Many resorts offer in-network exchanges, but destinations and availability can sometimes be limited. Though there are several dozen smaller companies that specialize in timeshare exchanges, most timeshare owners choose to become a member of one of the major exchange companies: Resort Condominiums International (RCI) or Interval International (II). Each of these exchange companies offers unique benefits and services, but both provide you with the chance to expand your choices of when and where you holiday.
Whether you deal with RCI or II, you can be assured that your vacation destination will meet high standards for safety, luxuriousness, and loads of amenities. Just be aware that while the exchange process is generally quite similar, you will encounter slight variations depending on which company you choose.
Tips for Successful Exchanges:
- Be flexible Timeshare travel is flexible, so follow suit! Include several different resorts and travel dates (if possible) - this way you're likely to expedite the exchange and get what you want.
- Think Ahead Most timeshare exchange companies offer benefits for depositing early. And the sooner you deposit, the pickier you can be about your exchange as you'll have more time and more vacation properties to consider.
- Remember the "Like for Like" Policy Exchanging means trading for holiday time at a unit and resort that have comparable amenities to your own. If you own a one bedroom timeshare, don't expect to exchange for a two-bedroom lockout without paying additional fees.
- Do Your Research Before becoming a member of any timeshare exchange company, be sure to research the exchange policies of your home resort as well as the company you intend to join.