Vacation Club Review

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Why Join a Vacation Club?

The word vacation alone is probably reason enough. Aruba, Bahamas, Montego, Key Largo. Images of lazy afternoons spent with a mystery novel on a hammock tied to palm trees are enough to induce a daydream for most of us. Round out the scene with a gentle sea breeze, a Corona and the faint crash of waves in the distance. Are you already on the phone with your travel agent considering dream destinations?

Before you organize a vacation the old fashioned way, be sure to give some serious consideration to joining a vacation club. Vacation clubs offer a great alternative to the DIY model of trip planning. By investing in a timeshare with a vacation club you can plan on that dream vacation every year. Most vacation clubs allow you to visit different locations every year too, so don’t worry about being locked into the same resort.

Timeshares in a vacation club are also a financial investment. While the upfront costs are daunting and the annual maintenance fees are a nuisance, the appreciation in value of your vacation down the line will save you thousands of dollars vis-à-vis paying out of pocket.

What to Look for in a Vacation Club

Joining a vacation club and investing in a timeshare is a serious decision—not only in terms of money, but also in terms of what type of vacations you’re interested in taking for the next decades. Vacation clubs vary substantially when it comes to costs, member benefits, destinations and ease of access. We ranked our top ten vacation clubs according to the following criteria:

Club Features
Being a member of a vacation club is different than being a guest at a hotel. Often times you’re a part owner of a property or a network of resorts. Good vacation clubs have a variety of resorts available to members. Our top picks offer everything from health spa getaways to theme park weekends to ski trips in isolated mountain towns.

Destinations
Accommodation is important, but place is everything. Whether you prefer the excitement of the big city or the solitude and quiet of the countryside, good vacation clubs have resorts and properties available for every preference.

Membership Benefits
Vacation clubs offer members discounts on airfare, cruises, rental cars, meals and other travel services. Good vacation clubs will organize activities, provide childcare options and provide useful travel resources.

Member Support
Belonging to a travel club requires some planning and organization. Whether you want to change destinations, cancel a vacation or save your week for a following year, our top vacation clubs eliminate the headaches of dealing with unnecessary bureaucracy and hassles. Further, good vacation clubs address member complaints and issues promptly and professionally.

Investment value
We ranked vacation clubs on their ability to maintain and improve properties so that your investment is secure both financially and in simple terms of future enjoyment. Owning a share in a vacation club should be economically beneficial. Good vacation clubs will allow you to bank weeks, exchange or trade your vacation time and charge fair maintenance fees.

Be sure to check out our articles on vacation clubs and our top ranked clubs: Marriott Vacation Club, Disney Vacation Club and RCI.

 
 
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Rank #1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
Marriott Vacation Club Disney Vacation Club RCI Hilton Grand Vacations Interval International Club Med Bluegreen Resorts Hyatt Vacation Club Shell Vacations Club Perennial Vacation Club
Marriott Vacation Club Disney Vacation Club RCI Hilton Grand Vacations Interval International Club Med Bluegreen Resorts Hyatt Vacation Club Shell Vacations Club Perennial Vacation Club
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Club features
Club resorts 50 500+ 5169 37 2400 80 40 15 24 5
Spa resorts
Sports facilities
Golf vacations
Ski vacations
Activities and events
 
Cruises
    
Theme park vacations
     
All-inclusive resorts
 
    
Timeshare sales
 
  
Casino vacations
 
 
Timeshare exchanges
 
  
  
Affiliated resorts 2400    3700    3700 1200 100+ 5000+
Beachfront locations
Ownership benefits
Point system
 
Floating week
 
     
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Properties available
One bedroom
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Three bedroom
Studio
 
 
 
  
Villa/bungalo  
 
  
Destinations
Caribbean
  
Latin America
  
 
Europe
    
Mediterranean
    
Asia
    
South America
    
Australia; New Zealand
     
Middle East  
    
Africa  
    
US Destinations
Florida
 
California
 
Mountain West
 
  
Southwest
  
New England
  
 
 
Northwest
  
 
 
Hawaii
 
 
 
 
Member support
FAQs
Travel information
Travel insurance
 
Club discounts
 
  
Investment value
Annual membership fee
 
 
  
Timeshare exchange
 
 
Out of network exchange
 
 
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Annual rollover