Timeshare Exchange

Timeshare Exchange Programs

The Key Ingredient in the Explosion of the Timeshare Industry

 One of the consistent questions about the value of owning timeshare is “what if I don’t want to vacation in the same place every year?” This is a very valid concern. I mean Orlando is nice but how many times can you really see Mickey Mouse before you see him as an out of work actor in a mouse suit? This problem can be addressed easily in Timeshare Companies that have multiple timeshare resorts, because many of them will allow you to trade your weeks within their own network.  But, what happens when you are a timeshare owner of an independent resort? This is where the need for Timeshare exchange companies is at a premium.

What is an Exchange Company? In 1974 Resort Condominiums International better known as RCI pioneered a concept that has become the backbone of the entire vacation ownership industry. Their idea was to create a network of independent Timeshare resort developers and act as a liaison for all of their timeshare owners.  The concept was amazing in its simplicity, the good ones always are.  Every season in every timeshare resort, there are rooms (called units in the timeshare lexicon) that sit empty because the owners of that resort have not reserved enough of that period to fill it to capacity. At the same time, the owners of any particular resort could be wishing that they were not married to one single resort, because there are many other places that they would like to visit. The idea by RCI was, why not create a program in which people from different timeshare ownership programs could search all of the resorts from every timeshare develop connected to the network?  This would ensure that the resorts would not sit empty and the timeshare owners would never again have to go to the same resort repeatedly.  The Resort would pay a little to RCI to be part of this amazing network of owners, and the time-share owners would pay a little in processing fees to have RCI to facilitate the exchange with someone else who wanted to stay in the resort unit they were not using.  With this, the idea of vacation ownership just became a whole lot more enticing.

RCI was created in 1974, as we now know they were the driving force and creative minds behind what is now industry standard, the timeshare exchange program. They could actually be considered the Henry Ford or Alexander Graham Bell of the Timeshare industry. The years since have lead to enormous growth resulting in an ownership network of literally millions of timeshare owners. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a timeshare program that does not employ some kind of integrated exchange network. The RCI Vacation Ownership resort network now has more than 3700 affiliated timeshare resorts which are located all over the world.  If you are interested in Las Vegas Timeshares, RCI can get you there. If you are interested in timeshare in Whistler Canada, RCI is there as well. Even such exotic Timeshare destinations as Paris, the far east and Africa.

The timeshare owners and resorts associated with RCI are a unique group of travel enthusiasts with the comfort and security of ownership blended perfectly with the versatility and flexibility of thousands of timeshare resorts and destinations to fill any desire no matter how extreme.  According to RCI, their members “benefit from the knowledge, experience and resources of RCI’s Guides, who provide assistance in the planning of exchange vacations…RCI is the world’s expert in exchange vacations. An exchange vacation allows members to discover new places and enjoy the freedom of resort vacationing all over the world.” For more information on RCI visit their website www.RCI.com

Interval International
Interval international or II is a Timeshare Exchange Company owned by the same company that owns the Internet search engine Ask.com. There timeshare exchange program o very similar to RCI and they are really the only other player any substance in this space. The II  exchange program includes more than 2,000 resorts and almost 2 million timeshare owners worldwide. Similar to RCI, Interval International, works in conjunction with vacation ownership resorts in affiliate programs. If the owner of a timeshare at one of I.I.’s network of resorts wants to vacation elsewhere I.I. allows the owner to exchange their timeshare week or weeks, with any of Interval International’s available inventory. For more information on Interval international or their Vacation ownership resort visit www.intervalworld.com

Timeshare Resale

Timeshare Resale

Since the Beginning of Timeshares…

Many timeshare owners have come to a point when they are faced with the reality that their property no longer fits their needs. For one reason or another some people require a way to discontinue their ownership. For this reason timeshare resales are a vital aspect of the industry as a whole. On the other side of the market there are a number of vacationers who are aware of timeshares, but want to avoid high-pressure sales and high prices. For years these vacationers and others like them struggled for a way to connect with sellers, while sellers struggled to find buyers, and often became frustrated. Nowadays the timeshare resale industry has come of age and become much more standardized. The monumental change was generated by the development of the Internet. Buyers and sellers are now able to connect with ease. Almost 95% of all resales occur through the internet.

The Advantages of Buying Resale

What turns people off from resort-offered property are high pressure selling techniques and high resort rates. When looking to buy a timeshare resale, you can expect to save between 30- 60% off the resort price for the same exact property. This is not necessarily the resort’s fault. Resorts have a lot more expenses than a private seller does. Resales allow the potential buyer to take their time, weigh the facts, and make an informed decision.

The Advantages of Renting Resale

Renting timeshare property from an existing owner is good for those who want to try out the timeshare lifestyle before jumping in. Timeshare rentals are also available for discounted prices and usually lower than buying one, for obvious reasons. Rentals allow you to not only see how you like vacation ownership, but also how you like the destination you picked. Timeshares for rent can usually be found the same way standard timeshare resales can.

How to Find Resale

When purchasing conventional timeshare property you may go to an actual resort presentation, or see an advertisement that informs of the opportunity inherent in timesharing. With resales, however, the best way to discover the myriad options at your fingertips is by browsing a resale website. Sites such as Sell My Timeshare Now have a seemingly endless list of properties all around the world. One of the reasons that prices are often 30-60% below resort costs, and sometimes more, is because with sites like this the cost of advertising resale property is so low. Inevitably, some vacationers get into something they are not completely sure about and wind up with a timeshare they don’t use, or doesn’t fit their lifestyle. Sell My Timeshare Now co-owner, Jason Tremblay, has constructed a safe and reliable way for owners to expose their property to millions of interested potential buyers. Because timeshare resales are becoming so popular, finding the property in the location you desire is a simple task. However, it is still important to do some research before buying so that you know exactly what you want and what you are getting.

Marriott Timeshares

Marriott Timeshares

Marriott Timeshares in a Nutshell

Marriott International, Inc. is a leader in the hotel and timeshare industry. With well over 2500 resorts, Marriott International has a worldwide presence that includes the United States and more than 60 other countries. Using the timeshare concept, the Marriott’s Timeshare owner has the comforts of a second home. Additionally, the Marriott timeshare owner is able to select what time of year, size of unit, and the amount of time they want to vacation. Just like other timeshare ownership resorts, the Marriott owner has the ability to visit a multitude of resorts worldwide. They have the ability to trade their week, or multiple weeks, for airline travel or a cruise.

Top Marriott Timeshares

Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas
Newport Coast, California, United States, North America

Marriott timeshare did it’s homework and did not neglect the west coast. The newest resort to Marriott’s fleet of timeshare properties is located in the ever-popular California seaside. The resort is positioned so that Marriott owners can view the spectacular sunsets of the Pacific Ocean while looking over Laguna Beach.

Pools, tennis courts, golfing, fitness center, and trails for biking and walking are just a few of the amenities the Newport Coast Villas boast. Inside every villa, owners have the comforts of home with a fully equipped kitchen, as well as opulent bathrooms that are treated with marble.

Marriott Timeshare Tidbits

Marriott Vacation Club International, the timeshare division of the Marriott hotel chain, has developed properties all around the world in the most preferred vacation destinations including several resorts in California, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Maui.

Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club at Orlando
Orlando, Florida, United States, North America

This Crown jewel of Marriott timeshare resorts will not disappoint. Although it may be located in the middle of a virtual cornucopia of Florida attractions, at Horizons by Marriott, guests very frequently would rather just stay at the resort! The amenities on the grounds of this spacious resort include mini golf, two theme oriented pool areas, a movie cinema, barbecue and picnic pavilions, a health center, basketball/volleyball court, and much more. All of that without mentioning all of Orlando Florida’s most popular theme parks and attractions are only minutes away.

Horizons at Orlando, although it could be considered an attraction in itself, will wrap you in a complete vacation ownership community with all the elements, comforts, bells and whistlers you need to create your own special vacation experience. Bright colors smile as tin roofs sparkle and wink in the sunlight. The designs of the interiors of Marriott’s timeshare resorts maintain the Old Florida tradition of open concepts, airy high ceiling comforts, and attention to details. Enjoy recreation and distractions for timeshare guests of all ages at the spectacular Horizons Harbor swimming pool oasis, complete with a pirate ship, ahoy mate! It’s a crowd interaction show and water feature that features a daily pirate attack and fun by the bucketful. If its even more adventure you’re looking for try Water Works. Water Works is a playfully fun fast paced water adventure, you’ll never know where water jets will pop up next, or when you least count on it a coconut palm tree will douse you with water!

Head to the gym for a nice workout with a breathtaking view of Lake Willis, or catch a fish on Marriott’s private lake at Horizons Landing. Spend a quiet evening on the boardwalk and watch the sun set, gather the family for a cook out in the cool shade at Function Junction, the outdoor pavilion. The amenities of Marriott timeshare always allow you to just relax and enjoy yourself as well. There will surely be something for everybody on site at the resort.

Marriott’s Grand Chateau Timeshare
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, North America

The Marriott Timeshare division didn’t take long to build a super resort in one of the fastest growing timeshare destinations ever. This truly unique city boasts unparalleled shopping, dining and entertainment, all of which are at the fingertips of the owners and residents of Marriott’s Grand Chateau in Las Vegas. Located just a few blocks away from some of the most recognizable Las Vegas Strip properties such as the Bellagio, MGM Grand, and the Venetian, Marriott’s Grand Chateau enhances the Las Vegas experience for its Marriott timeshare owners and residents.

Room amenities include strip views, fully equipped kitchens, plasma screen T.V.’s, washer and dryer to name a few. A concierge is on site to help you plan and execute your dream Las Vegas vacation.

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club
Lahaina, Hawaii, United States, North America

Marriott has built a fantastic timeshare resort on Maui for obvious reasons. Maui is often referred to as one of the best islands in the world and once you visit this lush tropical paradise you’ll see why. Snorkeling, surfing, swimming, and relaxing are your typical beach vacation standards. However, Maui is full of surprises. View the Maui sunrise from the top of Haleakala Mountain. Take the road to Hana and visit the seven sacred pools. Whether your vacation desire is to relax on the beach sipping Mai Tai’s, or exploring beautiful waterfalls in the lush tropical landscape, Maui is bound to provide a most memorable vacation.


Fairfield Milestone Press

Fairfield Resorts

Fairfield Reaches Half Million Owners

FAIRFIELD CELBRATES MAJOR MILESTONE REACHING 500,000 OWNERS. -Fairfield becomes industry’s first to reach the half-million mark.

ORLANDO, Fla. – May 25, 2005 – Thirty-nine years after opening its first sales office in a tiny, converted gas station in Arkansas, Fairfield Resorts, Inc. today joins its more than a half-million owners in celebrating an industry milestone – as the first vacation ownership company to reach the 500,000 owners mark.

Fairfield officially eclipsed 500,000 owners in late April, and continues to boast more owners than anyone in the industry worldwide. The company will commemorate the milestone with celebrations among its owners, employees, sales centers and more than 70 resorts throughout North America for the remainder of the year.

“Reaching 500,000 owners is a tremendous accomplishment and one we’re all extremely proud of,” said Franz S. Hanning, president and CEO, Fairfield Resorts, a division of Cendant Timeshare Resort Group. “It’s a testament to our dedicated employees who always strive to provide world-class service – and it’s certainly a tribute to our loyal owners, Fairfield’s beautiful resorts and the memorable vacation experiences we provide every day.”

Fairfield Resorts has come a long way since first opening its doors in 1966, when the fledgling company’s sales offices operated in that gas station in Fairfield Bay, Ark. Back then, Fairfield’s only development was a single, 14,000-acre master-planned resort community in the middle of the Ozark Mountains. Today, Fairfield owners enjoy vacationing at a growing portfolio of resorts that reaches across 21 states and U.S. territories.

“It’s amazing to think of how much we’ve grown over the years to become the largest vacation ownership company in the world,” said Hanning, who first joined Fairfield as a sales professional in 1982 and has been the company’s president and CEO since 2001. “I believe a big key to our growth and success over the years is that we’ve always treated our owners like family – and it’s certainly a growing family now.”

Fairfield has seen its ownership base more than double since 1998 and the company’s growth mirrors that of the timeshare industry as a whole. One of the fastest-growing segments in travel, timeshare is now owned by more than 3 million Americans and brought in an estimated $7.5 billion in sales industry-wide in 2004.

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“For the entire history of the vacation ownership industry, including today’s world of household name hotel brands, Fairfield continues to be a leader and innovator with more owners than anyone,” said Howard Nusbaum, president of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), the trade association that governs the industry. “Public awareness of, and interest in timeshare is growing every day, and Fairfield reaching a half-million owners is a great accomplishment that further points to our industry’s growing popularity.”

About Fairfield Resorts

Fairfield Resorts, Inc., with more than 500,000 owners, is the largest vacation ownership company in the world. Fairfield Resorts specializes in the development, marketing and sales of innovative travel and leisure products, including vacation ownership intervals at the company’s more than 70 nationwide resorts. Fairfield Resorts, headquartered in Orlando, is a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), a diversified global provider of business and consumer services primarily within real estate and travel. Other Cendant brands include Orbitz, Cheap Tickets, AVIS, Days Inn, Ramada, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, and RCI. For more information, visit www.fairfieldresorts.com.

Fairfield Oceanside Press

Fairfield Resorts

Fairfield’s New Timeshare in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – August 31, 2005 – Fairfield Resorts, Inc., the largest vacation ownership company in the world with more than 500,000 owners, broke ground today on a new, seven-story timeshare resort in Oceanside, Calif., that will become the coastal city’s tallest building upon expected completion in the spring of 2008.

The two-tower, 146-unit resort – to be called Fairfield Oceanside at the Pier – is ideally located adjacent to Oceanside Municipal Pier, and will also feature a public promenade and plaza with retail shops, a restaurant, outdoor café and more.

“This is a very exciting day for everyone at Fairfield Resorts, and we’re grateful to the many people in Oceanside who’ve welcomed us and helped make this project become a reality,” said Franz Hanning, president and CEO, Fairfield Resorts. “Fairfield owners are anxious to vacation in Oceanside, and we look forward to those guests helping this community continue to grow and prosper as an up and coming world-class resort destination.”

Fairfield Oceanside at the Pier will feature a combination of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom condominium style villas, as well as eight luxuriously-appointed Presidential Suites. All units are fully furnished with living and dining areas, full kitchens, washer/dryer and more. Resort amenities will include an outdoor pool, spa, children’s play area and exercise facility.

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood attended groundbreaking ceremonies Wednesday afternoon, along with dozens of other dignitaries, government, community and business leaders, and Fairfield Resorts executives. Once all phases of construction are complete and the resort is fully opened, industry estimates suggest Fairfield owners and resort guests will pump approximately $10 million per year into the local business economy.

Fairfield Resorts

Fairfield Resorts


Fairfield Timeshares Overview


The Fairfield Company began selling lots, condos, and custom homes to customers wishing to live in master planned communities since 1966. In 1979, Fairfield saw a growing trend in the leisure and vacation industry throughout the world. Timeshare was beginning to make its mark in the United States.



Eager to provide its customers with more options, Fairfield began selling deeded ownership at its resorts. Customers became owners by purchasing a deeded week during a specific time of year at a certain resort. As time passed, the vacation needs of their owners became more complex. People wanted to travel outside their designated time of year.


Fairfield Resorts Tidbits

By providing exceptional quality, first-class customer service, and a variety of destinations throughout the world, Fairfield is the most owned Timeshare in the world, boasting over half a million owners. With the amount of owners Fairfield has, it’s no wonder they employ almost 9,000 people.

To accommodate their customers ever changing needs, Fairfield began selling FairShare Plus® in 1991. FairShare Plus®, a points-based program designed to add more flexibility to the owners choices of vacation destinations, was the solution many owners desperately wanted. This program gave owners more flexibility with their vacation time by providing more destinations; different times of year to vacation; and vary the size of accommodations they stayed in. Because of its popularity, FairShare Plus® has helped Fairfield grow into one of the top Timeshare Industry leaders.

For more info on Fairfield Resorts go to www.fairfieldresorts.com

Fairfield Resorts Press Releases

Fairfield Oceanside Timeshares
Fairfield Reaches 500,000 Owners

Palm Springs Timeshares

Palm Springs Timeshares

Why Palm Springs Timeshare?

Without question, what was once a small desert getaway has continued to thrive as one of the most unique destinations in theworld, welcoming millions of visitors each year. And as we stated earlier, if it is a good place to vacation, it is a good destination for timeshare so Timeshare is Palm Springs just makes sense.

World famous as “America’s Premier Desert Resort,” Palm Springs is home to many popular desert attractions including breathtaking views from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and days of fun in the sun at Knott’s Soak City Water Park. Palm Springs is also the home to world-class performing arts productions at the Annenberg Theater. Palm Springs offers the Desert Museum as well, which is a showcase of Western and contemporary art and natural science. For the history buff, the Palm Springs Air Museum showcases flying aircraft from World War II.

Those who are drawn to Palm Springs’ rich Hollywood and movie history, The Palm Springs International Film Festival will always attract the biggest stars. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is also a fantastic place to see mainstream Hollywood and cutting-edge films. If you can only experience one Festival it should probably be Sundance or Cannes, but, once you have experienced Cannes and Sundance, Palm Springs in the next logical choice.

Luckily for you, it will not be nearly as packed. This festival, although very highly regarded by industry insiders, is not nearly as well know by the general public so it is still very intimate and more easily enjoyed. Thanks to the development of its many timeshare resorts, the Palm Springs attractions can be experienced year after year. The Palm Springs Desert TimeShare Resorts are considered by most to be one of the worlds spa capitals. Palm Springs gets its name from its ample supply of natural mineral water hot springs and offers every spa treatment imaginable. Everything from basic run of the mill facials and manicures to more elaborate body polishes and European body peels. Many Palm Springs Vacation packages include a choice of spa treatments. Depending on your budget, the sky is the limit, you can literally spend days on end making sure that every part of you is treated, pampered and relaxed.

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Palm springs is not just a place to vacation. The Coachella Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. The Coachella Valley originally got its name thanks to a spelling mistake. The original name Conchella, which means seashells in Spanish, was mistakenly called Coachella on an early map and the name stuck. One of the first public figures to call Palm Springs “second home” was famous gangster and public enemy number one, Al Capone. His hide out was complete with bulletproof walls and gun turrets. Today his home is a popular tourist attraction and visitors can actually stay in his house on the their Palm Springs Vacation.

Palm Springs Golf Vacations

If golf is your passion, than you have chosen the right timeshare destination. A Palm Springs Vacation, according to most, puts you in the middle of the golf capital of the world! Palm Springs boasts more than 100 golf courses. Many of them are designed by the biggest names in the sport. Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Pete Dye, Ted Robinson and Jack Nicholas just to name a few, have all designed courses in Palm Springs. If you enjoy watching golf as much as you enjoy playing it, this is definitely the ultimate. The PGA, LPGA, PGA Senior Tour and NIKE Tour all have events in Palm Springs on an annual basis. The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, The Nabisco Championship and The Skins Game all call Palm Springs home.

Palm Springs California is world famous for its golf, in fact it is considered by many to be the premiere golf and vacation destination in the USA maybe the world! In fact, the Palm Springs Desert Resort area is often referred to as the “golf capital of the world,” featuring well over 100 unique Palm Springs area golf courses. Some of the courses are designed by the biggest names in the industry. People like Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicholas. The year round great weather and natural beauty contribute to its popularity as a golf resort vacation destination. In the City of Palm Springs, many high-end professional quality golf courses are open to the public. The new 18 hole Palm Springs Indian Canyons Golf Course, Mesquite Country Club, Bel Air Greens, Cimmaron, Tahquitz Creek Golf, and the Palm Springs Country Club, are all open for public play.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway constructed in rugged Chino Canyon is on the north edge of Palm Springs and is one of the focal points of Palm Springs. The Chino Canyon is about two hours by car from Los Angeles and San Diego and is a premiere getaway spot for people from southern California and the world alike. The Palm Springs Tramway was constructed as a vision of an electrical engineer named Francis F. Crocker. He thought it would be a great way for people to get away from the heat, “up there where it is cool.” The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway opens the doors for tourists to world class hiking as well as a myriad of winter activities, cross country skiing, snowmobile rides even snow shoeing. You can also do the more slow paced activities that are popular like enjoying the breathtaking scenery from 10000 feet. You can also experience the ever popular “Ride and Dine” Enjoy one of the most spectacular views in Southern California as you dine at the Top of the Tram Restaurant. You can purchase the Ride ‘n’ Dine combination ticket, this includes the round trip Tram ride and dinner at the Top of the Tram Restaurant. Since becoming a tourist attraction in 1963 the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has transported more than 12 million guests and show no sign of slowing down!

Southern California Timeshares

Southern California Timeshares

Timeshare in Anaheim?

Timeshare in Anaheim? OH, that’s right Disneyland, the theme park that started it all! A Disneyland vacation is not the number one choice of children by accident. What better place to take your family year after year? You can count yourself parent of the year if you buy you family a timeshare unit within walking distance from Disneyland. Disneyland is a place where the magic is all around and the fun never stops. Timeshares near Disneyland makes it easy to forget that your childhood was many years ago. If you have never visited Disneyland in Anaheim California, or its been years since your last visit or you were there last week, now is the time to go!!!

There is always something new and exciting for the whole family. Come and experience the amazing sights and sounds of America’s first true “theme” park, during your Disneyland Vacation.

Anaheim is becoming very attractive to timeshare owners, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, and countless other themed attractions, not to mention the warm southern California sunshine make this one of the destination we are most asked about.

The theme parks are not the only reason people want timeshare in Orange county. Once you finish at the park, your Vacation is not over! There is shopping and more shopping at area boutiques, specialty shops, upscale shops, antique shops, discount stores and more! There are also fantastic restaurants of every kind including Italian, Mexican, Seafood, and Oriental. Anaheim CA provides so much to do while on your vacation.

For the sports buff, Anaheim is home to the 2002 World Series Champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as well as the 2007 Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Timeshare in Anaheim also puts in proximity to some of the perennial powerhouses of Collegiate sports, USC Trojans, UCLA Bruins and the CAL Bears.

No matter what your interests may be, a Timeshare in southern California, will keep you busy, excited and entertained.

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