Timeshares Guide - Timeshares Reviews and Advice

This hub is a compilation of all of my different Timeshare hubs. It's broken up into two sections -- the first is general articles about timesharing, with hints and tips on how to get the best deals on buying a timeshare, what to wary about when it is time to sell your timeshare and how to get value out of your timeshare on your vacations

Section two covers the different timeshare systems. So whether you are looking at buying a Marriott timeshare, Disney Vacation Club or another big resort company such as Sheraton or Hyatt, I can provide you an overview of each company's timeshare program.

I'll be doing more hubs on timeshares over the next couple of months so I thought it would be useful to have one page that points to each of them, and this hub will be updated as new ones are created.

My Timeshare Guides on Hubpages

I first became interested in timeshares on a trip to Florida with my parents back when I was still in high school. We'd gone on a timeshare presentation in order to get some Disney tickets and I fell in love with the idea of timeshares then. Fortunately, my parents completely ignored my please to buy right there and then, saving them a hell of a lot of money.

Now that I'm older and wiser, I'd think twice about buying from a developer, though I did choose to buy directly from Disney a few years ago (and have not regretted doing so). My second timeshare though, at Royal Holiday Club, was bought on Ebay for the princely sum of $100 plus closing costs.

These articles are all based upon my own experiences and research into the timeshares industry. Hopefully they'll help you decide whether timesharing is right for you and if so, they'll help you get the best prices for whatever type of timeshare you decide to buy.

Timeshare Companies

Timesharing has changed a great deal over the years and one of the biggest changes has got to be the decision by most of the major hotel chains to get involved in interval vacation ownership. So now there are timeshares owned and/or operated by Marriott, Sheraton, Hyatt, and Hilton.

Between these companies and Disney Vacation Club, I think they've done a great deal to increase both the popularity of timesharing and owner satisfaction. Of course, you get what you pay for and all of these hotel chains (plus DVC) tend to be rather pricey at developer's prices, but you can find better deals on resale if you are patient and willing to wait.

My plan is to create a hub for each of the major companies or conglomerates involved in the timeshare industry and I'll update this page with their info as I get to them.

One of the other big changes is the move away from fixed week timeshares to points and mini-systems. I think programs like Worldmark, RCI Points, and Bluegreen, etc. have really made timesharing much more flexible than it ever was, especially for those of us who like to vacation for a few days here and there or who don't make plans 12 months in advance. I'll be covering these types of resorts as well.

And finally, if you are looking for a good value in timeshares, you might want to look at buying a Wyndham timeshare. Wydham recently took over Fairfield so they have one of the largest inventories of timeshare resorts to pick from -- and Wyndham points are available very cheaply on the resale market.

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chefcristo 5 years ago from new york

i have a timeshare at the MANHATTAN CLUB in nyc, and i love it, the actual place itself: wonderful suite...2 bathrooms, great midtown location...very near central park,across from carnegie hall, broadway, shops at columbus circle, lincoln center...BUT I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND BUYING THERE TO ANY RELATIVES OR FRIENDS. WHY? THE MAINTENANCE COSTS HAVE BECOME ALMOST UNAFFORDABLE AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS DOES NOT WORK FOR THE OWNERS, THAT IS BY SHOWING ANY CONSIDERATION OR EMPATHY. FOR EXAMPLE, I HAD MADE RESERVATIONS OVER 9 MONTHS AGO FOR THIS PAST AUG. 28 & 28, THE WEEKEND OF HURRICANE IRENE, WHICH HIT NYC AND SUBURBS PRETTY BADLY. I WAS FORCED TO CANCEL THE 28TH RESERVATION BECAUSE I COULDN'T GET OUT OF MY AREA DUE TO DOWNED TREES, ELEC. WIRES, ETC. IN ADDITION, MY BASEMENT WAS FLOODED. I WAS TOLD BY SALVATORE REALE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AT THE MANHATTAN CLUB, THAT POLICY DICTATED THAT I FORFEIT THE NIGHT OR PAY $175 TO HAVE IT REINSTATED. KEEP "IRENE" IN MIND; HE SAID THE POLICY STILL HOLDS. NOW WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE MANHATTAN CLUB TO A RELATIVE OR FRIEND OF YOURS?


Stephanie Skaggs 4 years ago

DO NOT sign up with Casa Dorada properties or especially Cabo San Lucas ME. The are either the worst run organization I have dealt with or the most corrupt, willing to screw over their members at every call. The property is fine the management is HORRIBLE! One problem is we have a 1992 contract. I am sure their new contracts don't give members any rights, but they do not honor the signed legal agreement and on written request do not send notices of management or legal department. GBS their call center does not keep accurate records and has no power to make a decision. I have tried 3 times to trade the cabo property with Interval International and they say they can but cabo has cancelled every time and Interval International doesn't contact you on the fact. They act like they can do wonderful things for you but can not when dealing with this property. Interval International only accepts the records from Casa Dorada, so when Casa Dorada is inept, Interval Internation will follow. SO for Casa Dorada do not get time share membership, enjoy their properties on travel deals, which we notice are better than ones offered to the member


Cathy 4 years ago

Ive just purchased an apartment time share two weeks ago in Orlando westgate lakes resort it was very nice now that I'm home I'm panking have I made the right choice


Theresa 4 years ago

My husband and I own with club Wyndham and love it ! Best investment for our family now and in the future ! With our points we can easily do 3 trips a yr !


julie 4 years ago

Im inteseted in other peoples opinion of Wyndham. There are A LOT of complaints on ripoffreport.com

Theresa, did you buy your points on a resale website. I see they are 1/3 of the cost and the websites I was looking at are rated A on the BBB website.

any comments even about other companies would be greatly appreciated.

thanks


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embitca 4 years ago from Boston Author

Julie,

I bought my Wyndham points from Holidaygroup.com and I was pretty happy with them, but you could probably get an even better price for them on Ebay.

What kind of complaints are there on Ripoffreport? Is it about Wyndam's sales tactics? If so, I can see why there would be complaints. They come on very strong. But as a Wyndham owner, I've never had a complaint about their resorts and i've stayed at at least half a dozen. The best thing to do is just stay far away from their sales team. They suck.

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