After purchasing a timeshare that is affiliated with RCI, you can sign up directly with RCI to start exchanging! Whether you own points or weeks does not matter, RCI has separate programs so you can maximize your vacation experiences.
Traditionally, exchange networks worked by trading one week for another week at a resort of the same caliber. Today, RCI gives owners more options for exchange. You can customize the length of your stays at a variety of different types of resorts.
RCI Weeks members have the option to exchange their week in smaller increments. So, you could potentially spend half a week at one resort and the other half at another resort at a different time of year.
RCI Points are a second option for RCI members. Members who have converted and/or deposited their timeshare week for points have added flexibility in their vacation ownership. RCI points offer members the option to choose their vacation’s location, unit size, arrival date, and length of stay (including just one night stays). Each resort/week combination is worth a different amount of points in the exchange network.
One great thing about exchange networks like RCI is that member’s unused points can roll over one year. Additionally, members have the choice of borrowing their own points from the next year to book vacations in the current year. Points roll over one year, but if not used in the second year, they do not roll over to a third year.
The major difference between Weeks and Points is that Points users can stay for as little as one night at a resort.