Marriott Timeshare and Marriott Vacation Club
Respected throughout the world, Marriott is a cornerstone of the hospitality industry and one of the pioneers of timeshare and vacation ownership. Although Marriott has paved the way in timesharing, the company doesn’t linger in the past. Instead, Marriott is constantly, thoughtfully re-imagining what great vacations could and should be… and who benefits most from their visionary approach to vacation ownership? You do, when you make the decision to buy Marriott timeshare and enjoy leisure at a whole new level!
With more than fifty resorts around the globe and vacation opportunities within an ever-expanding network that currently tops over 2,500 resort destinations, buying from Marriott is more than vacationing—it’s a promise to yourself to create magical memories built around resorts, recreation, adventure, and fun.
Choosing Marriott Timeshare Weeks or Points Ownership
Today, the company sells vacation club points, but no longer sells timeshare weeks to consumers. Timeshare weeks are not available—at any price—from Marriott. Likewise, discounted prices on points are available only by purchasing points directly from the current owner who has used them, enjoyed them, and is ready to pass them on to the next vacationing couple or owner at a fair market price—well below prices offered by Marriott.
When you want the pleasure of owning a a week or weeks for a traditional timeshare usage experience, your best choice is to buy timeshare or Marriott Vacation Club resales advertised on BuyaTimeshare.com. Only through the resale marketplace can you still become part of the respected weeks-based program that Marriott owners have loved and enjoyed for decades.
Buying Marriott Timeshare Resale Weeks
Why buy timeshare weeks instead of points with Marriott?
If you have a favorite resort you want to visit, and can commit to a timeshare season for scheduling week-long (or multi-week) vacations within that seasonal window, then Marriott timeshare resale weeks ownership is a great option for you.
Marriott Vacation Club resale weeks may be fixed weeks (meaning that you are buying a specifically numbered week for your vacation and that week will be consistently yours, year after year), or you are buying a floating week. Some Marriott resorts originally sold only fixed weeks, which often were assigned to a fixed timeshare unit number. When this is the case, the vacationing family always knows both the exact vacation week and precisely which timeshare unit, villa, or condo they will be enjoying. Floating weeks are generally assigned to a season, but afford you the flexibility to schedule your vacation within that usage season.
Resale Weeks Ownership Means:
- You’ll enjoy vacationing at the Marriott resort you love most.
- You’ll be able to book your floating week vacation at any available time within your timeshare ownership season.
- You and your family will enjoy a true sense of owning vacation property, as you return to the same resort, and in some cases the same timeshare unit, for each special getaway.
- If you have a preferred vacation week that is consistent from year-to-year, you may want to shop for a fixed week of ownership. For families who seek to celebrate a favorite holiday, anniversary, or special occasion at their designated Marriott resort, fixed week ownership guarantees that their vacation date is easily confirmed, ready, and waiting for them to enjoy!
- Whether you own fixed or floating weeks, or Marriott points, you always have exchange opportunities available if you choose to participate in a exchange program such as Interval International.
For Marriott timeshare resales located in the U.S., your weeks ownership will be secured by an actual deeded real estate interest. For timeshare resales located internationally, your weeks ownership is typically secured by a Certificate of Ownership, which is often a Right-To-Use contract. With Right-To-Use contracts, your ownership ends when you reach a pre-established number of years (for example, 50 years or 99 years are common Right-To-Use contract periods).
Marriott Timeshare Points
When you buy Marriott Vacation Club resales as timeshare points, your ownership is secured through a deeded real estate interest in the MVC Trust, yet it is defined as timeshare points you will use as your “vacation currency.”
Although Marriott strictly controls the price at which it sells points (also known as Marriott Vacation Club points), buying Marriott vacation points from an individual is very different. Timeshares advertised on BuyaTimeshare.com are held by individual owners who have already enjoyed Marriott vacations. These owners are typically motivated to sell because they are making a lifestyle change. As a resale buyer or a timeshare renter, you are positioned to save big, while still enjoying all the dependability, quality, and luxury that are part of the Marriott Vacation Club brand.
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Marriott Timeshare FAQ
1. What does a Marriott timeshare cost?
How much a Marriott timeshare costs depends on how the timeshare is purchased in the first place. If bought directly from Marriott at one of their resorts or sales centers, it is common that you would pay north of $20,000 for a week’s worth of timeshare. On the resale market, you would pay much less – 50-60% less to start depending on variables such as the resort, season and size of the unit.
Keep in mind that Marriott now only sells points packages as their new timeshare product and no longer sells new weeks-based timeshare. So if you are looking for the security of a specific week of timeshare ownership at a given resort such as Marriott Aruba Surf Club, buying resale from an existing owner looking to sell is the only way to get it. Marriott began the conversion to points in 2011 and launched an upsell program to convert existing owners, then transitioned to full-time points sales.
The reason Marriott timeshare resales are so discounted is because of the way the product is initially sold at the resorts. Similar to way a car is sold, Marriott timeshare prices at the resorts are loaded with sales commissions and marketing costs included in the price. These expenses are often 50-60% of the original sale price and removing those costs gives you a more accurate starting price as a resale. Then, factoring in variables such as those mentioned earlier can bring the resale price even lower.
2. How much are Marriott Vacation Club maintenance fees?
The cost of Marriott Vacation Club maintenance fees is dependent on the resort and variables such as the type of ownership (points vs weeks), season, whether the ownership is annual or biennial, etc. Maintenance fees in general for timeshares go up about 2-3% each year and averaged $1,000 per interval according to the American Resort Development Association. So this is a good benchmark to use when estimating fees.
Keep in mind that fees are calculated based on the resort at which the purchase was made, regardless of whether it is points or weeks. In the case of Marriott Vacation Club’s more lucrative destinations such as Marriott's Aruba Ocean Club, maintenance fees would be higher than $1,000. For example, a one-bedroom platinum or gold annual use would be about $1,500.
Now, keep this in mind when looking at Marriott Vacation Club maintenance fees. The initial price paid for the timeshare goes a long way toward determining the overall value of the timeshare. If a one-bedroom timeshare such as the one above at Aruba Ocean Club was purchased as a resale for, say, $7,000, then the average annual cost of the accommodation would be about $1,850 when the total cost is spread over a 20-year period. That’s not bad for a week’s accommodation in a multi-room unit in Aruba. This is why it is crucial for buyers to buy on the resale market.
3. Is Marriott Vacation Club a good deal?
Like all timeshare purchases, Marriott Vacation Club is a good deal if it is used properly, and especially if it is bought on the resale market. The issue with many timeshares is that owners are either unable to, or don’t quite know how to, use the product the way it was intended.
Timeshare is a use product, meaning that the value is in the owner’s ability to use it. Owners need to have the mindset to take vacations at least on an annual basis to get value from the program. Reports come out each year detailing how Americans are notorious for not taking all of their annual vacation days. Making the decision to not only take vacation days but to plan in advance is important. This is where Marriott Vacation Club provides better value than most branded timeshare operations.
With nearly 70 resorts in the U.S. and internationally, Marriott provides a network of timeshare resorts that offer just about any type of vacation imaginable. Whether hitting the beach, the slopes, the links or the big city, you can choose a different location each year. If you own points, you can even break up your days into multiple long weekends for even more experiences. And even if you want to travel outside the Marriott network, exchange providers such as Interval International give you a choice from thousands of resorts around the world.
Plan ahead. It pays to book at least 12 months in advance and, while that may seem like a long time, once you get into the habit you’ll have vacations coming up every year that you’ll always look forward to.
Buying as a resale is always the best way to get a good deal on Marriott Vacation Club timeshare. You can save 50-60% off the cost compared to the resort prices, which adds up to thousands of dollars off the “new” sale prices at the resorts.
4. How do I rent my Marriott timeshare?
You can rent your Marriott timeshare by advertising it on websites that attract vacationers looking for good deals for their next vacation accommodation. The good news is that the word is out about how great timeshare rentals are compared to standard hotel rooms, so there is a market of consumers looking for deals.
When you decide to rent out your Marriott timeshare, make sure you have booked the week or equivalent points with the resort so you have an actual product to provide. Some owners advertise first, but then may have trouble getting the dates booked after securing a renter. That’s what you don’t want to happen.
Once you have the dates booked, look for high traffic websites such as BuyaTimeshare.com and advertise your Marriott timeshare rental. Make sure you have a renter’s agreement ready for both parties to sign so that once you have a renter, you can secure their intent in writing. Once you have the contract in place, establish a way the renter can provide you with a deposit to hold the rental, then get their contact details so you can provide them to the resort. Once you have their confirmation in place with the resort, send it to the renter and obtain the balance of the rental cost. Remain in contact with the resort and find out if there is any additional information the resort needs. Once the deal is finalized, sit back and count the cash.
5. How do you sell a Marriott timeshare?
You sell a Marriott timeshare essentially the same way you sell any other product – by advertising it. Because timeshare ownership is a use product and not something physical like a car or clothing, you’ll need experienced industry help in order to sell.
First, make sure you have your ownership documents in order so you can prove what you own. You’ll be amazed how many owners don’t actually know specifically what they own. Copies of deeds and sales contracts will document this. Also – see if you have any photos of your Marriott timeshare resort or unit that you can use. This will show how much fun you’ve had, the same kind of fun a buyer can have.
Now, you’re ready to find an outlet to sell your Marriott timeshare. This is a specialized market, so look for high traffic websites that specialize in selling timeshares such as BuyaTimeshare.com. Ask about marketing plans and how much targeted traffic the website gets. Get any promises in writing – since many states such as Florida require resellers to provide a written contract for services.
Once you put your Marriott timeshare up for sale, be proactive by providing photos and adjusting your price as needed to tap into the market for your ownership. When you have a buyer interested and have agreed on a price, you’ll need to provide a purchase and sale agreement for both parties to sign. If you need help with this, contact the advertising company and they should be able to refer you to a company that can assist with the contract and associated elements such as securing deposits. If you have these elements in place, even better since you can enact this yourself.
When everything is in place, you can engage a closing company to handle the actual processing of the transaction. This can take from 60-120 days depending on the ownership and the efficiency of the resort. Once you are notified that your timeshare is sold and closed, look for the check and start planning to spend that money!
6. How do I rent Marriott destination points?
You can rent Marriott destination points from an existing owner regardless of whether you are already an owner with a Destination Club account or if you do not already have an account. Please understand that this is different from the use of rewards points under the Bonvoy program, which is just a loyalty rewards program like in many hotel chains.
Look for owners advertising to rent Marriott destination points on sites such as BuyaTimeshare.com. These owners would normally advertise their total allotment of points and the total price they are asking to rent those points. So, for example, an owner may be asking $3,700 to rent out 6500 points. For existing account holders, many owners look to bulk up their point allotments so can add points this way if they are looking to travel to a unique destination where they need additional points for a one-off vacation.
The process works basically the same as any timeshare rental process. You would contact the owner advertising to rent out their Marriott destination points, make an offer and negotiate a price to pay. The owner would contact Marriott and inquire about the use of those points for a specific usage at a given resort within the current use year. Once the availability is assured, then an agreement can be put in place and presumably a deposit paid. The owner would then give Marriott your contact details to confirm the booking. Once the confirmation is in place, then the owner sends you the confirmation and you would provide the final payment. Then get ready to make vacation plans.
One area to keep in mind. Because Marriott destination points can be used in a variety of allotments depending on the resort and destination to visit, it’s a good idea to first know where and when you want to vacation to estimate how many points you will need in order to book that accommodation.
7. Which Marriott timeshare is closest to Disney World?
The Marriott timeshare resorts closest to Disney World would be the three resorts that are part of the Marriott World Center complex, which would be Marriott’s Royal Palms, Imperial Palms and Sabal Palms. Technically, the closest would be Sabal Palms, but visitors to all three would need to leave the complex through World Center Drive and proceed across I-4 to the Main Gate of the Disney property. Once through the Main Gate, Epcot Center would be the first park to access, with the ability to proceed on to the Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs and other parks and locations within the Disney complex.
Other Marriott timeshares relatively close the Disney World complex are Marriott’s Harbour Lake, Cyprus Harbour and Grande Vista – all of which are close to the part of International Drive near SeaWorld – with Lakeshore Reserve a bit further out off John Young Parkway.
8. How do I get out of Marriott Vacation Club?
The best way to get out of Marriott Vacation Club timeshare ownership is obviously to sell your ownership to a new buyer and make some money in the process. However, there are a few other ways you can consider that may not be as beneficial.
Marriott Vacation Club owners have the opportunity to sell by advertising their ownership - just like any other type of product. In this case, the owner would find an outlet that they can use to promote their ownership to buyers, such as a timeshare resale website, negotiate with interested potential buyers and come to an agreement to sell. As this is considered a by-owner method of selling, you as the owner would be responsible for securing the contract and associated details, then turning the process over to a closing company to finalize the sale. You would keep all of the proceeds for yourself, with the buyer most often paying those closing costs.
Owners can also choose the services of a licensed broker to handle the process. In this case, an agent would handle the process on your behalf with a commission to be paid at the end of the sale. Such commissions are often more expensive than an advertising fee, but the commission is not paid until after the sale is closed.
There is also the opportunity to contact Marriott for their help. They may be able to take back your ownership if you have paid off any liens and are up to date on all your maintenance fee payments. However, many cases do not qualify and you would not make any money in most cases by just giving it back. Marriott also offers owners their own resale program, but the commissions are 40% of the resale price which is higher than nearly any other resale method available. Keep in mind that Marriott is also selling timeshare points as new sales so it is not in their best interest to sell your timeshare as a resale.
Another way to get out of Marriott Vacation Club timeshares could be through so-called exit companies. These programs cost upwards of $4,000 – $5,000 and above but even though they claim guarantees, the final say comes down to the approval of Marriott. And they have been very reluctant to work with such legally dubious operators, with state Attorney Generals such as the Washington State AG filing a lawsuit against one prominent exit operator. Others have been shut down in states such as Tennessee and Florida, with even more under state legal scrutiny.
9. Is it worth buying Marriott points?
Marriott points are some of the best timeshare products available, so it is definitely worth buying Marriott points on the resale market. The discounted prices of resales make this an easy choice to open you up to the vast network of Marriott timeshare resorts around the world.
Almost 70 resorts in the U.S. and overseas are part of the Marriott timeshare network, giving points owners amazing flexibility when choosing a vacation destination. You could choose a different resort each year and, because there are no restrictions on using these points when buying Marriott points as resales, you can look forward to unique vacations every year.
The real worth is in the discounts you get when buying resale. Buying Marriott points through the resorts or Marriott sales centers will set you back about $14 per point. That quickly adds up when looking at how many points it takes for a week’s vacation in a resort such as Marriott Newport Coast Villas. At minimum during the slow season you are looking at nearly 3,000 points. Even a summer trip to Orlando at Marriott Grande Vista for a week in a one-bedroom unit would take over 1,700 points. That’s $24,000 for the points you’d need if bought directly from Marriott.
Compare that with the resale costs of Marriott points and there is no comparison. A glance at sites such as BuyaTimeshare.com shows prices advertised as little as $3 per point, with the majority of prices under $10. That’s thousands of dollars, and in some cases tens of thousands of dollars, in savings by buying the same product on the resale market. And remember that those prices are the asking prices before any negotiations begin with prospective buyers.