If you thought being an RCI member was just about exchanging your timeshare weeks or points, then you’re missing out on lots of other benefits that are available. RCI Platinum membership is a fantastic way of enriching not only your holiday time, but it also offers lifestyle benefits for when you are at home.
But don’t just take our word for it.
RCI members Peter and Nancy Littlewort have been members of RCI for 29 years and Platinum members since 2014 and have had so many amazing holidays that they wouldn’t have been able to afford if it wasn’t for their RCI membership.
“My wife and I became members of RCI in 1989 after buying timeshare in Gran Canaria. The reason we joined RCI was the promise of fantastic holidays for the rest of our life and we have never been disappointed,” Peter explained.
“We love being RCI members especially because it opens many opportunities for us to stay in Club Melia resorts, which are our favourites. We are staying at their Marbella Banus (8634) resort in a couple of weeks and we’re staying in another Club Melia at Gran Melia Salinas (7849) in Lanzarote in December.
"It is the ultimate in luxury holidays and thanks to our RCI membership we can combine our weeks to get these resorts. As Platinum members, every time we combine, we get £15 member rewards, which is a fantastic bonus."
Platinum members also have the opportunity to request free unit upgrades which adds something really special to your holiday.
It’s not only the upgrades that RCI members can enjoy with their Platinum membership, but the lifestyle benefits that help them make the most of their time in between holidays.
“As well as all the wonderful holiday memories we have had thanks to RCI, our Platinum membership also gives us a free tastecard+, which is worth the membership fee alone! We use it to get discounts in places such as Prezzo, which is one of our favourite restaurants for a family meal, and gives us the chance to spoil our friends and family with a night out.”
The tastecard+ lets you dine out with 50% off or 2 for 1 meals, offered at more than 6,500 restaurants in the UK - as Peter enjoys! It also gives you access to lots of days out too. Getting out and making memories with your family can be costly if you’re a theatre or film fan. But the tastecard+ gives you up to 60% off theatre tickets and 40% off cinema tickets, which is a great bonus.
And to really make the weekend special, you can get up to 70% off hotel bookings at participating UK hotels.
That perk is a really handy one if you want to get your holiday off to a great start by staying in a hotel the night before you fly - and to keep that relaxing start going, the tastecard+ also offers up to 45% off admission to airport lounges. RCI also offers an alternate Airport Lounge benefit with DragonPass which offers up to 50% discount.
Peter explained that his RCI membership has allowed him to enjoy really special holidays through the exchange programme that he wouldn't have been able to experience otherwise.
“We exchange our home resort each time because it gives us the experiences of many different types of holidays - from charming cottages in Norfolk, to a four-bedroom penthouse apartment with private Jacuzzi across the world.
“Over the last 29 years, there have been so many stand-out holidays that have taken our breath away. Our holiday to Orlando Florida to visit the Walt Disney World parks when our children were young was very special. Since the children have left home, Nancy and I have travelled much more.
An RCI membership also opens up the opportunity to experience cruising, with various different types of packages available.
“We embarked on the Cruise & Stay programme, cruising transatlantic on Norwegian Breakaway to New York then onto New England. We then ended that trip with a fabulous week in Atlantic City. Cruising is a great way of seeing lots of destinations in one holiday, and we enjoyed every moment of it.
“Nancy and I also travelled to Las Vegas, staying at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club On Paradise (5426) and while there, we were chauffeured by limo down The Strip, which was quite an experience! We then flew on to Nashville as we are big Country and Western music fans, so that was a great holiday.
“We have stayed at places that we would not have been able to afford without being members of RCI, so I would just like to say thank you RCI for all the happy memories that you have given us over the years.”
If you’re looking to enhance your lifestyle, make the most of your weekends and treat your family and friends to some fabulous days out, then RCI Platinum is definitely for you. As a member of our holiday exchange programme, you already have access to over 4,300 resorts, but as an RCI Platinum member as Peter explained, you get even more from your membership.
As an RCI Platinum member, you could benefit from hundreds of pounds in savings each year on leisure activities, as well as all the additional travel perks such as car hire and hotel booking discounts - so for the £50 upgrade, you’re getting a lot for your money. Think of all the memories and fun to be had!
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