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One interesting choice to make vacation planning easier and travel more affordable are travel clubs. Unlike either traditional interval and points based timeshare or membership based vacation clubs, travel clubs are built on the concept of providing their members access to group discount pricing on travel opportunities. You sometimes hear these packaged discounts described as “wholesale travel.”
When you become a travel club member, you gain entrée to members-only travel and vacation opportunities that feature:
- Discounted prices.
- Bundled services.
- Or, both price savings and packaged travel amenities.
The Concept behind Travel Clubs
A travel club can negotiate for its membership, establishing vacation deals that include discounted prices on accommodations, transportation, entertainment, or dining. Travel club members may have the opportunity to purchase anything from cruises, to theme park tickets, or car rentals and airfares, all offered at substantial savings.
In general, well-established clubs provide a range of discounts, while smaller clubs may be able to pass on savings that equal those offered by their larger competitors, but will probably not offer as many different travel opportunities. Larger clubs or clubs that have a strong and established history of credibility and service are often members of the same vacation ownership industry professional organizations in which BuyaTimeshare.com participates, including ARDA, C.A.R.E, and CRDA.
Peace of Mind Travel Planning with Travel Clubs
Members of travel clubs can schedule their vacations knowing that their travel club company has sourced and thoroughly scouted their vacation package for them. The details have been addressed, oftentimes, travel insurance is automatically in place, and the travel club member is set for a hassle-free vacation experience. In many ways, your travel club representatives replace any need for you to work with a travel agent—the club reps are your travel agents and for some club members the services alone are worth the price of membership.
Frequently, packages offered by these clubs are complete soup to nuts travel, meaning that they include meals, transportation, lodging, and tours, with everything bundled into one, all-inclusive price. With the vacation packages available from some clubs, you could literally go on holiday having paid one discounted travel club membership price, and never take out your credit card or cash for the duration of your trip or getaway.
In contrast to the many all-inclusive packages offered by most travel clubs, the limited number of timeshare or vacation clubs that offer all-inclusive packages typically cover accommodations, a pre-set number of meals at the resort, select plans for alcoholic drinks, and on-property entertainment. Rarely do all inclusive timeshare packages feature travel, car rentals, or off-property entertainment. All-inclusive timeshare resorts are most often found among Mexico timeshares and Caribbean timeshares.
Travel Clubs as a Benefit of Timeshare Ownership
Another nuance on this vacation product is that some timeshare companies or vacation clubs offer, within their ownership benefits, select services described as travel clubs. These are travel club-style features exclusively for member-owners.
In general, these internal clubs provide accommodations only, but may feature other travel-related services and benefits. Internal clubs that operate as part of a timeshare or vacation ownership company may offer their services and benefits for an added fee, may require the use of your timeshare points, or may be a top-tier perk for select vacation club members.
Whether you are considering travel clubs, vacation clubs, vacation ownership, fractional ownership, or timeshares, ask questions and turn to experienced professionals for guidance and insight. At BuyaTimeshare.com, we are here to assist you.