Just like with any other Timeshare, owners have 3 options available to them:
This article will focus on item 2 "Giving it back to the Resort Developer", which is simple and easy because since merging with Marriott, there is now an official program for owners to simply give their unwanted Timeshare or points back to them for free!
The other items are discussed regularly in other Timeshare advice articles as well as the TUG Vistana Sheraton Westin owner forum if you wish to look into those further!
This program provides a free service to allow existing Vistana/Starwood owners to exit their ownership and surrender it back to Marriott directly!
This program can be found here Vistana Exit homepage and includes both an online form, and direct phone number to contact Marriott directly and begin the process of ending your ownership.
This seems too good to be true, whats the catch?
While there is no "catch", there are two requirements for an owner to be eligible to use this program
- Your ownership must be paid off
- You cannot be delinquent in your maintenance fees
Thats it! no special fees, no secrets, no hidden agendas! If you have a Starwood Timeshare or points you wish to get rid of, you can simply call the number on the website above and begin the quick and easy (and FREE!) process of giving your Timeshare back to Marriott
If it is so easy, why don't more owners use it?
Quite frankly, it is because Starwood owners don't know the program exists! Admittedly Marriott isn't going to go out of its way to promote such a program, although they do regularly advertise its existence to its owners. The fact of the matter is that Upfront Fee Timeshare Exit companies do far more to specifically target and promote their "services" to owners because that is how they make their money!
There are thousands of Timeshare owners who feel they are stuck with their timeshare, and doing a search on google will return hundreds of results the majority of which are upfront fee Timeshare exit companies promising an easy way out!
Rest assured when you contact them, you wont be told about this program as if you knew, why would you pay them money to do something you can do yourself for free with a simple phone call?
Am I truly out of my Starwood Timeshare?
Yes! Once you have completed the process of surrendering your Timeshare Ownership back, you are no longer an owner and no longer have any yearly maintenance fee obligations!
This is hard to believe, can you prove this program works?
Absolutely! This program has been in existence for years and was first announced on TUG back in 2019. Since then hundreds of Owners have discovered this info thru TUG and successfully ended their Vistana/Sheraton/Westin ownerships at zero cost to them! You can view the full discussion thread here that is still active with owners finding it every single week! How to give back your Vistana/Sheraton/Westin timeshare.
These are the lucky ones like yourself, unfortunately the rest likely pay some random company a fortune to do something they could have done themselves for free!
What if I don't want to just give it away for free?
While the majority of Starwood Timeshares have little to no resale value (check out our other articles for more info on this), some resorts do indeed have some residual value that could be offered up on the resale market to net some money to you as an owner if you chose to sell it vs give it back to Marriott!
If you wish to investigate this route, we would suggest starting with our How to Sell your Timeshare Guide for more details on how to sell your Timeshare yourself without paying large upfront fees and without being scammed!
This article however was expressly written to let more owners know about this program as a legitimate option to get out of a Vistana/Sheraton/Westin ownership!
The Final Word on Getting out of an unwanted Starwood Timeshare!
Despite what any other company tells you (remember, these companies rely on misleading you in order to get your business, telling you the truth is not profitable in the Timeshare industry), this is an official Marriott program, and you are dealing directly with them and not some 3rd party. There is no cost to use this program, and it only takes a phone call to get started!
We urge any Starwood/Vistana Timeshare owner who has reached the end of their Timeshare lifetime to investigate this option as a free and easy solution to dispose of an unwanted Timeshare!
Come check out our free Vistana, Westin & owner Discussion forums! if you have any additional questions or concerns! There are thousands of other Vistana/Sheraton/Westin owners on this forum who answer questions all day every day!