Traveling for one or more vacations on an annual basis, can add up, when you consider the cost of airfare, travel, and meals and beverages. It’s not surprising that all inclusive timeshare deals are preferred by most Americans, as a way to enjoy all the amenities of a luxury resort, without having to worry about all the a la cart tips, and costs that can eat into your vacation budget.
All-inclusive resort opportunities are not new, to the timeshare industry. Mexico is a preferred destination, in areas like Cabo San Lucas and other popular tourist areas. But before your family starts to look at all-inclusive timeshare resorts as a one-cost solution to affordable vacations, be aware of the fine print, because it can end up costing you more than you think.
Timeshare Owners Impacted by Resorts That Turn into All-Inclusive Contracts
Wouldn’t it be nice to find out that your timeshare resort was transforming into a new business model, that now offered you and your family affordable meals, beverages and other amenities, that were included in your existing ownership contract? It seems like common sense that loyal timeshare owners should get the same benefits (or more) than new owners, when the resort makes a shift to all-inclusive, right? After all, you may have already paid off your timeshare, and you’ve earned the right to expect extra rewards for staying.
Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. We read one complaint from a Canadian RCI member on Trip Advisor, that painted an ugly picture of how some timeshares treat existing contract holders, when they transition to all-inclusive. The member (who goes by the name SnowBirdsWhoRide on Trip Advisor), stated that they were treated like ‘outcasts, not owners’, at their Pueblo Bonito resort.
The couple had continued to pay their membership and annual maintenance fees on schedule, and were members in good standing with RCI.
The resort went all-inclusive.
The timeshare owners were informed that they were no longer permitted to use a week or bank their credits toward any other resort., locking them into the Pueblo Bonito RCI system exclusively.
Negotiations with the resort failed, when the resort offered lesser value accommodations (3 star or lower).
Read her full review and experience on TripAdvisor, as well as the comments from other owners who had a similar complaint about the resort.
The Hidden Fees in All Inclusive Timeshare Deals With Resorts
When you are booking a vacation through a standard resort, you can anticipate a few extra fees that are not included in the posted sales price. Those fees can include departure taxes (common in Caribbean countries) payable at the airport, baggage fees charged by the airline, and a possible flat-rate gratuity charge for services during your stay. These fees are fairly standard, across the resort industry.
However, an all-inclusive timeshare can have a number of fees that can make that one-week vacation ‘deal’ costlier, than choosing an alternative location. We are always eager to look at a low-priced vacation option, but when it comes to timeshares at all-inclusive resorts, the details and real costs are hard to see. So difficult in fact, that many timeshare owners get an unpleasant financial surprise, when they buy in, assuming that membership and maintenance fees would cover any additional expenses.
What kind of fees are timeshare owners hit with, when they buy into an all-inclusive resort? This is a run-down of common A.I. fees:
Daily meal upcharge from $99 to over $200 per day (and sometimes per guest).
Deluxe room upgrade (if no standard accommodation is available) than can run $100 or more per day. Most AI’s do not guarantee room availability in peak seasons.
A per-child additional fee (for kids under 13) that averages $50 per day, per child.
Daily charge for in-room Wi-Fi (which is normally complimentary at most resorts)
It is even more frustrating to note that in some cases, non-members or the general public, will get a better rate for one-week or longer at an all-inclusive timeshare resort, than members will. Many timeshare owners dislike resorts that rent to the general public, because it can change the experience of the resort, and increase noise, and contribute to overcrowding and other annoyances. But many timeshare resorts are eager to capitalize on the all-inclusive income opportunity, leaving owners unhappy and facing increased costs of ownership, or restrictions, that were not outlined in their original contract.
The bad news for timeshare owners who discover that their home resort is moving to an all-inclusive model, is that you can anticipate increased fees, less booking accessibility and other issues. If you are ready to make a change, and end your timeshare contract, contact us at: 1-800-587-EXIT for a free, no-obligation consultation. Find out how timeshare cancellation works, and explore all your options, with Aconsumercredit™, America’s leading cancellation experts.