Point system vs Fixed week
Point system and Fixed week timeshares, what to choose
There are many ways to take advantage of your timeshare, these, trying to accommodate the users best as possible, so you can actually use your vacation time, among these many ways there are the “Fixed week” and “Point system”. But, which is better? Well, that depends on your personal needs, in the case of the points system, it presents these services:
Point System: Timeshare points
The points you purchase with your timeshare work as a currency for you to use throughout the year for your comfort. The good thing about these points (which you can get in a lot of timeshare resorts, such as RCI for example) is the fact that the customers have freedom, so there are no limits to vacation in one particular resort, which means that you’ll be able to choose from there. We can also call this “Floating Week“. Even then, you can get a different week of the year to vacation every year, so you don’t get stuck into a specific one.
In this method, each developer runs the program differently from the others, so the points value may vary between Resorts, so keep that in mind, check every resort actual point currency. Anyway, the actual price to expend is determined by the kind and size of room you get, the resort location and even the time of the year you are vacationing. You can always trade with someone else if you want to.
So, when you use your points, you get back an amount of points every year to keep vacationing, with that you can book either long or short trips so if you want to split your time, that is what you need. Including that those points you didn’t use can be saved for the years coming, so you use them later without a problem. So, the basic benefits of the points system are:
- You have many different resorts to choose and travel to every year
- Being able to travel at many times of the year, that being your choice, so you don’t have to worry about being unable to vacation in a certain time.
- You will have a better chance to trade due to having better flexibility on your timeshare.
- Sometimes, depending on the club, the resort assigns a home resort that you’ll get booking priority with
- The reservations are based on availability
- Maintenance averaged across the owners or specific to your home resort
Knowing the benefits of the points system, you can imagine that the differences towards the fixed week are very obvious, since we can compare directly with the previously read information. So, let’s keep it short.
On a Fixed Week timeshare you pretty much have stationary vacation dates to stay on. So, this is recommended for people who have set their vacation dates and have no plans to change them. Due to the inability to move dates for example. This means you will always be vacationing at the same period and the same week of the year.
It may sound a bit less advisable to the point system if you just read it like that. The purpose of the fixed week is adjusting to the needs of each customer. So there is people who do not need the mobility available in the point system.
Another difference may be the price of the timeshare itself. And keep in mind that not every resort will have the point system abailavility.