Everyone loves a bargin deal and especially with the current state of the economy people are looking for a cheap weekend or week long vacations. Timeshare promotion offers make available a discounted, or sometimes even free, few days away.
But be aware the catch is these promotions come with a mandatory sales pitches which you have to endure along with the high pressure sales tactics. These can take from 90 minutes to several hours of your time on vacation, listening to the benefits of timeshare ownership and timeshares.
This high pressure setup is not for the weak willed who feel they need to comply with the offer being presented. There are ways you can approach timeshare promotions allowing you to score a discounted holiday and enjoy what timeshare resorts have to offer.
Tip 1 – This Is A Promotional ‘Trial Run’ Event, Not An Care-Free Vacation
The idea here is simple enough. Don’t get too comfortable, don’t get too relaxed and friendly, and don’t let yourself get too intoxicated on alcohol that you might make a decision you later regret. These promotions exist for a reason: to you to buy a timeshare! They are not there just to let you have a good time. So be aware that a part of your vacation will be negotiating sales. It’s part of the deal.
Tip 2 – Don’t Act Totally Uninterested
Make sure that you at least appear interested. The timeshare company can have it in the condition that they will charge you a full cost if they decide you didn’t attend or listen to the pitch. Remember the reason you get the discount is because you’ve agreed to listen to the timeshare promotion presentation. If they feel you’re simply there to freeload for the cheap vacation and not holding up your end of the deal then the cheap holiday might not end up being so cheap.
Tip 3 - Evaluate Other Timeshare Resorts
One way to show interest yet polietly decline any offers to buy into the timeshare is to say you are evaluating your options and a number of resorts. Even if you decide you would be interested in buying into the timeshare after watching the presentation, you can still make use of some timeshare promotions at some other resorts to make sure you’ve found the right one. It’s your money and you can decide what kind of timeshare resort is best suited for you. You can let the salesperson know you have some interest but can’t commitment to signing any contracts without taking the time to evaluate the other options out there, including the “hidden path” option detailed below.
A timeshare promotion is one option to score a premium vacation on the cheap. Just remember that you’re on a promotional offer, and not your own free time. Resorts offer the promotional (discounted) vacations in return for you attending one of their “resort tours”.
A “resort tour” is tyically a 90-120 minute presentation highlighting the facilities, units, and the benefits of buying a timeshare at the resort. The resorts offer these promotions in the hope you will fork over the cash for a timeshare unit. You wont be charged beyond the promotional offer if you don’t buy a time share provided you endure the presentation, tour and sales tactics.
The “Hidden Path”…
The alternative to taking up a timeshare promotional offer is to join a vacation club which have access to heavily discounted weeks at the resorts. The promotional weeks the resorts offer are often only 15% to 30% off the regular rental rates, while the premium vacation clubs members often can get book a week at the timeshare resorts for 50% to 80% off the regular price you’ll see on Expedia.com, Travelocity.com or the prices on the resorts own webpage.
At first glace these prices seem too good to be true. The way these vacation clubs can offer such heavily discounted rates is by:
- Offering unused weeks at timeshares that would otherwise be empty.
- Purchasing bulk time periods at wholesale rates at the resorts.
- Buying up timeshare leases on the cheap when the owners want to sell, and
- The resorts can offer the units to the vacation club members without needing to spend what would otherwise be significant advertising costs.
These memberships generally have an upfront fee, and some have a small annual fee. Then you just pay for the holidays you want without having to waste precious vacation time on sales pitches and being subject to high pressure sales tactics. You’ll be pleasantly shocked on the vacation discounts on offer. You can often recoup the cost of the lifetime membership fee from the savings on your first holiday!
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