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We own multiple weeks with MVCI and think vacation ownership works. We didn't buy points, we bought deeded real estate with the promise that it can be passed on to our children and grandkids. We pay annual maintenance fees to ensure our villas retain their quality and value - because we enjoy them year after year. When we trade, it is our expectation that the owners of the resorts we occupy take as much pride as we do in maintaining their villas.
With multiple weeks, it's possible to rotate villas so as to occupy, exchange and trade for points every year. This provides lots of flexibility and opportunities to experience the newer clubs as well as enjoy mini-vacations and weekend getaways. Our loyalty depends upon Marriott's ability to deliver villas and vacations that the family can enjoy year after year. It's not built upon Rewards points.
That said, I agree that MVCI owners deserve some type of reward or loyalty bonus. According to Bill Marriott's April 17th blog, MVCI celebrates 25 years and now tops 400,000 owners with a portfolio of 64 resorts. With that many owners and resorts in the Marriott system, why do we still need to pay a membership fee and a transaction fee through Interval International? Why not cut those costs out completely and integrate the Marriott Desk at II, Owner Services and Marriott Reservations into one?
By reducing administrative costs, Marriott can give a Rewards bonus to owners based upon the number of weeks and years they have owned. In fact, why not award a 50,000 or 100,000 bonus annually as a gift incentive when maintenance fees are paid? What do you think?
I like the idea of earning points for MVCI resorts as well as trading from one Marriott owner to another and not having to exchange through Interval. I think Marriott should look into controlling the internal exchange of Marriott resorts themselves. I would think that loyalty to Marriott property would keep most owners within the MVCI properties and not external exchanges.