find that these two extremely common terms are very confusing to many
timeshare owners who may in fact own one or the other! This
article is meant to define the terms, and point out the differences between Fixed and Floating weeks.
Timeshare Fixed Week
This format is what the vast majority of folks think when the word
Timeshare gets brought up! A fixed week, in the most simple
terms, is the fractional (1/52 - a single week in a calendar year)
ownership at a resort. This means that during a particular
week every year, you are the owner of a specific unit or room at your
As an example, fixed week owners will see a Week number (corresponding
to the calendar year) and likely a unit or room number like Week 20, Unit 200
to indicate the usage date and unit that is owned by the owner each and
Check in dates for timeshares are most often Friday, Saturday or
Sunday...and in the case of fixed weeks the week number most commonly
applies to that number day in the year. For our example above
Week 20 would indicate the ownership begins on the 20th Fri/Sat/Sun of
the year every year. This is why week numbers are used
instead of fixed dates!Browse all Fixed Week Timeshares for sale on TUG!
Timeshare Floating Week
a floating week system, the Timeshare owner is given a range of weeks
to choose from each year vs the same week every year a Fixed Week
offers. Examples can range from a very narrow range of
weeks week 20 -
to every week in the year Week 1 - 52
With floating weeks, it is your responsibility to reserve the week you
want prior to visiting the resort, and you must do so early enough to
ensure that the weeks in your range are not already reserved!
Floating weeks while guaranteeing you a week every year, do
not guarantee the week you want every year if you do not plan enough
ahead! The flip side to this, is that they offer far more
vacation flexibility in the sense that you can choose from more than
one vacation week if your schedule does not allow vacation at the same
exact time every year!
Most resorts set their own policies and rules on how far in advance an
owner can reserve a floating week, and in many cases, you would need to
have your maintenance fees paid in advance of using a week reserved
well in advance of the check in date!
Browse all Floating Week Timeshares for sale on TUG!
Which is better?
is the million dollar question now isn't it? There are
arguments for both sides, and certainly pro's and con's for each side!
It really comes down to what your needs as an owner really
are! Do you know you want to vacation at the same week every
year and not have to worry about reservations so that you and your
vacation entourage can make travel plans well in advance knowing that
your vacation will always be on the same date? Fixed week is
This is a bonus if your week is of course a holiday week every year
(Christmas, new years, memorial day, 4th of July, etc) as you wont have
to worry about the extremely high demand for that holiday week as you
know you will have a vacation waiting for you each and every year!
The downside to Fixed weeks is of course you are locked into
that resort and week each year (unless you wish to exchange that week,
which is a whole different article).
Do you like the allure of flexibility in your travel plans each year?
or perhaps you cannot commit to vacation on the same week
year after year, if so floating weeks fit you far better! The
downside to this is the exact opposite of the Fixed week, in that even
if your float period covers a major holiday, if you do not reserve that
week far enough in advance, it will likely be reserved by other owners
who also own in that float period and thus you will be forced to accept
a week you may not want in order to vacation that year! More
planning ahead is definitely required when owning a floating week if
you want the pick of the litter every year!
as with many other things in life, there is no "right or wrong" in
terms of comparing Fixed vs Floating weeks, as every Timeshare owner is
different, with different needs and desires for their vacation dollar!
Fixed weeks might be absolutely perfect for some, and a
terrible idea for others! We hope that this article at the
very least provides you a fundamental overview of the differences
between these two Timeshare options!
Some other helpful articles and links for you to read before purchase!