Originally Posted by atla
It seems to me that it is just cheaper to rent a vacation place rather than buy a timeshare. No upfront costs and the flexibility to choose a different location when you go. No worries about increasing costs that you cannot control or damage from natural disasters. Just my 2 cents.
Then again, it depends on what you buy.
With Four Seasons, the annual maintenance fees is $1750.
After splitting the lockoff, you can stay for 14 days in a 1Br/Studio unit for $125. Four Seasons rates for similar units are north of $350-800. The $125 rate cannot be beat even when you rent from private owners on websites like* Ebay* & Myresortnetwork.com
Rent one side of the lockoff and you can technically stay for 7 nights in a studio unit at Four Seasons for free.* As the cost of maintenance increases at the lesser rate than cost of hotel night, you don't have to worry about increasing cost of vacationing when compared to booking a hotel/condo.
Regarding flexibility, it again depends where you buy. You can move around within a club or exchange using II/RCI/SFX exchange companies.