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Exchange Companies

Timeshare Weekly will be providing simple guides on various Exchange Companies. This will be ongoing with more guides to follow.

Please review the general FAQ that we are asked at Timeshare Weekly in relation to timeshare exchange.

1) We can’t seem to get the holidays that we request from our Exchange Company so ensure that you review this article view here

2) We have known other timeshare owners access other Exchange Companies, can you recommend an alternative Exchange Company to us please? Recommended Exchange Companies.

3) Are we able to belong to other Independent Exchange Companies outside of RCI and Interval

4) Can I be a member of more than one exchange company? Membership of more than one Exchange Company.

5) I am a Points member and don’t have a week to bankCan I join another Exchange company.

6) May I deposit my week with more than one exchange company? Depositing week with multiple Exchange Companies.

7) Are all exchange companies the same?

8) How do I know which exchange company to use?

Below you will find a list of Independent Exchange Companies. Some specialise in European exchanges, others in and around the USA and Australia. You don't have to be a resident in a particular country to be able to join an Independent Exchange Company.

Coming soon a review of your main affiliated Exchange Companies RCI & Interval International. Ensure you understand first the key benefits of your main affiliated Exchange Company.

Take the time to review your existing Independent  Exchange Company if listed below and the key benefits relevant to you and the way you holiday.

Independent Timeshare Exchange Companies

We have began with two full guides on Dial An Exchange Explained and UKRE Explained. 

The list of other Independent Exchange Companies only have a brief overview to date.

1) Dial an Exchange Explained by Timeshare Weekly. DAE is rather like a Pay As You Go scheme If you don't use DAE it costs you nothing. It is free to register so you won't be charged for anything until you are ready to make your first Exchange or use a bonus week.

2) UKRE Explained By Timeshare Weekly (United Kingdom Resort Exchange.) The Company was established in 1991 and are the only Exchange Company that guarantees a UK exchange in return for a UK week deposited. They currently have the lowest exchange fees in the world.

3) Hawaii Time Share Exchange (HTSE). Hawaii Timeshare Exchange is a smaller exchange company that specialises in exchanges among resorts located in Hawaii. It does offer timeshare exchanges on the mainland United States and in international locations as well.

Joining is free, though you will be required to pay an annual membership fee. You can pay $49 per year, $125 for three years, or $199 for five years (if you pay the entire multi year sums in advance).

You are allowed to bank your weeks for future use with Hawaii Timeshare Exchange, and upgrades are available for $175 plus the price of exchange. To review the resorts in the company's directory, log on to the Hawaii Timeshare Exchange Website.

4) Platinum Interchange. Platinum interchange charges no membership fees or annual dues, and it is one of the bigger "smaller" exchange companies doing tens of thousands of timeshare trades each year. The company charges $99 for domestic timeshare exchanges and $119 for international exchanges, with an upgrade fee of $87 if you want to trade your unit for one that is bigger or more in demand.

For more information, log on to the Platinum Interchange Web site,

5) San Francisco Exchange Company. San Francisco Preferred Resorts (SFX). Established in 1992, SFX Preferred Resorts is the only Exchange Company specialising in the industries highest rated resorts. It is a vacation exchange service within a network of strategic alliances specialising in preferred quality and rated resorts in high demand locations within Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, United States, Western Europe and other global regions upon request.

The SFX timeshare exchange program has two membership options, one free and one paid. As a paid Platinum member, you get a substantial discount on the exchange fees and get free guest certificates. You can also search for an exchange before depositing your week and get an 18-month request window. Free members must deposit their vacation week first and have a 12-month request window. For both types of memberships, once you deposit your week, you have up to two years to complete your exchange.

Platinum-level memberships cost $199 for three years, or $299 for five years, and entitle you to make exchanges at a rate of $129 - no matter whether your trade is domestic or international. Platinum-level members also are entitled to a free upgrade in unit size, as well as a bonus week that can be requested from two years to just one week in advance.

There is no membership fee if you want to join at the gold level, but domestic and international exchanges are charged at a higher rate of $149. In addition, gold-level members do not get the additional benefits that platinum members receive. To learn more about the San Francisco Exchange Company, check out its website.

6) Trading Places International. This is another one of those bigger smaller exchange companies, arranging tens of thousands of timeshare exchanges each year. The business is based in California. Founded in 1973, Trading Places became involved with vacation ownership resorts in 1975.

The company's philosophy is that 80 percent of timeshare owners want to exchange their units for the same 20 percent of other resorts in Hawaii, Mexico, and the United States, and so it focuses on servicing the resorts in those areas that it sees as high demand & as well as in exchanges for cruise-ship vacations. There is no mandatory membership fee to join, but you can receive a $30-per-week-traded discount, along with other discounts including unit upgrades, if you are willing to pay the $79 membership fee. If you sign up for a five-year membership, the cost is $314, an $81 savings over the year-to-year fee. The exchange fees themselves vary widely, from about $110 to$160.

Now owned by Interval International, Trading Places remains an independent company within II.'s sphere of influence and is one of the largest of the alternative exchange companies.

Take the time to check out some of these independent timeshare exchange companies before you make your next exchange. You could well end up with an extra two weeks holiday time out of your one-week depending on demand and current bonuses being offered.

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Timeshare is a wonderful product as long as you own in the right way and work the system. Everybody needs a stress free holiday break. Lets make this work to everyone's benefit. Know your timeshare.

Every holiday can be a great holiday with a little planning as shown in the article. Don't forget there's a lot of fun being a little spontaneous. Just check out those bonus weeks. Follow through on the points made in my article and you won't be disappointed. Bonus weeks - timeshares best kept secret!

Very best wishes and great holidays!

Graham

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