MIAMI, FLORIDA -- I would never recommendation purchasing a timeshare from Interval International. When trying to exchange a resort there is always very limited availability for exchange. My home resort incorrectly placed a lock on my timeshare unit over a year ago and I was told the situation would be resolved within 24 hours. Not the case and trying to resolve has been an exercise in frustration. I have friends who have purchased Marriott timeshares and are extremely happy with the customer service unlike my experience with Interval International. I really regret buying this timeshare and looking back should have bought through Marriott.
MIAMI, FLORIDA -- Have subscribed to membership in Interval International twice. Once ten years ago when I first purchased a timeshare, and again last year as I really wanted to do an exchange and thought Interval International might have gotten it together by now. Oh, they got it together alright. What a rip-off. They will take your exchange just fine but heaven help you if you try to exchange to something else.
If I wanted to go to an expensive all-inclusive hotel in Mexico for a bazillion extra dollars like they try to book you into--I would use several travel sites offering the same package for less money and without the loss of my timeshare unit which cost me maintenance fees yearly. DON'T DO IT! All a scam. The rental cars, the flight discounts, the time share exchanges, all of it. DON'T GO THERE!
MIAMI, NEW JERSEY -- SAVE YOUR MONEY! Interval International is somehow affiliated with Paradise Village Resort. It was the worst resort we ever visited! It is definitely NOT a 4 or 5 star hotel as stated. Overall, I might give it a 1. First of all, the place is old and in need of a major make-over. Food was somewhat OK. Better food off premise. Water was a murky brown not the crystal clear blue we anticipated. Room service was horrible. We received the wrong item and it took 45 min. to receive the correct order. Then I had to fight for them to issue a credit for the wrong item. The people who manage the outside activities are a separate entity.
Staff was unfriendly unless you helped them earn a commission or purchased a timeshare. Our room smelled like urine for all of the 7 days. We opened windows, sprayed and alerted staff but no relief. There seems to be a tier system. Everyone involved in this scheme receives a commission. It's all about money. They can care less about making your visit enjoyable.
A person calls you at your house right before you leave for vacation. She tells you to avoid anyone at the airport who tries to sell you something. She says they're sketchy and you don't want to get involved in what they have to offer. The first day you arrive, people will be in the lobby to hunt you down. Once they get your attention, they feed you drinks and give you free and half price tickets for day excursions in hopes you will attend the 90 min. breakfast presentation.
The 90 min. breakfast presentation turned into an 8 hour interrogation! It is then that you find out INTERVAL INTERNATIONAL is affiliated with Paradise Village Resort. I have all the hotels, not Paradise, and you have to pay them yearly too! They break you down until you sign. You are at the mercy of very persistent salespeople who know their craft well. If one doesn't get you to sign another one comes over. If you still won't sign the "closer" stops by the table. Now you have 3 people trying to con you into signing the contract.
During this time, they lie, cheat and steal by offering free weeks, trips, memberships, etc. There is so much fraud, deception and misrepresentation going on in the presentation room. It makes me sick to think a human being can be so devious toward another human being just for the sake of taking your money.
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.
No, I would not recommend anyone to invest in Interval International. We spent almost $10,000 in timeshare program - converting our resort to points so that we could swap all over the world. We were given this big pitch of how easy it is to swap and how much value we can get for the points but this is misleading and bogus. We are seeing over and over again that there is either limited or no availability for exchanges with our points.
I have been trying since June 2014 to do exchange for Thailand - nothing is available for December 2014. Yet on getaways, there is availability. Why aren't these places offered for exchange. It is like money is taken in advance from members and then we are expected to pay thousands more to take the vacation we want. More and more this is looking like a scam to me! No don't invest and please pass this on to your friends! We are very sorry we wasted our money on these scammers.
PENTICTON B.C. -- We have been timeshare owners for 10+ years. We exchange through Interval International. When we first started exchanging, the accommodations were quite good and easy to book. We now find that places are substandard and the desirable locations are extremely difficult to get.... (Spain in January anyone?)
Our last exchange had a cat and cat bowls behind the lobby desk!!! This is the "5 star accommodation" we bought??? At a Vegas spot I overheard the front desk clerk tell a walk-in customer that he could book this location for 45.00 dollars/night!!!! We are ready to throw in the towel. Is anyone as frustrated as we are? It angers us that we will just have to walk away from the money we spent to buy this.
MIAMI, FLORIDA -- Interval International does not give you all the information you need when you book through their company. We stayed at the Royal Haciendas resort in Playa del Carmen, QR on January 4-11, 2014. We were told that the hotel was all-inclusive. We paid over $1200.00 for our meals and learned that the cost did not include some items on the menu and drinks. We were charged a surcharge for meals that we wanted for both a meal and drinks. It was our understanding that all-inclusive included room, food, drinks, activities, etc. We quickly learned that this was not the case. My husband & I was disappointed with our accommodations. We do not plan to go to The Royal Hotels again.
In the past several years we have noticed a steep decline in the availability of exchanges with Interval International. We are lucky since we can change from II to RCI and are looking to do just that. It is too bad, because we have been with II since 1993 and used to be able to get exchanges easily. Not anymore. Have tried to get Hawaii - no can do. Just looked at Massachusetts, one of our favorite destinations (stayed in the Berkshires two years ago and have stayed at Cape Cod a couple of times before that), and there is not one resort available to book from mid-May to mid-June.
Granted that we are a little late in looking/booking so I didn't expect too much. But the choices that do remain seem to be places that are not very interesting or not the place to go to in the summer (like Phoenix). So I think we will be saying good-bye to II and hello to RCI! Kind of sad since I just set up my membership for another 5 years. But it's worth it to get with a program that has a lot more availability (let's hope so, anyway).
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- We have a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas. We have been using Interval to trade in the weeks to go places that don't require 3 planes to get there. In the past 5 years we have seen a definite downward slide in service and availability. We booked a vacation through Interval for Feb. 2014. We then found out a few days later there were no flights to be had. ** from Interval told us he still had the request on his desk and not to worry it would not be put through. Turns out it was put through and we were charged over $1000.00 for a trip we did not take.
The people at Interval were at best unhelpful and at worst, downright rude. They seem to take please in telling us that there was nothing they could do. We are now donating our timeshare to charity because we will never again use this company. Save your money and don't believe everything you hear!
FLORIDA -- Wife and I had to exchange Marriott Vacation Club Week through Interval. My in-laws left with our kids the night before our stay to break up the drive and stayed at a hotel halfway. My wife and I left for vacation the following day. Since the in laws and kids were arriving before us we wanted to let the front desk of another Marriott resort we were staying at know they would be checking in ahead of us.
They said we had to work through Interval and pay a $49 fee to change check in to in-laws' name. We tried talking to supervisors at both Interval and Marriott and both claimed it was "policy". This is a total RIP OFF. It is crazy that we had to pay this fee to have our kids be able to check in 4 hours before we arrived. I would never recommend Interval and remain very disappointed with Marriott.