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Green Tip

It doesn’t matter what season we’re in, storms of any type can cause power outages. Most people are prepared to cope with them, and rely on the help of battery-powered devices such as flashlights, lanterns, radios, phone chargers and headlamps. One way to cut down on hazardous waste is by using rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones. If you do use disposable batteries, purchase those with a low mercury content, which are both safer for the user and better for the environment.

Owner Tip

gc_screenshot[1]Not able to use your week? Please remember that there are several options available for owners who find they cannot use their reserved time in any given year. One great option, is to swap weeks with another owner via the online Owner Weeks Trade Forum, located in the Owner’s Info section of the website. This service is free of charge and can be a great alternative to giving your week away to a friend or family member, renting your time or depositing it with Interval International. For more information, please contact our Owner Relations Department Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time. The toll-free number is 877-453-4440, option 4.

Interval International Tip

Do you have one or more weeks on your Interval International account that will be expiring soon? Sometimes, our lives get busy and it becomes difficult to take multiple vacations every year. But, did you know that you could donate your week to a charitable organization?

Breckenridge Grand Vacations partners with several different charities that are constantly looking for donations in hopes of making grand vacations for those in need!

Donating to a charity is a fantastic way to put expiring Interval vacation weeks to a good use. All you need to do is contact our Interval International Support Department and let us know that you’d like to donate your week(s). Breckenridge Grand Vacations has generously offered to cover all exchange fees for charity weeks, so there are no out-of-pocket costs to you. Some of the many charities we work with include:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity
  • The Lauren Project
  • Wounded Warrior Foundation

To get more information on donating your week, you may either give us a call or send us an email at bgvcharityproject@breckgv.com. Our office is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time at 877-453-4440.

 

Tip of the Month:

Not finding exchange availability? Make sure to check Interval International’s Getaways to try to find a discounted rental week that you could book instead!

Happy Traveling!

Interval International Tip

ii_dec[1]We asked our Interval International Support Department what their favorite vacation was, and one of our staff members chose her recent vacation in Mexico at an Interval International Resort. Read about her vacation below:

Where it was: Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Where you stayed and the type of accommodation: Villa del Palmar-Flamingos (VDF), Studio with Limited Kitchen

Why you loved this vacation: Everyone—the resort staff, airport employees, shuttle drivers, taxi drivers, restaurant owners and employees, lifeguards—was extremely friendly and accommodating. Most people spoke English fluently, or would genuinely try to have a conversation with you in English. The people of Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta were exceedingly helpful and made sure that the group of girl friends that I was traveling with and I were being safe. For example, on the day we ventured to the grocery store, the taxi driver offered to help us shop. He came inside, helped us pick out the best food options, helped us pay at the cash register and made sure we felt welcome going to and from the store. He even offered to help us carry our groceries back to our room. The resort staff was also very instrumental in assisting us select and plan out the activities during our weeklong vacation. When we expressed that we wanted to experience local nightlife, one of the staff members we became close with took us to Bucerias, his hometown located about 15 minutes from Nuevo Vallarta. In Bucerias, we got to experience the local culture and nightlife, and left with a unique memory we’ll always have.

What are your recommendations for activities, food or experiences that cannot be missed?

  1. If you are going to Mexico and do not have an all-inclusive package, you should take the time to get a taxi to a nearby grocery store or Wal-Mart to stock up on basic foods (eating out every day for every meal can definitely add up). Another way to save a few bucks is by stocking up on your favorite alcoholic beverages for the time you spend in your room. Also, invest in bottled water! You cannot drink from the tap in Mexico and you’ll definitely be drinking more water than you anticipated.
  2. Wear a lot of sunscreen, and make sure to reapply often. If you happen to get sunburned, make sure to have aloe on hand.
  3. Drink lots of water – most of your time will be spent outside in the sun.
  4. Pack lightly – the weather is very warm, and you will most likely be doing lots of beach activities that don’t require you to pack a lot.
  5. Plan on going into downtown Puerto Vallarta at least once. It is very fun and there are plenty of great restaurants, bars and clubs.
  6. Do an all-inclusive day cruise to the Marieta Islands (about 30 – 45 minute boat ride from Puerto Vallarta).
  1. You will receive free breakfast before you leave, beer and liquor drinks on board the catamaran, as well as onboard music and entertainment.
  2. Enjoy breathtaking dolphin and whale sightings.
  3. Try snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and explore the beautiful beaches.
  4. The entire trip will be photographed and you have the option to purchase the photos at the end.

 

Tip of the Month: Are you a member of the Club Interval Gold (CIG) program with Interval International? If so, are you familiar with how to view the CIG point charts for each property? Start by visiting Interval International at www.intervalworld.com . Next, log in to your account, click on the resort directory, and use the map feature to get to the area you are interested in. For example: click on USA, Rocky Mountains and then Breckenridge. You have to click into each property separately. Once you’ve selected a property, such as Grand Lodge on Peak 7, you will select the Club Interval Gold Points Chart to the right of the photos. This will enable you to see the properties point chart and the values for different weeks of the year. See example below:

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Owner Tip

owner_tip[1]Planning your winter vacation to Breckenridge? Avoid the hassle of setting up your ski or snowboard equipment rental by booking your rental online before you arrive. Below is a list of companies that have partnered with Breckenridge Grand Vacations to offer additional discounts to owners and guests.

  • Blue River Sports is the shop we recommend to Gold Point Resort guests, located across from the Village next to Mi Casa. Receive a 10 percent discount when either booking online or as a walk-in. Guests may reserve equipment online at www.blueriversports.com.
  • Breckenridge Sports offers our guests a 25 percent discount when reserving online, or a 20 percent discount in person. It is located right at the base of Peak 7 in the Crystal Peak Lodge, which is next door to the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. To receive the discount go to www.rentskis.com/bgv, and be sure to choose the Peak 7 location in Breckenridge.
  • Door 2 Door is a ski and snowboard delivery service that offers a 20 percent discount to owners and guests. They offer slopeside adjustments or onsite adjustments at any Christy Sports. Ski and snowboard rentals are free for kids ages 12 and under with a 4-day adult rental. However, it’s only one child per adult, and you must select the junior ski or snowboard package for each child. To book go to www.d2dskis.com/breckenridgegrandvacations.
  • Ski Butlers is a delivery service offering a 10 percent discount to guests at any of our properties. They have a large selection of gear and provide on-property delivery with in-room fittings and slopeside adjustments. To book go to http://www.skibutlers.com/breckenridge-ski-rentals.
  • Christy Sports offers a 20 percent discount online and 20 percent for walk in guests. Guests may reserve equipment online at http://rental.christysports.com/bgv.

Have your own gear, but need a tune before you hit the mountain? Present your owners card for 10 percent off your next tune. This offer is valid at Breckenridge Christy Sports or Lone Star Sports only until December 31, 2014.