Whether you’re a member of a points-based club or you own a timeshare week, you are probably eligible for exchange. Some owners aren’t aware of the opportunities they have when it comes to exchanging, so here’s a few tips for great holidays through exchange.
Tip 1: Book in advance
If you already own a timeshare and are a member of an exchange company, it’s important to make sure you deposit your points or weeks early. The sooner you deposit your week, the more priority and trading power you have and you’ll have more options to choose from. Keep in mind inventory can change rapidly, so many exchange members advise being patient and flexible. By depositing early, though, you have a greater chance of getting the trade you want. If you wait too long, you will have to pick from what’s left.
Tip 2: Bank or buy more points
Each timeshare is assigned a points value and that value is determined by several factors such as location, resort, size of the unit and accommodations. Generally, you are able to trade your timeshare for a timeshare of the same calibre, but keep in mind that you can always purchase, save or rent points if you need more.
Tip 3: Use exchange to go abroad
Did you know most exchange programmes have resorts abroad? If you long to travel outside South Africa, you have the opportunity to do so. The awesome thing about exchange is that you won’t be paying per night at the resort you travel to since your accommodations are already paid for through your ownership and timeshare maintenance fees.
Tip 4: Look for the VOASA logo
Exchange companies who are members of the industry body, VOASA, abide by a Code of Conduct. When you deal with a VOASA member you have the peace of mind of best business practice in their dealings. VOASA member exchange companies are RCI, i-Exchange and First Exchange. If you are unsure about the credibility of the company you are dealing with, contact VOASA for assistance.