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Is the MVCD new offer a good one for newbies?

Discussion in 'Marriott Vacation Club' started by hajjah, Mar 14, 2019 at 4:13 PM.

  1. hajjah

    hajjah Tug Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

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    I am a recently new owner now of two resorts. I have a two bedroom unit at Grand Vista Gold and also a two at Shadow Ridge Enclave. Both weeks are EOY. When I called Marriott yesterday to have my units placed in II's space bank, the rep advised me to consider joining the DC now for free. I've only read a little on the program via TUG and I generally see many yays and nays. I don't see the value for me since I'm able to get two vacations by locking off my units with II. Can someone advise me as to whether this is a good deal or not for me? I bought both resorts resale. I'm retired and can travel anytime of year. I always book my own units via II without too many problems. I also own two units that a non-Marriott. I'm not sure how the points system works and will sit down and watch video later today. I normally vacation about 5 or more times per year using my weeks and getaways. Here is what they sent:

    Learn Why Complimentary Enrollment is a Can't Miss Opportunity
    Owners who reside in the United States are invited to join us to learn about the amazing benefits of becoming a member of the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations® Exchange Program. Attend a 45-minute webinar presentation from the convenience of your home. If you choose to enroll your eligible* week(s) into the Marriott Vacation Club Destinations Exchange Program, you will receive complimentary enrollment of your eligible weeks upon completion of the webinar.
     
  2. csalter2

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    Generally speaking, in your case I don't see the points program as beneficial because your two properties do not elect into a lot of points. Thus, you would not be able to get the type of room during some seasons with the amount of points you would receive for you Grand Vista and Shadow Ridge Enclave's units. Trading through Interval International and getting the two weeks would be more beneficial. The only benefit I can see you getting with the points program would be no fees when you lock off your units with Interval. Also, you would not have to pay any membership fees for Interval either. However, there is a $200+ club fee.
     
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    Personally, I have never regretted enrolling all of our weeks in the DP and buying a lot of additional points. The flexibility of booking stays longer and shorter than a week has been such a boon to us. I can count on one hand the number of strictly 7-day stays we have had in the past 5-7 years. We can go down to Florida for a holiday weekend, we can stay for longer when we needed to match fights, we can book single nights when we have a special need, etc. If you're always going to travel for strictly 7 nights, or you're willing to lose nights if you only want to travel for, say, 5 nights, then maybe you don't need to enroll. But there's no real loss in enrolling - you still can keep your weeks for when you want them, you still can exchange through II if you want to do that (which always has been disappointing for me), all while gaining the ability to book part-week stays. For me, the free enrollment is as close to a no-brainer as you get in timeshare world.

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  4. echino

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    "Weeks purchased from third parties with a deed recording date prior to June 20, 2010 are eligible for this offer". Did you purchase prior to 2010?
     
  5. csalter2

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    The OP stated it was a recent purchase so I assumed it was after the June 2015.
     
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    I'd love to get a binding offer to enroll my post-2010 weeks, but this sounds like another Cus Rep mistake.
     
  7. tschwa2

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    I agree, you don't need to weigh anything because you aren't eligible to enroll without a $25,000+ (probably $35,000+) purchase of trust points. Watching the video won't make you eligible to enroll.
     
  8. hajjah

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    Thanks so much for the information. My GV was purchased in July, 2018. The Shadow Ridge was recorded in December, 2018. The rep did advise me that both of my units quality for the DC program. She seemed to be pretty sure of herself. I'm leaning towards keeping my units with II to get two weeks of vacation for each timeshare.
     
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    Post 2010 weeks cannot be enrolled without a purchase of trust points or inflated weeks. The CS rep is mistaken as there have bee. Instances of them telling resale owners that are not qualifies that they can enroll for frer.

    If MVC allowed this, I would be all over it. But I am still waiting for that offer to enroll for a nominal fee.

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    You don’t give up your weeks if you enroll in the DC- so many people are confused about that!

    When you enroll you pay a yearly membership fee to Marriott ( for me that is $205)
    For that I get free membership in II ($99 savings), free lock off ($80?), free Marriott to Marriott exchanges ($200 per exchange, plus I don’t need to buy eplus because I can just cancel and exchange again for free). It’s all about the fee savings!

    Each year you can stay in your home ownership exactly as it would be in not enrolled, or deposit and exchange on II exactly the same as if you are not enrolled, or elect points.
    There is a skim if you elect points- you don’t get enough points to stay your home week. Simple solution- don’t elect points if you are doing week stays, just keep on exchanging on II.
    If life warrants that you want to stay more or less than a week you may want to elect and use points- the flexibility is there- but you don’t have to use points. Yearly choice.

    As others have said if you just bought resale weeks you can’t enroll for free, there would be some deal where you would have to pay full price for points in order to enroll.

    Edit to add if you own other brands of ts or unenrolled weeks you would need to pay for another II membership for them and if you exchange to a non Marriott ts on II you do pay an exchange fee even for enrolled weeks.
     
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    I just attended the video training webinar about a month ago hoping to get "free" enrollment, BUT, they are very strict about the post-June-2010 resale purchase date as qualifying. My unit closed Sept 2010, and it's a no-go. I believe the agent on the phone was mistaken. You may want to call back and ask another rep to confirm/clarify.
     
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    If it isn't a mistake by the agent then your the account might be improperly labeled at pre 2010 (sometimes that happens when an account is just set up), if it actually lets you enroll it would be caught within a week and unenrolled.
     
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    Did you buy your resale weeks from Marriott or directly from an owner?
     
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    We bought 2250 ey in points and a week eoy at the beach club. Didnt spend 25 grand and was enrolled. We were also told to watch a video after which we would be able to enroll. If I remember correctly they schedule the time to watch. We ended up enrolling after talking to rep and never did watch the video.
     
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    I bought my GV as a resale from one of the companies listed on TUG. The Shadow Ridge Enclave was purchased on Ebay. I never travel for less than a week.
     
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    Your weeks are not eligible for enrollment. The customer rep was mistaken.
     
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    Thanks so much for all of the updated information. I don't have to waste my time now watching the video.
     
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    You didn't spend $25,000 for 2250 in DC points and an eoy week the KBC? What did you pay?
     
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    watching this thread
     
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    If you enroll your weeks (although I am fairly certain that your rep has misinformed you that your weeks are eligible), you will save the fee for splitting your weeks for your exchanges and you will get a "free" Interval membership.

    The fine print is that you will still need to pay for a separate Interval membership if you want to exchange your non-enrolled weeks -- and there is an annual fee of about $200 to remain in the Destinations Club.
     

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