One of the many keys to getting a successful timeshare exchange in either RCI or Interval International is in understanding how all of the moving parts work in conjunction with one another. One of the most important parts is in understanding how the request process works.
There is a right way and a wrong way to to request an exchange, and I’ve found that many people are doing it the wrong way. And when they end up not getting what they want, they naturally begin to wonder if the whole thing is a scam.
The first key to getting a good exchange is to request as far in advance as possible. The more in advance you place your request, the better your chances of getting confirmed.
Now I know that this may seem obvious, but let’s take a closer look at WHY this is so important so we can begin drilling down into this very complicated world of timeshare exchanging.
In its simplest form, doing a timeshare exchange works like this: If I request today and you request tomorrow, and everything else between us is equal, then I have more exchange power than you.
In fact, even if I owned a timeshare with less built-in exchange power than yours it’s possible for me to end up with more exchange power by requesting further in advance. So the longer you wait to put in your request, the more exchange power you lose. And the opposite of that is true as well. The more in advance you request the more exchange power you have.
But simply requesting far in advance certainly does not guarantee you’ll get confirmed, as many of you have already found out. There are many different factors that determine whether or not you’ll get your request, but this is just the FIRST way to increase your chances.
The second key to consider when requesting a timeshare exchange with RCI or Interval International is to think of it like fishing-the broader you cast your net, the more fish you’ll catch.
And this leads us directly into the third and one of the most misunderstood keys that keeps people from getting what they want when doing a timeshare exchange.
First Interval International.
Interval International’s guidelines recommends that you give them either 3 resort choices and one date, or 3 dates and one resort choice when you placing your request. So many people interpret this to be the MAXIMUM they can request when in fact it is the bare minimum. And by giving II the bare minimum you not only severely decrease the odds of getting confirmed but if you do get confirmed, you will have probably waited a lot longer to do so.
So don’t be afraid to give Interval International 8, 10, 15 or more resorts when placing your request.
Now RCI’s only recommendation when requesting an exchange is to “deposit your week, enter your search criteria, and if you don’t get immediate results, initiate an ongoing search.” No wonder so many timeshare owners are frustrated with the exchange process.
Just as there are many different and powerful ways to enhance your exchange power, there are also many different strategies you can use to enhance your requesting power-far too many to cover in this article. But a good start is to remember to request as many different resorts as possible as far in advance as possible.
But make sure to only request the resorts your willing to accept because neither exchange company will call you up with several resort choices. They will confirm you into the first one that becomes available.
Jeff Pierce, The Timeshare Expert, has taught thousands of timeshare owners the secrets to getting the best timeshare exchanges with both RCI and Interval International for over 21 years.