Exchange.
     
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    Nice!! Sounds like Sedona Summit is a nice unit for Destination Exchange! And for people who also like going to Sedona Summit, you could use one side to exchange back in using Destination Exchange, and the other side to go somewhere else. :). I do think that Destination Exchange could be the thing that might save Diamond from all the hate. There are many people who seem to really hate Diamond because of their sales tactics and high maintenance fees. The Destination Exchange program makes deeded weeks useful for traveling to Diamond properties without having to buy into The Club. And it gives Diamond an income source because people are paying Diamond for the exchanges instead of paying Interval.
     
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    If you use Xchange do you have to pay the resort fee? I believe exchanging through interval or RCI the fee would be applicable. The data sheet only mentions points members booking with points and owners using their owner week do not pay the resort fee.
     
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    Diamond says you do not pay the resort fees if you use Diamond Exchange.
     
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    Thanks for checking. That is good news.
     
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    Just noticed this one:
    Summer:
    Ocean Beach Club
    Oceanaire Resort
    Lake Tahoe Vacation Club
    The Historic Crag’s Lodge

    There are others for more specific dates. So if you want one of these premium exchange weeks, you pay the exchange fee, any upgrade fee, plus $1000.

    I thought the tier system was supposed to level the playing field and offer like for like or upgrades for a fee. I don't see where owners of these premium exchange weeks are offered a $1000 incentive on top of their tier 4-6 deposits.
     
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    Yeah, it doesn't seem fair that an owner of a premier week wouldn't get to benefit from the extra $1,000 that DRI charges somebody exchanging into that week. Seems like they could incent people into depositing those weeks by giving them a couple hundred dollars or possibly a short stay somewhere or something.
     
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    Not to be the great defender of DRI, but I think the inventory for Destination Exchange (DEx) is not owner inventory, rather DRI-owned inventory. So for them, they can rent those properties out at a premium on their website and they are making them available on DEx, but they still want to get a good profit margin.
     
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    Hi Tschwa2,
    If I see your tag I try to read your posts both here and on Interval and I have gleaned a lot of information from your posts. Thank you for sharing. Wanted to let you know we were at Sedona Summit the middle of Jan. on an Interval exchange and we were not charged any fees.
    HikerBiker
     
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