How to Hack Not Getting Timeshare Dates You Want

Posted by Kelsey Kay Love on 9:20 AM on November 12, 2019
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When it comes to booking the ultimate timeshare exchange getaway, timing is often the one aspect standing in the way of you and your dream vacation. Though job schedules, school commitments, family engagements, and holidays tend to limit your opportunity to travel in certain seasons and even years, our Trading Places 
timeshare vacation exchange program ensures you have options no matter how complicated your schedule may be.

According to a 2019 study by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), the “timeshare industry has increased for the 9th straight year by nearly 7 percent.” What this means to you is you can leverage the competitive offerings by following a few simple steps to choose from a wider range of options in some of the most desirable locations around the world.

Planning Ahead for your Trip

Before you start planning your trip or requesting a timeshare vacation exchange for a specific location or property, you’ll have the opportunity to deposit a week on our Trading Places platform. For the best results, it is recommended to do this as early as possible. You can deposit your week as early as 24 months before your intended travel date.

After depositing your week, the exciting part begins! Now is your chance to browse our Exchange Directory for possible travel destinations, unit styles, and location amenities. Whether you’ve always dreamt of exploring the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains, the cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula, or the desert landscapes of Arizona and New Mexico, there are endless possibilities for adventure.

In order to enjoy the best dates possible, it’s also beneficial to narrow down your options based on what you want to do while you’re there. By choosing activities and experiences over a specific destination, for example, as well as a general time frame instead of a narrow window of a week or two, you’re more likely to secure the trip of a lifetime.

Keep your Location Options Open

In order to enjoy the best dates possible, it’s also beneficial to narrow down your options based on what you want to do while you’re there. By choosing activities and experiences over a specific destination, for example, as well as a general time frame instead of a narrow window of a week or two, you’re more likely to secure the trip of a lifetime.

When it comes to timeshare travel, timeshare exchanges still remain one of the largest mysteries and untapped advantages in the realm of timeshare ownership. While sure, you likely won’t be able to trade your winter week in Wisconsin for a month-long New Year’s extravaganza in Waikiki, being flexible with your date range undoubtedly leads to more opportunities.

By requesting a few date ranges that fall within your realm of availability, as well as multiple locations you’d be thrilled to explore, you guarantee your own best chances for success. Keep in mind that holiday travel usually books up well in advance, so choosing dates during the off-season—think late September through early November, and February through April when school is still in session—leads to increased likelihood of getting the location, unit size, and property of your choice for your desired date range.

 

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Trading Places offers a game-changing caveat many other exchange companies don’t: There are no convoluted point systems nor booking window caveats. Easily upgrade your unit size or swap your deposited week for an entirely new season of travel for a minimal fee.

Don’t be afraid to choose locations you’ve never been to or even heard of, as these can easily be overlooked by other travelers and end up becoming the hidden gems you return to again and again. Who knows, "Christmas in July" might just become your new travel tradition!

Timeshare Exchange: Seasonal Deals & Travel Tips

Another added benefit of planning up to 24 months in advance? It gives you plenty of time to search for the best flight deals, car rental rates, tour offerings, and more to take your vacation from ordinary to extraordinary.

Trading Places offers a game-changing caveat many other exchange companies don’t: There are no convoluted point systems nor booking window caveats. Easily upgrade your unit size or swap your deposited week for an entirely new season of travel for a minimal fee.

Keep an eye on our Hot Deals for 7 night stays, Nightly Stays for those times when you can only get away for a few days, and Suite Deals for those planning up to 12 months in advance. You never know when you’ll catch the deal—or location—of a lifetime!

For more information on how to hack your timeshare ownership to get the best travel dates possible, refer to the 2019 RCI Points Bible for the latest tips and tricks.

Browse the Trading Places International Exchange resources to start planning your next timeshare exchange, and follow us on Instagram for travel inspiration, location ideas, and property details.

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Kelsey Kay Love

Written by Kelsey Kay Love

Originally from Texas, Kelsey has spent the last several years traveling full time, living in exotic destinations like Costa Rica, Maui, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and California. A firm believer in traveling randomly and moving frequently, Kelsey is the voice behind Travelin' Fools, and is on a mission to teach you how to live anywhere you want with little planning and even less money.

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