Getting Started With Interval International or RCI

The beginning steps to getting started with Interval International or RCI.

The First 5 Steps in Getting Started With Interval International or RCI

In video number one I’ll be going over the first 5 steps you must do to start the timeshare exchange process with Interval International or RCI. The first two videos are the foundation of which getting a good timeshare exchange is built from, and some of you may find them a bit basic if you’re already familiar with the timeshare exchange world. But you should go ahead a watch them anyway.  They’re just a few minutes long and you’ll probably learn a few things you didn’t already know.

I’ve compacted how to start getting a great timeshare exchange in the first two videos so I can concentrate on giving you great strategies and secrets in the next 8.

So here we go.

Know Your Interval International or  RCI Directory

Step one is to decide where you want to go. I know this is obvious but here’s the takeaway. I recommend you really get to know your Interval International or RCI directory.  Rather than picking it up the day you want to request your timeshare exchange, you should go through it beforehand and not only star the timeshare resorts you like but also cross out the ones you don’t.

For instance, if you want to do a timeshare exchange to a beach resort, some of the resorts listed may be blocks from the beach rather than right on it.  Crossing them off now will save you the time of filtering through the directories the next time you want to do an exchange to the same area.

The Interval International or RCI directories are real pretty, and you may not want to do this, but with thousands of resort listings in both Interval International or RCI, this is an important step in learning how to get the best timeshare exchange. You’ll be getting a new resort directory next year that will contain many new timeshare resorts so keep your old one for reference.

Why It’s So Hard Getting a Timeshare Exchange in the Summer

Step two is deciding when you want to go.  Now I know you’re thinking, “Duh, is he kidding?  This guy’s no expert.”  But I’m just getting warmed up with this first video and taking care of the housekeeping.

But here’s the takeaway.  A study showed that 50% of timeshare owners have kids in school and only want to exchange on school holidays and from mid-June through August.  But those weeks comprise only 25% of the calendar year.  So 50% of timeshare owners are competing for 25% of the available timeshare exchange weeks.

That’s what makes it so hard for you to get in.  So remember to plan even more in advance when requesting a timeshare exchange during these times.

How Paying Your Maintenance Fees Early Can Get You a Better Timeshare Exchange

Step three is to pay your maintenance fees before you contact RCI or Interval International.  Neither company will let you request an exchange until your maintenance fees are current. Many timeshare owners call Interval International or RCI first. Then, after being on hold for 20 minutes they are told they can’t place a request because their maintenance fees aren’t paid. What a waste of time!

Now here’s the take away about paying maintenance fees. You don’t have to, nor should you EVER, wait until you receive your bill in order to pay it. I’ll be explaining why in an upcoming video.  Most timeshare resorts will let you pay it by check or credit card over the phone.

You’ll only need to do step four if you own in a points based or a floating week timeshare resort.

It seems logical to think that when you’ve decided to exchange your week, and you have paid your HOA’s, to call Interval International or RCI next. But that’s not the case.  You actually have to call your timeshare resort first and instruct them to deposit or bank a week before you can place a timeshare exchange request.

In a later video, I’ll give you a little-known strategy about depositing a week that will really increase your chances of getting the best timeshare exchange.

If you own a fixed week you don’t have to call your resort first. You only need to make sure your maintenance fees are current then call your timeshare exchange company directly.

And finally, you call Interval International or RCI to put in your request.

In the next video, I’ll be talking about something many timeshare owners do incorrectly that destroys their timeshare exchange power.  I’ll also be revealing some exchange strategies that very few people know that are guaranteed to get you better timeshare exchanges.

For the complete information on exchanging your timeshare, make sure to read my article “How to Exchange a Timeshare: The Definitive Guide.”

I want to thank you for subscribing to this 10 part series. I’m confident that if you apply all of the tips and suggestions in the videos you’ll get much more enjoyment from your timeshare exchange. But to truly master the unknown complexities of timeshare exchanging is way beyond the scope of this short series.

There are many more tricks and strategies you can apply to guarantee yourself the best timeshare exchange in the world. If you want to learn how to supercharge both your exchange and request power so you can enjoy the best timeshare resorts like Disney, Hyatt, Lawrence Welk, Westin, Marriott, Four Seasons and more, then you need the Timeshare Exchange Bibles. If you still haven’t gotten your copy, do it now! How to exchange a timeshare Timeshare exchange bibles

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If you are going to exchange your timeshare this year OR next year, you should have gotten started yesterday. For a FREE 1 page checklist of 7 tips you must do NOW, even before watching the videos, get my “Quick Start Timeshare Checklist.” 

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  1. Just found your site. We travel timeshares 51 weeks a year > on 1,228th week. Just looking for three August weeks from RCI > Last Call at the desired locations under $250.oo.
    Your book may have that key or it may not. Not buying today.

  2. I envy your lifestyle. I just got confirmed with my Hilton Head week, Swallowtail at Sea Pines, to the Hyatt Highlands Inn in Carmel, CA for this Thanksgiving. You’re right, my books don’t address Last Call or Getaway weeks. There’s no need because you just buy them. My books address how to get the best exchanges in the world by maximizing your request and exchange power. For someone like yourself that has 51 weeks and I assume, 51 maintenance fees, I’d think the modest cost of my books would be invaluable to you. I’ll be blogging about my confirmation to the Hyatt soon to give a few tips of how I took a non-ranked, shoulder season week, 43, to get the Hyatt in II. My methods work well.

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