Interval International Tip

These days, the places we tend to go on vacation are highly dependent on the cost of airline tickets. These high prices are due to many factors including a decrease in airline companies (resulting in less competition), the rising cost of airline fuel, increasing taxes/fees, and a reduced number of routes to certain locations.

However, these high prices do fluctuate depending on an airline’s needs to fill as many seats as possible on a flight. Overall, the best way to find cheaper airline tickets is to be flexible on when and where you travel. Airlines look at trends from previous years to base their fares on; for example, holidays will typically have higher fares due to the high demand for travel.

But, if your schedule does not allow you to be flexible, here are some tips you can follow to take advantage of drops in airfares:

  • Start searching about 3 months in advance
  • Do not book inside 30 days from departure
    • Statistically higher rates because the majority of tickets are sold within this time
  • Avoid traveling on Mondays, Fridays, or Sundays
    • Travel midweek
    • Travel early-morning or late-night flights
  • Search for flights on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon (around 3 p.m. Eastern time)


Tip of the Month:

The ITA Software by Google

Visit http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ to start a search for the lowest fares on flight routes. This website, developed by a group of computer scientists from MIT, acts as a search engine and provides a calendar of the lowest fares on given routes based on what you put in for a search. The search looks at several different airlines to try to get you the best rates. With the calendar, you’ll be able to see which departure/arrival dates will give you the cheapest rates!

Owner Tip

Like winning contests, getting free things, seeing photos of Breckenridge and learning about your ownership? If so, make sure to tune in to all the different social media channels that Breckenridge Grand Vacations has to offer! We are constantly giving away Reward Dollars and free stays, sharing current events taking place, providing education about ownerships, and looking for any special occasions you may be celebrating to leave you a little surprise!

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, tweet us on Twitter, pin us on Pinterest, check-in on Foursquare – whatever your preference is we want to stay in touch! Join the conversation and keep up-to-date on what Breckenridge Grand Vacations is up to!

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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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