I continually say that timeshares are misunderstood. They definitely have plenty of negatives attributes but if you learn the systems, you can really maximize their value and ownership can actually be worthwhile.
If you are like most, you have preconceived notions that timeshares are almost certainly a scam and ownership is for suckers.
I got hooked on travel points and frequent flyer miles about 10 years ago when I signed up for a credit card, got tons of miles and then booked my first free flight. Since then, I changed my view on credit cards and now carry about 30 which constantly change. For some people, you would think that having 30 credits would cause me have a horrible credit score and have tons of debt.
This is simply not true as my score is in the 800's and I never carry a balance. I bring this up because I think that the best way to show my readership that timeshares could be actually be an affordable way to travel cheap in spacious and luxurious accommodations is to show you some of my own personal trips.
I am currently finishing a trip in Costa Rica where I spent the July 4th week. I booked a timeshare through RCI, the Breeze Private Residence Club, for $278.99 FOR THE WEEK in a 2 bedroom unit. This was an Extra Vacation meaning that I did not need to deposit on timeshare week or points to get this - I simply needed to be an RCI Member.
Here is my confirmation.
For $278.99 for the week, I was a little skeptical but the reviews of tripadvisor were good and the pictures of the unit and amenities were nice. Here are my actual pictures from the unit:
As you can see from the above photos, the unit was spacious, contemporary, and very well appointed. My family of 4 slept very comfortably in this unit and the grounds were well manicured. The units were part of large community where there were many fully time or vacation home owners. A few buildings were set aside as "timeshares".
I did do a timeshare presentation out of curiosity which I will post more about in another post.
The property was about a 10 minute to the beach of Playa del Coco which is a vibrant beach. The sand is black so it looks a lot like mud but it is soft and pleasant. The Breeze had a private beach club for use where they have shuttles to drive you to the beach club about 5 minutes away. The beach club was very nice with infinity edge pools overlooking the beach.
For $278.99 for a week in a 2 bedroom, this was an absolute steal and yet another reason why I actually love owning a timeshare.
These deals do not show up everyday and you need to constantly look but this property is impossible to beat at this price.
Costa Rica does not have a lot of timeshares and the few that they do have are not highly rated. This was is definitely well worth it and if you can book it at anything close to what I paid, I highly recommend it. I originally had booked a hotel for this week for approximately $200 per night. When this become available, I quickly cancelled that and booked this!
It was a fantastic move and saved us thousands!
What has your best bargain week been? Post in the comments below!