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The American Resort Development Association is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that represents the vacation ownership and resort development industry.

Asset Value

Quote provided, usually by Destination Clubs, in reference to the average value of a home within their portfolio.


Depositing a week of timeshare into an exchange “bank” to use in the future.

Bonus Week

A bonus week is an "extra" week in addition to the one you own. It's given or sold as an incentive to timeshare owners for a specific reason. Bonus weeks are sometimes issued as a signing bonus upon the purchase of a timeshare interval. Owners of high-demand resort weeks may receive them as incentives to deposit their timeshare week. Some bonus weeks are considered "excess inventory" and can be purchased for a nominal fee.

Color Coding

A system that categorizes the popularity of timeshare weeks by color.

Deeded Timeshare

A deeded property is one in which the property title does not expire. Once you own it, it’s yours until you decide to sell it, much like home ownership. Deeded properties may also be passed on to your heirs.


Placing a week of timeshare with an exchange company. The same as “banking.”


The company that builds, and often owns, the resort.

Destination Club

Membership for access to a portfolio of homes across the world. Membership can be both equity and non-equity models, but there is no asset ownership. Destination Clubs are associated with the ultra luxury segment offering personal concierge services and high end amenities equivalent to a 5 star resort.


An ownership interest in a corporation or the monetary value of a property or an interest of a property in excess of any claims or liens against it.


A system that allows timeshare owners to trade the unit they own and have deposited for comparable accommodations.

Exchange Company

Exchange companies compile timeshares deposited for exchange and then complete the trade among owners. The two primary exchange companies are Resort Condominiums International (RCI) and Interval International.

Exchange Fees

Timeshare owners pay an annual membership fee to an exchange company (approximately $85) plus a fee when an exchange actually takes place (typically $125).

Fixed Week

Fixed week ownership means that you have the right to occupy (or have available for trade or rent) a specific week and unit at the resort where you own every year.

Floating/Flex Time

Floating (sometimes referred to as flex) ownership means that you have access to a range of weeks within a given period or season. The range of weeks available for flex use is set by the resort and is the same range of weeks from year to year.

Fractional Ownership

Leisure real estate sold in intervals of more than one week and less than whole ownership. Fractionals are usually associated with the luxury segment of vacation ownership, offering greater services and amenities.

Helium Report

Helium Report is an independent guide for wealthy consumers. They provide analysis and research to assist with high value purchase decisions such as joining a destination club or buying a fraction.

Home Owners Association (HOA)

The group of owners that administer the rules and regulations at a resort.

Home Resort

The resort at which you own a vacation interval or have joined a points-based program.

Host Resort

The resort to which you travel on a vacation exchange.


Period of use, usually seven days, sometimes ten. May be referred to as a “unit-week.”

Interval International

An international timeshare exchange company.

Lock-Off Unit

A type of timeshare unit that allows you to divide or “lock off” a portion of the unit with a separate entrance, in effect creating two units out of one. This practice increases flexibility for occupancy and purposes of exchange.

Plan Year

The 365 days in which a points-based timeshare must be used.


Units of measurement used for valuing a timeshare. A timeshare’s point value is determined by season, unit size, and resort popularity. Points are used like currency during exchange.

Preview Vacation

Sometimes called a mini-vacation or mini-vac; it is a discounted 3 to 5 day vacation offered to prospective buyers by timeshare resorts to encourage timeshare trial.

Purchase Contract

Also called the Purchase Agreement, it’s the main contract between a Timeshare buyer and the resort and it includes all the details of the purchase and conditions of sale. Buyers should read it thoroughly and ask the salesperson to explain anything that isn’t clear.

RCI (Resorts Condominum International)

An international timeshare exchange company.


A period of time (typically 3-10 days) during which a timeshare buyer has the right to cancel the purchase of a timeshare without incurring any penalties. Rescission periods vary by state.

Resignation Ratio

Destination Clubs use this term to refer to the ratio explaining how many new members must join before a current member can leave. (i.e. 2 to 1 refers to 2 new members joining before 1 can leave).

Right-To-Use Timeshare

Right-to-use Timeshare ownership buys you just that – the right to use your Timeshare, every year, for the term of the agreement.


Joint ownership of a resort property where each owner has usage rights for a certain period of time and occupies a unit on a regular basis for a number of years. Also known as vacation ownership.

Trading Power

The value assigned to deposited vacation time and to the related exchange request based on supply and demand as well as the resort’s characteristics.

Unit Week

The basic form of vacation ownership/timeshare accommodations, consisting of the use of a dwelling unit for a seven day period.


Making an additional purchase for a larger timeshare at your home resort or, in the case of exchanging, paying extra for exchanging your timeshare for one of higher value.

Vacation Ownership

A term used to describe resort timesharing.


Destination clubs have adopted this term to signal the end or closure of a destination club. In this situhe destination club must liquidate its assets, pay back creditors, and return deposits to its members.

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