The short answer here is yes, if you shop smart and choose an ownership suited for your long-term travel and vacation goals. Are timeshares always a good deal? You can get ripped off if you buy retail, where you’ll be charged thousands above the true ownership value to cover the resort developer’s sales commissions, taxes, and added fees. By shopping the secondary market for timeshare resales, you can save upwards of 70% off the developer price tag, giving you an amazing deal on a lifetime of affordable, flexible, and luxurious vacations.
As stated, timeshares are a good deal because they provide an affordable way for you and your family to take vacations at high-end resorts worldwide. Like any large purchase, it is worth it to do your research on different vacations clubs, exchange programs, ownership benefits, and any resale restrictions.
Originally, timeshares were fixed week ownerships at one specific resort. As the times have changed as well as the needs of the modern vacationer, the timeshare industry changed with it. Timeshares now offer different, more flexible ways to vacation, with a variety of options for every type of traveler.
Here are some of the main reasons to consider when asking yourself if timeshares are worth it.
One word we use a lot when describing timeshare ownership is “convenience.” There are different ways timeshares offer convenience to vacationers including:
Timeshare resorts also offer a wealth of on-site amenities and activities that make having fun and relaxing right on the premise easy.
Many timeshare owners will tell you that one of the best things about visiting their timeshare resort is the number of amenities and features offered right on the resort grounds. Families can have a full vacation experience without ever having to leave the campus, making it incredibly convenient (and budget-friendly) to have fun and relax. While amenities vary by individual resort, many timeshare properties offer:
Unlike the original vacation ownership model which limited you to one specific week at one specific resort, today’s timeshare owner has virtually endless options when it comes to choosing a vacation destination.
Those with points-based ownerships can use their points like currency to pick a resort within their vacation club to stay at, during their chosen week. Floating week timeshare owners are able to choose a week within a season within their internal resort network. Even those that choose a traditional fixed week have the opportunity to vacation within their vacation club network. These vacation clubs include popular brand such as Marriott, Wyndham, Hilton, and Disney. Timeshare owners can also utilize external exchange companies like RCI and Interval International to travel to thousands of resorts worldwide.
As previously mentioned, buying a timeshare directly through a resort is sure to cost you. Not to mention, with all the added fees, you are paying significantly more than the property is truly worth. So if and when you choose to sell your timeshare, it is incredibly unlikely that you will get back close to what you paid.
This is where the resale market comes in. You can shop timeshares advertised by-owner, at prices that reflect the timeshare’s true and current value. This way, you know you’re not overpaying and can usually score a great deal on the timeshare of your choice. Not to mention that you can shop from the comfort of your own home and skip the lengthy, high-pressure sales pitch.
So are timeshares worth it? We certainly think so. Affordable annual vacations with plenty of added amenities and services and flexible travel options in the most desirable of vacation destinations. Shop our extensive selection of timeshares for sale. Search by price, resort, location, unit type, and so much more to find the ownership that best suits your wants and needs. And of course, don’t hesitate to reach out to our independent timeshare resale specialists at 1-877-815-4227 to learn more about timeshares and if they are right for you.