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RCI Points expiring 8/31/2018 -- Do I have to check-in by then? Check-out? Book?

Discussion in 'Exchanging Timeshares' started by JudyS, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. JudyS

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    I have some RCI Points that will expire on 8/31/2018. I'm not sure exactly what the expiration date means. Do I have to check-out by 8/31/2018? Check-in by 8/331/2018? Book by 8/31/2018?

    Yeah, I could call RCI and ask. I bet people on TUG have a better idea, though.
     
  2. Jan M.

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    Just book by 8/31. Can you extend them or have you already done that? If you aren't platinum and it is a lot of points it might be worth your while to pay to be platinum to be able to extend them longer. I remember one person posting that they talked to the RCI rep and got a cheap trial period offer to try platinum.
     
  3. Lisa P

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    My understanding has been that your points could be used for an exchange with a check-in date on or before the points' expiration date.

    As with searching online with a deposit, the check-out date doesn't matter, only the check-in date matters. But I cannot find the reference for this with RCI. So if this is not correct, someone please correct me.
     
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    This may not be Wyndham weeks account deposit she is talking about. Especially since this isn't the Wyndham thread. I was assuming she has an RCI points account but am realizing she didn't make that clear.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. These are regular RCI Points, not Wyndham or HGVC or anything. I did refer to them as "RCI Points," both in my title and in my first post, and I'm not sure they have any other name. These are the ones that cost, say, 30,000 to 120,000 points to book a week in RCI, are available from multiple brands of resorts, and cost maybe 1.1 cents in MFs per point.

    So, now that I've clarified what type of points these are, do I have to check-in, check-out, or book by 8/31? (Also, I've extended these points before, and cannot extend them again. I could use some of them to book some other sort of travel, but RCI seems to be giving only 0.7 cents per point if you do that, plus there's a fee of $25.)
     
  6. rickandcindy23

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    You probably should join Platinum, as someone else said. Call and ask RCI if the Platinum membership would allow you to extend the points beyond the expiration date.

    I think the RCI Points get better than that for car rentals, maybe close to 1 cent per point, but you can only use 1/2 of your allotment annual for car rentals and other travel needs. I have the Platinum membership because it allows me to use 1/2 and not just 1/3 of my points for things like car rentals.
     
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    I have some TPU's (weeks) points expiring at the end of this month. The system is not allowing me to extend them, and I always thought I could extend them over and over again, so I don't understand it at all. It's quite a few TPU's.
     
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    Ugh. I hope that it's just a glitch and not a new "enhancement". Although why wouldn't they want to get more extension fees?
     
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    Do you have info about the RCI Platinum trial offer?
     
  10. Jan M.

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    From what I understand weeks RCI members don't get all of the most worthwhile platinum benefits that points members get. Paying for platinum benefits might not be worth the money for a weeks owner. It has probably been a year ago now but someone posted that they got a 6 months trial platinum membership for I think $39. Don't know if RCI still offers them or if the price would be the same. If you have a weeks account and log into your RCI account you can see what the benefits are and the fees to be platinum. Don't know if it will show trial offers.

    If you can find and post the platinum prices and benefits for RCI weeks owners it would be great for everyone to be able to compare them.

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    Agree, so was I. But I had thought the reservation had to have a "travel" (check-in) date on or before the points expiration date. Is this incorrect?

    If her RCI Points expire on August 31, 2018, is she able to use them for a May 2019 (or up to 10 months after the booking date) RCI Points exchange, as long as she actually books it by August 31, 2018?

    The only company that I've heard of doing things this way was WorldMark, not an exchange company. ??? :shrug: ???

    That's disappointing. A friend of ours said she was told she could only extend her TPUs (for a year) once as well. :mad:
     
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    Are the deposits associated with an ongoing search? If so, I believe you will need to cancel the search before you will be allowed to combine on-line. An agent might be able to do it without losing your original search start date, but I've never ask.

    Sheila
     
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    Thanks for the responses here. Platinum membership won't help, as I had Platinum before and extended the points then. RCI tells me I cannot extend these points any further.

    I'm still not certain if I have to check-in, check-out, or book by 8/31/2018. I'm playing it safe, and assuming I have to check-out by then. Luckily, I saw a DVC SSR week sitting online for mid-August. I used my expiring points (plus some more, 68k total) to book it. So, Disney World, here I come!
     
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    Judy, I had the same question for RCI when we had some points expiring in May. I went on RCI's on-line chat and I am fairly certain I had to check-in before our points expired, but our stay could extend past the end of the month. I was hoping I just needed to book buy the last day but RCI said no. I thought I had saved the chat for future reference but now I cant find it. I have used the online chat quite often and find the response time faster than phoning them and I can save the conversation (print version) for future reference - if I remember to do so!

    ~Diane
     
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    You can always combine deposits to extend them for a year.
     
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    Thanks, Diane!
     

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