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Last week I got an exciting call from my parents: “You’ll never believe it Jen, we bought a timeshare through RCI!” They probably were a little surprised when my excitement was not there and I instead responded with concern: “You did whaaaaatttt… Without consulting me! Why did you do this!” They went on and on how they got a good deal, blah blah blah blah. Oh, and I was even told, “You and your siblings will inherit it one day!”. Great, just what I wanted! My mom explained the program to me, I did a lot of research, and it actually might not be the worst deal of the century for them. For them that is.
I’ve been on a good number of timeshare previews (simply for the amazing hotel package offer), I have never once been tempted to purchase a timeshare. But I do understand how they work in general – although I have limited knowledge of RCI in particular. For me, a timeshare is not worth it at all. I am able to chase good hotel deals. I am able to accrue a ton of points and miles. And with a daughter starting Kindergarten next year, I unfortunately will not have a ton of flexibility for when I can take family trips. And with two young kids, last minute travel just isn’t in the cards for me – right now at least.
My parents, on the other hand, have their own businesses and will most likely be retired in the near future. They have a ton of flexibility. They can go somewhere almost whenever they want, even with a few days notice. And they are also able to plan a year in advance. They don’t particularly care where they go and are open to new places as long as the price is right. And this will definitely put the fire under their a$$ to get them to travel more, which I am particularly happy about.
My parents still need a lot of hand holding with travel plans and I definitely serve as their personal travel agent. So if you have an RCI timeshare, I welcome any and all tips and tricks! What are some awesome properties you’d recommend? Beach destinations are definitely a big hit with my parents! When is the best time to do book?
So time will tell whether or not purchasing this timeshare was a good deal or not.