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whk3rd

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My folks are not feeling too well and don't feel up to making the trip down this year. (I think they just don't want to get patted down). Has anyone ever tried using RCI and exchanging their unit? I was just wondering what experience you may have had with the process. Thanks for any help. Bill

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captiivated

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Hi Bill,

I have used II but not RCI.  My II trade was a very good experience. I traded from SSC to a five star resort in Teluride CO.  We had two Master suites (very nice) a third bedroom and three full baths one had steam.  Based on my experience I highly recommend II. 

Suggest you call RCI and II for their catalog of offerings. Both consider SSIR a prime trade.


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captiivated

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Must reading for those on Captiva during the Hurricane season.

http://www.news-press.com/article/20090624/WEATHER01/90623083/1053
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CaptivaBound

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We have had very mixed experiences with RCI.  One place was so awful we departed before the week was over.  Another we overlooked the parking lot.  Another was  good, but certainly not South Seas.  The fourth was terrific, with a view of a links golf course, spa, tennis courts, swimming pool, small air strip, water park, and ski hill.

We have found availability is very limited.  Probably better if you can plan 2 years in advance.  And better if you want a place off season.

We think the best idea is trying to rent the unit.  Have your parents take the money and go somewhere whenever they are feeling better.             
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captiivated

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As indicated above we traded to the Franz Klammer lodge in Teluride CO. The trade took about three weeks to do the deal.

The thing that has changed is that Residence Clubs now proliferate Four Seasons, the Ritz and Franz Klammer.  Many of these owners have four or more weeks ownership and can not use them all so they put up a week or two for trade at Interval International. II lists SSIR as five star so it trades to all these places. It works nicely at a very low cost.

This is a great place for fly fishing and riding...we loved it.


http://reservationcounter.com/hotels/show/250049?TID=sC3u5ceF5|pcrid|3644568158&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=franz%20klammer%20lodge&utm_campaign=Fairmont&mm_campaign=61e23501c3a7666376c173fa44c75e69&keyword=franz%20klammer%20lodge
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CaptivaBound

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My brother belongs to II.  I have seen two of the units he traded for on the islands near Sarasota, FL.  Neither would compare in any way with South Seas.  Both were former hotel rooms that had been converted to one bedroom condos.  In both cases that's what was available the week he wanted to travel.    

I'm not trying to be negative, just realistic.  A good deal of the inventory of RCI and II doesn't match up to South Seas.  Choose carefully if the space and view is important.  RCI and II pitch trading power to millions of timeshare owners.                 
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CB and Bill:

The first thing you have to do is get their catalogs with pictures. II rates them all and yes there is a lot of poor rentals there but there is also a lot of trades that exceed the quality and amenities at SSIR both in the US and World Wide.

The second thing is to be flexible on time, I gave II a three month window to fill the trade to the Resort I chose. 

Third thing is before you pick the Resort you want to trade to check it out on the internet.  Every listing on II has a picture, a brief description and a rating and most importantly an internet site for you to access and evaluate before you commit.

Because of the way the II book is arranged you can also narrow your search for a trade by the area of interest anywhere in the US or the world.  So, if you chose to not fly and prefer a trade to a Resort where you can drive to it you can do that it just limits your choices.

Finally, a nice touch is that II frequently called to update me on the probability of a successful trade to the Resort of my choice.

Net, net it was a good experience.

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DonFromSLC

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I am glad that captiivated had such a positive experience with his trade and although I only used II one time for a trade that worked out OK, it is my opinion that the vast majority of inventory with both organizations is of far less quality than SSIR.  So, as captiivated said, you need to do your own research and choose carefully and don't get your expectations up too high when comparing the place you end up going to SSIR.  A good place to do research on a prospective location is Trip Advisor.com  http://www.tripadvisor.com/  At this site you will get actual reviews from people that have stayed at the resort - the good and the bad stuff!

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whk3rd

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Thanks everyone for all the intel. I agree there are not too many places that are equal to  South Seas. It is going to feel really weird after 27 or so years to not be coming down in February. Maybe we will just switch to later in the year. Thanks again.

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captiivated

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Donny;
I agree, researching your trade is the key to a successful trade. Remember, if you trade from a week 25 you can trade to a week of your choice, it does not have to be your week..
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