Monday, August 31, 2009

Last Minute Travel Deals for Labor Day

Looking for a great deal on last minute accommodations for Labor Day week? Check out RedWeek.com for these wonderful destination options and enjoy one more vacation before Summer is really over and it’s time to get back to work and school.

Cypress Pointe, Orlando, FL
Week of 9/5/09 – 9/12/09 is just $28 per night.

At Cypress Pointe, you’ll enjoy a dip in their one-of-a-kind outdoor pool, complete with a simulated volcano and water slide. After that, don’t forget to soak in the large whirlpool, visit the game room, or teach the kids miniature golf. You can even treat yourself at a visit to our spa. Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios are all close by, and so it Lake Buena Vista for water sports and fishing.
See other Florida timeshares for rent.

Powhatan Resort, Williamsburg, VA
Week of 9/6/09 – 9/13/09 is just $61 per night.

Located only two miles from Colonial Williamsburg, the historic, 256-acre Powhatan Resort is rich in historical heritage. At the resort you can see The Manor House (circa 1735), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The resort offers: indoor/outdoor pools, tennis courts, a playground, outdoor pavilion and great hiking and exercise trails. Nearby, enjoy great outdoor activities such as fishing, swimming, and boating in the lakes, or the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Other attractions include: Jamestown, Busch Gardens, Yorktown, and Water Country.
See other Virginia timeshares for rent.

Tahoe Seasons Resort, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Week of 9/4/09 – 9/11/09 is just $71 per night.

Tahoe Seasons Resort is the perfect location to enjoy the outdoor beauty of Lake Tahoe in the fall. The resort offers free valet parking, full breakfast buffet, on-site pub, outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, jacuzzi tub, gas fireplace in most units, as well as a microwave, wet bar sink, mini refrigerator, and coffee maker in the units. Paddle wheel boats and yachts are the perfect activity when visiting North America’s largest Alpine lake. Choose a beautiful sightseeing cruise from Tahoe Queen or the Dixie II paddle wheeler. Each one offers fun packages for dining and dancing, breakfast, brunches and dinners.
See other Lake Tahoe timeshares for rent.

Or, if you are already a timeshare owner, check out these last minute timeshare exchange deals for Week 36 (Labor Day week), and grab a great deal on a Labor Day week vacation! Some up to 53% off!

Friday, August 28, 2009

RedWeek.com Facebook Fan Contest Ending Soon

Just a reminder, the RedWeek.com Facebook Fan contest is ending soon. You must login to Facebook.com and click the “become a fan” button before August 31st, 11:59 Pacific Time in order to be entered into the contest for the chance to win a 1 week vacation. RedWeek.com is the largest marketplace for timeshare rentals, resales and exchanges, and we want to send you on a one week vacation if you are our lucky winner.

How Do I Enter?
Login to Facebook and visit the RedWeek.com Facebook Fan page. Click the button “Become a Fan” before Aug. 31, 2009, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. While you’re in Facebook, post a comment on our wall telling us why you really want to win this vacation, why you love timeshare ownership, or how you like being a member of RedWeek.com. We will select a winner at random on September 1, 2009, which will be announced on the RedWeek.com Facebook Fan page, so, be sure to check Facebook to see if you’ve won!

Where Can I Go?
Each vacation is for a one week stay in a timeshare resort, accommodations only. The winner can choose from one of these three destinations for these exact dates:
  1. Rancho Banderas Vacation Villas, Mexico
    Rancho Banderas combines the beauty of Mexican colonial architecture with comfortable accommodations and is just a few minutes' drive north of Puerto Vallarta on a stretch of white, sandy beach. This is a 2 bedroom unit that will sleep up to 6 people. Week of 10/3/09 – 10/9/09


  2. Wyndham Santa Barbara, Pompano Beach, FL
    For a quiet vacation on the famous Florida Gold Coast, the Wyndham Santa Barbara is the place to stay. This beach is just right across the street, so you can enjoy all the sun and sand of beautiful Florida. This is a 2 bedroom unit that will sleep up to 6 people. Week of 10/3/09 – 10/9/09


  3. Hona Koa Resort, Lahina, Hawaii
    Visit Maui for a perfect vacation at the Hono Koa Resort. The resort great activities like lauhala bracelet making, flower lei making, and poolside hula dancing. This is a 2 bedroom unit that will sleep up to 6 people. Week of 10/17/09 – 10/23/09

Legal Details:
This is a week's vacation giveaway — no strings attached. Accommodations only. This is not a timeshare "tour" offer. Airfare, car rental and incidental charges incurred at the resort are not included. Prize may not be redeemed for cash. Winner may not transfer or sell this week. If the winner drawn does not accept one of the three vacations offered, all rights to the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn. For more contest details, conditions and restrictions, see the OFFICIAL RULES.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hilton Hawaiian Village: A Members Choice

Looking again at our list of the Top 25 timeshare rental resorts, as voted by our members on RedWeek.com, this year the Hilton Grand Vacation Club (HGVC) at Hilton Hawaiian Village was ranked at number five.

Set on the soft sand beach of Waikiki, Hilton Hawaiian Village is a destination unto itself. This resort rests on 22 acres of prime Oahu beachscape, and offers guests cozy studios and spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom timeshare villas. Amenities include three swimming pools, a whirlpool spa, The Mandara Spa and Holistica Hawaii Health Centers, a barber shop, beauty salon, restaurants, lounges and even supervised recreation programs. There’s really something for everyone, right at the resort itself. Plus, each villa has a full kitchen and air conditioning. Guests will find a washer and dryer on each floor for their convenience.

Once you do venture out from the resort itself, you’ll be presented with vast ocean activities such as: swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. You might even try a submarine ride, which offers unsurpassed views of Hawaii’s vibrant undersea world. To experience Hawaii by air, check out the Island Seaplane Service, the only air tour in all of Hawaii. Their service offers three booking options: the half-hour Aloha Flight, the one-hour Islander Flight, and the Dinner and Flight which includes a gourmet catered meal.

See other Hawaii timeshares.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Resale Advisories on ARDA

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) is a forerunner in educating consumers about the timeshare industry and vacation ownership. Next month they are launching several advisories, Forums and task forces all focused on timeshare resales. The current economy has uncovered some unscrupulous companies trying to take advantage of owners who need to sell their timeshare. These new efforts from ARDA will help educate consumers on the best way to resell their timeshare, should the need arise. The goal is for these tools to help ease public confusion about how to resell a timeshare and who they can trust to help them.

There are two resale advisory documents available from ADRA. These guidelines have been posted to their Web site and can be found at: Resale Guidelines Advisory I and Resale Guidelines Advisory II.

For more information on the topic of timeshare resales, see our previous posts:
Protect Yourself From Timeshare Scams and Resale Fraud
How Do I Post A Timeshare Online For Rent or Sale

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Need a Vacation?

RedWeek.com, the largest marketplace for timeshare rentals, resales and exchanges, wants to send you on a one week vacation if you are the lucky winner in our Become a RedWeek.com Facebook Fan contest.

Here’s How It Works:
Login to Facebook and go to the RedWeek.com Facebook Fan page. Click the button “Become a Fan” before Aug. 31, 2009, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. While you’re in Facebook, post a comment on our wall telling us why you need a vacation, love timeshare ownership or love RedWeek.com. We will select a winner at random on September 1, 2009. Winner will be announced on the RedWeek.com Facebook Fan page, here on the RedWeek.com blog, and the @RedWeekTravel Twitter page. The Potential Winner is encouraged to share their experience about their vacation on our Facebook wall, and via Twitter, MySpace, Blogging or any other social media network or online forum they use.

What You May Win:
The Potential Winner can choose from (1) one of the following (3) three destinations during the exact dates specified below. Each vacation is (1) one week in a timeshare resort, accommodations only:
  1. Rancho Banderas Vacation Villas, Mexico
    Just a few minutes' drive north of Puerto Vallarta, Rancho Banderas Vacation Villas is located on a stretch of white, sandy beach. Rancho Banderas combines the beauty of Mexican colonial architecture with comfortable accommodations. This is a 2 bedroom unit that will sleep up to 6 people. Week of 10/3/09 – 10/9/09

  2. Wyndham Santa Barbara, Pompano Beach, FL
    Wyndham Santa Barbara offers you a vacation in a quiet area on the famous Florida Gold Coast. With easy access to the beach across the street, you can enjoy all the sun and sand for which the area is renowned. This is a 2 bedroom unit that will sleep up to 6 people. Week of 10/3/09 – 10/9/09

  3. Hona Koa Resort, Lahina, Hawaii
    Hono Koa Resort is the perfect vacation destination for those seeking peace, quiet, and a great location in Maui. The resort also offers many activities including lauhala bracelet making, flower lei making, and poolside hula dancing. This is a 2 bedroom unit that will sleep up to 6 people. Week of 10/17/09 – 10/23/09

Legal Stuff:
This is not a timeshare "tour" offer. This is a week's vacation giveaway — no strings attached. Accommodations only. Airfare and car rental are not included. The Potential Winner is responsible for any local taxes or fees, as well as all incidental charges incurred at the resort during the stay including telephone charges, tours or activity fees, cleaning services, and any similar fees charged to your room. Prize may not be redeemed for cash. Potential Winner may not transfer or sell this week. If the winner drawn does not accept one of the three vacations offered, all rights to the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn. To be entered into the contest, you must be a RedWeek.com Facebook Fan by Aug 31, 2009, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. For more contest details, conditions and restrictions, see the Official Rules.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Harborside Resort at Atlantis: A Members Choice


Every year at RedWeek.com we assemble a list of the Top 25 timeshare rental resorts, as voted by our members. This year the Harborside Resort at Atlantis was number four.

Located on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Caribbean, this resort provides a wealth of amenities and pleasures, just steps from the villas, for all ages. Surrounded by one of the prettiest barrier reefs in the world, the Bahamas encompass approximately 700 islands and 2,000 cays. Many alluring and adventurous options exist here for the vacation traveler, including the world's largest marine habitat, horse and buggy rides, a Mayan Temple waterslide, a Ferry ride to Nassau, and casino gambling. Guests will also enjoy international cuisine, exceptional shopping, great facilities for sports, as well as relaxing salon and spa services.

The resort offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, which are all brightly decorated, and include all the amenities and comforts of home. Each villa includes a fully-equipped kitchen with a full size refrigerator, stove top and microwave/convection oven. Rooms also include and entertainment center with a VCR. If you need to connect to the outside world on your vacation, there is a business center with copying, fax, and Internet services available for guests. Be sure to take advantage of the free shuttle services which offer guests a convenient to navigate this enormous resort.

Monday, August 10, 2009

New to Timeshares? Resales Are the Best Deal

Have you been taking your vacation at resorts that offer timeshares? Or, maybe you’ve even rented some units from timeshare owners on your last few vacations? After a good experience you may be thinking that the “guaranteed vacation” lifestyle might be right for you. If you have decided that you are ready to buy a timeshare, the best tip we can give you is to buy it on the resale market. Sure, it’s hard to resist the hard sell you’ll find from a developer. They offer the sun and the moon to get you to sign, right there, right now. But, if you take the time to “cool off” and think about the purchase logically, and not get swept up in the emotion and excitement of a beautiful resort location, you’ll find that buying retail, is not worth any additional perks the developer might offer. Plus, he has to charge you the highest rate possible to cover his marketing costs and the money spent on all those “perks” they giveaway just to get people to listen to the presentation. Your best deal will always be found purchasing a timeshare resale from an owner.

If you are a first time buyer, we recommend that you buy your unit in the resort where you want to travel every year. Hopefully the resort you want is a popular destination, during a high demand season or week. The reason is that if you do end up wanting to do an exchange or rental of your unit at a later date, you’ll have much better luck if you own a top location during the height of the season. We do not recommend you buy a unit with the sole purpose of exchanging it. You never know what inventory might be out there at the time you are looking to exchange, so, you may be disappointed in your options. You should also never assume renting your unit will be easy or guaranteed. But, you can increase your chances of success on both those items by becoming a member of RedWeek.com. With over 1 million registered users, it’s very likely you will be able to find a renter for your unit or find just the exchange week you want and the membership and posting fees are very reasonable. Learn how RedWeek.com can work for you.

For more information on timeshare resales, see our previous post: It’s a Timeshare Buyers Market

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

New Exchange Law for Timeshare Owners in Florida

The American Resort Development Association (ARDA), reported recently that Florida passed a law to ensure that timeshare exchanges are not subject to tax. The bill, HB 61, also puts other important protections for timeshare owners in place such as "Debt-Cancellation", where an owner could return a timeshare to a developer in the event of a job loss and not have their credit affected. The bill also codified the practice that transient stays at timeshare resorts are taxable.

"This ARDA-backed measure clarified the existing tax status of exchange, which had been questioned by some jurisdictions, as they searched for revenue in a down economy." said Jason Gamel, Vice President of State Government Affairs for ARDA.
Florida has now become the third state to pass legislation protecting timeshare owners from exchange taxes. The ability to exchange your timeshare week has been noted as one of the major attractions for timeshare buyers and owners in recent years. At this time, no state currently collects a tax on timeshare exchange, but it has become an increasing concern. This new law now protects timeshare owners from the possibility of paying taxes for exchanges that could have raised the cost and lowered the desirability of exchanges into the state of Florida.

"For 40 years, ARDA has worked with federal and state government officials in support of legislation to protect consumers," said Howard Nusbaum, President and CEO of ARDA. "The value of our industry rests in the continued trust of our owners and members."