A timeshare purchase is a significant financial decision. Even if the initial purchase price is not large, the ongoing maintenance fees can be significant and it can be difficult to sell your timeshare down the road.
Before you jump into a purchase, you need to review the various programs and see what works best for your vacationing style, budget and family. There are material differences between various programs and timeshares so you should not jump into any purchase without thoroughly reviewing the options.
One of the best ways to get information is through the timeshare presentation. If you vacation at all, you most likely have been targeted to participate in a timeshare program in exchange for gift cards, events, activities, diners, etc.
As I recently described here, almost all of the major timeshare developers offer some type of heavily discounted vacation packages in exchange for sitting through a 90 minute presentation.
Some timeshare presentations can be difficult to sit through but some can be very casual and provide you good information on the programs. There is no obligation to purchase and I highly recommend that you take time to think over any purchase and do your research before committing to anything at these presentations.
If you are interested in potentially owning a timeshare, these introduction packages can be an absolute steal. In order to begin the search, you should request information from the various programs. By providing your e-mail address and indicating that you are interested in more information, you will likely begin to get targeted for these types of offers.
A new offer that just arrived is for Diamond Resorts. Diamond Resorts is a large timeshare developer but perhaps not as well known as Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott or some of the other companies that have more notoriety. I have stayed at one Diamond property and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Point of Poipu in Kauai, Hawaii is one of their nice properties but they do have many others.
In other posts, we can go through their program in more detail but this offer that I received is for 3 nights in Sedona, Arizona or Scottsdale, Arizona.
For this offer, you can stay Stay at Arabella Hotel Sedona or Best Western Cottonwood Inn and tour Sedona Summit or The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort Sedona, Arizona. As you can see by the reviews below, both properties are highly rated.
Sedona, Arizona is a very nice destination and great for a three day trip. In this particular offer, you receive 3 nights and a $100 Restaurant.com gift certificate for $199.
The issue with this particular offer is that they are not putting you up in the actual resort that they are trying to sell. I think that this is very unfortunate. However, despite this downfall, a long weekend for $199 is cheap by any means.
Additionally, this offer is providing you with an opportunity to tour the Scottsdale Villa Mirage. They will put you up at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Phoenix North - Scottsdale or Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Scottsdale. Again, unfortunate that they will not put you up at the actual property but still a potentially good deal. The reviews are fairly good for this property.
Scottsdale is a great city and home to spring training. If you can grab a time slot during spring training, it can make for a fantastic trip.
In order to participate in this particular offer, you need to have an annual income of at least $50,000. If married, both spouses must attend. This may be targeted but you can call and give them your information and see if they will offer you the same deal or something else.
You can call 1.844.952.9030 for more information on this offer and see if you are able to participate.
These types of offers come around regularly and can provide you with a great deal on a very affordable vacation. The timeshare presentations can be pushy but I have generally found that most people are nice. I have found that presentations in the states are less pushy than elsewhere in the world.
If you are potentially interested in a timeshare, these are great opportunities to get a very affordable vacation while learning about the programs.
Some of these types of offers are much better than others. This particular offer discussed above is not great since they are putting you up in a lower quality hotel. There are many offers for Hyatt, Hilton, Westgate, Marriott and others where they put you up in the particular resorts that they are selling.
If they want you to buy into a resort, I would think that they should at least give you the opportunity to stay at the resort for a few days.
I will post these types of offers in the Guru Deals section as they arrive. As mentioned, some are better than others so you need to be choosy on which ones to participate with. Most offers prevent you from doing multiples presentation offers so you can likely only do one a year with each company.
If you are potentially interested in timeshare ownership, I think that these types of offers are very worthwhile to get an introduction to the properties and the various programs. Again, do you research before committing to anything. There are no shortage of timeshares so learn as much as you can before purchasing! Make sure to subscribe below!