Hey, Edward here,
If you’re tired of making terrible trades from the RCI resort directory, then I’m glad you’ve found this website! I strongly suggest you keep reading…because, as a long-time RCI timeshare owner, we probably have similar stories.
Over the years, I’ve experienced some good exchanges and some real stinkers and I’ve always wondered what I was doing wrong. I finally found one thing that has helped enormously. (If you’re too busy to read the rest of my story, you can take a look at that REALLY useful resource right now..“Click here!”).
Our Story – Why We Bought Our Timeshare
If you’re like me, you went though a timeshare presentation, and one of the main selling points was the RCI resort catalogue. We went into the presentation for our St. Martins property with no intention of buying – we just wanted the free catamaran trip to St. Bart’s. The property was beautiful and the price was OK, but what really sold us was when our salesperson brought out the RCI catalogue filled with thousands of timeshare properties for exchange.
Wow, we thought! We didn’t want to spend every vacation St. Martins, but loved the idea of traveling to a different RCI resort every year. So, we signed on the dotted line. With a prime Red Week timeslot and location, we thought we had it made when it came to RCI trading power.
Our First Trade – Oops!
We were in for a rude awakening. Our first trade was for a different week within our own resort. I waited until February to book for our March-break trip, and we ended up with a ground-floor unit facing the back of a building. Not what we’d hoped for.
Second Trade – No Availability!
The next year, I booked earlier, in November, hoping for a different Caribbean island. My reply for every request was “No availability.” My requests moved farther and farther north until we eventually had to settle for Myrtle Beach. While it’s probably a great place in the summer, Myrtle Beach in March is not a beach destination. It was cold, our unit was the size of a postage stamp it was in a high rise, had no balcony (it was too rainy anyway), and was run-down and noisy.
Again, not ideal. I was starting to think I’d been sold a bill of goods with my RCI membership. I definitely realized that making trades wasn’t as easy as my salesperson had suggested.
Gradually Improved Trades, But Still Mixed Results
Over the next few years, and thanks to some advice from RCI telephone reps, we increased our lead time for making trades. We had some great vacations, but also some that were not so good. We traveled Aruba, Spain and several resorts in Mexico (Mexico – because they were easier to book), but many of the islands that we really wanted to see had eluded us.
I always felt like there must be some tips and tricks that I didn’t know about when It came to trading on RCI. Then, one day, I stumbled upon a resource that has made all the difference in terms of understanding RCI and it’s system for allocating its trading properties.
Because RCI DOES use a system. And there ARE ways to improve your chances of a great trade on that system!
The Turning Point
The resource I stumbled on was called the Timeshare Exchange Bible and I do recommend it. It’s written by Jeff Pierce, an RCI member who has done a ton of research on the RCI computer system and experimented for years with making trades. He’s provided a quick resource that explains RCI, and describes how to make the best resort exchanges.
He focuses on two methods. First, he describes six ways to improve your exchange power. Then he reveals how to make a strategic exchange request. There are some subtle tips here that really will improve your ability to get the resorts you want! It’s the combination of the two methods that make his strategy so powerful.
Here are just a few of the things I found out:
- The system that determines the waiting list is fully computerized. Like Google, it has a sophisticated algorithm for determining who is at the top of the list. And its NOT necessarily first-come-first-serve!
- That you can manipulate the factors judged by the computer and put yourself near the top of waiting lists!
- There is a critical period during which yourtrading power increases dramatically.
- There is a time of the year when most exchange properties become available.
- That not all Gold Crown resorts are created equal.
- That telephone representatives who tell you there is a two year wait for a property aren’t lying. That’s what the computer tells them. In fact, they may not know the factors that go into the computer’s decision.
- A property may only be available for one second before it’s reassigned by the computer.
- A property that appears to have many rooms in the RCI resort directory may actually only have several available per year. And there are certain times when they are most available.
The eBook provides a step-by-step method for boosting your exchange power and making your request, and provides 10 case studies that illustrate each step. It’s easy to understand and you can read it in about an hour. And it’s not that expensive.
Disadvantages of the Timeshare Bible
Will this eBook absolutely guarantee that you will get the resort you want specifically on the day you want? No. However, it will give you the BEST chance of landing those resorts – and of landing the best alternative resorts available – resorts that are just as good or even better.
Conclusion – Is the Timeshare Exchange Bible Worth It?
Absolutely. While you may have deduced a lot of the information it provides, you’re bound to learn some tips that will really help you.
It’s an hour well-spent and could ensure that you spend your future holidays in the best resorts that RCI has to offer, rather than huddled in a cramped apartment in the cold. You’ll understand how RCI trading works, understand the limitations of RCI trading, and understand best how to bid for the resorts you want the most.
I’d reveal the information from the eBook here, but Jeff Pierce has put a lot of time into it and I didn’t think that would be fair. Besides I might meet him in person at a resort some day!
If you’re interested in reading more about the Timeshare Exchange Bible , click here. And I hope this helps you make some great vacation exchanges!
All the best,