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Club Ownership 101: Use, Exchange, Share… Everything you can do with your week

One of the best things Occidental Vacation Club offers to their members is its flexibility. No only you are able to choose among many different locations, or travel as many times as you wish to, there are also different ways to use the week you own: you can use it, exchange it and try a new location, or share it with your loved ones. Take a look at how fellow members are taking advantage of their membership.

Ownership 101

Use. Mr. and Mrs. Case have been members for more than 5 years. They love Punta Cana.  Year after year they return to their perfect vacation spot.  They see old friends and make new ones.  Their Grand Level membership means that they can enjoy the exclusivity with a level of service and accommodations unsurpassed in the world of all-inclusive club ownership vacation stays.

Exchange. The Bennets are First Club members. They joined the OVC family 12 years ago and have enjoyed many different vacation experiences during these years. They fell in love with Allegro Cozumel 5 years ago, but now are opting to expand their horizons. They used the RCI option and chose between the more than 4,000 resort and hotel options they have to offer and exchanged their week in Allegro Cozumel.  Last year they went skiing instead of snorkeling and next year they are thinking of visiting Europe via their RCI exchange.

Share.  Two years ago Mr. and Mrs.  Johnson’s had an unexpected emergency at home.  As much as they wanted, they were unable to make their trip to the Caribbean as planned.  However, they let dear friends take advantage of their membership.  This year the news is much better.  The Johnson’s are thrilled: their daughter is getting married! As a gift, they want her and her new husband to enjoy the many perks they have as First Club members. This year they are giving their Owner’s Week to the newlyweds, for a one of a kind honeymoon.

Club Ownership 101: 11Things to Know About Your OVC Membership

Being a member of Occidental Vacation Club means living new and unforgettable vacation experiences. As a member you have many distinctive advantages, from flexibility to plan your perfect vacation to multiple and exotic destinations for every taste.

However, let’s be honest, sometimes it can be difficult to totally understand the different benefits and options you have as a member. That’s when we come in! Here are 11 things you need to know about your membership that will enhance your vacation experience even more!

Ownership 101

1. Owner’s Week: This is the backbone of your membership. You can use it with Occidental or exchange it with any Club to Club resort worldwide. Simply bank it with us for the following membership’s year or deposit it with RCI or ICE Gallery if you decide not to travel this year. Or give it as gift to friends and family. The Owner’s Week flexibility gives you plenty of choices when planning your vacations.

2. Seasons: this is your most convenient and affordable time frame for your travel needs. Your purchased season determines the travel dates you can book with Occidental. You may have one of the following three seasons: Holiday, which allows you to book any time of the year. Prime, which allows you to book any time of the year, except for Christmas Week, New Year’s Week and Easter Week. And Summer season, which allows you to travel during May, June, September and October.

3. Bonus Time: Bonus Time is one of our members’ favorite options when it comes to the Club’s benefits. Bonus Time allows you to book additional days or vacation more than once a year. One thing you need to keep in mind is that Bonus Time is always confirmed in hotel units. You still receive all the exclusive benefits of your membership, but your reservation will be confirmed in regular hotel accommodations

4. Use, Exchange, Share:A very common question among members is “What else can I do with my week?” Once you own, there are three basic things you can do with your week:

  • Use it to go on vacation at any Occidental Vacation Club property.
  • Exchange it with RCI and experience different locations each year.
  • Share it with your friends or family to enjoy

5. RCI: RCI gives you the opportunity to experience new and exciting locations every year and live totally new vacation experiences. Click here and learn how to make a successful exchange with RCI.

6. Home Resort: What does “Home Resort” mean? The “Home Resort” is used as a reference to know where you bought your membership. You receive all the benefits of ownership no matter where you are staying within the OVC family. You may stay at any of our properties using your Owner’s Week or Bonus Time and will receive the benefits of your membership.

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Club Ownership 101: What to Do if You Can’t Go on Vacations

OMG! You can’t go on vacation this year? We will miss you…but not for long! Because, with OVC’s popular banking option, you’ll be able to make up for that lost vacation time without a hitch.

14 days in paradise sound just right!

Here’s how: Occidental Vacation Club is all about flexibility to give you options no matter what your vacation style. When you are not able to use your Owner’s Week you may use the “Banking” option. Banking your week means that you can save your week to use it next year. That means that if you bank your 2013 week than you’ll be able to add it to next year’s vacation.

A missed vacation may end up as 14 nights in 2014! You may want to simply plan ahead a skip one year, giving yourself an extra special holiday the next year.

Even if after banking your week you are still not able to travel the next year, no need to panic! You may still bank that week and enjoy 21 nights of vacation the following year!

Club Ownership 101: Want to Extend Your Vacations? There Are Many Options!

Why leave the Caribbean after a week if you can enjoy paradise for longer? One of the things that make Occidental Vacation Club exceptional are the many options our members have to extend their vacation time.

Make this moment last longer with Bonus Time!

Bonus Time is a member’s favorite.

Bonus Time is a great way to spend an extra night or two in paradise. You can stay another night or even another week, based on availability.  Let’s say you want to continue working on that tan or perfecting your SCUBA Diving.  With Bonus Time you can book from 1 to 14 nights in a row as often as you wish.  The rate includes your accommodations as well as your terrific all-inclusive package.

There are many different ways to use your Bonus Time:

  • Extend your vacation time;
  • Vacation more than once a year!  For example, you can visit Grand Punta Cana with your owner’s week in April, and Allegro Cozumel with Bonus Time in November;
  • Invite your extended family. It’s your nephew’s birthday and your family wants to celebrate in the Caribbean? Book rooms for them using Bonus Time!

You see, Occidental Vacation Club is all about flexibility. We want you to enjoy vacations like no other, to share special moments with your loved ones and explore the many perks your membership has to offer.  Why cut your good times short?  Contact concierge@occidentalvacationclub.com for details and to book your Bonus Time now!