I've got Maui Ocean Club, 1 bedrm., ocean view to book for 2012. I missed trading it in for points at Dec.'s end. I'd really like to trade it for New England in the Fall of 2012. Is there an easier way to trade than using Interval Internatonal?
Thank you TJC for your reply. The properties that you suggested are beautiful and from the comments made by other folks, look hard to trade into as well. I need to book a little farther out than a couple of months until travel time. I want a property that won't be in a busy area, that will be easy to get around using a rental car. I'll look further into Interval. It doesn't need to be a Marriott property. Thanks again for your expertise.
What about the Lakes Region of Central New Hampshire? The area is home to Lake Winnepesauke (and according to Forbes, Bill Marriott's vacation home). The area is absolutely stunning in autumn. Lots of foliage, mountains, lakes, charming towns, friendly people and natural scenic beauty. Interval has several resorts and a friend has a 2 bedroom at Cold Spring Resort in Ashland, New Hampshire just off of I-93. Here's the URL: http://www.intervalworld.com/web/cs?a=1502&areaCode=107&areaName=New%20Hampshire,%20Lakes%20Winnipesaukee%20&%20Winnisquam My wife and I, love this area and visit often. We especially enjoy using our Marriott Rewards Points at either the TownePlace Suites in Gilford, NH or the Fairfield Inns in either Hooksett or Concord. There's a new Residence Inn in Concord, but we have yet to visit. There's also a Residence Inn in North Conway and Merrimack. The Residence Inns offer great value and come with fully loaded kitchens. Since you are working on replenishing Marriott Rewards points, exchanging through Interval makes sense. But, should travels take you to New Hampshire, consider exploring this wonderful state. Marriott has some great properties. One of our favorites is Marriott's Wentworth-by-the-Sea near Portsmouth, NH and the Portsmouth Seacoast. A must stay, this hotel is a hidden gem: http://www.marriottrewardsinsiders.marriott.com/thread/3094 and http://www.marriottrewardsinsiders.marriott.com/thread/3750 See also: When Lake Winnepesaukee Freezes Over at http://www.marriottrewardsinsiders.marriott.com/thread/4778
An additional thought. You may or may not be aware that Marriott Vacation Club legacy owners may enjoy deeply discounted owner rates at Marriott Vacation Club properties. The rate depends upon availability of course. For example, immediate family members would like to visit Boston. Having enjoyed an unforgettable stay at Marriott's Custom House, I called for their owner's rates - which by the way are affordable and a value. So, in combination with an II exchange to a non-Marriott resort you can also book a few nights at the Custom House at the owner rate. The Custom House says to book the reservation through Marriott Owner Services vs the Platinum line in my case. Hope this helps!