MIAMI, FLORIDA -- I made my reservations in April for an exchange resort (Welk Resorts in san Diego). I hold a two bedroom unit for a week through Marriott. Interval talked me into getting into this downgraded one bedroom in Welk resorts and told me to check with the hotel periodically to see if the two bedroom units will be released. I was told by WElk that the requests can be made only through Interval. Interval kept telling me that there were no units at all for the week and I will have to forgo the studio portion of my units. I attended a preview of WElk and found out that Interval does this one bedroom exchange for two bedroom units in Marriott claiming that Welk is a premier resort. Much to my chagrin I was dumped into a small one bedroom unit the size of a studio for the premier two bedroom that I used to enjoy at Marriott. To add fuel to the fire I also found out that Interval has their HQ in Welk's premises and all along they played that they know nothing about the resort's availabilities and handle only the inventory. As an advise please do not check into Welk thinking this is better to be downgraded to a premier resort - the accommodation SUCKS! The rooms are very awkwardly set up and my kids had to sleep in a pull out couch that had a terrible mattress. The showers are substandard and I ended up taking my family to LA for two nights. This has been a horrible experience.
We feel the need to warn others of the unscrupulous exchange practices ot II. We have been members of II for 10+ years and Have 2 Marriott weeks, plus one other banked for exchange.
I wanted a tropical vacay this Winter, so paid an extra $139.00 (over the $180.00 yearly dues) in July to have a "pending exchange" request. All I have received are annoying evening phone calls from interval staff trying to solicit 3 years of advanced interval dues a year before they are due. No offer of an exchange and I have requested 20+ locales over 5 wks. I have attempted to exchange about 10 times over 10 years and only found marginal success 3 times. Usually offered shabby facilities off-season or forced into accepting a "Getaway" vacation for $500.00-$1,500.00 per week when down to the wire. Buyer beware!
VALENCIA, CALIFORNIA -- I'm usually a skeptical person by nature, but this Interval International Time Share company make it so obvious that I am convinced they are a full on scam. For example, no representative will ever provide you their full names or representative IDs. Who does that in a customer service environment? Are all these reps in some sort of government witness protection program? Secondly, they constantly pressure you to "deposit" your unused timeshare into their timeshare bank. Then they tell you to renew your membership, otherwise you can't search beyond the date of your membership expiration date. The moment you go ahead and pursue the membership and pay, they tell you "I'm sorry, there is no availability during the period you requested". Coincidence, no. This has happened to me on 3 separate occasions. Then I deposit my 2 suite villa and they only have Motel 6-like suites available in every other calendar date except for the period I requested. Then folks who supposedly own a simple suite get offered up Villas at no upgrade costs for the exchange. How is that fair to us who paid for the larger villas?
They are the absolute worst in customer service. I would give them negative stars if it was possible. 1/4 star to make a point of how terrible these scammers really are. If you are thinking of joining, don't. Thinking of buying a timeshare, don't. It's one step below a pyramid scheme and two steps above a Ponzi scheme.....save your money...travel unencumbered with your money.
Made a reservation through Interval International. In Kissimmie Fl. It was the worst dump of a place we had ever stay in. The rooms were nasty. I had taken a papper towel and rubbed it on the kitchen floor. The towel turned black. The same thing with the bathroom floor. The bathroom were filthy. The carpit was not vacuumed bugs in corners. They seemed they have been there for a week or so. Looked like everything was wiped down with a wet filthy rag. Called the manerger showed her. They cleaned it the next day. Did not even give us a temperary room until it was clean. It smelled moldy and we are alergic to mold. The people up stairs were very noisey yelling banging until 3am every night. Called security. They did nothing. Kept calling security and the manager and still they did nothing. This keeped going on each night. The children could not sleep. Worst vacation ever.
BRANSON, MISSOURI -- Do not give this company any personal information. They say they are going to check your credit to see if you are eligible for a loan. What they are doing is providing your name to a credit card company and having a credit card issued in your name for the amount of the loan.
These people in Branson are just a bunch of liars. Don't do business with them.
I have been surfing online to show my friend the benefits of interval international. Which my wife and I have owned for years. I have been reading with disbelief in all the negative comments.
We have NEVER had a problem with Interval or the exchange. The resorts have been so great.
I would assume those who are having difficulties are not using it correctly.
I would encourage more happy members to add on as if it were not for me and my personal testimonials my friend would not be able to travel as amazingly as we have.
Here is a letter that I sent to Interval International (minus personal info)
I just wanted to let you know how frustrated and angry I am with your service. I used it for the first time on 3/19 and thought I was getting your best deal. One week later I saw the same deal for almost 1/4 of what I paid. When I called to express my disappointment, I was told that I should have called rather than book online. NO ONE ever told me this, and the information I was given was less than adequate in explaining this. To be honest, my husband and I were planning on 're-upping' with you for three years, and now I doubt that I will use your service anymore. I feel cheated, to say the least. Not a good way to start out with a service. I sure hope my timeshare is better than you guys. And oh... I'll be sure to spread the word. One bad review is worth a thousand good reviews...you know how that one works....
Just a note, that when I was first given information on your service, we were told how easy it was to do it ourselves online. When I called with my complaint, I was told that you should always call for the best prices. So in my opinion, this was a 'set up' for getting robbed. And just saying, 'sorry, we don't give refunds or adjustments' is not going to Win customers by any stretch of the imagination'.
MIAMI FA -- The world is busy these days. I have 2 weeks banked. They only look for availability from 1- 60 days ahead. So putting vacation time in at work is VERY HARD. Any hotel will take up to a year to book for availability. So, seeing availability in peek seasons is impossible with this company.