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How Happy Are You With Your Diamond Ownership?

Discussion in 'Diamond Resorts International / Embarc Resorts' started by CalGalTraveler, Sep 11, 2019.

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How Happy Are You With Your Diamond Ownership?

  1. Very Happy - Currently a Point Collection Owner

    3 vote(s)
    23.1%
  2. Very Happy - Legacy Owner e.g. Sunterra or Embarc owner

    5 vote(s)
    38.5%
  3. Moderately Happy - Points Collection Owner

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Moderately Happy - Legacy e.g. Sunterra, Embarc Owner

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Neutral - Point Collection Owner

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Neutral - Legacy Owner e.g. Sunterra, Embarc Owner

    2 vote(s)
    15.4%
  7. Moderately Unhappy - Point Collection Owner

    1 vote(s)
    7.7%
  8. Moderately Unhappy - Legacy ownrt e.g. Sunterra, Embarc Owner

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Very Dissatisfied - Point Collection Owner

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Very Dissatisfied - Legacy e.g. Sunterra, Embarc Owner

    2 vote(s)
    15.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. CalGalTraveler

    CalGalTraveler TUG Member

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    Would love to hear from Diamond Owners. If we are missing a major category, please let let me know.

    Also please add in the comments what you own and why you voted the way you did.
     
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  2. goaliedave

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    best ownership out of the 5 different ones I own.

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  3. Grammarhero

    Grammarhero Official TUGBBS Rescission Master TUG Member

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    Been to:
    Intl: Aruba, Aus, Bah, China, Jpn, HK, Macau, Mex
    US: AZ, CA, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV
    Really? What are the other four? I own Wyndham, Williamsburg Plant, and DRI South Bend. I love Wyndham the best, mainly because I can travel across US and easy exit strategy with Wyndham Ovations.
     
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  4. goaliedave

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    I own DR, Vistana (bought by Marriott), Shell (bought by Wyndham), Palace Resorts (5 star Mexican all inclusive), Raintree VC, Pono Kai.

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  5. Grammarhero

    Grammarhero Official TUGBBS Rescission Master TUG Member

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    DRI South Bend, EY 1/1

    Been to:
    Intl: Aruba, Aus, Bah, China, Jpn, HK, Macau, Mex
    US: AZ, CA, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV
    You should vote then.
     
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  6. geist1223

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    Royal Solaris San Jose del Cavo
    We own Worldmark (Platinum), Residence Club at Seaside Oregon (Fractional Ownership but tied in with Worldmark), Royal Solaris San Jose del Cabo, DRI Hawaiian Collection (Platinum but actually only own and pay MF's on 18,500 Points).

    We have enjoyed every resort, some more than others. Our favorites are Cabo Azul, Point at Poipu, and Royal Regency Vincennes Paris France. The online system is easy to use. The folks at the Resorts are very helpful, kind, and friendly. Even most of the folks on the telephone try to be helpful.
     
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  7. goaliedave

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    ? vote about what? I missed something

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  8. Grammarhero

    Grammarhero Official TUGBBS Rescission Master TUG Member

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    Williamsburg Plant, EY 4L/4
    DRI South Bend, EY 1/1

    Been to:
    Intl: Aruba, Aus, Bah, China, Jpn, HK, Macau, Mex
    US: AZ, CA, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV
    At the top of this thread is a poll on how you enjoy DRI.
     

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  9. goaliedave

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    doesnt show for me. lol I thought the OP was smoking funny tobacco

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  10. chemteach

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    I own Vistana, Marriott, Worldmark, Diamond. I love Diamond's search engine. Easy to use. For the most part, I get to go where and when I want to travel.
     
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  11. artringwald

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    We bought a deeded week at The Point at Poipu from Sunterra back in 2004. The deeded week included membership in The Club with 15,500 points. Since then we bought two more deeded weeks at P@P on the resale market. It's been the best combination of both worlds for us. We always stay at least 2 weeks at P@P, and we like the flexibility of using points to stay at a variety of other locations. I would never buy points in a collection. The overhead of the trust adds way to much to the maintenance fees. It's also difficult to get rid of collection points. Deeded weeks still have some value on the resale market.

    Of all the DRI places we've stayed, the only one that was disappointing was Cypress Pointe Resort in Orlando. It was rather run down at the time, but that was over 10 years ago. All in all, we're very happy with our ownership.
     
  12. Grammarhero

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    DRI South Bend, EY 1/1

    Been to:
    Intl: Aruba, Aus, Bah, China, Jpn, HK, Macau, Mex
    US: AZ, CA, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV
    I will go why I am neutral:
    1) as a resale buyer, I can only go to my home resort. Also no breaking the week into two half-weeks. I did get a deeded week, which helps. To compare, wyndham resales lets me go to 27 states and 2 US protectorates.
    2) bad exit strategy. Diamond transitions is $1k and supposedly only available for retail buyers. In comparison, Wyndham Ovations is free.

    (Edited for clarity)
     
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    I am confused. You say you can only go to your home resort but then talk about 27 states and 2 US protectorates. Did you mean to say Home Collection? Also DRI has the relatively new program for Deeded Week Owners to trade into other DRI Resorts.
     
  14. Grammarhero

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    US: AZ, CA, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV
    For DRI, I can only go to the home resort as a resale buyer, unless I buy developer points.

    For Wyndham resales, I can go to 27 states and US protectorates.
     
  15. geist1223

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    Have you looked into DRI's new program for Deeded Week Owners?
     
  16. artringwald

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    Here's some info on the program, called Destination Xchange. It only costs $69/year. You could also join RCI or Interval International and exchange your week through them.

    https://destinationxchange.com/HowItWorks
     
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  17. goaliedave

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    I like destination exchange, it lets weeks owners do internal exchange.

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  18. Grammarhero

    Grammarhero Official TUGBBS Rescission Master TUG Member

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    US: AZ, CA, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV
    With Wyndham, if you don’t go to home resort, you can use your points without a cost.

    Looks like with DR SB 1BR1BA4 week 22, its tier 2. So I can trade for another tier 2, apparently with $150 fee.
     
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  19. goaliedave

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    I'll find out for you. Another poster above said $69/year. I've only used a DX CERTIFICATE they gave me at a presentation. it was $29 to register, then to book either $20 (5 day) or $70 (7 days)

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    Grammarhero Official TUGBBS Rescission Master TUG Member

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    US: AZ, CA, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV
    Exchange fee is $150.
     
  21. pedro47

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    Are you should that you can only exchange into only your home resort.?
    Example there are two (2) DRI resorts in Williamsburg, Va.
    I feel you should be able to exchange into both resorts.
    Because they are sisters resorts in Williamsburg, Va.

    Sound strange.
     
  22. Grammarhero

    Grammarhero Official TUGBBS Rescission Master TUG Member

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    US: AZ, CA, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV
    I should clarify. I have a deeded week. So unless I join exchange and pay a $150 exchange fee to go to tier 2 at other DR resorts, I can only go to my home resort. I’m not a big fan of the $150 fee.
     
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    Cheaper than RCI Fee,
     
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  24. Grammarhero

    Grammarhero Official TUGBBS Rescission Master TUG Member

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    Been to:
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    US: AZ, CA, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV
    True. But with Wyndham’s selection, I have yet to need the RCI exchange fee.
     

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