The Colonies at Williamsburg VA – Pressured to Upgrade

We received the following submission from one of our users regarding their experience with RCI:

“We purchased at timeshare in 2006 had it paid for in full. In 2010 we both lost our jobs. We left the yearly fees go. And felt we lost the timeshare. In 2018 we receive a letter telling us that they will accept half of the fees to bring it up to date. Well, we both have good positions and are doing ok getting out of the hole we put ourselves in while out of jobs. So we took the offer took out a loan and paid the fees off. We love the week we have and decided to go because it wouldn’t cost anything but food and tickets to places.

While we were there they said we need to go to this free lunch and learn about the new incentives the Interval Company was putting in place. We agreed. We went there spent 4 hours telling this man that we couldn’t afford it and he just kept asking us what we could afford. I said only $100 a month that’s all. So he came back with what we thought was a good chance to get better services and area. So we did it. And now we just want to go back to what we had.

Is there a way to get out of the upgrade??? That’s all I want to do.”

Vida Vacations Timeshare Experience

We received the following submission from one of our users about their experience purchasing a timeshare with Vida Vacations in Mexico:

timeshare experience“We went to a timeshare presentation at the Riviera Maya in Nov. 2015. It was the worst thing we could of done. Sadly we were scammed. In the sales presentation we asked many questions, and some questions various times. Every question or doubt we had regarding the contract was put to ease by the 2 sales persons who dealt with us. We have tried contacting them at many different numbers and sent them letters. We have been promised that our calls will be returned but they are not. They will not cancel the purchase or contract and they will not even bother to speak to us and find a resolution.

We found 170 complaints on one website against this merchant and their timeshare sales such as the one we bought. I also found dozens of complaints at other complaints boards, at the better business bureau and dozens of other sites online. If you search online Vida Vacations or Vacation Privileges or Mayan resorts you will see endless lists of customers who like us were lied to and scammed.

DO NOT VISIT THIS RESORT OR GO TO THEIR TIMESHARE PRESENTATION NO MATTER WHAT IS OFFERED TO YOU. DO NOT BUY FROM THESE THIEVES.”

Club Wyndham Desert Blue Access

We received the following submission from one of our users about their experience with Club Wyndham:

club wyndham “WOW! What a smooth talking, very likeable guy at Desert Blue in Las Vegas! We already have TWO timeshares, totaling 308,000 points that we rarely used, and somehow, this man talked us into buying an ADDITIONAL 154,000 points by telling us that our timeshare needed updating, we were paying too much in interest, we could rent our points for maintenance…blah blah blah. I am still within the timeframe to rescind, and probably will.

HOWEVER, I have 3 nights booked in Vegas in May. If I rescind, do I loose ALL my timeshare, or only the new contract? Does it revert back to the old stuff? Will they cancel my reservation? I have 8 people depending on that trip. I had already used this years points, and had borrowed 35,000 from next year, but if I get to keep the old, I still have enough to borrow from next year for the trip in May. I don’t really want to lose the old one, because its almost paid for.

I know without a doubt, that if we don’t rescind, we will not be able to keep up. Oh…and rent?? Forget it. They can get places in Vegas for CHEAP…through unscrupulous places that sell timeshares.”

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