membership, if you are in the “dual” system, points and non-points, all the accounting and spacebanking activities have been transferred to the points system. This gives one-stop- shop but at a greater membership fee expense. The annual membership fee for the points members is $99/yr and for the non-point regular members $65/ yr.
Therefore, if you are in the dual system, you contact the points depart- ment for refunds, exchanges, etc. In our case, our payment for dues to 2018 for regular RCI membership will be refunded and we start the $99/year without the past benefit of lower dues fee promotions when several years are purchased in advance. So the RCI points system dues are higher but the exchange fee of $40 is less. Taking our of one pocket; putting into another must have been learned by RCI from our governments!
The II system credits your credit card and if you are an II World Pre-
ferred member you get the week re- turned if you have not gone past the date for the deposited week.
In summary, after being a RCI member for 20 years and president of a timeshare resort for 12 years, RCI has not gotten better inspite of their promises and advertising hype. Their policies and operations are examples of self-interest and greed without an interest in its constituency.
I enjoy reading all the comments of your readers and the reviews of the various timeshares.
I have also been reading the ar- ticles regarding “points” and since I just had an unpleasant learning expe- rience, I would suggest that the point system should only be used within a particular system such as the one that Marriott operates, and not carried over with RCI and II. With Marriott you can alternate between converting to points
that never expire (staying with Marriott) or banking your week with Interval. This system makes sense.
About three years ago I bought a two-bedroom timeshare in the Hyatt Sierra Lodge. The week that I own is categorized as “copper” out of a se- lection of six seasons. It is one week before the actual high season. Some- how that has translated into “yellow” in the Interval International system, but this was not so originally. Initially the points were considered for ex- changes within the Hyatt group only. Now, with everyone going point happy II has gotten into the act and I find that the lovely, classy, large unit I en- joy at Lake Tahoe gets me next to nothing on the exchange circuit! Since I’m paying almost $800 annually, I am just a little bit angry. If this is what the point system is about, no thank you!
To further annoy me, I looked at the “Getaways” that were being of- fered online. I can actually avail my- self of a “Getaway” for a couple hun-