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Common Timeshare Acronyms & Terms

Timeshare Acronyms and Definitions

The following is a list of the more common terms and acronyms used in BBS postings and descriptions found here on TUG:

Abound Marriott Vacation Club Point Program aka Destination Points - Abound FAQ/Info 
AC Accommodation Certificate - An extra week offered by II as an incentive for depositing a high-demand week
ARDA American Resort Development Association
BR Bedroom
DAE Dial an Exchange
DBW Developer Bonus Week
CC&R Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions
DC Marriotts Destination Club Program now known as Abound
DH Dear/Darling/Dumb/Darn Husband
DVC Disney Vacation Club
DS Dear/Darling/Dumb/Darn Spouse
DW Dear/Darling/Dumb/Darn Wife
EOY "Every Other Year" - a timeshare you get to use every other year
EY "Every Year"  - a timeshare you get to use every year.
FIL Father in Law
Floating Week Owner requests a desired date from the timeshare resort every year subject to availability at the time of request. 
FK "Full Kitchen"
FROR/ROFR "First Right of Refusal" or "Right of First Refusal". Option for the Resort/Developer to buy your timeshare instead of resale buyer | ROFR Defined
FWIW For What its Worth
GBR Guest Bedroom
GC "Gold Crown". An RCI designation of their highest quality resort.  or Gift/Guest Certificate
GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
GV Garden View or Mountain View (or occasionally, a parking lot view)
HC Hilton Club
HGVC Hilton Grand Vacation Club
HVC Hilton Vacation Club previously Diamond Resorts
HICV Holiday Inn Club Vacations
HHI Hilton Head Island
HTD Have to Disagree
HTH Hope this Helps
HOA Homeowners Association | What is an HOA?
HVC Hyatt Vacation Club (Hyatt / Welk Timeshares)
II "Interval International", an exchange company.
IMHO In my Honest/Humble Opinion
IMO In my Opinion
Interval One timeshare week.
IOW In Other Words
IV Island View
JK or J/K Just Kidding
JMHO Just my Humble/Honest Opinion
KISS Keep it Simple Stupid
LH "Lease hold". Timeshare is deeded property on leased land. 
LMK Let me Know
LTNS Long Time No See
Lockout/LO A timeshare unit that can be split used as two smaller units for the purposes of use or exchange. e.g.: a three bedroom unit might be split and deposited as one 2Br unit and one 1Br unit giving the owner two weeks for use or exchange.
Lurker Non participating visitor to BBS sites. 
MF / Maint Maintenance Fee
MIL Mother in Law
MIR Mail in Rebate
MROP Multi Resort Ownership Plan
MVC/MVCI Marriott Vacation Club / International
MVW / VAC Marriott Vacations Worldwide / MVW stock ticker
NB Nearby
NP No Problem
OBO "Or Best Offer".
OBX Outer Banks of North Carolina
OF Ocean Front
OGS Ongoing Search (exchange)
OM Owners Manual
OMG Oh My God/Gosh
OP Original Poster (who started the thread) or Original Post (thread)
OT Off Topic
OTOH On The Other Hand
OV Ocean View
PM Private Message (also "Conversations" on forums
PCC Post Card Company - company who sends postcards to unsuspecting buyers recommending they pay thousands of dollars to give their timeshare away.
POV Point of View
Profeco "Procuraduria Federal De Consumido" or Federal Bureau of Consumer interests in mexico - an organization known to assist timeshare owners who have been scammed or ripped off by mexican timeshares.
Rack rate Non discounted hotel room rate.
RCI "Resorts Condominium International", an exchange company.
RHC Royal Holiday Club
Right of Recision Time period after sale in which the buyer can cancel the sale.
RTU "Right To Use". Timeshare ownership has an expiration date.
SA Special Assessment
SA Week South African Timeshare
Sales Weasel Derrogatory Term to describe a Timeshare Salesperson
SFX "San Francisco Exchange" , an exchange company.
SIL Sister in Law
SO Signifcant Other
SVN Starwood Vacation Network - the exchange system for Starwood owners (Now Vistana)
TDI Travel Demand Index
TPI Trading Places International - an independent exchange company
TPU Trading Power Unit - an arbitrary value assigned to Exchange Weeks within RCI
Trade Power A measure of desirability of a timeshare week for use in exchanging. Based on location, time of year and resort quality.
TS Timeshare
TTYL Talk to You Later
TUG "Timeshare Users Group"
T/S Timeshare or ownership interval.
UDI Undivided Interest - type of timeshare interval
VC Vacation Counselor - a phone rep at one of the exchange companies
VEP score:  "Vacation Exchange Profile". An RCI resort rating score (company confidential).
VSE/VSN Vistana Signature Experiences / Vistana Signature Network (starwood/westin/sheraton brands)
VOI Vacation Ownership Interval (ie your timeshare week)
WB Welcome Back
WK Week
WTG Way to Go
WKORV Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
WM Worldmark
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
YW Your Welcome

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