Anyone that owns timeshares is sure to encounter RCI. The vacation club is larger, more established and deals with more locations than just about any other timeshare negotiator. RCI doesn’t own properties like many other vacation clubs, instead they are a timeshare broker and travel services provider. Whether exchanging your timeshares for time at a different resort, looking to take a discount cruise or purchase a honeymoon package for friends, RCI is an invaluable resource and our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award.
RCI is appealing for timeshare owners that want to branch out from their home resort and travel to different places or simply trade their timeshare for a new vacation experience. With RCI, you can convert a timeshare allotment you own into RCI points which are then redeemable for time at any one of their 4,000 plus affiliate properties. A timeshare owner that has already spent multiple years visiting the same property might want to try something new—RCI arranges timeshare trades for precisely this scenario.
It should be noted that not all resorts are created equal. A week at a Thailand all-inclusive during high season is obviously going to fetch more points (and cost more points) than a November week at a southern California resort.
RCI’s network of resorts is truly vast. You can redeem RCI points for time in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Africa, the Middle East and just about anywhere else you care to go. In addition to geographical variety, RCI also has resorts to fit every vacation style. Whether traveling with family or looking for a perfect honeymoon spot, RCI offers everything from luxury health spas to family-oriented theme park vacations to all-inclusive Caribbean cruises.
RCI offers members a variety of useful services. In addition to being a hub for redeeming and trading timeshares, RCI functions as a full travel agency. RCI can arrange airfare at lucrative rates, provide you with travel insurance, find the best deal on rental cars and organize custom vacation packages.
RCI offers small perks that we appreciate too. Their magazine, Endless Vacation, and their travel resources available online are useful and entertaining if a bit too peppered with RCI marketing material.
RCI’s staff is supportive and deals with questions and issues in a timely manner. We like the fact that they offer a rewards credit card that allows members to get bonus points.
One important caveat with RCI concerns the availability of certain resort locations and seasonal availability. Many members comment on the difficulty of securing reservations at more desirable locations.
The ultimate value of membership with RCI depends a lot on the point value of the timeshare you own and trade with them. For some timeshare owners, RCI offers enough points to make it worth their while. For others, an informal timeshare trade with another organization can be more lucrative. Given the membership fees and other costs, RCI can be financially burdensome.
As far as vacation clubs go, RCI has a bounty of services and perks to offer to its members. From discounts on flights and cruises to travel agent assistance, RCI provides all the services a traveler needs to get the most out of a vacation. Ultimately, RCI is a service most appropriate for timeshare owners looking to add some variety to their vacationing.
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RCI's network of resorts is truly vast and offers a bounty of services to offer to its members.
Securing reservations at more desirable locations may prove difficult.
RCI is best for timeshare owners looking to add some variety to their vacationing.