When buying a timeshare, it is important to consider the season in which your timeshare week is located. Most timeshare resorts have certain times of the year which are in higher demand than others. These "seasons" work much the same way as variations in hotel rates, where certain times of the year command higher rates than others. Many resorts experience "in season" and "off season" demand and the prices vary depending on the season. Accordingly, timeshare prices can be lower during low demand seasons, so if you are flexible regarding the time of the year, you can pick up some real bargains.
Timeshare Season Colors
Resort Condominiums International (RCI) has divided the seasons for its standard exchange program into three colors, based on demand levels from its membership:
RCI Red: High Demand Seasons
RCI White: Intermediate Demand Seasons
RCI Blue: Low Demand Seasons
For Interval International (II) a similar system applies:
II Red: High Demand Seasons
II Yellow: Intermediate Seasons
II Green: Low Demand Seasons
Red season is the most valuable time of year and owners of a Red week can request the premium weeks when they look to exchange. Red week owners can also opt to reserve during a less popular time of the year, sometimes upgrading to larger accommodation or obtaining more vacation time due to their higher trading power. That's the beauty of owning a time share in a high-demand season, which also affects the price of the week as well as the trading power. For some vacation destinations the demand is high year-round, such as most Florida timeshares, and they are rated Red year-round.