You can classify timeshare into two principle types: blocked weeks or timeshare points schemes. What is best for you will depend on your vacation requirements. So let’s take a look at some of the differences.
Blocked Weeks vs Timeshare Points
There are various benefits to both options. If you know when and where you wish to take a vacation every year and are limited to certain weeks because of your job, school vacations or family commitments, then a fixed blocked week might be for you. When you buy a fixed week you are guaranteed your timeshare unit for your chosen week every year. If you always spend Thanksgiving with your family, then buying a fixed week around those dates would be beneficial.
For many, the reason they would not buy a timeshare is because they do not want to vacation in the same place, in the same dates every year. That is why timeshare operators have developed their points schemes. In this case you buy the equivalent timeshare points as you would pay for a fixed week timeshare and then exchange those points when you know when and where you want to travel. It means that you are completely flexible.
The other advantage of the timeshare points system is that you can divide your time and travel more than once a year. Imagine you have bought points enough for a two bedroom apartment for one week but this year you wish to travel for a shorter period of time in spring and winter. The points scheme allows you to take a weekend vacation in one destination and then another all in the same year. Likewise, if you cannot visit your timeshare for some reason, you can bank your week and take two weeks the following year.