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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy33 View Post
    New SVC member here.................... Nice to know there is a timeshare forum to vent sometimes.
    Hi Daisy,
    Welcome to the forum.
    I don't own Shell but we've all experienced "enhancements" that turn out to be a little unfriendly, so stick around, and collectively we'll figure out a way around the enhancements.

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    Thank you chriskre! For others who aren't SVC, the Puerto Vallarta resort is incredible, loved it!! All my other stays have been through RCI exchange. I recently booked the Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix for a 3-day 2-night stay in May 2012. Check it out online, it looks awesome especially if you like golf. I don't but I love baseball and it's close to spring training camps. The Mon-Wed stay is only using 300 points of my 1750 annual allotment. I've only recently searched vacations using SVC's Point & Play and it is extremely easy and fun to check out all the 24 SVC resorts. Booking is a piece of cake and not having to pay the exchange fees is just glorious. I think I may just stick with SVC resorts from now on.

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    Daisy honestly I personally feel that using the mini systems within their respective systems is where you'll get the most value. Ocasionally for the high TPU ticket items in RCI are worth exchanging but I've found I mostly use my mini-systems within my mini and I'm much happier there. I guess you've discovered the same thing.

    RCI has some great resorts but it may be worth purchasing a cheaper trader for those deals if you want to do them regularly.

    Enjoy exploring those Shell resorts. If I live West I'd consider owning Shell as they do have lovely resorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy33 View Post
    Thank you chriskre! For others who aren't SVC, the Puerto Vallarta resort is incredible, loved it!! All my other stays have been through RCI exchange. I recently booked the Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix for a 3-day 2-night stay in May 2012. Check it out online, it looks awesome especially if you like golf. I don't but I love baseball and it's close to spring training camps. The Mon-Wed stay is only using 300 points of my 1750 annual allotment. I've only recently searched vacations using SVC's Point & Play and it is extremely easy and fun to check out all the 24 SVC resorts. Booking is a piece of cake and not having to pay the exchange fees is just glorious. I think I may just stick with SVC resorts from now on.

    Daisy - Glad to hear the SVC property in Puerto Vallarta (Plaza Pelicanos) is nice. We wandered through there a few years ago but didn't get much of a feel for the place. Question: What were your impressions of P.V. ? My wife is uneasy about going back to Mexico in view of the narcotraficante problem.

    You're probably right in planning to stay within the SVC system; I think for short stays you really don't have any other option. In general I think I'll like the I.I. switch but, yes, the transaction fee for short stays is ludicrous. But some SVC properties have very high points requirements, so it can make sense to trade into those. We have not been disappointed in ANY of the SVC sites, and they're very well represented in Hawaii (except Maui).

    One thing you might consider is bank (or borrow) enough SVC points to book a week at an SVC resort, then deposit it with an outfit like SFX. Their people are extremely helpful, and they have some programs that give a very nice bang for the buck. Study their website first, and read through the SFX section on this site.

    I hope you're not planning on watching any spring training in May. It'll be long gone by then, and my Rockies will probably be bottom-feeding already. We're headed down there (also to The Legacy) at the end of March; should be fun. Enjoy !!

    --------Zach[/I][/I]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picker57 View Post

    Question: What were your impressions of P.V. ? My wife is uneasy about going back to Mexico in view of the narcotraficante problem.

    One thing you might consider is bank (or borrow) enough SVC points to book a week at an SVC resort, then deposit it with an outfit like SFX. Their people are extremely helpful, and they have some programs that give a very nice bang for the buck. Study their website first, and read through the SFX section on this site.

    --------Zach[/I][/I]
    We loved P.V. . . . the furnishings weren't very contemporary however we loved the 2-BR condo at the SVC resort which was very spacious with an ocean view. This was 6 years ago and the problems in Mexico weren't quite as bad. We stayed close to the resort.

    I'm a newbie with the terms "borrow" and "deposit". Sadly, I only know how to "bank" points and book with the exchange company. My co-owner handled all the bookings for me and I'm only now perusing the SVC website myself and starting to read all the unopened mail SVC has mailed.

    Thanks for the tip but I just checked the SFX site and looks like the resorts don't include Italy unfortunately where my co-owner has been wanting to visit for awhile. By depositing points, does this just mean booking with another exchange company's resorts? How does SFX figure into the equation when II is SVC's new exchange company?

    Daisy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy33 View Post
    We loved P.V. . . . the furnishings weren't very contemporary however we loved the 2-BR condo at the SVC resort which was very spacious with an ocean view. This was 6 years ago and the problems in Mexico weren't quite as bad. We stayed close to the resort.

    I'm a newbie with the terms "borrow" and "deposit". Sadly, I only know how to "bank" points and book with the exchange company. My co-owner handled all the bookings for me and I'm only now perusing the SVC website myself and starting to read all the unopened mail SVC has mailed.

    Thanks for the tip but I just checked the SFX site and looks like the resorts don't include Italy unfortunately where my co-owner has been wanting to visit for awhile. By depositing points, does this just mean booking with another exchange company's resorts? How does SFX figure into the equation when II is SVC's new exchange company?

    Daisy
    It's probably been almost that long since we've been in PV. Loved it then, and really enjoyed walking around the town....then. I know the SVC property is well-located. We were at the Golden Crown Paradise next to the marina; also a great location.

    What we've done with SFX (and you can do the same with any exchange company - Trading Places, etc) is to RESERVE (book) a week at a Shell property that has reasonable points requirements. An example would be Holua on the Big Island, 3500 points for 1BR. You can use your next year's points allotment ("borrowing") to collect the necessary points. Once you have the confirmation from Shell, go into the SFX (or any) website and DEPOSIT it. Hawaii is a high trade value, so you'll likely get some bonus thingies back ("Lifestyle Week" or some such). You can browse different exchange company sites to see who gives the biggest bang for the buck.

    Yeah, too bad about Italy.....or just about anywhere in Europe from what I'm seeing. You might try VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner).

    Good luck, and have fun.

    ------------Zach

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    New error messages on Shell Vacations site

    Any Shell owners receiving error messages when clicking Point & Play and External Exchange for II?

    This is the first time it's happened but yesterday and today, the error reads "There are no active memberships with this account . . . " or "At this time, there are Multiple Use Years associated with the account . . . " and both refer to SVC's toll-free number for assistance.

    The strange part is that in between both occurrences, the site seemed to work fine but I tried in the wee hours of the morning. Hope SVC answers my email inquiries quickly as it is very frustrating.

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    The interface with interval has been pretty hit or miss but suspect they will get the kinks worked out soon. Just try again and sometimes it will work one minute and then not the next and so on.

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    My Interval is ok but Point & play is down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickey moe View Post
    My Interval is ok but Point & play is down.

    Just checked Point 'n Play; it's still down. This seems to be the case a LOT. And it's a royal pain in the tush, because I'd much rather do all I can online than via phone (with a different agent) every time.

    In my humble (yeah, right...) opinion, web services (site, connectivity, and email responses) continue to be SVC's biggest weakness.

    --------Zach

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