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PDF Overview of Weeks Exchange Explanation and Process
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.
take the time to thoroughly understand this information and you will
enjoy many pleasurable vacations. We have summarized the assignment
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
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
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
its ‘Weeks Enhancement” program on November 15, 2010.
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
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.
that determine TRADING POWER
Supply Demand and Utilization
Unit Size & Type
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.
How many similar deposits are in the RCI system for
your geographic region.
How many members are
requesting vacations for your ownership location and deposited
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
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.
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
If you desire to travel to one specific
destination open a search for multiple dates and/or resorts in that
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
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
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
RCI subscription membership and resort maintenance fees current and
paid through your desired future travel dates.
800-338-7777 or 317-805-8000 Weekdays: 7 am –
8 pm Weekends: 8 am – 5 pm
For Airline, Hotel &
Car Rental 800-654-5000
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:
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.
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
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
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.
Owners with active RCI memberships
can always take advantage of
Extra Vacation Getaways
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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