Timeshare Points Vs Weeks Based System
What is the difference between timeshare points and timeshare weeks? Almost everyone has heard of timeshare at some point of time in their life.
While some timeshare companies will specifically only sell timeshare weeks, there are some companies that will now only sell timeshare points. Depending on who you talk to, some people might prefer one system over the other.
What To Know Before Deciding Which To Use
A couple of factors you need to decide on before purchasing timeshare weeks or points is how frequently you would like to travel every year, as well as the duration of each vacation that you take.
Before deciding on weeks or points, you will also need to determine whether or not you are a creature of habit and prefer to go back to the same place year after year in which the point system would be better, or if you have an adventurous spirit and like to explore some place new every time you go on vacation in which the week based system might work better for you.
For example, did you get honeymoon in Cabo and now you and your significant have made it a tradition to return there every year during the same week to celebrate your anniversary and relive that beautiful moment? If so, a traditional timeshare week could be perfect for you!
Or maybe you find yourself wanting to explore different places every time you have a long weekend, knocking different cities off your travel checklist… if so, then having the flexibility of a points based system might work better for you.
Week Based System
If you feel that the timeshare weeks system will probably be best for you, it is important to know that there are a few different types of weeks that you can consider owning: fixed week, floating week, and fractional week.
Timeshare week stays will almost always be from Friday to Friday, Saturday to Saturday, or Sunday to Sunday.
Visit our Week Types page to learn more about each type of timeshare week and which one is best for your specific needs.
Point Based System
Timeshare weeks have proven to work amazing for some people, while others may find that they require a little more flexibility. Because of this, many timeshare companies have now added an option to own points instead of weeks.
Timeshare points are purchased at your home resort, but you will typically be able to use your points at any resort within the company’s network.
The number of points you will need to purchase will be determined by a few things, such as the size of the unit you will need, the time of year you would like to travel, where you would like to travel to, etc.
The more points you own, the more flexibility you will have as far as when and where you can go, and how long you can stay for. Unlike weeks, the point system doesn't require a seven night consecutive stay.
This means that with the points based system you can choose to spend four nights at a resort on the beach in California, and then take a beautiful scenic road trip up the coast and go spend three nights at a property relaxing in a hot tub in the mountains in Oregon.
What happens if you find yourself unable to travel one year? Well, you can choose to pay your yearly maintenance fee but roll your points over to use the following year.
OR you can rent out your unused timeshare points. You still own your points in case you would like to travel the following year, and this is at no cost to you what so ever!
Need help understanding your timeshare better? Visit our FAQ Page on timeshares.