Fairly frequently, Interval International will run various promotions where you can receive discounted getaway weeks, discounted membership fees, and various other promotional items including a free Resort Accomodations Certificate.
Resort Accomodations Certificates allow you to reserve a week vacation as various resorts and destinations. I posted some information concerning these Resort Accomodations Certificate here.
Resort Accomodations Certificate can be somewhat difficult to use but there have been some fantastic weeks that pop up every now and again.
Until May 26, 2017, Interval International is running a promotion where you can receive one Resort Accomodations Certificate for each exchange transaction.
Basically, if you own a timeshare and exchange your points and/or week through Interval International, you will be given one Resort Accomodations Certificate per transaction. Each certificate will require a redemption fee of between $249 to $449 based on the size of the unit and various taxes.
These certificates will be valid for one year after issuance.
I still have a Resort Accomodations Certificates in my account which is valid through the beginning of July. Doing a quick search, here a couple of weeks that I can see that can be a great value.
As you can see, there are some decent weeks available. Since the new Resort Accomodations Certificate is valid for one year from issuance, I would imagine that you should be able to get great use out of these certificates.
But, is this a great deal? If you were going to make an exchange, doing so now in order to get a Resort Accommodations Certificate can be a good deal. It is also possible to make an exchange just to get the Resort Accommodations Certificate and opt-in to getting E-Plus which will allow you to make 3 trades for free.
By doing this, you can get a Resort Accommodations Certificate and still be able to exchange your week for future travel. You lose some flexibility with this strategy since you cannot put in an ongoing request but it could be worthwhile.
Also, in case you were thinking that using one of your E-plus retrades would trigger the promotion, it won't. Unfortunately, Interval International explicitly states this in the terms.
In my opinion, I wouldn't just make a trade for this promotion but if a good week becomes available, getting a Resort Accomodations Certificate is not a bad deal as there are been some truly fantastic weeks that become available with these Resort Accomodations Certificate.
I have recently seen 2 bedrooms at Westin Naana (Vistana's newest Maui resort), various Hyatt units, Marriott weeks, prime ski weeks, etc. - all for a total cost of $249-$449 for the week - approximately $35-$65 per night.
The fine print indicates that this may be targeted but I think it is is fairly widespread.
Did you get this offer? Have you used a Resort Accomodations Certificate before?