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Who associates work with vacationing?  In a normal scenario, work is separated from vacationing.  If you’re a business traveler, you may add a fun cheap trip or stay to the end of a business trip. We both understand this. 

Now change your mindset for a moment and put on the shoes of a growing number of Americans, and don’t worry.  This exercise has a good ending.  This group of professionals was largely non-existent 10-to-20 years ago, especially compared to today’s ballooning number.

Who is this group?  Professionals working from home.  If you’re thinking of terms like “remote workforce”, you’re on the right track.  With the explosion of the internet and increased online capabilities, companies are choosing to cut overhead expenses and grant employees greater flexibility simultaneously.

 The result?  A large segment of workforces in the West work directly from home via phone and personal computer.  This is great news for adventurous travelers and vacationers alike!

 Why?  Because working from home offers newfound freedom.  Most well-suited vacationers can travel to various destinations anywhere, but now remote workers can live just about anywhere.

 If this is you, consider this: Take time to live in a few different regions over a three year period.  Why not, after all?  Based on your experience and opinions, you can settle down at one of your trial locales, or continue your mobile odyssey.

 This reveals a glimpse of many vacation destinations.  You discover which cities are worth returning to and which experiences deserve reliving.  When you return to your favorite destinations, do yourself a favor and don’t worry about hotels.  Research cheap getaways and renting from owners during your stay.  This way, you have access to amenities that you’re accustomed to.  Plus, if you enjoy your vacation, why not consider vacation ownership for future getaways?  To begin your research, discover your options at and

 Brainstorm for one more moment.  Working from home can increase vacation time.  Depending on the nature of your role, work extra hours to earn extra time off.  Then use this earned vacation to take two shorter trips instead of one longer trip.  Over time, you can visit 10 destinations versus 5 destinations over a period of only 5 years!

Plan ahead and make the most of your situation if you’re a work-from-home professional.  You have flexibility, so enjoy it!  Start your research now and pinpoint your best options for amenities and all-around good deals.  To start, investigate and


CheapOgetaway Resorts vs Hotels for Travel Executives

CheapOgetaway Resorts vs Hotels for Travel Executives

Timeshare has a key value proposition for businesses travel.  Consider the expense of business travel only 2 weeks a year; assuming you only travel 2-weeks and stay in a hotel property and spend $3,000 each year. In just ten years, you will have spent $30,000, which is $10,000 more than the average cost of a timeshare!  And that doesn’t even count the savings from eating some meals in your timeshare unit, rather than the 21 meals out in a week.

Not only do our owners report an 83% satisfaction rate1 but we hear repeatedly from happy owners who use their timeshare year after year, thanking themselves for the wise purchase that grants them the discipline of better travel planning. 

If you compare a typical hotel stay to a timeshare, the hotel stay tends to cost more, between eating every meal out and the price of two or more rooms to accommodate an entire family, the value of a timeshare stay is unbeatable. 

Today, there are 1,548 resorts in the U.S., with 8.1 million intervals owned. Timeshares, fractional's and private residence clubs are also located in over 100 countries.

1Source: Shared Vacation Ownership Owners Report – 2012 Edition, prepared by The Research Intelligence Group for the ARDA International Foundation. timeshare owners do have a choice

CheapOgetaway suggest we stay out of the kitchen and spend more time with your family this holiday!

CheapOgetaway suggest we stay out of the kitchen and spend more time with your family this holiday!

Stay out of the kitchen and spend more time with your family this holiday! If you are like me you spend most of your Thanksgiving and Christmas day in the kitchen.  This year I decided to ban the kitchen from my holiday routine and spend more time with my kids and grandkids.  It was a bit of a shock to our kids (now grown adults) but when we looked at the pros and cons, we all made a unanimous decision to ban the kitchen this year.  We are going on the search for the best location for our holiday brunch and we want your help. Over the next two months we are going to be on the prawl for the best holiday brunch locations in Central Florida and we are going to keep you posted on our venture. 

Do you have the perfect location for a holiday brunch?

How Do Your Choose A Luxury Resort When Travel With Kids

How Do Your Choose A Luxury Resort When Travel With Kids

It’s a common misconception that traveling with kids means you cannot stay in luxury resort.  While it is true that the industry standard is double occupancy, many resorts offer 1,2,and 3 bedrooms with a kitchen, living, dining area to best accommodate you and your travel companions. In order to choose the best room(s) at the best rate(s), we’ve come up with a few tips to help you plan your next travel excursion, and ensure an enjoyable trip with kids.

#1: Provide the resort with all your details including the number of kids and adults traveling with you. 

#2: Ask the resort what amenities they offer on property and plan your events ahead of time. Most resorts have adult and kiddie pool areas, and a lot of resorts offer day cares so mom and dad can have the much needed time away. 

#3: Be flexible, open, and willing to take advice and make adjustments as need be. Please be aware that all requests are simply requests only, and cannot be guaranteed until confirmed with the hotel.

We hope these tips ease the stress of planning your next trip with kids, and we wish you happy travels and a truly memorable experience!

Who gets the most vacation time? Who gets the least?

Who gets the most vacation time? Who gets the least?

The average working European earns and usually takes all 25 to 30 vacation days annually. In 2011, the typical American employee was given 14 days off, but took only 12. The U.S. does not require companies to offer paid time off to their workers, unlike many other nations.

Two forfeited days of vacation a year may not seem like a lot, but it can really add up.  Americans altogether are giving up 226 million unused vacation days this year. Take into consideration that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average full-time worker earns $39,416 a year -- that's $34.3 billion worth of time.

Owning a vacation ownership can make travel planning easier and allow businesses and families the opportunity to budget and plan their travel accommodations hassle free.  Renting from existing owners also gives travelers the opportunity to visit exclusive resorts that they would not otherwise be allowed to visit.  Another great advantage of renting a vacation ownership is the direct contact with the actual resort owners giving you the negotiation power and great savings. 

Maximize your vacation ownership

If you are not able to use your resort and you want to make your vacation ownership pay for itself, rent out your week.  Why pay maintenance fees and taxes and let your week go to waste when you can cover your maintenance fees and taxes?  There are several legitimate companies out there that will advertise your week for you and you do not pay them commissions or broker fees. You must be very careful that you are going with a reputable company that actually will advertise for you and not just take your money and run.

If a company or individual is telling you that they have a renter or buyer sitting there and lined up, hang up the phone. Renting and selling takes time and a company must advertise through all avenues, not just on the internet.

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority completes redevelopment

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority completes redevelopment

22nd Aug 2013

The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority has completed $20 million in recent improvements to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The LVCVA implemented the changes, which are designed to enhance the customer experience, to the 3.2 million-square-foot facility over the past two years while working around shows and events in the building.

“The Las Vegas Convention Center is home to many of the top trade shows in the country,” said Terry Jicinsky, senior vice president of operations for the LVCVA. 

“It is important to keep the facility fresh and offer its more than a million yearly guests the convenience that will make conducting business in Las Vegas a success.”

The first noticeable change is the façade of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Two different shades of gray paint now cover the once mauve exterior to create a more modern look.

In addition, the Green Parking Lot has been expanded adding more than eight acres to the lot near Desert Inn Road and Swenson. 

Designs are underway on two more parking lots to allow for more convenience and access.

Inside, more than one million square feet of new red carpet has been installed. The lighting has also been upgraded in the Central and North Halls. 

The new fixtures deliver up to 20 per cent more light with 42 per cent less energy.

The interior has also been painted.

In a worldwide first, Starbucks has added a double sided counter inside its recently expanded store. Being able to serve the customers from both side of the counter has resulted in faster service.

American Express has opened its OPEN Business Lounge inside the main entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

The 3,400 square-foot lounge serves American Express OPEN card members and new applicants and offers refreshments, free WiFi, computer and printer access, and seating for meetings or relaxation.

It is the first OPEN Business Lounge on the West Coast.

All of the recent improvements will be integrated into future plans for Las Vegas Global Business District, an overarching vision for the Las Vegas Convention Center and the surrounding area.

The $2.5 billion Global Business District will create an international business destination by incorporating major renovations of the Las Vegas Convention Center, leveraging the World Trade Center designation and developing transportation connectivity through a centralised hub.

The Las Vegas Convention Centre, located adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the largest convention centres in the country.

It hosts an average of sixty meetings, events, conventions and trade shows a year, with more than 1.2 million visitors.

Nearly 14,000 local jobs are supported by events held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which generate more than $1.6 billion in local economic impact.

CheapOgetaway Top 5 Destinations for 2013

CheapOgetaway Top 5 Destinations for 2013

It is time for CheapOgetaway to choose our top five getaway destinations on for 2013. Find your perfect cheap vacation and design your own getaway packages that are just right for you. Regardless of your budget or number of traveling members, CheapOgetaway picks the best places for your getaway.

Vacations can be relaxing and inspiring without breaking your bank. Once you pick a destination, you can stretch your dollar and create lifelong memories.  Have you ever found the perfect flight, but then you can’t find the perfect hotel in the package? You can reduce the cost and headache associated with booking your getaway by making reservations separately with CheapOgetaway.  We have found that the cost of staying in a resort is drastically cheaper if you rent from existing owners. The cost for each resort can be broken down to the cost of staying in a Suite at a hotel, this is why we want to give you some inspiration with these top five resorts.

The Orlando area offers non-stop fun with first-class family attractions. This is why CheapOgetaway has made the first pick the Sheraton Vistana Resort located in Orlando, FL. Close to the Orange County Convention Center and the thrills of Florida theme parks; you'll find golf and world-famous beaches within driving distance.  This two bedroom suite can easily accommodate 6-8 comfortably. CheapOgetaway cost for a suite with kitchen, dining room, living room, and two bedrooms for a week is less than $67.00 night per person based on 6 people occupancy.

CheapOgetaway second choice is to discover the meaning of Aloha and stay at the breathtaking Ka'anapali Beach Club, located in Maui, Hawaii.  Amazing sunsets await your arrival on Maui's famous North Shore. Their beautiful accommodations feature spacious interiors, in-room refrigerators, and oversized tubs and separate showers in the bath. Relax poolside at the acre wide, lagoon style pool and enjoy outdoor cafés set amid tropical garden atriums and relaxing waterfalls.  Couples can stay in this tropical paradise for less than $165.00 night per person when you rent from CheapOgetaway.

If you are looking for excitement and nightlife, CheapOgetaway chooses the Polo Towers Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Only one boulevard offers non-stop 24 hour action and excitement, and you can enjoy every extraordinary moment at Polo Towers in classic elegance and casual comfort. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, a Polo Towers getaway provides guests with resort style amenities and world class casinos, spas, shopping, entertainment and attractions within walking distance.  Visit Paris, Venice, New York City and Rome in one exciting city. Caesar and the Forum to the canals of Venice is minutes of your inviting stay at Polo Towers. Our one bedroom unit for a week that sleeps four is less than $75.00 a night per person for a weeks stay from CheapOgetaway owners.

Sea Gardens Beach and Tennis Resort is a premier oceanfront resort located in South Florida’s Pompano Beach and you can enjoy a week’s stay for less than a hotel. Enjoy this beautiful tropical paradise sun-bathing along Florida's gold coast. This getaway resort has waterfalls, lush gardens, tiki huts and yes coconut bowling.  Golf, tennis, spa treatments, fine dining, shopping extravaganzas and cheap sunset cruises are just some of the many recreational options you have to choose from with a Sea Gardens getaway. CheapOgetaway recommends that you go to nearby areas in Pompano Beach and find the perfect cheap getaway destination to jet ski, kayak, parasail, swim, snorkel, scuba dive in the clear blue waters, or enjoy one of the many other activities.

Now CheapOgetaway is heading to the  Coral Reef Resort located at the Sunset Capitol of Florida, St. Pete Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. St Pete Beach offers a large variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment for visitors of all ages. The main attraction of course is the pristine white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and the romantic sunsets perfect for beach weddings.  The resorts amenities include a 340,000-gallon free-form outdoor swimming pool, three spas, complete beach facilities, and shuffleboard courts. From this ideal Florida vacation spot, it is less than 90 minutes' drive to the Orlando area attractions and Convention Center.

"Free" Tickets?

You decide your family needs to plan a vacation and you save every extra penny that you have to take a family vacation.  You want the best family experience and you look into all the great fun places that you think your family will enjoy traveling to, only to find the cost of your vacation continues to add up. As parents we always want to do more for our kids than what we had growing up and we want them to have a memorable vacation. Everything is done for your travel; air fare...check, hotel...check, and entertainment...check. 

The family arrives at their travel destination and everyone is checked in. The vacation is going so well. You decide to take that nice guy/girl up on his offer to receive "free" tickets to a wonderful theme park and all you have to do is take 30 minutes out of your day to listen to a presentation, and then you and the family are off to enjoy the rest of your day. Four hours later you are still sitting in a room with not one, but two sales guys that are guilting you into making an extremely large purchase because you have been depriving your family because you should be taking a vacation every year. Your exhausted, wore down, and ready to get out of this office, so you finally sign all the paperwork and walk out of the office six hours later.  

Not putting much thought into the purchase you just made you continue to enjoy the rest of your vacation. Once home you return to your everyday grind and don't think much about the purchase until you have to make the first payment and realize now that it is too late to cancel. Well, you are now the proud owners of a beautiful resort and you’re going to take a vacation every year because you did feel so much better when you returned, so you decide to keep making the monthly payments.

Three years later reality sets in because you are still paying monthly for those "free" tickets you used while on your wonderful getaway vacation. The interest your paying is between 17%-19% and you really could have used that money for the last three years.  Now what do you do?  You call the resort to be told that they cannot do anything for you and that you still have seven more years to pay for it. You are on your own and you do not know what to do with this and you have monthly payments to make for seven more years and an annual fee that is very expensive. It turns out that the “free” tickets were the most expensive tickets you have ever purchased in your life.


Did you have a similar experience?  


According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) has released industry sales figures for 2010 which indicate that sales of new timeshare products edged up ever so slightly – to $6.4 billion in 2010 from $6.3 billion in 2009.

(2010 Domestic Convention/Group Meeting Visitor Profile) 

The average household income of Orlando's group meeting visitors was $111,814 in 2010. Over two thirds (71%) of group meeting visitors had a household income of $75,000 or more



(2010 Domestic Convention/Group Meeting Visitor Profile)

In 2010, 9.5 million visitors came to Orlando for business purposes, an increase of

2.0% from 2009. Business travel accounted for 20% of all domestic visitors in 2010.

57% of business travelers were in Orlando for a convention or seminar/training,

while the remaining 43% came for transient business purposes. Group meetings

Visitors are defined as those individuals that met in Orlando for a convention,

seminar/training, or other group meetings.

Point System

The point system allows you the opportunity to control your vacation from the time of year, destination and size of unit. Instead of having a fixed unit and week every year that you either use or loose, owning points gives you options. You can choose the location, size and number of nights and find out if you have enough points available. if you do have enough points, you simply make the reservation.

The easiest way to look at points is like cash. Every resort has their own points system and depending on the time of year, location, and size determines your points required.  It's easy to plan a short get-a-way and take the much needed break your deserve.


Think you can't afford to buy a vacation ownership? "Think again". In today's economy, there are lots of owners looking to sell because they're strapped for cash. Just like in the traditional real estate market, the vacation ownership market is one that is great for buyers.

Buying from an individual can really help you save money over the normal fees. And, you can get an even better deal when you use an advertising company to search for available vacation ownership. When owners market, they don't pay the fees of a traditional real estate agent. This allows them to sell for even less money, saving both the buyer and the seller thousands of dollars.

We are one of the most respected advertising companies in the US. They offer buyers and sellers the chance to link up and make transactions independently. Their service is convenient and very affordable. 

Now is a great time to buy a relaxing beach getaway or beautiful ski resort. You're sure to find that owners are ready to make a deal. And, when you buy from an individual owner, you are able to escape the high-pressure sales pitches, and the process is hassel free so you and the seller can negotiate a deal for purchase

 We offers a great way for buyers to get into the vacation ownership market by purchasing directly from individual owners. If you're ready for the vacation of your dreams, you have to check them out.

Saving Money Traveling

There's never been a better time to buy a vacation ownership on the resale market. Many owners are interested in selling right now, and they're offering their resort at very good prices. When owners advertise their resort for rent getaways can save travelers money and time.

When you buy a vacation ownership, you're giving your family one of the most flexible vacation options around. Choose a resort in your families favorite vacation destination, so that you know you'll want to visit many times. But, with a vacation ownership, you're not locked into that location. You can easily trade your week for a week at another property anywhere in the world, either directly with other owners, or through the resort chain. This allows you the ability to travel to many locations around the world.

When you vacation with vacation ownership properties, you're ensuring that your family always has access to great accommodations. Because resort properties are typically very high-end resorts, you can be assured that your family will have wonderful amenities and spacious apartments, even when you trade your regular week for a week at another location.

Find a Vacation Ownership to Accommodate Your Special Needs

Traveling can be very difficult for people with special needs, such as those who travel in wheelchairs. When you book accommodations, for example, you must always ensure that elevators are available, or that accommodations are on the first floor. You may also need to ensure that doorways are wide enough and that there are walk in showers. All of these issues can really narrow your choice in accommodations and make searching for them quite a hassle.

That's why buying a vacation ownership is such a great option for travelers with special needs. Many of the resorts you'll find advertised are perfect for travelers in wheelchairs or who have other special needs. And, once you've chosen your vacation ownership, you never have to worry about asking those questions again, because you know you've chosen a resort that has all the amenities and special accommodations your family needs.

Individual owners are offering their vacation package, so it's easy for you to ask a question about special accommodations before you make an offer to buy. You may even be able to rent for a week to check it out before you decide to purchase. This way, you can find out first hand if your family's special needs are appropriately met at this resort.

A vacation is so much more pleasant when you know there will be no hassles. And, one thing's for certain, using our services takes all the hassle out of finding the right resort for your family – even if your family has special needs.


What family wouldn't love to take a vacation in Orlando, the land of Mickey Mouse and Sea World? When you own at one of Orlando's many resorts located near all the great amusement parks and beaches, you can take full advantage of all the fun that's available to families in this great vacation spot.

You can expect to find lots of great vacations advertised in great locations, including Orlando. In fact, Orlando is one of the most popular areas of the country for vacation ownership, so there are usually plenty to choose from on the website.

When you buy from an owner you can expect to receive a great deal compared to the price of buying direct from the resort. In fact, resales often sell for as much as 80% less than from the resort presentation because there is so much overhead involved in starting up new properties. 

You will find that there's no hassle when you're shopping for an all inclusive resort with all the amenities. There are no high-pressure sales pitches, in fact, there are no sales people at all. You are simply free to peruse the site at your leisure, and contact the seller when you have a question or want to make an offer. This allows sellers to sell their vacation ownership at some of the best prices available anywhere.

So, don’t give up hope owning at a resort in Orlando. When you review the locations, you're sure to find a resort that you'll love and that will work within your budget. Before you know it, your family will have their own special piece of the family playground that is Orlando.

Cost Effective Way to Buy a Vacation Ownership

Many people think owning a vacation ownership is out of their budget. But, in reality, owning a vacation ownership is the most cost effective way to vacation, especially for the family that vacations every year. Buying a vacation ownership on the resale market is the most cost effective way to buy. You can purchase the same units the resorts are selling for much less, without the long presentation. The benefits of owning a vacation ownership are the same whether you purchase them discounted through existing owners or the resort.

Owning a vacation ownership offers all the benefits of owning a vacation home with none of the hassles.  Because you don't own a physical piece of property, you have no worries about keeping your vacation place maintained when you can't be there.  Your yearly maintenance fee covers upkeep. But, because the cost of maintaining the property is divided among all the owners, cost are extremely low.

Just like when you buy a physical vacation home, at some point you will own the resort free and clear. So, you can continue to vacation each year without paying monthly payment, all you pay is an annual maintenance fee.

Owning a vacation ownership has the same feeling of tradition that your family gets when you own a vacation home.  You can visit your "home away from home" every year, and look forward to that familiar resort that you've come to love.

But, unlike when you own a physical vacation home, if you decide that you don't want to use your vacation ownership for a year, you can trade your week for a week at a different property. Or, if there's not time to vacation this year at all, you can rent your week out to another family or business so that your cost are defrayed.

Making Reservations Worldwide

The easiest and fastest way to make reservations is through the home resorts website, RCI, or II.  When booking online you can immediately see what is available and receive confirmation.

Making your reservation in advance will also save you on the amount of points that you use and it will assure you that you receive the time you want.

Enjoy your vacations!!

Make a reservation?

Have you found that you own vacation ownership yet you still stay at a hotel when you go on vacation. Only to remember that you could have made a reservation at your resort or exchanged it?

A lot of people I talk to tell me that they did not have time to make a reservation and that they do not know how to even start using their vacation ownership....If you can call a hotel and make a reservation, than you can call your resort and make a reservation. Even easier is to go to the resorts website and make a reservation, update your account, pay your maintenance fees and taxes, everything is easier when you do it online. You can even check availability and make your reservations at resorts worldwide right on line.

Using your vacation ownership is as easy as making a reservation at another hotel, and RCI or II are the same. You can make reservations online and see what is available instantly, and you can book your flight through them at the same time. 

Owning a vacation ownership does not have to be a negative experience and once you make your first reservation and enjoy your vacation you will wonder why you waited so long to purchase one.

Help making reservations?

Does anyone have any stories on how they have made reservations with their resort or exchange company simplified?

I have found for myself that setting up an account with the exchange company directly speeds up the reservation process.  No more waiting in line to make a reservation over the phone, if the resort is available, I book it immediately.  It is just as easy as making a reservation at a hotel or any other resort worldwide.

For Vacation Owners

This is a blog page for resort owner(s) who want help with their vacation ownership, whether it is learning how to use it, buy, rent, or sell one. We want vacation owners to receive the maximum benefits from their vacation ownership. Do you know how to book cheap getaways? Learn how now. 

Vacation ownership is being bought, rented, and sold, on a daily basis. The only way that it is a bad investment is if the Owner(s) are not using them to their advantage.

We hope to be able to answer questions and help Owner(s) learn the advantage of using their weeks and points.  If we don't have an immediate answer, we will research the answer for you.

God Bless!

Best Way to Buy a Vacation Ownership

Travel and tourism is up and I envision the upward trend to continue.  Family time and creating lasting memories is priceless, but how can families afford to take a family of four on vacation every year?  Buying a vacation ownership that can be used worldwide does not have to be costly and you do not have to go through a long presentation. There are no gimmicks when you buy from owners directly and you receive the same great benefits. 

Vacation Ownership purchased from Owners who are not utilizing their resort is the best way to purchase them. Once you purchase a vacation ownership you pay either an annual or bi-annual fee depending on the interval of usage you purchased. Maintenance fees range from $500 - $800 on average for a two bedroom unit. This makes vacation extremely reasonable for annual vacations, costing families on average $100 - $120 a night with a full kitchen, living area, and separate space for mom and dad to relax.

Do not be afraid to buy vacation ownership from existing owners at many of the resorts worldwide. Creating lasting memories with your family will last you a lifetime.  


Welcome to resort members blog. This page is here to help vacation owners understand and receive the maximum benefits from their vacation ownership. Have you every taken a weekend getaway? 

This forum is not to bash other companies or any resorts worldwide. We want to know about your experiences and tips on how you have received the maximum benefits from your vacation ownership.