There’s nothing better than arriving at your holiday destination, taking a big breath and grinning at the thought of getting away from the daily grind for a week or two. Being part of RCI Holiday Exchange Programme, getting the most out of everything it offers means being organised and planning ahead of time to find that amazing holiday.
The great thing about RCI's Membership is the access to over 4,300 resorts worldwide that you can exchange with your home resort. So rather than returning to the same destination year after year, you can pick from a very wide-reaching pot of locations. Just think of all the memories!
Here are our top tips for exchanging and getting the best out of your membership with RCI.
Deposit Early (Weeks Members)
By depositing your week(s) as early as possible, it gives you the maximum trading power for that week, which means you can have a wider pick of destinations. Trading Power increases depending on other factors too - the more desirable the week is, the size of your resort, and the resort rating made by other RCI Members. So, if you are an early depositor you are even more likely to get the destination and week you want.
If you’re not tied down to travelling on just one single week of the year, or are able to holiday outside of the peak travel times, this increases your chances of finding the best deals. Similarly, if you don’t have a specific check in date preference, that will also expand the search and could make a big difference to the locations that pop up. Widening your choice of location is also another way of making the most of your RCI Membership - you’ll get a much larger choice and get to experience new holiday destinations.
Consider New Places
Everyone has their favourite holiday location, but if you really want to get the most out of your RCI Membership, consider trying somewhere new! Widen your search fields on RCI.com and see what options the Directory suggests. You might surprise yourself and find an incredible holiday destination you never considered before. Rather than just searching by the destination, try searching via another channel instead. Whether it be beaches, family or golf holidays, changing the search filters will bring up so many more locations, and you might find yourself a new favourite destination. Not only that, but you will get to see another corner of the world you’ve not yet explored. That is always a plus!
Borrow and Save Points
If you are a points member, borrowing points is a great way to get an extra special holiday to that dream destination that may have previously been out of reach. It could be for a particular celebration or anniversary - or even just to spoil yourself because you deserve it - but it’s a great way of going a bit further afield or making the holiday a bit more special.
You could also save points by going to resorts that are worth less points than your ownership. This means that you can go on even more holidays using your saved points. More holidays are definitely a great bonus! Also, you can use any saved points to go towards travel products through the RCI Points Partner Programme. You can exchange your points for products such as hotel stays, rental cars, attraction tickets and more, saving even more money!
Similarly to points members borrowing points, combining deposits (weeks) works in a similar way. You can combine any number of deposits (weeks) to travel to a special holiday destination or extend your stay at a fabulous resort. It’s very flexible and means you don’t have to holiday on the same week each year.
Add an Ongoing Search
If you don’t find anything that catches your eye on your first search, or your favourite location isn’t available don’t panic. Select an ongoing search for the resort and RCI will let you know as soon as it becomes available. Availability can change by the hour as other members deposit, so the ongoing search saves you spending all your day refreshing your computer screen. I know there’s plenty of other things I’d rather be doing with my day!
There are so many great benefits to using the RCI Holiday Exchange Programme and a little bit of planning is all you need to nab the perfect holiday destination. Why have one holiday home, when you can have lots?
If you own timeshare and want to learn more about joining RCI to holiday further afield with your ownership.
If you are already an RCI Member and would like to start planning your next dream Exchange Holiday.