RCI has been in business since 1974, providing the points based system and a week-exchange system. It’s a subsidiary of a larger group, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, so there are a huge number of affiliated resorts to pick from. RCI itself stands for Resorts Condominium International, though most people just refer to it as RCI.
With larger timeshare groups, you have to make sure to register early, and double check your reservations. There has been a history of complaints of problems reserving places to stay, and sometimes reservations can be dropped without warning. Just make sure to check early and check often as your vacation date nears to make sure your name is still there.
There are a lot of places online offering points for many RCI Travel locations. Ebay has many auctions for RCI points at different resorts. If you’re looking to buy points, pay attention to where the place is, because while you can apply your points towards any vacation location, sometimes the points have been applied towards one resort, and you’ll be forced to pay a fee to transfer them to another resort.
Luckily, the fee to transfer is limited, so you never have to pay too much to switch between locations. RCI has one of the largest networks of places to go, too. There’s a couple hundred at least on every continent, and it includes several in the Middle East as well. Just make sure to check with the hotel you plan to visit about any limitations or precautions they advice before you leave.
As I had mentioned earlier, RCI travel has had a few complaints about their cancellation policy and transferring of locations. People have reported that their policy of dropping reservations can be done without notice, and often the money spent is not refunded unless you call into them and ask for it. So always make sure to always check your contract when you sign it. If you’re getting a good deal, and don’t mind the possibility of a little hassle in the future, they’ve got a great variety of resorts.
Because RCI Travel is a large timeshare company, one of the largest in the world, you may have trouble booking around the time you’d wish to go. The favored locations will go quick, and you can always sell back points early enough if you’re not going to use the points towards any other locations.
RCI offers many, many different resorts to choose from, and you’ll never have to go to the same place twice if you don’t want to, which is a huge plus for people who like to take a new vacation every year or couple years. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into when you sign a contract for a condo or timeshare.