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Timeshare Exchange
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In recent years, timeshares have gained an incredible popularity. Timeshare sales are an extremely profitable business for the resorts, and the salespeople would say anything in order to get a sale done.

During timeshare presentations, it is very likely that the salespeople will you give loads of verbal promises and attractive gifts for you to sign the contract; one of these promises is the possibility to exchange your timeshare with another owner. They will tell you that you will be able to travel anywhere in the world with your timeshare.

If timeshares were such a big deal, why there are so many people who feel they were scammed and are trying to get rid of their ownership? Learn more about exchanges and the real possibilities to travel with your timeshare.


An exchange is a one-time trade for time in a different resort. This process offers timeshare owners the possibility to experience and travel to new destinations around the world, however, an exchange is easier said than done.

Sometimes, to facilitate the exchange, many timeshare owners use the services that some timeshare exchange companies provide. To be able to use those services, the resort must be affiliated to an exchange company, and the owner will have to pay a membership fee, plus other expenses. Nonetheless, there are a few things to take into consideration about exchange companies:

  •  Not all exchange companies are legitimate: Timeshare industry is full of fraudulent companies; therefore, customers should be cautious about it.
  • Not all timeshares have the same exchange power: Some timeshares are harder to exchange than others. If you own a timeshare in a small town it is not very likely that you can exchange it for a week in Paris or other big-popular destination
  • Exchange costs money: exchange companies charge an annual membership fee, which needs to be paid before you can even accomplish an exchange.

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How to Exchange your timeshare

There are 3 possible ways to exchange your timeshare:

Direct Exchange: A direct exchange is when you trade your timeshare owner to owner. This is the most basic and cost-effective way to make an exchange. This process requires finding another owner who is willing and ableto trade their week for yours. Once you find someone, both parties should notify the timeshare company to get a guest pass for the family who is staying at the resort. There are several websites where you can list your timeshare to find people who are interested in direct  exchanges, such as Craiglist and Timeshare Forums.

Exchange through the Resort: There are some timeshare companies that offer an exchange program, but just with their specific group of resorts. Hotel chains such as Mayan Palace in Mexico and Westgate in the US have this program.

Timeshare Exchange Company: A company allows you to announce your week with them, and you can also choose from their inventory of weeks that other timeshare owners have listed. The largest exchange companies in the world are RCI (Resort Condominiums International), II (Interval International) and DAE (Dial An Exchange).

Some things to take into consideration

Before making an exchange, there are a couple of things to take into consideration to accomplish the process effectively:

  •  Find out when your vacation ownership is available for an exchange
  • Decide when and where you would like to take your vacation
  •  If you want to make the timeshare swap faster and easier, consider joining a timeshare exchange network to list your timeshare online. All important information such as the name of the resort, the location and the exchange week must be provided.
  • Make sure to upload photos of your timeshare. The pictures must be colorful and attractive.
  •  Include tips, advices and things to do about the destination and your timeshare resort
  • Consider advertising your timeshare in newspapers, travel websites and magazines
  • Make an inventory of everything in your vacation ownership. This is to prevent any kind of problems.
  •  Contact a lawyer and draw up a rental agreement to protect you and the other participants of the timeshare trade.

To know more tips and advices about timeshares visit our article: Timeshare Fraud: 5 Tips timeshare Resorts Don´t Want You To Know

Timeshare deception?

As you may know by now, a timeshare exchange is not easy to be accomplished; in fact, there are many timeshare owners who have been trying to exchange their timeshares for years without a success. If you, or someone you know, own a timeshare unit you feel it was sold under unethical matters, or you’re not able to use anymore, or pay the ever increasing timeshare maintenance fees, contact Mexican Timeshare Solutions to get a free consultation on your timeshare problem. At MTS, our goal is to assist timeshare purchasers who feel they were scammed or taken advantage of by fraudulent salespeople and deceptive sales practices.  As specialists in the timeshare industry, we are committed to offering timeshare help in a fast, friendly and experienced service to clients. Contact us today for a free consultation and get rid of your timeshare as soon as possible! You have nothing to lose, except your timeshare!

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  • blanca adriana lucatero suarezJanuary 21, 2018, 6:19 pm

    La verdad estoy decepcionada de la membresia porque es un fraude y deseo cancelarla, ya que me falta una año y 2 meses para pagar la menbresia pero la cuota de mantenimiento es un fastidio porque aumenta cada año

  • Juan Carlos FarinaAugust 11, 2015, 4:22 pm

    Soy propietario de Dpto. 4 pax SEMANAS 3 Y 4 segunda quincena Enero en Mar del Plata-Argentina,balcón vista al mar,servicio completo.Cochera y complejo en playa (Hermitage Hotel).(opcionales) PERMUTARIA por similar en Cordoba Argentina preferente Punilla o simil´Prefiero intercambio directo a propietario,

  • Jessica CidJanuary 5, 2015, 11:22 pm

    Sounds like a good alternative, but the true is that the timeshare stuff is a cycle that never ends ,a friend of mine try to do these, at first the resort told her that is ok , but then the same resort ask her some money to make the change process, the quantity was a big amount...so i dont look for any side the solution, so the better way to get out of this is cancellation , contact some professional people for help

  • Spark1July 13, 2014, 2:20 pm

    Stay away from timeshare. Special assessments have to be written in the leases in order for them to levy this cost. There is lots of fraud and scam with timeshare

  • PatriciaJune 23, 2014, 9:28 am

    me encantaria hacer algo asi, no se si pueda hacerlo con mi tiempo compartido, ustedes pueden asesorarme con respecto a esto?

  • AmyJune 3, 2014, 3:42 pm

    i think it's not fair that you have to pay before you can get your timeshare exchange :/ because it's possible that you'll never be able to use it!

  • CesarJune 1, 2014, 6:31 pm

    Este año cumplo 6 años co mi tiempo compartido y hasta la fecha no lo he podido intercambiar, ya no quiero seguir pagando por un servicio que no se me está garantizando

  • DiegoMay 23, 2014, 3:24 pm

    la idea suena tentadora, aunque un poco dificil, si casi nunca puedo hacer uso de mi tiempo compartido, no me imagino como hacerlo en un intercambio

  • NaomiApril 2, 2014, 4:02 pm

    i would like to try this method, what i have to do?

  • KarelyMarzo 28, 2014, 3:57 pm

    estoy de acuerdo, muchas veces no es lo mas sencillo y nos dejamos llevar por todo lo que nos dicen

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