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Weeks Enhancement
PDF Overview of Weeks Exchange Explanation and Process
 
 




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EXCHANGE TIPS

Exchange with Resort Condominiums International (RCI)
RCI offers the most flexibility and largest time window of use. It is very important that you familiarize yourself with how exchanges work and what the benefits are. Your RCI Directory and other RCI literature lay out the exchange program in great detail.

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Please take the time to thoroughly understand this information and you will enjoy many pleasurable vacations. We have summarized the assignment procedures below.


Use the following procedure to exchange through the RCI system:


Make sure all fees are current. (Harwichport Resort Maintenance Fees & RCI Membership/Subscription Fees).



When you know when you want to travel, request your exchange week directly thru RCI - 800-338-7777 toll free or 317-876-8899 or online www.rci.com; at a comparable resort or resort area. If your desired resort choice is immediately available, you will be notified by RCI. SAVE $10.00 on exchange fee when booking through RCI.com instead of the RCI call center.

If your desired resort or location destination is not immediately available be sure to initiate an ongoing search with RCI. An ongoing search enables the RCI system to continue a constant (24/7) search for your desired destination rather than just searching the few minutes you are on RCI.com or on the phone with the RCI call center.

Successful requests depend on a series of factors; including how soon you make your deposit to the RCI SPACEBANK and the seasonal designation of the week you are exchanging. Even with a lower exchange trading power you can be successful with exchanges by using such strategies as depositing early and/or using the instant exchange system of RCI. The key is patience and learning the system.

NOTE: By depositing 2 years to 9 months before the start date of your week you can help maximize your Deposit’s Trading Power.


RCI Weeks Enhancement
RCI launched its ‘Weeks Enhancement” program on November 15, 2010.

The major points of the RCI Enhancement program are:

  • The possibility to receive a Deposit Credit if a ‘lesser’ exchange is accepted.
  • The ability to combine Deposits & Deposit Credits to request an exchange of higher value property.
  • The ability to see your Deposit Trading Power & Exchange Trading Power.

One of the great mysteries of RCI for many members has been TRADING POWER. There are five main components that determine an interval’s Trading Power. Though this new program makes no changes to Trading Power, it will now be more transparent to members. Members will now be able to see their Deposit Trading Power upon deposit of their week as well as how much Exchange Trading Power is needed to get to a desired destination resort.

Five Components that determine TRADING POWER

  Supply Demand and Utilization
 Unit Size & Type
Season Designation
Comment Card Rating
  Date of Deposit PRIOR to Check In/Start Date

Of the five components that determine Trading Power the owner can control just ONE

Date of deposit prior to the check in/start date
To maximize your unit’s full deposit trading power, you will still need to deposit your week 2 years to 9 months prior to the check-in date. This is the start date of your owned week at The Harwichport Resort. Please review the percentage of trading power received for later deposit of your time.

Date of Deposit Prior to Check in (Start Date) and % of Trading Power Retained
2 years to 9 months - 100%
9 months to 6 months -95%
6 months to 3 months -90%
3 months to 1 month -80%
30 days to 15 days -60%
14 days or less -45%

Though unit size, type, season and comment card ratings do have some impact on trading power, it is minor compared to the impact from supply, demand and utilization.

Supply
How many similar deposits are in the RCI system for your geographic region.

Demand
How many members are requesting vacations for your ownership location and deposited time.

Utilization
What is being used at your home resort and in the geographic region. NOTE: The Exchange Trading Power (ETP) issued upon deposit of the week may increase if the demand for the specific interval increases, however the ETP will never go below the initial ETP assigned. To date Harwichport's ETP rates have ranged from a low of 10 (blue) to a high in the mid-20s to 30+ for some limited RED season weeks.

Tips for making successful exchanges:

Plan early
 Make sure to deposit your week (2 yrs – 9 months prior to start date) and request an exchange as early as possible. Starting early helps increase your vacation options.

Be flexible
The more options you are open to the more likely you are to find a great vacation more quickly. Remember there are 4500+ RCI affiliated resorts worldwide. If you can only travel one specific week be open to a search for multiple resorts and/or locations.
If you desire to travel to one specific destination open a search for multiple dates and/or resorts in that location.

Request a comparable exchange
Make your request for a comparable unit size and comparable demand season. Understand that if your ownership is in a low demand period and your request is for a high demand period and a larger unit type than your ownership type, it is going to be a more difficult for RCI to match your exchange request.

Start an ongoing search
If your desired exchange was not available be sure to request or initiate and ONGOING SEARCH. Your request will be compared against newly deposited weeks as they enter the exchange system 24/7.

Know your deposit & travel window
Deposit 2 years to 9 months PRIOR to receive the full potential of your trading power. Travel as early as 1 yr PRIOR and as late as 2 yrs AFTER to the start date of your week Weeks can also be EXTENDED or COMBINED to extend the travel window. (RCI fee will apply)

RCI Subscription & Maintenance Fees
Keep your RCI subscription membership and resort maintenance fees current and paid through your desired future travel dates.

RCI Call Center:
800-338-7777 or 317-805-8000 Weekdays: 7 am – 8 pm Weekends: 8 am – 5 pm

RCI Travel:
For Airline, Hotel & Car Rental 800-654-5000



RCI Online:
Features to look for on the site include:
Bank & make exchange requests
Inside RCI – understanding your membership
RCI TV & Member Perks
Vacation Offers including... Extra Vacation Getaways, Cruises, Last Call Vacations, Nightly Stays

Additional Information & Tips for making successful exchanges:

ONGOING SEARCH:
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of initiating an ongoing search with RCI. This option allows the RCI database to search for your desired travel destination 24/7/365. Inventory is constantly being added to the RCI inventory database. If you do not take advantage of the ongoing search option you are limiting your search window to the few minutes you are on the phone with the call center or online with RCI.com.

COMBINE DEPOSIT/DEPOSIT CREDITS:
New with the Weeks Enhancement Program is the ability to combine your deposited weeks and/or left over deposit credits from confirmed exchanges. If you find you have not traveled on a banked week and are about to lose the week because you are unable to travel before its expiration date, you may now combine the week that is about to expire with a current week and have 24 months from the date of the combination to travel against the total exchange credits. This option also allows you to combine multiple weeks to gain access to an exchange that might otherwise not be available due to your ownership season ETP. You may also combine ETP to travel against a future year deposit earlier than the traditional 1-year prior travel window. The current fee to combine weeks/credits is $109.00 paid directly to RCI. As always, RCI still allows you to simply extend the expiring week by 1 month ($29.00), 3 months ($69.00) or 6 months ($109.00). The best value is the new option to combine your deposits/credits. (rates as of 1/1/2012)

RCI.COM:
Save $10.00 on the exchange fee when you book your exchange through RCI.com. The online exchange fee is currently $209.00 while if you book your exchange through the RCI call center the fee will be $219.00. Take advantage of the many search options you can use online. You can search by resort ID, Region, State, City, Date or Date range. If you do some broader searches you may find some travel destinations you might not otherwise have thought of traveling to. Don’t forget about Vacation Offers for when you’re ready to travel but might not have a week available or the credits you need. Extra Vacations Getaways, Last Call Vacation and Nightly Stays don’t require exchange credits. You can find these features under the Cruise, Car, Air & More tab.

SHORT NOTICE TRAVEL:
If you are able to travel with short or little notice you can take advantage of some great deals. The exchange credits needed to get into unconfirmed weeks at many resorts will often decrease the closer it gets to the check in date. RCI’s main goal is to fill the open exchange.

REMINDER:
Owners with active RCI memberships can always take advantage of
Extra Vacation Getaways
and
Last Call Vacations
These exchanges do NOT require a banked week and can be found under the Cruise, Car, Air and More tab on RCI.com as well as through the RCI call center.






 
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