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    Just visited a sales presentation.

    Friends,

    My wife and I just viewed a BG sales presentation. I will not say it was high pressure, but the main sales presenter knew his stuff to make his pitch... He appealed to pathos, ethos, and logos. He poured it on! Props to him for knowing his trade... But despite it, and what did make sense about it... we turned it down. Even said no the final offer on the final building on the way to get our gift cards and headed out. Actually, if he would have stayed with us a bit longer, he might have got us on the last one... but I think I had already written us off and wanted to get to the next on.

    Anywho, I cannot really believe that the charter membership is not available in the future. Yes, we signed the document saying we turned down the offer, but if you show up with a fist full of cash, will they really refuse you? Just curious...

    I did like the basic plan, but wow, it was expensive. $32,900 for 16,000 points. The last presentation we went to with Spinnaker was like 25% that cost for similar. The maintenance and other fees were a bit much too.

    We have always liked the idea of timeshares, but we have pretty much just done the travel club thing where you pay 600-800 for a 7 night stay in an unused week kind of arrangement.

    Anyone have any insight on what benefits you are really getting with BG over others???

    Thanks!

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    First rule buy on the 2nd hand market you will get it most of the time 75% offis and always research what you are buying, Next is what most prefer to do which is buy something that is easy to get to and you can use it every year. If the resort has a rental program that makes it that much better
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    Roger that... Also, what about the "perks" they offer in the "charter" membership? Some of those are what we would use as well. Such as finding something available in a completely different area that we can use points for, and pay the transfer fee.

    Also, with BG, they offer really cheap rentals to owners they call "bonus" days. So, like $89/night for a two room suite and not use points.

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    There are other companies you can exchange with, http://www.timeshareforums.com/forum...ange-Companies
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    Goomba & Super Moderator tonyg's Avatar
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    All the great things you heard at the presentation are probably best case scenarios. Bonus day are probably off season empty resort specials.

    For some good information on BG read the BG forums and many or most of your questions will be answered. If not just post a question you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinav View Post
    Roger that... Also, what about the "perks" they offer in the "charter" membership? Some of those are what we would use as well. Such as finding something available in a completely different area that we can use points for, and pay the transfer fee.

    Also, with BG, they offer really cheap rentals to owners they call "bonus" days. So, like $89/night for a two room suite and not use points.
    The biggest perk of getting "charter " benefits is bonus time at all Bluegreen resorts.
    Pinnacle is the authorized reseller of BG. You can buy 2,000 points with charter benefit thru them for. A Few thousand dollars and then add resale points for $0.10-25 per point. http://www.pinnaclevacations.com
    I like BG because I enjoy the flexibility of booking what unit size I want for the number of days I want.

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    My presentation said that buying specific "weeks" was old school. What I see in the Pinnacle web site are points, and an actual week and unit number. Also, nothing mentioned about charter membership. I am leery of contacting anyone because of the "first time" threat that you always get. I still have a hard time believing that they wont entertain your cash for the same deal... but, anyway... Are you buying a unit and number PLUS points? What is the meaning of the specific unit and week you are buying?

    My presenters were on-site, and said they were BG employees. Did something change? Or, are they just not saying everything?

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    Goomba & Super Moderator tonyg's Avatar
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    Happy New Year! Revel in the the thought that you did not buy from the developer. Buy resale for cash and put what you didn't pay in the retirement fund.

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    Even some bluegreen owners want specific high demand weeks because they want to be sure to go to a specific week to a specific place, but the majority do not care. If you buy a small package through pinnacle, you will get bonus time. You can buy resale once you have that package that gave you bonus time.
    It is funny because my last three exchanges had about ninety percent of those present who were weeks owners and owned several weeks in the same place, including a bluegreen resort. The club is more flexible, you can go for weekends or weekdays. Just keep reading about it. Just remember, whatever you spend to purchase, odds are you won't get back. You will enjoy what you buy, vacations are in great places in nice accommodations.

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    Even if you own points you will be deeded a week or a partial week at a specific resort.
    That is just the way timeshares are sold.

    You will be given the equivalent of a certain number of points for the week you buy.
    Higher demand weeks get more points than lower season weeks.

    Although it seems too good to be true, you really can get what you want on the resale market.
    Listen to GrayFal, she's an expert on BG points.

    I own multiple weeks in BG but not in points.
    It works for me although I do see the value of points.
    I own several other points systems like Disney, Wyndham, Hilton and RCI.
    Points can be a great thing but so can the weeks system if you use what you own.

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