Written by Syed Sarmad of Advantage Vacation. This article will discusses the Starwood (Now Vistana) Timeshare brand and will elaborate on the differences between buying New directly from Starwood/Vistana, or buying from an existing owner on the resale market.
StarOptions entitle you to a timeshare vacation at Starwood Vacation Resorts, this is essentially the trading currency within the Starwood Timeshare Program.
StarPoints are used to stay in Starwood brand hotels, purchase airline tickets, car rentals etc, these can be obtained by converting unused StarOptions into StarPoints.
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.
*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.
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!
Here is the procedure to retro Staroptions:
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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