Timeshare Season Colors | Exchange Color Coding System
What are timeshare season colors, and what does each season color mean? There are two main timeshare exchange companies, Interval International (II) and Resort Condominiums International (RCI).
Each of these timeshare exchange companies has their own specific color coding system, or season colors to help differentiate between a units seasons of high and low demand as it varies throughout the year.
RCI: Resort Condominiums International - Red, White & Blue
The timeshare exchange company RCI, or resort condominiums international has chosen to use the colors red, white and blue for the season colors on their timeshare color coding system.
RCI uses the color red is used to represent seasons or weeks that are of high demand, white to represent seasons or weeks that are of average demand, and blue to represent seasons or weeks that are of low demand.
With this color coding system, a red week is going to the most expensive, and also have the greatest trading power when it comes to timeshare exchanges.
A white week will be less expensive, but a white week will also have less trading power.
A blue week, while costing the least amount of money, will have the least amount of trading power.
II: Interval International - Red, Yellow & Green
The timeshare exchange company II, or Interval International has chosen to use the colors red, yellow and green season colors for their timeshare color coding system.
Interval International uses the color red to represent weeks or seasons of high demand, yellow to represent weeks or seasons of average demand, and green to represent weeks or seasons of low demand.
What Are Their Benefits & What Do They Mean?
There are multiple timeshare color coding systems in place, but at the end of the day there are all there to make it easier to differentiate between high, average, and low demand seasons for a particular timeshare resort.
Regardless of what color of timeshare week you own, you will have to ability to use your week, exchange it, rent it out, or sell it.
As I am sure you can imagine, having a red week will prove to have more benefits than owning a blue week.
Let’s say that you own a red week at a highly seasonal timeshare resort... this means that you will be there when the weather is ideal for any outdoor activities you may want to partake in.
But if you own a blue week at a highly seasonal timeshare resort, then you might be forced to take your vacation in a season where the weather is anything but ideal, sometimes forcing you to be confined to the inside of the resort.
If you want to exchange your red week, you are in luck, because red weeks have the strongest trading power. Trying to exchange your blue week will prove to be more difficult though, as your trading power will be much more limited.
If you find yourself wanting to rent out your red week, it would probably be pretty easy to find someone to rent it for an amount equal to or greater than the cost of your yearly fees.
However, if you want to rent out your blue week at a timeshare resort that is highly seasonal, that task is going to prove to be much more difficult.
The same thing goes for selling. If you own a red week at a highly seasonal beach resort with a pool then you probably won’t have that hard of a time trying to sell it.
However, if you have a blue week at the same resort, it’s going to be difficult to find buyers who will want to own a week there during a season that it’s cold and rainy out and the pool is closed for the winter.
If you are already a timeshare owner, and find yourself wanting to rent or sell it, be sure to contact a reputable company like Maintenance Fee Relief to make the transition as effortless as possible.
Be Careful Which Type Of Week You Purchase
If you are looking at buying in to a seasonal timeshare resort find out if the maintenance fee is the same for each unit regardless of season. If they are, be hesitant of purchasing a blue week.
Once blue week owners start seeing how difficult it can be to trade for a week they actually want to use, as well as how difficult it can be to rent or sell, some blue week owners get so frustrated that they just stop paying their maintenance fees and walk away from their ownership leaving the timeshare unit to be foreclosed on.
Not only is this a bad decision because it can ruin your credit, but it starts this downward spiral of events as shown on this page about stopping your timeshare payments.
Every time someone walks away from their timeshare this it makes everyone else’s maintenance fees go up, because the cost of running and operating the resort now has to be split between fewer owners.
As you can imagine, this eventually leads to even more blue week owners walking away, which just makes the cycle continue.
Confused? Don't Worry! You Can Choose Points Instead Of Weeks
Maybe after reading this you feel like the whole idea of having color coded timeshare weeks is just too confusing or too much to deal with.
Well, you are in luck! Having weeks is no longer the only option in the timeshare world. You can now choose to purchase points instead of weeks.
In a nutshell, points can be exchanged for the right to use a property, or multiple properties, owned by a resort for a specific amount of time.
Owning a timeshare can be an amazing thing, whether you choose to own points or weeks. Just be sure to do your research beforehand so you can be confident with your purchase.
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