FAQ for RCI Points – How Does the RCI Points System Work?

Before purchasing a points-based timeshare, it is important to know exactly what you will be getting for your money. The following list of frequently asked questions regarding RCI points will touch on many of the basics of the points exchange, and feel free to leave a comment if you have any additional questions.

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  1. What are the estimated points requirements for different types of stays/accomodations/etc.?
    • 50,000 – 80,000 points will roughly translate into a stay at virtually any RCI weeks resort (this depends on the season more than anything else)
    • 35,000 points will get you a 1 bedroom at any RCI weeks resort
    • 10,000 points will allow you to get any size unit, based on availability, using RCI’s Last Call Vacation – reservations can not be made more than 45 days in advance
    • 50,000 – 80,000 points will get you a cruise for two
    • 20,000 points will let you get an intermediate sized rental car for a week
    • Points requirements are broken down by geographical area and room type, for a detailed chart please click here – http://www.rci.com/GPN/CDA/Common/pdf/RCI_ExGridsUpdate1.pdf
  2. How can I get more points?
    • You can borrow from future years
    • You can rent points from RCI for 2 cents per point – up to 50% of your entire transaction
    • Rented points must be used in the same year in which they were purchased and are nontransferable
    • Points rental is subject to availability and can not be done in every situation
  3. What happens if I do not use all of my points for a given year?
    • RCI points will rollover to the next year if not utilized
  4. Are there any caps on points usage?
    • A max of 60,000 points per year can be used on non-resort stays including: car rentals, airfare, and other travel perks.
    • Points will only roll into the next year; they will not be carried over into a third year if unused
  5. If I am points member do I still pay dues and maintenance fees?
    • Yes, even though you are not”technically” assigned a home resort, you are still responsible for paying your annual dues for RCI membership and applicable maintenance fees
  6. How can I get the most out of my RCI points?
    • The key to successful timesharing is traveling, and the key to RCI points is traveling at the last minute and utilizing the 10,000 point Last Call Vacations

4 Responses to “FAQ for RCI Points – How Does the RCI Points System Work?”

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  2. mandie says:

    Hi Scott,

    That is a really comprehensive chart you linked to – and I am 99% sure that those values are for the upcoming 2008 season. Points have been known to experience change over time, although high levels of devaluation are not really an issue. Just make sure you purchase a timeshare with enough points to support the type of travel you are considering and make sure to buy on the resale market!! Good luck and happy travels.

  3. Scott Watson says:

    Hi, I've been poking around at timeshare resale, and I've found an RCI points-to-weeks chart online that has much higher point values than what's quoted here. Are the above values from 2007 and the values I found for 2008? Can any long-term RCI Points member let me know if these increases are typical? Thanks! I'd hate to buy into a resort, intending to exchange my points, only to find out that the points are devalued year after year.

    Link to PDF: http://www.rci.com/GPN/CDA/Common/pdf/RCI_ExGrids

  4. Bill Taylor says:

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