(Part I of a four-part series)
Before you attend that timeshare presentation to get your FREE (drinks, dinner, massage, boat tour, or whatever) consider what happened to me.
I booked a trip to Cabo San Lucas for a well-deserved vacation a few years back.
While checking in at the resort, we were offered a free dinner at a beachfront restaurant, as well as other enticements, if we would attend a timeshare presentation.
We went to the presentation and, predictably, succumbed to the salesperson’s relentless pressure that included once-in-a-lifetime pricing and other incentives if we would buy then and there.
The unit itself was spectacular ~ top floor, end unit, wraparound balcony, overlooking one of several swimming pools with swim-up bars, and breathtaking quality throughout.
After a couple of annual visits, I decided to take advantage of the timeshare exchange program that I had paid extra to have included in my purchase.
I quickly discovered that there were limited trade possibilities when I factored in desirable times of the year at resorts of equal quality in places I wanted to visit.
I also learned that the timeshare exchange company’s website was essentially useless because it was incredibly unintuitive and so slow that it often failed to load pages describing resorts (it still is!).