No real expierence directly with the Vacation Club Side of Marriott, but I can tell you this is a timeshare situation. You go through the whole process just like a timeshare, and you end up owning deeded real estate. Personally I wouldn't get involved, but i'm kind of burnt out in the timeshare department, so maybe i'm just biased lol.
If you had not checked out the Marriott Vacation Club website yet, it offers some more insight into what they are trying to do. I'll link you to the page regarding timeshares. http://www.marriottvacationclub.com/timeshare-ownership/index.shtml
Hopefully I was able to help, let me know your thoughts.
Thanks...that link clarifies things a bit, and also helps me sort through the details of which properties are involved.
I mostly wonder how easy it is to pull off what the South Park people tried (and failed) to do (getting free/discounted travel and an enjoyable trip with mostly free time).
I would not buy. Fractional ownership of real estate is not something I want to pursue in any format - especially not a timeshare.
Maybe this just isn't worth pursuing, though. When I've gone to beaches before, I've tended to prefer the less-developed ones. The Marriott properties look like they would be way more developed than where I've been on past trips and might not be for me.
Maybe if I'm in CA for part of the winter, I can check to see if the offer is still available and maybe get a few nights at Newport Beach.