Exchanging Your Week

Becoming a member of an exchange company can be a very rewarding experience, but only if you understand how to get the best from the system. In an ideal world, you will simply call the exchange company and get the time and location that you desire, but because of the human interface in the system, this is not what happens. You can only get out what others put in and the flaw in the system is that all exchangers want to hold back placing their week into the system until they get what they want. The message from the exchange companies is that you should plan your holiday as early as possible and place your week into the system as quickly as you can.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club

As Coylumbridge is a Hilton resort, owners have the opportunity to become members of the Hilton Grand Vacations Club, a holiday exchange programme which offers a wide range of travel and accommodation options, as well as additional travel benefits. Exchange options include the opportunity to stay at one of over 2800 Hilton hotels worldwide, at the Hilton resort of your choice, or at one of over 3700 time ownership resorts worldwide.

The initial membership fee for 2015 is $399 and the annual fee is currently $184. Like all exchange companies there are additional transaction fees. The HGVC scheme is a ‘points’ system which allows the member to split their week into shorter breaks, use weeks from future years to create longer periods of holiday in the current year or use their points to stay in Hilton hotels worldwide.

The HGVC system does not require an owner to transfer the title of their week, which does happen with other systems and this has created a lot of confusion. Most owners believe that once they join a points system that they are no longer required to pay the annual maintenance fee to the owners club. Please take care here, points companies do not take on the responsibility for your annual fee, but very often ask you to cede your week with them.

For more information please visit Hilton Grand Vacations Club

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