Timeshare Travel Vs Travel Agency. Which Is The Best For Your Pocket?

Many people purchase a timeshare travel under the pretention they will save money on the long run on Cruises, Hotels, airfare or car rental. Know if these claims of savings are true.

Timeshare Travel

Timeshare Travel is the right to own a week at a certain resort yearly. Timeshare salespeople often lies to convince potential buyers that they are purchasing a timeshare that will provide them with deep discounts on travel in the long run and potential for thousands of dollars in profits.

Timeshares as means of saving money on travel expenses

Some common timeshare scams are claims that the timeshare will allow the client to vacation at much lower rates than if they purchased online or through a travel agent.

The following research shows that the real cost of the timeshare travel is far more than if the client purchased a package vacation online through Expedia, proving that the discounts promised by the salesperson are one example of timeshare fraud. Please read the following so that you can avoid becoming a victim of this deceiftul industry.

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Research

We compared the price of using a timeshare week to the price of booking package deals to the same resorts using expedia.com. We determined the average price of using the timeshare based on actual client information from our database. The price quotes are based on a a party of 2 people, on a weeklong vacation from Los Angeles to the following destinations for the dates of December 4 – 11, 2010.

Puerto Vallarta
-Grand VelasPlaya del sol GrandParadise VillageMayan PalaceGrand mayanVelas Vallarta
Average Timeshare price$53.854,00 $10.575,00 $31.650,00 $19.903,00 $38,751 $23.560,00
Annual Cost (based on 30 years plan)$1.795,13 $352,50 $1.055,00 $663,43 $1291.70 $785,33
Average Maintenance Fee$800,00 $500,00  $799,00 $1.299,00 $649,00
Floght from LA (2 persons)$832,00 $832,00 $832,00 $832,00 $832,00$832,00
All inclusive fees (2 persons)$2.100,00 NA NA NA NA $1.155,00
Total weekly fees (2 persons)$5.527,13 $1.684,50 $1.887,00 $2.294,43 $3.422,70 $1.987,00
Expedia package price (2 persons)$3.900,00 $1.136,00 $1.302,00 $1.602,00 $2.032,00 $2.518,00
% Cheaper through Expedia29% 33% 31% 30% 41% 26%
Cancun
-Krystal
Grand VelasRoyal Elite Sandos CaracoRoyal Elite Sandos RivieraRoyal Elite Sandos PlayacarGrand Mayan
Average Timeshare price$16.432,00 $53.000,00 $14.356,00 $16.830,00$12.326,00$42,14
Annual Cost (based on 30 years plan)$547,73 $1.766,67 $478,53 $561,00$410,87$1,40
Average Maintenance Fee$799,00 $1.249,00 $649,00 $599,00$549,00$1.199,00
Floght from LA (2 persons)$900,00 $900,00 $900,00 $900,00$900,00$900,00
All inclusive fees (2 persons)NA $2.100,00 $1.260,00 $1.120,00$1.120,00NA
Total weekly fees (2 persons) $2.246,73 $6.015,67  $3.287,53 $3.180,00$2.979,87 $2.100,40 
Expedia package price (2 persons) $1.944,00 $3.950,00  $1.702,00  $2.354,00 $2.196,00 $1.880,00
% Cheaper through Expedia>13% 34% 48% 26%26%10%
Mazatlan
-Pueblo Bonito Emerald BayPueblo BonitoEl Cid MarinaTorrenza
Average Timeshare price$13.549,00$29.800,00$21.177,00$18.139,00
Annual Cost (based on 30 years plan)$451,63$993,33$705,90$604,63
Average Maintenance Fee
$699,00
$899,00$759,00$600,00
Floght from LA (2 persons)$832,00$832,00$832,00$832,00
All inclusive fees (2 persons)NANANANA
Total weekly fees (2 persons)$1.982,63$2.724,33$2.296,90 $2.036,63
Expedia package price (2 persons)$1.770,00$1.676,00$1.716,00$1.714,00
% Cheaper through Expedia11%38%25%16%

 

As you can see from the chart above, the cost of booking a vacation package on expedia.com is anywhere from 10% - 48% cheaper than booking the same trip directly through the timeshare company.

This chart also does not factor in the opportunity cost for the client. For example, if a client purchases a $20,000 timeshare, the money is essentially gone, whether the timeshare is legit or not. At the end of the plan (ie. 30 years), the client no longer has the right to use the timeshare, and as such, there is no value to the property. On the other hand, if the client invests the $20,000, that they were going to spend on a timeshare, at 3% interest for 30 years, they will have $48,545.25. If the client invests wisely in deeded properties or other types of high return investments, the loss of buying a timeshare vs. purchasing an investment compounds even further.

Statement

Buying a timeshare under the impresion you will save money on the long run on travel expenses such as airfare or cruises equals to being a victim of timeshare fraud. Timeshares will barely provide you a small discount on accomodations and that´s it. Timeshares will not provide you, in most cases, any discounts on your vacation expenses.

If you have purchased a timeshare based on these fraudulent promises, and are not happy with the value you are receiving for your investment, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our experienced staff at Mexican Timeshare Solutions will provide you with a free consultation to analyze your situation and let you know upfront if we can cancel your contract and achieve a refund of your hard-earned money.

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