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Planning far ahead is one of the best tools to use to grab high demand weeks in high demand resorts. It can be difficult to plan so far in advance but if you want the opportunity to grab prime Christmas weeks, you need to plan as far in advance as the system allows.
Interval International generally allows you to search 12 months in advance. You can search for available weeks 12 months from the date of search. You can also put in a Request First or Deposit First search 12 months in advance of the desired travel dates. This is great way to get in line to grab a prime week when it becomes available.
I recently discovered a new trick within Interval that will allow you to search for 2 years from the date of the search. This can be extremely helpful since you can now see weeks 2 years in advance.
In order to use this trick, you need to reserve a week as far in advance as possible. You should search for any weeks that are 12 months from the date of search. You go through the process of reserving that week and paying the exchange fee.
YOU MUST GET E-PLUS EXCHANGE. I have talked about the tremendous benefits of E-Plus and this is one additional perk that makes this a no-brainer to get!.
Once you reserve a week and you get E-Plus, you can then go through your history and do a E-Plus retrade. As discussed above, E-Plus allows you to retrade the reserved week up to three additional times. When you go to retrade using your E-Plus, the system defaults and allows you to search for an additional 12 months from the date of arrival.
For example, assume that I begin a search on October 1, 2016. Interval International's system will allow you to search for exchanges for check-in dates of October 1, 2017 or before. If I found a week for a check-in date of October 1, 2017, I can choose E-Plus as part of the exchange fee. When I confirm that week, I can use E-Plus to search for a re-trade of my October 1, 2017 week.
When I search using the E-Plus, the system allows me to re-trade my confirmed week for a check-in date of October 1, 2018 or before!
By choosing E-Plus and going through these steps, I have now increased my ability to see availability for 2 years from the date of search.
It can be hard to fathom on planning a vacation for 2 years in advance, but it is essential to do so to get these highly desirable weeks.
As discussed earlier, one of the best benefits of the E-Plus is the flexibility. While you can now reserve a week 2 years in advance, you have the option to re-trade that week up to three times without any additional fees. Even though you are potentially planning a trip 2 years in advance, you still have the flexibility to change the week, destination or resort.
Being able to search inventory for 2 years in advance is fantastic. Since most members do not have that capability, there could be some very desirable weeks that you can reserve before the general members.
The downside to this approach is that you lose the ability to do a Request First or Deposit First where you provide Interval with the desired resorts and weeks and they will reserve it for your prior to it becoming available to the general population.
This can be a downside but since you can now see inventory that most people cannot see or cannot even put in a request for, this method provides you with a distinct advantage in the system and sets you up to find those fantastic weeks at fantastic resorts.
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