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Marriott Vacation Club 4-night, $448 promo

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:36 am

I got a call from Marriott Rewards for a (semi-targeted?) promo offer. I'm not sure if this is for something like a timeshare or what, or if there are strings attached or obstacles I might not expect. I'd love input of people who have done this before.

The offer, as far as I understand it, is that I get 4 (*consecutive) nights any time over the next 12 months at one of about a dozen different properties for a total of $448. The CSR said that included taxes. She mentioned that a "tour" was part of this, so it definitely sounds like a sales pitch is involved. I don't want a timeshare but if I can have a good trip without making a commitment I might be up for it.

I don't have any desire to commit to anything, but most of the properties look pretty nice. They are almost, if not entirely, beach properties within the Marriott Vacation Club portfolio. It looks like mostly category 7 to 9 properties. *If I pay $600 for airfare, it looks like I'd get travel with a cash price of potentially $2500 for about $1048. Some of those properties normally cost over $448 for one night. Of course, as in many things, the price of something may not be its true value.*

My big concern is that they extend this to so many people that the good properties become totally booked, and I get stuck staying somewhere I don't really like.

The CSR said she couldn't email me all the details, since too many people had been sharing/abusing the reservation codes or something like that. It seemed really inefficient since she had to read so many details aloud.

So has anyone participated in this offer? What do I need to know about it?
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Re: Marriott Vacation Club 4-night, $448 promo

Postby Nixon » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:18 pm

If it flaps and quacks like a duck...


I'm going to say yes, Likely a Timeshare presentation.
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Re: Marriott Vacation Club 4-night, $448 promo

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:38 pm

Nixon wrote:If it flaps and quacks like a duck...


I'm going to say yes, Likely a Timeshare presentation.

If it's not a timeshare presentation, it's a promotion of something similar - something with an ongoing commitment, I certainly suspect.

I am fine with a presentation, so long as I'd actually get most of my time there as real vacation.
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Postby Vermonster » Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:14 pm

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Re: Marriott Vacation Club 4-night, $448 promo

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:28 pm

Vermonster wrote:http://southpark.cc.com/clips/153326/timeshare-conspiracy


I've seen that! That's why I asked here first! :)
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Postby obxfisherman » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:30 pm

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.
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Re: Marriott Vacation Club 4-night, $448 promo

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:56 am

obxfisherman wrote: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.
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