Like most great companies, it all started with an idea. In 1974, Jon and Christel DeHaan set out to add greater value to the timeshare experience when they pioneered the vacation exchange concept. The DeHaans developed a system that allowed owners to exchange time at their home resort for a stay at a different affiliated property—delivering a new level of flexibility and choice to timeshare owners and revolutionizing an industry in the process.

Today, RCI remains the leader in vacation exchange, offering the world’s largest vacation exchange network and providing unrivaled products and services to enhance the vacation ownership experience. It’s one of the many reasons why more resorts trust RCI to deliver vacation exchange services to its subscribing members than any other company across the globe.

Through our core exchange programs, RCI Weeks®, RCI Points® , RCI helps its subscribing members take the vacations of their dreams and explore the world through access to more than 4,300 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries.* Members can also enjoy other great deals on rental opportunities, cruises and transportation, as well as a host of other travel and lifestyle benefits through the RCI Platinum® membership tiers.

At RCI, we understand that no matter how busy life gets, you cherish the time you set aside each year to get away and create memories that will last a lifetime. We are so dedicated to delivering vacation memories that last a lifetime - Because your vacation means the world to us®.

 

Why RCI?

1970s

1970s

In 1974, RCI's first office was established in Indianapolis where we still have a presence today. Within one year, 236 exchange vacations were confirmed. 1976: Mexico office opens, followed by London in 1977.

1980s

1980s

Offices open in Argentina, Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Portugal and South Africa. In 1985, we welcomed our 1,000th affiliated resort. By 1986, more than 300,000 exchanges confirmed. By 1989, member families exceeded 1 million.

1990s

1990s

We launched our Gold Crown quality recognition programme in 1991. In 1998, Christel House was established by our founder, becoming our charity of choice. In 1999, more than 2.7 million exchanges are confirmed, sending around 7.5 million people on vacation.

2000s

2000s

RCI Points launched: the first global points-based exchange programme. We launched our luxury exchange programme in 2002: The Registry Collection. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2004, with 3 million members. In 2008, we welcomed our 4,000th affiliated resort.

*These vacations are limited and subject to availability, with exchange availability based on value-for-value vacation exchange principles or your accessible Points balance.

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