No Luck for mother who bought RCI Pts.
A Client had a timeshare with RCI for years with a fixed week in the Poconos in PA. When she passed away a couple of years ago we found the paperwork. My mom had no interest and was going to call them and tell them they could have it. She mentioned it to me and eventually I was able to get ahold of a local rep who totally schmoozed me into believing this is fantastic. Long and the short of it… I transferred the account to a points account ($2000.00) and was told I could use it at any Wyndham hotels and all of the places listed on the website. Turns out there is a lot you can do on the RCI website but very little of it allows you to use points. So here I am paying two timeshares (oh yea icing on the cake the sales rep “gave me… for free” a 2nd timeshare that had just been foreclosed on so now I have to pay two annual fees and get twice the points that I can’t use.)
I finally booked a trip last year and had to take friends along just to use the points on a 2nd room only to find out that the points don’t cover the All-Inclusive aspect of the booking. I went on to the resorts website directly and went thru the booking and it was MUCH cheaper to book directly with the resort. Just to be clear, we are very seasoned travelers. We have been all over the world and I will tell you that this is hands down the biggest scam out there. Stay away from TIMESHARES especially RCI!
Oh and one more thing… everything costs extra money. In trying to use my points I was going to book a hotel for my mom for a business trip she was taking… the points that they took for the discount they gave on the room was a total joke. You couldn’t use all points. You could only use your points for a discount. And then when they found out I wasn’t going myself… they wanted to charge me some ridiculous amount of money to book it for my mom. So I said forget it and booked it for her thru Expedia for cheaper and definitely less hassle. As we approach the end of November I will have 72K points that are expiring to the tune of $1200 maintenance fee. However, if I would like to extend them for another year I can if I pay an additional $115! There is a fee for EVERYTHING with this company.