There has been some debate about whether or not a resort should be allowed to rent out deposited
timeshare weeks to non-timeshare owners. Some timeshare owners have complained that they have
had an increasingly hard time finding the exchanges they would like. They partly blame this on the
resorts who do in fact rent, open weeks to non-owners. Some have even suspected that the non-owners
are getting priority choice of properties, and thus making for slim pickings for timeshare owners.
Some resort companies are partnering with other companies and vacation clubs to offer their members
and owners more choices. There are also some resort companies that offer special clubs for military
customers. Some timeshare owners feel cheated out of the options that were promised to them. There
are owners who report not being able to exchange at resorts that they had no problems with in the past.
These days this seems like it could be a frivolous complaint. There are so many timeshares that are
going unused that there is bound to be many open units in many different areas. If you are experiencing
problems with exchanging your timeshare for ones you would like, try an alternative avenue. If the
exchange companies are uncooperative, look into private exchange with other owners. There are many
websites where timeshare owners gather for information, trading, buying, selling etc. Find one and you
are bound to find another owner who is very willing to exchange with you. Even better, you can avoid
the middle man fees exchange companies charge!
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