If you’re not ready to get out of your timeshare, we get that, too. And there’s no reason that you shouldn’t make the most of it while you still have it, right? So, if you’re looking to maximize your timeshare enjoyment, but have been struggling to get a date you want, here are some tips to consider.
Know Your System
There are different types of timeshares and knowing how yours operates is a big part of being able to get the most out it. Some timeshares are essentially leased— not deeded— and you only have access to the property for a limited number of years. These types of timeshares are a minority in the market and are often stricter about the times you book your vacation. However, if you’re like 90% of timeshare owners, you are likely dealing with a deeded system. Within that system, however, there are other sub-systems to know and understand:
- Fixed-Date Timeshares: If you have a fixed-date timeshare, unfortunately, you don’t have much flexibility when it comes to picking when you enjoy your timeshare. Fixed-date is exactly what it says: You are assigned a week of the year, and that is your week. This sometimes changes every few years, but you have little to no control over it.
- Floating Week Timeshares: This is the more popular of the two and offers you the most flexibility as a timeshare owner. If you have a floating week system, you’re in a good position to snag a date range that suits you and your family.
Beware of Popular Times
If you can plan around peak vacation dates, we recommend doing that. Peak times like spring break or the height of summer book up quickly and therefore can be frustrating to try and book.
Do a little research on non-peak season attractions around your resort or timeshare property and see when you might be able to get the most “bang for your buck.” Early fall or right at the start of spring are often great times of year that are less in-demand especially for those tropical-location timeshares.
Ask your timeshare company if they can share with you when some of the most popular weeks are you so can plan around that to find a time that’s perfect for you.
If peak vacation times are really the only times that work for you, your best option for getting one of those in-demand weeks is to plan early and stick to that plan. Sometimes, planning a year or more out may be necessary in order to snag that prime week you’ve had your eye on. As far out as you can possibly manage, try and book your ideal week. Then be ready to stick to it. Put in the PTO requests, book the flights—whatever you do, don’t try to change dates. Some timeshare companies won’t even allow that, but the likelihood of you getting time close to those prime weeks if you need to move it are slim to none.
However, if you’re comfortable planning in advance, or scheduling an annual trip you and your family can look forward to every year, you may have the best shot at capturing and retaining a week at your timeshare that your family cherishes.
At the end of the day, it may take a little more proactivity and planning on your part, but there are still ways to really enjoy your timeshare and make the most of it! However, if trying to game the system is getting exhausting for you, we get that, too. If you’re wondering what getting out of your timeshare might look like, give us a call.