Beware of Westgate Resorts!
timeshare - Complaint
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- We originally bought a timeshare in Las Vegas(Flamingo Bay). We were lured with the promise of worldwide travel and shown inflated numbers showing that in a few years, due to inflation, it would be so much more to travel to these destinations. We were unaware, at the time, that the maintenance fees would surpass any rates of inflation. We were not made aware of fees that would be imposed for banking the timeshare and further fees for joining interval international. We were also disappointed to find that when we did choose places to exchange to they would be unavailable anyway.
We used the Flamingo Bay resort in 2009 and while there were told it would be in our interest to attend an owners meeting which, unfortunately, we did. While there we were made to think that if we 'upgraded' to Planet Hollywood we would have no problem getting exchanges that we actually wanted. Stupidly we did this! It wasn't until I went to bank the week that I was told we no longer had exchange rights because we now only owned 4 days rather than a week. At no point had we been told this and the contract is so ambiguous that any lay person would have been fooled. I knew they had not fully disclosed everything in the first sales presentation but never would I have expected these dirty bait and switch tactics. We are now left with only 4 days and no way to exchange. How ironic since the main reason for buying a timeshare was on the promise we would get to travel the world! Plus we had just paid Interval International for 5 years of exchange privileges.