One of the “perks” of timeshare ownership is the ability to exchange your week for a different one or at a different location. When you are first presented with this at the sales pitch they want to make it seem easily accomplished. Unfortunately that is not always the case. There are many exchange companies that offer the service to trade your weeks easily. Of course they charge various fees and have many different rules. Companies vary with available properties, exchange fees, banking options, and annual dues. Unfortunately many people have a very hard time getting what they want from exchange companies.
There are some tips at increasing your satisfaction with your exchange. The first being; be realistic. You will not have an easy time exchanging a crummy week or location for a five star option during spring break. Secondly; deposit your weeks as early as possible and have your fees paid. Third; look into different resorts in the area you want and not just one resort. Four; search as early as possible; Fifth; call the exchange company often, they are less likely to call you if something comes up than for you to call them. The best tip is to be open to shoulder dates and off season dates. The real key to getting a location you want is flexibility!
One last solution people have been doing in lieu of exchange companies is private exchange. Posting on a community board what you have, when you have it and what you are looking to trade for can yield excellent results. Even better is the lower cost of paying fees to a company that may sometimes seem to not want to help you get what you want!
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