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Can't speak on the point system they sell as we didn't purchase but seems expensive for what it is. They advertise a free trip but really it's not free and has lots of criteria to meet. For example 100 deposit but refundable and $150.00 for taxes per couple and you can only fly out on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday with tons of rules you have to follow. Scam in my book.
I am in sales and then Byron the sales guy pretty much said people with no money come here for a free trip. So other words people that can't afford it do and they convince them to buy into into something they shouldn't. Not to mention it was a turn off that the sales guy said we didn't have the money to buy, We could've cashed out without any payments on the most expensive one but bottom line is we weren't SOLD on it because we felt it wasn't worth it. Little disappointed in the attitude we got when we said no. Also at the very end they tried to shoo us out of there without giving us our 40. Deposited that we gave. Bad experience overall. Bottom line we have plenty of money to make any decision and cash out but your people ruined it.
I tried to attend a meeting twice. I am a single woman. They turned me down twice. Frauds! I flew out just to attend the meeting the second time and the manager says, "Come on ma’am, no you didn’t." Why would I lie. They turned me down because I’m not accompanied by a “husband”. I get it now. A single woman can hold her own and then some!!!
Biggest mistake we made by attending the VI Resort presentation. They pressure you so much into buying a time share. They promise you a $100 gift card for restaurants. (The listing of restaurants you can attend is the most outdated places that no one wants to attend.) They also promise you a three day two night vacation, (when I tried booking for it, they said it no longer is available). Everything is so sugar coated, after you make a purchase with them. Then the reality hits.
VI has contacted me and we have come to a mutually agreed resolution.
Signed up at the Portland RV show for a free trip, was told it we would have to watch a presentation by VI, in Vancouver Washington. I told the person overseeing the drawing I had seen a presentation before, he assured me that if it has been over a year, I could see another one and get a trip. It had been a year so I signed up. I was contacted and told I was a "winner" and made an appt to see the presentation and would need to bring my significant other.
I went with my boyfriend, was chastised for being at a presentation before, by an older man, Jerry, who then told me because I was not married to my boyfriend who attended with me, I needed to pull up my bank account on my phone to prove I could purchase something. I refused and was very angry, several other salespeople apologized and one asked me not to give a bad review with his name, "He is just old and can be inappropriate". I did not purchase anything and left with a certificate for the trip. I filled out the certificate, mailed it in as required, was contacted by Casablanca Resorts by mail: to schedule the trip I had won (at the Embarcadero Resort, Newport Oregon) was told it would be 3-4 months later in Sept before they would have availability to schedule.
I made the reservation for 9/22/2019-9/24/2019. I took time off work, my boyfriend took time off work. Two days ahead I called the Embarcadero about the reservation, they had nothing and told me to call Vacation International at 541-574-7743, they did not have the reservation. The person I talked to, Sherry, stated that the certificate says Casablanca Express so this is not Vacation Internationals problem, would not give me the next person in charge name or number, who she said was the GM, and that they were out for the weekend anyway. When I insisted someone had to be available for members, she then said she would have the GM call me back, she called back instead and said there was nothing she could do, I would have to address this with Corporate, 9/23/19.
I have been a VI member since 2010 and have been so satisfied with the various accommodations throughout the US that I just extended my membership to a lifetime so we can pass it in to our kids. The accommodations are always as expected and we even stayed at a VI resort in Kona when we get married in 2015. The services I receive from VI (points that equal weeks of visits, transfers with other timeshare companies) are EXACTLY what was promised during my initial session so I am surprised by the negative reviews!! It’s important to read all the fine print but VI has lived up to my expectations for nearly a decade now with no glitches.
They just called me today a year after last year's Seafair weekend to tell me I won a vacation for two to my choice of either Cabo or Honolulu. They wanted me to answer questions over the phone and refused to send an email from their organization so that I could verify the legitimacy of their company. I let the rep know that I'm not interested in a company that is unable to provide evidence that they are legitimate by sending an email from their company domain and only uses phone contact. The rep said this is probably not the offer for me and hung up.
When I received my annual assessment for my timeshare, I noticed an additional charge of $24.50. I called Vacation Internationale and was told it was a tax. However, instead of billing the people who used my timeshare, I was charged the amount which is totally unfair. I was given nothing but a run around with VI and told them that I never was charged a tax before in renting out a timeshare. I'm paid nothing for giving it to an exchange company and was not warned ahead that there would be a tax. VI kept saying that I was responsible for the tax and would not work with me at all. VACATION INTERNATIONALE IS NOTHING BUT A RIP OFF TIMESHARE AND LIE TO NEW PROSPECTIVE CUSTOMERS TO JOIN. Do not have anything to do with this timeshare company!!!!
My late husband and I purchased our first 2 weeks (182 points) ownership in VI while we were living in Oregon... and spent most of the early years going to SunRiver and various locations in Hawaii. About 5 years into our ownership; VI “rolled back” the prices and we purchased another week (91 points). Over the years, I’ve used other properties (some using the Instant Exchange) in Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, and New Zealand.
One of the best perks of VI is that if one learns how to “work” the system; plan ahead; make reservations well in advance...you can generally get your location when you want. AND you’re not locked into the same location, weeks, property, unit size as most all the other timeshare companies sell. The units are always renovated and kept clean; the grounds impeccably maintained; and onsite staff helpful and friendly. Maintenance costs over the years have increased to be sure; but where else can one stay in resort locations, in comfortable accommodations (not luxurious if that’s what your budget allows), at more that reasonable daily rates?! I’m sold on the program and have been since we first made our purchase. As I’m currently in my mid 70’s; my traveling days are going to be winding down about the time my contract runs out. It’s been a great experience and I have many happy memories that revolve around my VI vacations!
Scammer. Told us that we won a vacation, but only tried to get $30000 from us and “free vacation” turned into ** and not free at all. Waste of time, waste of money, waste of energy and waste of life. After getting a free certificate felt dirty and gnarly. Worst experience ever.
As owners since 1977 we have never had a bad experience at any VI Resort. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Properties are clean and comfortable. Website is super user friendly. Locations are desirable. We have always felt safe when in another country. All in all a win for us.
VI Resorts. We bought a 105 points Every other year... We have not been able to use our points. Now they say if we don't use our points they will take them away. This is what we were told and found out. Vacation Internationale told us we would get a free trip for 4 to Disneyland. The free trip to Disneyland isn’t free. It cost us $100.00 and then they told us we had to pick 3 different dates and they would let us know with little advance notice the date they had chosen. This makes it difficult for me to get off work and the boys out of school on such short notice. Matt told us we could go when we wanted. I travel for work which, we told Matt and don’t always know when I can take a vacation. My wife told the boys we were going to Disneyland and so not to disappoint them we had to pay $2,700.00 out of her 401 k to pay for our trip. There is no free trip. Had to pay and could not use and never got our money back.
Matt told us we could get a 2 BDR which slept 6 People on Oahu for 4 nights with our 52 points a year. The nights are 20 points a night, that’s only 2 nights a year. There’s no 2 BDR on Oahu. And on the other islands if you get a 2 BDR you have to book 7 nights according to the booklet they gave us. Matt told us if we couldn’t use our timeshare they would sell it for us. My wife called a year later and was told no one wanted to buy our timeshare. So you sold us something no one wants. We can’t use it. We don’t own anything. It’s worthless.
According to the booklet VI has no places in Alaska, San Francisco. and other places we were told they have. If we go to Sedona, AZ would cost 18 points a night. Which is only 3 nights year. We tried to get a place at Whitefish, MT for a year and no rooms available, had to rent a motel 17 miles away on Expedia. When my wife called to complain they told her they could get us a room at White Fish in the winter? I'm not water skiing in the winter. WOW. We tried Leavenworth, WA. Must book over a year in advance. According to the lady at the Blackbird Inn. In Leavenworth. We had to rent a motel there. Last year we took 3 vacations. Had to use Expedia. No places available or VI had no place we wanted to go. Matt also told us we could get airfare for ½ price through VI Resorts. Don't think so. VI has no place by Disneyland nor on the strip in Vegas.
We talk to an Attorney who gets people out of timeshares. He explained that this is fraud. VI don’t own all the buildings and the ones you do own They rent out. This way there’s no openings for the owners. This was not explained to us. Nor is it written in our contract. Also he said the renters don't pay Maintenance fees. But the shareholders do. Even if we can't use our points. So we are paying for their maintenance fees. He said this is fraud. He told us much more. But that’s for later. Except they want thousands of dollars to get us out of our timeshare. Which he said they would do.
OUR Contract is for 105 EOY or for 52 points a year. For 12yrs, at $ 7,734.00 with 1,160 down. Financing $6573.90 at 16% = $12,413.25 for the timeshare package plus Mnt fees of $850.00 EOY for 6 years = $5,100.00 for a total of $17,513.25. In Hawaii. We would only get 2 days in other places, 3 in some areas, 4 days a years. With an average of 20 points per night. 3 days per yr on average. For 12 yrs = 36 nights... 36 nights divided by $17,513.00 = $486.00 per night. VI has no place in Oahu for 6 people. Expedia is $375.00 for 6 people per night. At 2 nights yr, $729.00 per night. Matt showed us it was only a couple of hundred dollars. A night for 6 people. San Fran $190.00 per night Expedia. VI has nothing in San Francisco. If they did it would cost us $486.00 per night. VI has no place in Alaska. Expedia would be $90.00 to $200.00... If VIP had any it would cost about $400.00… Nothing we were told is real.
VI resorts has no places anywhere we want to go at all. Matt told us they did. We told Matt I traveled for work and didn't always know where I would be or when I could take a vacation. Matt told us that was no problem because they owned these big resorts... Apparently not... This is the worst investment of our lives. MY opinion it's a SHAM... Don't do it. There is nothing in my contract that says they can take away my points, but they are going to... How is this right. Some who is not a shareholder is in my room and I'm paying for it too. That's double billing.
I am here on my third Hawaiian post-Christmas prime-week-of-the-year vacation. Currently, we can only take vacation on school breaks. VI makes that accessible and affordable. We have stayed at units at 5 different VI and Diamond resorts on Kauai and Maui. All nicely furnished, in great locations, with everything you need. Yes, I have booked a year or nearly a year ahead. In the one case where I wasn't able to get a booking right away, I was able to book later after using the waitlist. The Points Protection Option makes for inexpensive cancellation insurance, and allows adjustments to your booking. Every staff member I have dealt with in person and on the phone has been friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.
A couple weeks ago I did a girl's trip to Las Vegas for my 40th birthday. My cousin and I were approached by a man trying to convince us to come to a presentation at the Carriage House which was next to the hotel we were staying in. We were promised several gifts in return for 90 minutes of our time for a presentation. We were told we would receive 5 tickets to a show since there were 5 of us, a food voucher, $200 slot credit, $50 gift card, 2 night free stay and airfare for the both of us for a trip back to Vegas for a later date.
We attended the presentation. At first this were ok. The young lady who was with us was pleasant and not pushy. We were told that everyone who attends their presentation is always treated with respect regardless to if we sign up or not. We saw a demo room in the Carriage House and we were very unimpressed. The room put us in the mind of a motel and not a luxury vacation home. With that we were very turned off. My cousin said she had to decline and that she had checked out. An account person came over and didn't take her saying she was out. He continued to push and once he saw she wasn't changing her mind, he became very rude and dismissive. After this we were both very turned off and knew the was no way either of us would ever purchase with VI Resorts.
They gave us our "gifts" and it was not what was promised AT ALL! We received various free show tickets but there was not 5 of the same show ticket in anything they have us. We only received $100 in the slot credit and it was for a casino that none of us had ever heard of or seen. We also did not receive the food voucher. Instead, we received a discount card for a limited amount of restaurants. We did get a card for a 2 night stay at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. However, it was not free. We would have to travel Someday through Thursday or have to pay a surcharge and we would also have to pay a $25 reservation fee. The was no airfare included at all in the "gifts". The only thing we did get as expected was the $50 gift card. This was a complete waste of our time! Just based on my presentation experience, I would not recommend VI Resorts-Vacation Internationale to anyone.
As I sit here on my lounge chair, at this beautiful VI resort in Mexico... I can only shake my head in amazement (and surprise) at some of these negative reviews. I cannot vouch for pushy, deceitful behavior at the timeshare presentation itself. What I CAN vouch for, are the decades of amazing (and inexpensive) vacations we’ve had with parents, family, friends, and now our grandchildren. Back in 1993 tho with some hesitation, I submitted my credit card and opted for a monthly payment plan for my first purchase of the 91 points. As other reviewers have written, the appeal was this points system… Where I could stagger the points going for shorter or longer trips, at so many different resorts.
My first usage was The Oasis in Palm Springs, as my dream was to someday own a condo there. We drove thru the guard gate & checked into our lovely unit with its private garage, 2 bicycles, full kitchen & washer dryer. It was so exciting to settle in for that first long weekend (just 3-4 nites) and feel like we owned a vacation condo. So exciting! The trick about owning a timeshare (and I now own multiple ones) is you must plan ahead. As long as I plan properly, we have traveled the world with the most amazing accommodations at such a low prices.
Our other favorite spot is South Lake Tahoe... tho that resort is quite humble, it SO beats a normal hotel room. It can’t be beat. And V.I. is a pleasure to deal with. Their online booking system is smooth & efficient, & whenever I call the main office, each person is nicer than the last. My husband and I now own over 800 points, so that should be all you need to hear. Most of them we’ve purchased on the secondary (resale) market — at a nice discount— from either elderly owners who can no longer travel, or sometimes from their children (heirs) who have no interest in using it. Their loss is our gain. We save a FORTUNE on travel accommodations.
As a point share owner, originally with Sunterra Pacific, a sister company of VI (just learned history of a potential business transaction fraud) since 1997, there are some properties that I have never had the opportunity to visit even with a year out planning. The VI management has properties that are not listed on their website, example; Pacific City, OR and perhaps others that an owner has purchased into but are not privilege to vacation online. I have also learned that when VI first came into the market, they offered a 30+ vacation plan, understanding that after 30 years, those owners will approach a termination of VI privileges expired points and are no longer members -- so, VI needs to be very aggressive in their marketing department in order to stay afloat.
But, I believe, VI organization as a whole operates within Owner Board Members; this becomes a lucrative and cohort 'side business' for those who's been with VI for a very long long time! As you move up the point tier, you receive cheaper discounts, up to 50% when making reservations at different propriety sites within 60 day period. So, now being in the 'in crowd' VI family with over 350 points and above. It's extremely cost-effective and tax deductible as a '2nd property' annual dues/maintenance (HOA group expense).
As a Sunterra Pacific owner, I owned Interval International, yet, VI did not grandfather that additional Vacation option in during the forced takeover. 5 years prior VI tried to sell me Interval International again, which got me more upset with my timeshare takeover experience. I told them, "but I'm an owner of Interval International back before the VI takeover in 2003-2004." And was hung up on! No possible arbitration to regain Interval International ownership. See, the very governing bodies of Sunterra Pacific makes up VI members and individuals may very well transferred my I.I. ownership to their personal inventory in hopes that I no longer have any hard copies of my original contract with Sunterra Pacific, which is now one of the same!
Most recently, points were disappearing from my banked points and there is no way of understanding why they have disappeared! A Total of 103 Points in a span of 5 years vanished! I finally spent 3 full days to figure out their complexed point removal system, an error of 103 pts as an up-to-date fully paid VI timeshare owner. Which, by-the-way is more expensive than my annual property taxes on my condo... annually!
I'm just surprised that VI hasn't started bankruptcy papers as more Property Share on-line Vacation is the new wave for tech savvy individuals with FBI and local government agency background checks made available as for public view! Point share has become downgraded and I'm surprised VI is still floating. They also overvalue the point stays at their property! You still pay at check-out time of more taxes when it should be built in on the annual dues. Yes, buyer beware! I have so many VI points saved and give them away as Christmas presents as I DO NOT like to stay at their inventory resorts! Out of principle! I think they operate as a not for profit organization as their lifetime members run the show! I'm just not in the 'in crowd'. One strong advice! BUYER BEWARE!!! Week stays are starting to bring back more of an appeal, rather than overnight stays! At least for myself!
My wife and I are members of Vacation Internationale (VI), and have been since 1993. VI is a point based timeshare where you buy points and then use the points to travel to varied vacation properties. They have hotel rooms, as well as studio, 1, 2, and three bedroom condos. The larger the unit, the more points, and the higher the demand time of year, the more points. So the system is flexible, you can even save your points to use in future years, or use future year points this year. We have stayed in 6 different condos in Hawaii, The Big Island, Maui, and Kauai, Lynden, and Leavenworth Washington, Sun Valley, Idaho, Sun River Oregon, Palm Springs and Oceanside California, Cape Cod Massachusetts, Orlando, Florida, and Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta Mexico. So we have stayed in quite a few places.
VI places are not luxury, so if you are looking for large swanky vacation spots, then VI is not for you. If you are looking for clean, well maintained condos, in some of the of the best vacation spots in North America at reasonable prices, then I would definitely recommend VI. We bought 91 points from VI, which roughly speaking means we can rent a one bedroom condo for 7 days in high season demand. It cost us under $700 a year. Try and find a one bedroom condo on the beach in Maui for $700 a week. My wife and I decided two years ago to buy another 91 points, and will likely add more as we just retired.
I see some people have had issues with the sales process. I cannot vouch for the sales tactics, as I bought 20 years ago. I can vouch for the product. If you are looking for quality vacation options, a flexible system, and people interested in maintaining properties at a reasonable cost then VI should be on your short list. If you are looking for a free vacation for spending 1 1/2 hours in a sales presentation, well... what do you expect.
Don't fall for this crap! I received a call from Vacation Internationale saying I won a free 2 night vacation in either California or Las Vegas from a drawing I signed up for at a festival I was at. I should have seen the red flags from the beginning since they never actually gave me the name of their company until I was actually there. So I couldn’t' t look up reviews about the company ahead of time. If I saw the reviews I definitely would have cancelled then! I was told originally on the phone that it was an hour and a half presentation and it ended up being more than 2 hours. The only reason I went was because I SPECIFICALLY asked on the phone before I went to the presentation if the "free" vacation would be able to be used on the weekend or Friday and I was told yes.
After the 2+ hour sales-pitch I see on the fine print of the 3rd party certificate it isn't what they told me on the phone and that you can only depart Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (I have no problem being told the truth from the get go but the fact that they lied to me just really peeves me off). During my sales-pitch I felt condescended. NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY VI AND CASABLANCA EXPRESS HAVE SUCH HORRIBLE REVIEWS! I couldn’t even image buying into their crap, I would definitely be worried that they are taking my money for nothing, and from what I see with other people reviews it does seem like they take people’s money and don't provide the service they promise. That doesn't even mention the "dining gift cards" that are a total crock! They are not gift cards, I still have to pay! They are closer to coupons which is total **! SUCH A WASTE OF MY FRIDAY NIGHT!
My fiance and I attended the sportsman show near our local town like we do every year, this year was however a little different. We put our names in drawings like most people do and was surprised to get a phone call stating that we won A FREE TRIP to a few locations and we picked Vegas because my fiance and I were just saying how we wanted to go and well here was our chance. Let me tell you that we are not gullible people and we know nothing is free, so I asked many questions about the trip and what the catch was. We live an hour and a half away from Vancouver, WA at least and we have 3 children that couldn't attend so finding babysitters and taking the time out of our Saturday was not ideal for us and were just going to pass the gift along. We keep getting phone calls asking if we were going to come get out gift and they would make it worth the drive by giving us a $100 restaurant gift card for making the trip up.
The women did explain to me that we would have to sit through a 90 minute seminar and to bring a credit card to show them just in case we were interested in buying anything they had to offer, but she made it clear that we do not have to buy anything and to come with an open mind and we will still walk away with our FREE GIFT that valued up to $1500 no matter what. So after many phone calls we caved in and said, "Why not." We had never been to anything like this before and decided to go to get our gift we were told we won. We got there and were greeted by a young guy named Ian, he walked us into a room with about a dozen tables, he offered us refreshments asked us questions to start getting to know us and then walked us to our table where we sat with him.
He told us he was new so he introduced us to a girl that had been there longer than him and she would help him along the way as needed. He went over his whole spiel and then they began the seminar, it went over why a timeshare type business is the way to go if you want to vacation more in your life or if you do vacation how this will save you money in the long run. At the end of the seminar they show you how much it would cost each month and all the benefits of the packages. My fiance and I kindly declined and said financially we weren't interested and that we are trying to buy a house soon and this just isn't for us, we have money going other places and it just wasn't for us. Well that ticked them off and the girl that was helping Ian because he was new was very pushy and kept questioning us as to why we wouldn't want this for our future and it will help us build our dreams financially and what not.
She then left the table and came back to show us an option that was a low monthly payment and no money down today and really tried all she could to get us to spend some kind of money and sign a contract that day. We kept saying no and she just kept pushing, it was so uncomfortable and about an hour of sitting there repetitively telling them no, I caved in and said, "Fine. We will do it," and man they were so thrilled they just got what they wanted. My fiance at this point walked away and texted me "NO. DON'T SIGN. LET'S GO." He's bad with confrontations so couldn't say it in front of them.
I told her before even filling out the paperwork that no we won't be signing and we would like to go now. She said, "Okay but why was it a yes and now all of a sudden is it a no," I told her it was a no from the beginning and that the only reason I was even going to say yes was because she was so pushy and we felt like we would never get our FREE GIFT and be able to leave. She said, "Fine whatever." Pretty much and said, "It's still going to be a few minutes to get your gift," we acknowledged and waited. Ian came back with the $100 Gift card and the trip to Vegas voucher.
He then went over how it works, he told us we can't go on weekends. It's only food Monday through Thursday, we have to put a $100 check with the voucher when we mail it and that there will be taxes that each person would have to pay up to $75 each. So what part of this is FREE? At this point we were so done with being there and ready to go so we signed for the gift and left. So what was suppose to be a 90 minute seminar turned into two and a half hours. Our experience with Vacation Internationale was everything but pleasant. Don't waste your time.
We were at the state fair and the salesman talked us into signing up for a timeshare presentation. We committed to go in November and it was still August at the time. He called in September and begged us to go to an earlier presentation as he was trying to fill his quota. He offered $40 to make it worth our while and I negotiated for $50. He kept saying he was a man of his word and he promised me he would meet with me to give me the money.
We went to the presentation and opted not to sign up for timeshare. I called the salesman after and told him we went and let's meet so I can collect. That's when the excuses started. Everywhere from them claiming we didn't go to the presentation (I texted him a picture of the free Vegas trip brochure we acquired at the presentation) to saying his bosses are "being **" and not letting him pay. Very unethical, we were even considering signing up in a few years to take advantage of travel but now definitely not. Stay away!
We just returned on Monday from our 5 day stay in Las Vegas. Vacation Internationale called us about 3 months ago and offered us a "special" package to Las Vegas. We went to get the package and was given a 2 hour tour of their resort. Casablanca Express traveled us to Las Vegas and placed us at the MGM Grand. We had GREAT flight times and the hotel was amazing... I would definitely attend another Vacation Internationale presentation and hope one day to have the money to buy a membership... The process for scheduling and booking was pretty simple - I called Casablanca Express and they gave me the direction and information on redeeming my stay. Now that we are back all I can say is WOW - it was so worth it since it only cost us about $200 total. Thanks again for the great trip.
I would like to provide my review for VI resorts. I transferred ownership from my parents two years ago so I didn't have to pay for the initial cost. I may not have bought into it if I had been the original buyer but perhaps I would have. The jury is still out on that. I have 108 points I pay $803 for in fees every year. I just booked 10 days in Hawaii and did it about 6 months ago. The vacation is two days in Oahu and 8 days on the Big island of Hawaii. This will be 100 points. With booking fees, check-in fees, taxes and point costs it comes out to approximately $950.
Let's round that up to $1000 or $100 per night, to get a basic hotel room with two queen beds right next to each other would be greater than $200 per night after taxes. This is a very basic room for 4 adults and no privacy. To get an equivalent room as the VI rooms I would estimate greater than $250 per night easy. Then for the bigger two bedrooms units at Sea Village and Sea Mountain the cost would be $300+. Those are assumptions but I believe that they are accurate.
We have booked three Hawaii trip within 6 months of flying for the months of August, September, and October. If you book a full year out there is no way you can't find a room for 2 people up to 6 people. I just checked and I could go to any of the 4 major islands. I have stayed on the Oregon coast in the off-season with only a month of planning and that was for 6 of us. If you are planning a summer trip then book a year out. At this point I am pro VI and think with some planning and flexibility you can get great deals and excellent vacations.
Wyndham/Royal resorts just threw out the bathwater - I was one of many in that water. Royal resorts dumped long term owners like me out. Then came along VI, much like a spider - spinning a web of shadowy lines. Could not get anyone I spoke with there to give a straightforward answer. They offered a "Free Membership" - I have papers to prove the "No Cost" portion of this scheme. I read the fine print and then I read all of the consumer reviews - the complaints far outweighing whatever good reports there were.
I have decided that I will not be taking VI up on this "Fine offer" they have extended me. It sounds like I would be spending more money than needed. I have no desire to go to Mexico or even CA - been there done that. I live in the Sunny State of Florida. By doing the math, using hotel.com, shopping for a flight /car rental - I found I come out a lot cheaper just to do it myself. Believe me you - I live in a state that these type of businesses thrive. No thanks keep your so called "freebie" to yourselves. 40 resorts - what a joke!!
We've been members of VI Resorts for years. As any timeshare, it has its pluses and minuses. Last year, I could get to Paris, using an instant exchange ability. I was lucky it was a cancellation, and we could go to Paris within 2 weeks although it costed us a fortune for the airfare on such a short notice. My problem is there is no any insurance product to protect my points if I want to make any exchange reservation in advance. I am willing to pay for such insurance because I have elderly parents and if something happens, I am out of my annual number of points. I don't want to risk my yearly points so we miss the opportunity to use this option and go to Europe, for example. Or we have to pay for much more expensive airfares if we get cancellations doing it on a short notice. My understanding is the most majority of the VI owners are older people with much more health problems or with elderly parents.
To have the insurance to protect points for exchange products is a must for this category of consumers. I am surprised nobody from VI has truly thought about it. I've tried to contact Member Services but haven't gotten any positive responses. My last attempt was as recently as a few weeks ago when I left a message to supervisor of the Member Services as its Rep suggested. I have never heard back from anyone. Also, I had been using the nightly exchange option much more too until I realized that several properties disappeared from the menu of nightly exchanges. All these properties changes in the VI regular inventory and exchange inventory as well truly have made VI product less usable for its consumers. By the way, my Paris trip was fantastic. I would want to have more trips like this.
We have so enjoyed owning this timeshare. We have had many family trips and included extended family. I remember buying it in 1978 as a mother of two children thinking we would use it as they grew up. I liked the fact it was points. I didn't have to stay an entire week. Our first trip was to Mexico. I took my parents as well. We had a great time. Dad caught a big fish and we had a BBQ for the entire resort. Our family grew to four children, and soon we found our ownership was coming to an end. Lucky for us and the great management of the timeshare we now own it forever and our children and theirs will enjoy it as well. We now have a dozen family and friends who have also purchased timeshares from VI. We have some friends who wish they did but bought from a hotel chain weeks being offered.
We unfortunately had a timeshare with Royal Vacation Suites in Las Vegas. The place shut down. We previously used Trading Places for timeshare exchange, but were told that our exchanges were now going through Vacation Internationale. We did not sign the transfer paperwork. The maintenance fees are going up $100 per year and we do not have a home resort. We have contacted VIResorts, Vacation Internationale 3 times with questions and concerns and have not received one response. Trading Places ensured us they (VI) would answer any questions or concerns, but they are wrong! Biggest RIP OFF ever.
We were offered a $100 restaurant "gift card" and 3 nights at a hotel in exchange for a 90-minute presentation. The restaurant card was from restaurants.com worth pennies on the dollar. The hotel stay was for 2 nights with extreme restrictions including no bookings in June, July, and August for several properties. The snacks promised never materialized. In the end after 114 minutes, 3 different "managers" none of whom were even from our area of the country, and after reading the small print, we realized we were right to assume this would be a waste of time. We recommend reading all reviews before buying some and preferably before even wasting 90 minutes of your life.
We just signed up for VI about a month ago before reading any reviews of VI. And we are starting to figure out what a scam it is. My wife and I are in way over our heads. I am working overtime and side jobs to earn money to pay off the credit card we got roped into getting. The only reason I even considered signing up with them was because I figured getting out and going on a couple vacations a year would strengthen my marriage. But from what I have read and researched online it is not looking good at all. I need help on getting out of this. We have not paid them any money yet and have not use our so called free vacations. Please if anyone can give me any info. On how to get out of this that would be so helpful. Thank you so much.
December 1988 and we were on Maui with friends. We had been going with them for a few years and liked it. We wanted to see another island (Molokai) and VI offered a significant discount on tour prices if we'd sit for a timeshare presentation. "TIMESHARE PRESENTATION." We'd NEVER buy a timeshare (but the discount made it worthwhile). So, we went and they kept us apart as far as possible to apply the sales pressure with no chance to reach across and ask, "What do you think?" Bottom line. We BOTH bought. And my wife and I have said many times that it was the best purchase decision that we ever made. We love it and have since bought a bunch more on the second-hand market. Any questions? email me - **. No regrets.
I have owned with VI for many years. Generally very satisfied. However as a timeshare company I feel recent decisions to sell off and/or turn over prime properties have not been in the best interest of the owners. It seems VI has let go of some of the best properties. ex. Villas de Santa Fe and trade for Carriage house in LV. Now both properties are managed through a 3rd party. This makes it more expensive and less convenient for VI owners. If thinking of buying this timeshare, do your research.
Transferred over our points from Aviawest in the hope that better availability would result. Wrong. It is next to impossible to book many of the places on the west coast of North America (and totally forget Hawaii). Many have at least a year wait list. Which we did once. Went to Palm Springs. The broadband was so lousy we had to go to Starbucks to use our cell phones and notebooks in order to look things up. For $112/month we are seriously looking at getting out of this pig in a poke.
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