Below is one owner’s experience with the Wyndham timeshare trial vacation that was submitted through our website.
In 2013 we were scammed in to purchasing the one year trial vacation with Wyndham while in Vegas. It cost us $3,000. We realized after 24 hrs we wanted to cancel, but read it wasn’t possible. No phone numbers are indicated in the brochures, or on the papers we signed. There was NO ONE TO CONTACT in any way, shape or form.
When we signed up for the trial, the salesperson stated we could begin payment by June 2014. We never used the one year trial– AT ALL! We, unfortunately, began to make payments about 5 or 6 months ago, thinking it’ll ruin our credit, etc. This is ridiculous.
We are already tight, and it hurts me to continue making payments to something we never really wanted, NEVER USED (also they said if we didn’t use the one year trial, it’ll be expired?) will this affect our credit score? Because we are planning to keep our credit score good. Just in case by the end of this year we are planning to maybe start a business. Can we just stop making payments? We’ve already sent payments using checks in the past 5 months. Help!
In our experience hearing 1000’s of timeshare stores over the years, we have found that the timeshare trial vacations are simply not worth it. For the same amount of money you would spend on the timeshare trial, you could buy a nice timeshare on the resale market. If you want to just “try before you buy” and stay at one of the resorts, you can rent the unit for a week for substantially less than what you would spend for any trial program – this is true of Wyndham and all the other timeshare vacation systems.
We have been timeshare owners of the St. George’s Club in Bermuda for 10 years. Over that time, the maintenance fees have more than DOUBLED but the club has gone downhill. Now, on a fixed income, we cannot afford these fees.
Selling is out of the question as no one would want this timeshare. On our most recent trip, two years ago, we discovered just how difficult things are. As cruise ships have become larger, all of the ports except one are unable to accommodate the ships, so the local economy in Bermuda has taken a hit. The golf course that attracted us to the property was abandoned five years ago, and has become an eyesore.
I would like to just stop paying the maintenance fees, but not sure what would happen since the timeshare is not in the US. In Bermuda you cannot buy but are deeded the property for a max of 25 yrs. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated.
If you want a frightening experience, go to the sales presentation of Vacation Village at Parkway in Kissimmee, Florida.
I was promised that since I was an owner at Vacation Village that I did not need to hear the sales pitch, but instead, I was strong armed with threatening talk about my deeded week timeshare. The sales person I spoke with stated that I could no longer trade the timeshare I owned at Vacation Village, and that I had to go on my exact week at my home resort no exception. He said I had to sign this paper stating that understood this, and that I was not willing to change to points.
At this time he also told me about the RCI law suit, and yet I was never notified. I stated that it is the responsibility of the resorts that sold weeks to notify their owners about the lawsuit, and that they failed to protect their owners in this case, and therefore, I would consult with my attorney over what my rights are. He immediately started back peddling and said, “Well, you just don’t have as much option as points.” He was going for a hard sell all the way.
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