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I promised I would tell you all the great “Travel Prizes” I received from attending those timeshare presentations. Was it worth 2 hours of my time? Yes, but I doubt I will do it a third time since now I know what to expect.
From the 1st timeshare presentation back in 2012:
I received the following:
- A “Buy one, get one” free ticket deal to Florida (for 2 people)
I had to spend 3 days, 2 nights in Fort Lauderdale first before departing on the Bahamas cruise I “won”. Great!
- Free hotel (for 2 people)
- Free meals at the hotel (for 2 people)
- Free rental car for up to 7 days
- Free cruise to the Bahamas
- 4 free hotel nights in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico or Las Vegas, NV ( a “mini-vacation”)
I had to accept this offer within 1 year. I had to attend the timeshare presentation on the 2nd day in Florida I was there. This wasn’t a big deal considering I like to wake up early and have as much daytime in a sunny area.
I departed on my free cruise, only had to pay $200 in port taxes. I payed for my own hotel to stay on the Bahamas Island for 3 day . The flexibility was great with being able to stay on the island and not cruise back the same day.
From the 2nd timeshare presentation now in 2014:
I received the following:
- A choice of 37 destinations
- 2 Free Roundtrip Airline Tickets
- Hotel discounts (only for the hotels listed in the booklets)
- 1 Free 3 day/2 night hotel stay in 10 destinations (a “mini-vacation”)
I have to accept this offer within 2 years, and the mini-vacation has to be redeemed within 1 year.
I attended the presentation already this past Sunday, so I like that that’s over with and not intruding with my time away.
In order to receive the free airline tickets, you have to use a hotel in the book that’s part of the deal. Also, you have to cover the hotel and airline taxes.
From all the 37 destinations and prices included, only one destination actually turns out to be a good deal – St. Thomas!
Much of the hotel “discounts” are so expensive! They range from $279-500 – PER NIGHT.
Plus, most of the destinations have a 6-7 night minimum which makes it even more expensive. I can find the same hotels for 50% on Cheapcaribbean.com.
Luckily, the St. Thomas deal offers a 5 night minimum, with a stay at the Marriot Frenchman Reef Resort. The rates range between $279-325 per night, and it’s worth it. Online, the package ranges from $1799-2,000’s for flight and hotel. I’m obviously taking Adam (the bf) who got called the call for this timeshare presentation, so splitting the hotel cost will cut it in half for both of us.
Within the next 2 years, wait to see us in St. Thomas!
Our mini-vacation will be back in Fort Lauderdale within the next year – our favorite Florida destination to return to!