We recently asked our members - through our Facebook page - to submit any questions they had around using their timeshare with RCI membership. The response was fantastic and we found that many of our members shared the same queries. On that basis, we thought it would be helpful to share some of those FAQs with our readers.

Helen Foster answers timeshare questions and answers the question from RCI members.

Question:
We have got Trading Power but have never booked with it before. Can we use Trading Power to book more than a week? I'm guessing we can, as long as we have enough Trading Power.
Answer:
Yes, you can book as many weeks as you wish with the weeks Trading Power that has been assigned to you. For example, if your week has a Trading Power of 20 and you see a unit for a Trading Power of 5, then you could book four weeks/units to use up your full Trading Power if you wished. Keep in mind that an exchange fee is charged per unit/per week.

Trading Power and RCI Points canbe used to access different types of accommodation, at different resorts year-round. You can even several weeks holiday from one week of timeshare ownership if you have bought a higher value week.

Question:
If we want to use our week next year, and would like to use another one as well, at the same time, do we book it through RCI or the resort?
Answer:
If I understand this question correctly, all exchange and RCI Extra Holidays (cash bookings) are booked through RCI. If you'd like to use your own week, and then purchase an extra week as a cash booking - what we call an Extra Holiday - you will find the prices vary, depending on time of year, size of the unit, etc. If you have enough Trading Power (weeks members) or RCI Points (points members) then you can book another exchange.

Timeshare accommodation and holidays are geared up for the enjoyment and comfort of families holidaying together.

Question:
We would like to sell our timeshare. How do we go about it?
Answer:
We don't buy or sell timeshare and we would recommend that you first approach your resort to see if they can help. I have looked into this for our members and have written a blog post on RCI.com - Our Blog - about selling timeshare and all things to be considered when selling. It's definitely worth a read before you do anything else. Visit rci.com/blog - and look for the blog entitled 'Sell My Timeshare' in the Timeshare Advice section.

Visit Our Blog on RCI.com for tips on selling timeshare.

Question:
We are getting RCI Points from eXpectations Holidays. Are they legitimate?
Answer:
Yes, indeed, eXpectations Holiday members can enjoy all the benefits of RCI membership as part of the RCI Points programme. eXpectations members can use their Points to put towards lots of exciting holiday options, such as cruise holidays, car hire, hotels and a range of other lifestyle offerings.

Question:
Why do the prices for Extra Holidays keep going up?
Answer:
Extra Holidays give members the opportunity to book without using their Trading Power or Points, which means these holidays will work out a little more expensive than your Exchange Holidays. This has always been the case and is the reason why RCI Exchange Holidays are such good value.

We also purchase additional accommodation in destinations we know our members want to travel to, and where we don't have sufficient exchange accommodation when they want to travel there - which in itself is reliant on our members depositing their weeks into our system so that others can book them.

As we have to go out and purchase this accommodation, the prices may seem more expensive, however, we are competitive with the online and high street agencies. As with all products and services, the cost to RCI of buying the holiday, and therefore the cost to our members, will fluctuate from year to year.

RCI does not set, nor does it profit from, the additonal fees, such as utility fees, set by your rsort. RCI does flag up any additional fees that may be requeste by your resort in the booking confirmation documentation it sends out to its members.

Question:
How can RCI charge additional taxes after agreeing a price for a holiday?
Answer:
RCI has no control over any additional fees that the resorts charge for the on-resort facilities, utilities, or taxes, as per the law of the country which your chosen holiday resort is in. RCI does not set these additional fees, nor does RCI receive any remuneration or profit from them. When you make a booking through RCI, however, you should pay special attention to the 'what you need to know' section of your booking notification documentation, as we do advise our members of anything that comes with their booking at their selected resort, such as any additional charges, in this documentation.

Question:
Can you trade a timeshare week for a week of cruise?
Answer:
Using your RCI membership and RCI Travel, yes you can put your timeshare week towards a cruise holiday. RCI members should contact an RCI Guide or RCI Travel for more information.

RCI Trading Power and RCI Points can be used to put to booking a cruise holiday with several of the major cruise lines operating across Europe and beyond.

Help At Hand
If you have any questions, don't forget that in just one 'click' you can access our Help Library on rci.com/weekshelpuk and rci.com/pointshelpuk where you will find advice about how to use your RCI membership and make sure that you are getting all your membership benefits. You can also join the RCI community to keep up with our latest news by following us on facebook.com/rcieuro If you need any further help visit rci.com and use our Live Help, or call an RCI Guide on 0845 60 86 380.

Visit the Help Library on RCI.com and you will find all that you need to properly understand how you can get the maximum value out of your timeshare purchase using RCI membership.

If you are a timeshare owner but are not a member of RCI, you could widen your holiday horizons and exchange into resorts all over the world. To become part of the RCI Holiday Exchange community, click the Join RCI button below and sign up in a few simple steps.

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And... Once you have joined the RCI travelling community, click on the button below to access our online Directory of Resorts and take a look at the many gorgeous places you could be holidaying in across the world with RCI Holiday Exchange.

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