Purchasing a timeshare for the first time can be very confusing. The timeshare industry seems to have a language of its own, and many people tend to feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes down to deciding whether to get a fixed week or a floating week. There are several factors to consider when deciding to go with a fixed or floating week, for they both have their advantages and disadvantages.
With a fixed week, you must plan on vacationing at the same time each year. The weeks you buy, coincide with the calendar year. Therefore week 6 would be in February and week 51 in December. Of course the dates would slightly vary each year, (by a few days) but your fixed week would fall around the same time each year. If you and your family like to travel to Mexico every Thanksgiving to get a break from the bitter cold winter and take advantage of the warm sun and sandy beaches, then buying a fixed week timeshare in Playa Del Carmen would be a great idea. The best fixed weeks to own are holiday weeks such as Christmas, Easter, New Years or in March during popular Spring Break times. High season weeks are very desirable therefore their exchange value will be high. Fixed weeks are great for families who like to plan their vacations around their children school breaks, a skier who likes to take advantage of the fresh powder every January in Aspen or a couple who enjoys spending their anniversary in Hawaii.
A floating week does exactly that, it floats. The biggest benefit in owning a floating week is that there is more flexibility in the dates that you want to go. Although at first it seems like the best deal, often times there is little to no availability during the high season weeks because they have been taken up either by the early bookers or the fixed week owners. To guarantee availability for your floating week you must book your vacation fairly far in advance. Floating week owners at some resorts are able to pick any week out of the year, though at others you have to choose from a group of weeks during a particular season. Floating weeks work best for people who have a great deal of flexibility in their schedules and those who do not like to plan their vacations a year in advance.
Whether you choose to go with the fixed or floating timeshare week, depends greatly on your lifestyle and career. If you have children and like to plan your vacation during their Christmas break every year, then a fixed week may work better for you. However if you have a hectic career, where you can not get the same time off from year to year, then a floating week would much better suit you. So before you go ahead and pick the fixed or floating week, make sure that it will indeed fit your lifestyle.
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