How Points Work
This is a unique form of non-specific holiday ownership that has all the benefits of timeshare with none of the negatives. Instead of investing in a conventional timeshare week, one invests in a suitable amount of points. Each year, you will be allocated the amount of points, which you purchased and it is up to you to decide how, you wish to use them. Obviously, the higher the season, the more points you will require for that particular week. Each resort has a point's timetable wherein each week is allocated a certain amount of points according to the time of the year, the size of the accommodation and the grading of the resort.
Owning points will give you the following options
when ever you wish, for as long as you wish to the value of the Points, which
* Holiday at any affiliated resort either locally or internationally,
* Utilise your points for weekend getaways only (weekends utilise 75% of week total points.) This would only be applicable in South Africa.
* Enjoy midweek breaks (mid weeks only utilise 25% of the total week's points) As above.
* Accumulate your points by carrying over 100 % of any unused points for 3 years.
* Borrow from the year ahead if you wish to plan that really special holiday.
* Occupy any size unit according to the size of your holiday party.
* Purchase additional points at any time.
* Rent or sell any points that you may not be using.
1. ARE MY POINTS RECOGNISED BY RCI?
Yes you have the best of both worlds; you can use the stock within your own points club and use all RCI’s facilities and resorts – thereby doubling your chances of getting what you want.
2. HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM TIMESHARE?
With conventional Timeshare you own a specific week in a specific resort. A very inflexible system. Of course you can gain a degree of flexibility through the use of international organisations but you will always be limited by colour coded grading and unit size.
With points ownership you have none of the restrictions of conventional Timeshare. You are able to holiday when you like, where you like, and as often as you wish, and the holidays that you don’t take can be saved up and used in the future. You are also not restricted by colour coded weeks and you can have access to resorts in the international exchange organisation programs.
3. SO HOW DO I JOIN?
You become a member by purchasing a number of point’s rights. These point’s rights entitle you to an annual allocation of POINTS Holiday Points. You also become a member of the points Management Association to which all points owners belong.
4. WHAT ARE HOLIDAY POINTS?
Your receive your allocation of Holiday Points each year and you use these Points like money to exchange for Holiday time in the Resort Accommodation which forms part of the points system. You receive a Resorts Points Value Guide including all the Resorts in the system which will enable you to determine just how many Points is will cost to holiday in a particular unit size at a specific time of year. Obviously peak season cost more Points than low season times and large units more Points than small units, etc.
5. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE POINTS I DON’T USE?
All unused Points can be saved for up to 3 years.
6. SO THAT MEANS I DON’T HAVE TO GO ON HOLIDAY EVERY YEAR AND IF I STAY AT HOME I CAN HAVE TWICE THE HOLIDAY NEXT YEAR?
Yes, absolutely. And in addition if you don’t have sufficient Points for the holiday of your dreams this year then you can borrow your Points from the next year.
7. THIS SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE?
Yes. If at any time you wish to increase your annual allocation of Points then all you need to do is purchase more Points Rights from Timeshare at the then ruling price and add them to your portfolio.
8. SO THIS IS ALMOST LIKE AN INVESTMENT PLAN FOR FUTURE HOLIDAYS.
Yes, it is. But remember, it’s an investment in terms of holidays and not an investment for financial gain or return. That should only be of secondary importance.
10 CAN I LET MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY USE MY POINTS?
Once again the answer is yes. You can book holiday accommodation using your Points for your friends and family. You can even rent out accommodation that you book and earn income from your Points.
11. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BECOME A RESORT OWNER?
As little or as much as you want to spend. You can start with any number of Points Rights, depending on your budget. Thereafter you can always increase your Points Rights ownership should the need arise.
12 HOW SECURE IS MY INVESTMENT?
A very good question. All holiday accommodation included in the points system is held in a Trust with the points Management Association being the beneficiary of the Trust. In addition, there are independent trustees so the properties are totally secure. Finally, you have invested in a pool of properties and as you probably realise it is much better to spread one’s investments and not to hold all your eggs in one basket.
13. WHERE CAN I USE MY POINTS?
The points system is expanding fast. Each Owner receives full details on all the Resorts included in the system in their Points Value Guide. In addition, as new Resorts are included in the system, existing points owners are able to holiday at these resorts as well. Also, should you need to holiday overseas, there are over 3500 international resorts affiliated to RCI, enabling you to use your points overseas, in all the tourist destinations.
14. CAN I ALWAYS GO ON HOLIDAY IN PEAK SEASON?
Obviously not all Owners can go on holiday at the same time and the beauty of this system is its flexibility and variety. To cope with peak season demand the peak season times cost more Points than out of season and, in addition, they work on a reservation priority status, which gives each Owner a fair deal over a period of time.
15 MUST I TAKE A FULL WEEK?
No. You can take mid week breaks for just 25% of the points for a full week and weekend getaways for 75% of the Points. Consult your Points Value Guide for the various Resorts that offer this option.
16 WHAT OTHER COSTS ARE THERE?
In order to maintain the properties and to provide reception and housekeeping services, as well as to manage the entire system, a levy is charged annually. This levy is very carefully budgeted for and is under control of the POINTS Owners themselves.
INDEX OF THE SA. POINTS RESORTS
Avalon Springs Inverness Port Alfred Sands
Bakubung Ithaca Place on the Bay
Bantry Bay Jeffrey’s Bay Villas Placid Waters
Baywater Village Kagga Kamma Port Owen Marina
Beach Hotel Karos Lodge Quanza Marine
Beacon Isle Karos Mont-Aux-Sources Qwantani
Bella Vista Karos Wilderness Ramsgate Beach Club
Blue Martin Hotel Karridene River Club Villas
Bothania Hills Kiara Lodge Riviera
Boulder Bay King’s Lodge Sabi River Sun
Breakers Knysna Chalets Salamander
Brookes Hill Kowie River Chalets Sanbonani
Bushman’s Neck Kruger Park Lodge Savannah Sands
Cabana Beach Kwa Maritane Salt Rock Palms
Cabana Mio Labori Seafields
Cape Gordonia Lady Hamilton Seaviews
Carribea Bay La Cote D’Azur Silversands G’s Bay
Caribbean Estates Lakeview Cabanas Silversands Durban
Castleburn Lake Longmere Sodwana Bay Lodge
Castleton La Lucia Sands Sondela Nature Reserve
Centurion La Montagne St Ives
Chaka’s Rock Chalets La Rochelle St Michael Sands
Champagne Lane Little Eden Sunshine Bay Beach Clb
Chanpagne Sports Resort Little Switzerland Sun City Vacation Club
Champagne Valley Lowveld Lodge Stilheuwels
Club Hacienda Lokhutula Strand Pavilion
Club Mykonos Langebaan Mabula Lodge Suntide Banana Beach
Club Ten Magalies Park Suntide Beach Club
Coral Cove Manzi Monate Suntide Cabanas
Corona Del Mar Manzini Chalets Sudwala Lodge
Costa Smeralda Margate Sands Suntide Illovo Sands
Crystal Springs Marine Terrace Suntide Hotel
Desert Rose Midlands Saddle & Trout Suntide Qunu Lodge
Dikhololo Millstream Suntide Winkelspruit
Dolphin View Cabanas Monkey Valley Tableview Cabanas
Drakensberg Sun Mount Amanzi Tenbury
Durban Sands Mount Champagne The Oceanic
Durban Spa Mount Sheba The Palace
Fairways Mount Sierra The Seapointer
Falcon Glen Ngwenya Lodge Tropicana Hotel
Garden Route Chalets Palm Park Troutbeck Inn
Garden Route Chalets Pearly Shells Umhlanga Cabanas
Gethlane Lodge Peninsula Umhlanga Sands
Glenmore Sands Perna Perna Mosselbay Villa del Sol
Hartenbos Hotel Perna Perna St Lucia Waterberry Hill
Hastings Hall Perna Perna Umhloti Wilderness Dunes
Highveld Spa Pine Lake Inn Xanadu
Hole in the Wall Pine Lake Marina
Full compliment of International resorts booked via RCI