For those thinking of buying Marriott Destination Program versus using Interval International, listen to this. I wanted two weeks at Marco Island Marriott Crystal Shores at certain dates to correspond with a conference nearby in November. So we donated two weeks of a very expensive Aruba timeshare to Interval and we did it 18 months in advance. They promptly took our two weeks and told me to keep calling back. Time after time, "no vacancy"; Try again later and see if owners have deposited their rooms.
Shortly before the dates needed, it was obvious that Interval was not going to come through but they would not give me the two Aruba weeks back. So I called Marriott, having just transferred to the Destination program. Two minutes later I had succeeded in getting the two weeks we wanted at the Marco Island Marriott. Two minutes for success versus 17 months off failure. That is the difference between Marriott and Interval International.
We used the two weeks Marco Island timeshare and had a great time. Afterwards we tried to get some use out of the two weeks we had deposited into Interval. We would ask for Hawaii and Interval would say no. Everything we wanted was not available. I had to get a Marriott representative to phone them. Eventually we were offered Palm Beach Florida and we took it just so that we could use up our two weeks deposited earlier, even though we did not really want to go to Palm Beach. We also enjoyed the Palm Beach Marriott: full kitchen, nice rooms, location OK etc.
This whole experience left me with a nasty taste in my mouth about Interval International. Sure, they show you a world full of resorts to pick from. Unfortunately, we could never get what we wanted from them. We still have membership with Interval because that comes with the Destination program from Marriott but we just call Marriott and book what we want in the Marriott chain of beautiful timeshares.
I always sound like a Marriott salesman because I have nothing but good things to say about Marriott - just as I have nothing but good things to say about Viking River Cruises. However, I am a neuropsychologist and I have no connection with Marriott except that I use their timeshares regularly. I also have no connection with Interval. Nor do I recommend interval unless you are willing to go somewhere that is not really of your choosing.
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- Marriotts Marco Island
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