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Marriott Timeshare Resorts

Marriott timeshare resorts are among the most popular vacation ownership accommodations in the United States, with owners in 50 states and more than 100 other countries. Marriott Vacation Club International has over 2000 establishments in the US, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. It was the first major hospitality company to enter the timeshare industry when it began offering fixed and floating weeks for purchase in 1984. Today, the Marriott Rewards points system has become the favored option among Marriot timeshare owners because of the numerous benefits offered in the scheme.

Marriott owns and operates a number of vacation clubs including the Carlton Ritz Club, Horizons and Marriott Grand Residence Club. Interval International (an exchange company) is affiliated with most Marriott timeshare resorts and so members are able to exchange their timeshare weeks or points for vacations at any one of the 2000 resorts in the Interval inventory. This gives Marriott owners an impressive choice of over 4000 resort destinations.

Owners with timeshare weeks at Marriott resorts participating in the points system also have the option of trading their week for rewards points, for a small fee. Points can then be spent on hotels, air travel, cruises, car rental and merchandise. Timeshares cannot be traded for points more frequently than every other year so many buyers are choosing to buy their timeshares in points rather than weeks.

In the points system a specific number of points is allocated to the owner at the beginning of each year and can then be spent on the desired vacation. The number of points will determine the season, villa size and the number of days or weeks available to the owner. The main reason these rewards points have become so popular is because they can be used for a variety of vacations and other travel options such as those mentioned above. They are also flexible, allowing the owner to use them in increments, splitting their holiday time into smaller segments to be used in different resorts.

Points can be accumulated by saving unused points or borrowing future points. These can then be added to your current use year points to be spent on another vacation, flights, car rental or any of the other options mentioned earlier. Alternatively, extra points can also be bought or earned. Members of the Marriott Vacation Club can earn 10 points for every dollar spent during a Marriott hotel stay. There may be some exceptions to this, such as the Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites, where only 5 points can be earned per dollar spent.

Buying new Marriott properties can be an expensive option so opting for Marriott resale can be a wise move. Marriott do sell both new and resale properties at their resorts but there are also other resale opportunities such as resale brokers. Buyers need to be aware, however, that if they buy from a broker who is not affiliated with Marriott, they will not be able to benefit from the Marriott Rewards program unless the resale points are bought from Marriott. Some owners buy timeshare on resale, rent it out and use the rental proceeds to buy the items that they would have used points for, such as flights.

Marriott timeshare resort ownership prices range between $7,500 to $65,000 depending on location, resort demand, season, number of weeks and size of the villa required. Marriott accepts most major credit cards for payment of vacation ownership but it is advisable to check with the card issuer as certain restrictions may apply.