I recently received some info from MVCI regarding use of Interval International (I.I.). My wife and I are MVC Destinations Club points owners and are considering a vacation in locations outside the MVC family at some point in in the future. We have no idea where just yet, but before we pursue the planning, does anyone have any tips for doing so? Was using I.I. easy? Was it something you'll not do in the future? Was it worth it? Were there hidden fees or general lessons learned that you could share with MRI? If any of you have recommendations on great resorts that made it all worth while, please share that as well.
My wife and I are MVC Points subscribers, but we have not used Interval for international travel thus far. You're probably aware there are several destination points programs in Spain and France, as well as Hawaii and Virgin Islands for which you do not need to go through Interval. However, I believe with your annual maintenance fees you don't have to pay any other booking fees for Interval reservations.
Thanks. There's enough variety in the MVC family that I don't have to exchange, and being an owner, I am heavily biased towards Marriott as to the quality of resorts, but the recent promotion of MVC in "interval WORLD" magazine prompted me to look at some others and ask the question. I'm not sure if the fees for any I.I. reservations are already covered or not, but I'll take a look.
I suggest you visit the Timeshare User Group website. This is dedicated to timeshare owners and there is a very active forum for Marriott Vacation Club owners. I have been an owner for several years and have exchanged through Interval severaly times. I prefer Marriott properties and the exchange fees are much less expensive when exchanging to other MVC properties. The other timeshares have a wide variation in quality.
As a points owner, I think you will get a much greater value for your points with MVC resorts, especially if you can stay in off season or avoid weekends.
As I mentioned before, I'm not too familiar with Interval as we primarily use our MVC points domestically, along with Caribbean.
However, here are some tips - you might already be familiar with these:
1. MVC will not allow you to book less than 7 nights out more than 9 months ahead.
2. Check with MVC site frequently to see if something opens up at interested sites. We got an extra night at Hilton Head Harbour Town for only 100 points this month.
3. Make sure you cancel any booked reservation 61 days in advance, or you could lose your points.
4. You have to CALL MVC 6 months in advance to push unwanted points into your next points (fiscal) year, or you could lose them.
5. Make sure you stay current with annual maintenance fees, or you could forfeit (have cancelled) your vacation points reservation.
Hope this is helpful.
Thanks! I knew about some of these, but it's always a good to get a refresher. In a few years we'll be semi-empty-nesters so those deals like Harbour Town will be more possible. We used our points last year in Hilton Head and will be going back for Thanksgiving. I didn't know that about the maint. fee penalty, but I set aside a portion of the fee every payday so it's not as painful when it's time to pay the piper (Marriott).