RCI is considered to be the largest and most flexible Points-based vacation exchange program in the world. RCI Points membership offers more than a traditional weekly exchange. The program gives members access to the entirety of RCI’s vast global network of affiliated timeshare resorts. Membership also allows owners to decide when and where to travel.
The simplest way to consider RCI Points is to look at them as a currency. Instead of following tradition and exchanging your timeshare week on a ‘like for like’ basis, RCI Points give members far more flexibility in not only where they can go, but also the standard of accommodation they can expect. The annual allocation of points, coupled with the ability to ‘roll over’ any points that have not been used during the membership year, means that you have complete control over where you can go and when (subject to availability, of course).
How to Exchange Your Week for RCI Points
An owner with a traditional week at any given resort could exchange this for another week at an RCI-affiliated resort. This type of exchange would generally only allow for an exchange of the same apartment size/standard at another resort. However, an owner with an RCI Points membership will be able to ‘cede’ this week to points and be given an annual allocation to spend on their ideal holiday. Sometimes for longer than a week, depending on the value attached to their home resort.
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Let’s take a look at a scenario. An RCI Points member may be allocated 30,000 points per year based on the value of their week at their home resort. This will be based on the size, standard, and season. Examples include peak weeks such as Christmas and summer holidays that have far higher value than some others. The member may be able to obtain a week of similar size, standard, and season. Another option would be to spend their points on two or even three weeks in a smaller apartment at a less busy time of year.
Rolling Over, Borrowing and Renting RCI Points
If RCI Points members choose a smaller apartment in an off-peak season and do not spend all of their annual points allocation, any leftover points that do not get used will roll over to the next year. This allows for even greater choice. If the member decides on the holiday of a lifetime but doesn’t quite have enough points to cover it, they are able to ‘borrow’ points from the following year in order to cover it. Alternatively they can even rent further points from RCI directly.
If you’re looking for a timeshare experience with difference, creativity, and full flexibility, Travel and Leisure Group highly recommend considering RCI Points as your next holiday investment.