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Why spend valuable time crunching numbers and budgeting for everything from food to entertainment when planning your vacation? By choosing an all-inclusive resort, you pay everything up-front and know, for the most part, how much your escape to paradise will cost. At an all-inclusive resort, your meals, snacks, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), activities, entertainment, tips, and taxes are all typically included in the price of your room, or are lumped into one additional all-inclusive fee paid to the resort at time of check-in. There are a number of all-inclusive resorts listed on RedWeek.com:
For the most part, timeshare weeks come in two different types: fixed and floating. With a fixed week, the owner will have the same week each year (i.e. week 52 or week 35). Alternatively, the owner of a floating week may choose a week within a given season, dependent upon availability at the resort.
When searching for timeshare rentals on RedWeek.com, you can tell if a week is fixed or floating by the availability dates listed. Fixed weeks will have a specific seven-day period listed, such as Dec. 21, 2007 - Dec. 28, 2007. Floating weeks will have a much longer availability timeframe, such as Sep 25, 2007 - Dec 31, 2008.
When renting a floating week, be sure to contact the owner to determine if there are any date restrictions (i.e. holiday weeks). Next, keep in mind that just because your desired week falls within the timeframe listed, it does not necessarily mean that the unit will be available. Ask the owner to contact the resort to verify that your preferred week is still available. Weeks fill up early, so it is best to attempt to book as far in advance as possible.
There are many different versions of timeshare scams that have been robbing innocent and trusting owners of their hard-earned money. The best way to protect yourself is to be educated about these fraudulent practices so you know when things aren't legit.
One of the oldest scams in the resale business is making a return. Essentially, the owner receives a "cold call" from "Jim" who states that he has a buyer for the owner's timeshare at a slightly lower amount than the asking price. The owner agrees to sell through Jim. A few days later Jim calls saying a fee is due to cover "advertising" costs, and that "state regulations" require that the owner record a statement saying that the money to be paid is for advertising only. Months of ensuing excuses by Jim about why the sale isn't finalized result in the owner being told there is no buyer, a reminder that the money paid was for "advertising", and a quick exit by Jim.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the legitimacy of a posting, or of a solicitation received from another RedWeek.com member, please alert us. The safety of our members is priority #1. We take fraud very seriously, and make every effort to prevent it from occurring on RedWeek.com.
RedWeek has thousands of timeshare rental postings at locations around the globe. The price per night of a timeshare rental is often less than hotel accommodations. Best of all, timeshares often offer a full kitchen to cut the cost of eating out.
These last minute exchange weeks have been reduced up to 50% …
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