Interval International Tip: E-Plus

Have you ever exchanged into a one-bedroom unit because a two-bedroom was not available? Or, have you settled for a Sunday check-in when you really preferred a Saturday? In these types of situations, utilizing the E-plus option for $54 is an excellent resource. This option allows you to re-trade your exchange up to three times, without paying an additional exchange fee! E-Plus is a resource you can purchase at the time of booking and up to five days later. This option is a good choice for anyone who has booked a seven-night exchange and would like the ability to take advantage of a better option, if it becomes available.

One word of caution, not explicitly stated: if you utilize one of your E-plus re-trades inside of 60 days of the check-in date of your original exchange, there will be a late restriction applied. This late restriction will only allow you to check for availability inside of 60 days from the date you are re-trading. The late restriction will apply to any of the remaining re-trades that you utilize. It’s important to be aware of this if you would like to make last minute re-trades.

Owner Tip: Self-Rentals

If you are planning on renting your unit out on your own, please pay attention to a new ordinance by the Town of Breckenridge for short-term rentals. The town of Breckenridge now requires that any unit rented on a short-term basis must display a Breckenridge Business License Number in any advertising. We can provide you with the specific license number for your property, so please contact the Owner Support department if you prefer to rent on your own and before advertising your rental.

For our full guide to self-rentals see below: 

If you choose not to participate in our rental program, you have the option of renting out your unit on your own. You may list your rental at any rate you feel appropriate, and we are more than happy to disclose the rates we are charging. To check prices, please call our Owner Support department. You may either rent your week to multiple guests or as one full stay, in order to generate as much income as possible. Many owners utilize vacation rental websites, family and friends, or even social media to find renters.

Listed below are some websites in which owners have had success in the past:

◘   www.redweek.com                                                              ◘   www.vrbo.com

◘   www.vacationtimesharerentals.com                            ◘   www.craigslist.com

◘   www.homeaway.com                                                         ◘   www.flipkey.com

When posting your ad, you are more than welcome to steer owners to our websites to take virtual tours of the units, view amenities, and show what the resort has to offer.

We recommend that you have a contract with any renter to establish rates, policies, etc. Once you have secured a renter for your unit, please give us a call with their name(s) and contact information, including an email address so that a confirmation for their stay can be sent. Your renter will need to have an ID and a major credit card for incidentals upon check-in. You will be responsible for all payments between you and your renter.

You are more than welcome to actively look for renters while you are participating in our rental program. However, we can only accept your renter if your unit hasn’t been rented out or if we are able to move any existing reservations to another available unit. You are allotted one full clean per week, so keep in mind if you are renting your unit on your own and you have more than one renter that you will be responsible for a cleaning fee between stays. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Owner Support department Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time.

Owner Week Trade Forum

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Not able to use your owner 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 Grand Central 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.

To switch owner weeks, both owners will need to agree to the swap and contact the Owner Relations department to confirm. Once both owners have confirmed the swap, the dates will be changed and new confirmation emails will be sent. These weeks will act exactly like the original owner week, so all policies will remain the same.

For more information, please contact our Owner Relations department at 877.453.4440. They are available Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time.

Interval International Deposits – How Do They Work?

Let’s review some basics about how Interval International (II) works and the steps you need to take before you can book an Exchange.

Owner Tip: Lock-off

lock-offOwn a two-bedroom, but don’t need the entire unit for your next stay? Take advantage of locking-off your unit! Every two-, three- and four-bedroom residence at Grand Timber Lodge, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, and Grand Colorado on Peak 8 can be locked off to increase your vacation time and value. Each one-bedroom and suite becomes its own independent week for use.

This benefit allows owners to:

  • Increase their vacation time in Breckenridge.
  • Give a stay to friends and family.
  • Rent to the open market.
  • Exchange additional time with Interval International.
  • Donate a week to charity.

You may lock-off your unit at any point during or after you have made a reservation. It is important to note that some of the benefits mentioned above are time sensitive and will not be available past a specific date. To get the most out of your ownership, take advantage of the lock-off option no less than 120 days before your reservation check-in date.

For more information or to lock-off your unit, please contact our Owner Relations department at 877.453.4440. They are available Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time.


All-Inclusive Resorts

Have you started looking into possible destinations for your 2017 Christmas and New Year’s vacation yet? If not, this is a perfect time to plan your winter escape to somewhere warm where you can relax on a nice beach. Caribbean Islands, anyone?

If you have ever planned an exchange to the Caribbean, you may have noticed that there are a lot of resorts that require you to pay for an all-inclusive meal plan. While some of us may be turned off by the cost, others enjoy the convenience of not having to figure out where and what to eat and how to get transport between the resort and restaurants.

You can recognize an all-inclusive resort in the directory or when you search for an Exchange by the blue plus sign next to the three-letter Resort code:

The all-inclusive package is not a new concept: the program has been around since the 1950s. Over time, the program’s reputation has suffered, with some resorts offering cafeteria-style food bars and watered-down drinks at a premium price. Nowadays, however, in order to accommodate quality-conscious consumers, our growing network of highly rated Premier and Elite Resorts within Interval increasingly offer premium drinks, gourmet food, and first-class amenities, in some cases even a personalized server for the entirety of your stay.

What exactly does “All-Inclusive” mean?

  • An all-inclusive fee is paid directly to the resort and generally includes food (meals offered by on-site fine dining establishments), alcohol, and other beverages throughout your stay, as well as on-site entertainment and non-motorized watersport activities. In some resorts it may even include additional amenities, such as childcare.
  • The all-inclusive fee is advertised prior to your purchase of the Exchange, so you know up front what you will pay and you can budget for the trip, since there is only one price for the entire stay.
  • Most all-inclusive fees are mandatory and have to be paid in full and up-front to the resort. The resort will reach out to you after they receive your reservation information to collect payment, or advise you on how to pay when you check in. Be aware that, even if you are not staying for the entire week, there is generally no discount or refund for unused days.

What is the price of an all-inclusive?

  • This depends on the resort and varies based on the package that a resort may offer. The price may be as low as USD $80 per person and day and as high as USD $300 per person and day or more.

Is it worth it?

  • Obviously, there is not just one answer to this question. You will need to decide for yourself if the price of the all-inclusive resort is worth it. According to Interval International, approximately 52 percent of members in the US are interested in all-inclusive resort stays.
  • We talk to owners who love the convenience of having all amenities right at their fingertips and knowing up front what they have to pay and where they can eat. These members are specifically looking for all-inclusive resorts: they pay the fees and then just sit back and enjoy a worry-free trip.
  • Others prefer to venture into town and explore the local cuisine through local restaurants on their own, rather than being limited to the resort-based establishments. If you fall into this category, we are happy to assist you with booking a resort that does not have a mandatory all-inclusive plan.

Whether you fall into the former or the latter category, please feel free to talk to us about your idea of a perfect vacation so we can assist you in making it a reality. You can always talk to us or email us for assistance or clarification! We are here Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 877.453.4440 and via email at interval@BreckenridgeGrandVacations.com. Thanks for being a part of the Grand Vacations family!