Retail or Resale?
This article attempts to educate owners on the differences in buying a Starwood Timeshare Retail, or on the Resale market!
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Starwood Timeshares: Resale vs RetailWritten by Syed Sarmad of Advantage Vacation
This article will discusses the Starwood Timeshare brand and will elaborate on the differences between buying New directly from Starwood, or buying from an existing owner on the resale market.
StarOptions? StarPoints? Whats the difference?
Mandatory vs Voluntary? Im confused!
There are two types of resorts in the SVO system, Mandatory and Voluntary. The main difference between the two is that in Mandatory resorts, the StarOption benefits DO transfer with a resale transaction, while in Voluntary Resorts, these benefits do NOT transfer with resales.
There are 6 Mandatory Starwood Resorts:
There are 15 Voluntary Starwood Resorts
*Voluntary Resort Owners: You are entitled to book up to 12 months in advance at the resort and if you wish to make an exchange you would have to enroll into Interval International or another exchange network.
Is there any way to get those
benefits with Voluntary Resorts?
StarPoint benefits do not transfer on any resale unless your transaction is “Retroed”
When you purchase a resale week it is possible to have your resale weeks “retroed” which gives you all the same benefits of StarOptions, StarPoints, Interval International membership benefits and your resale purchase will apply toward Elite Status. This however requires you to purchase a week directly from a Starwood Resort at new retail prices!
Following is the procedure:
*You must purchase a week new
from the developer to have your resale week "retroed"
*You can reserve up to 12 months in advance at your home resort in the size and view type you own. ALL reservations are date and time stamped. Room assignments are based on when you made the reservations, not how you made the purchase.
We hope this article helps you with your Starwood Vacation Timeshare purchase, be it Resale or Retail, you should be able to make an educated decision and know exactly what you are getting!
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