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Also with option B, it appears you need to be more flexible in calendar scheduling and plan farther out, but the advantage to B over A is that there are often more resorts and more capacity through timeshares than through traditional hotels and resorts in some locations. What I am saying is that for example, Hilton may have one resort on Miami Beach, but chances are very good there are a wide variety of different timeshares available.

I don't think you need to be that much more flexible with option B. While there are more properties in the general market than there are with any one timeshare company, timeshare companies do have lots of options. To use your example of Miami Beach, Hilton has several (timeshare as well as hotel) properties in that area. In addition, if you have a Hilton timeshare, RCI properties are available to you as well.

If you're looking for last minute reservations in a popular area, neither option A or B are that great. Option A will mean paying exorbitant prices and option B will mean not finding any vacancies.

Also, looking for opinions and experiences with A vs. B as the most cost effective option over time - I realize there are many variables (buying a deluxe unit, vs. cheap unit, location) - just looking for an overall idea if B really can be more cost effective than A *generally speaking*.

I think cost-effectiveness depends on how you travel. For people who travel a lot and to expensive places but make plans well in advance, option B is probably more cost-effective. Let's say you pay $10K for resale timeshare and let's look at a ten year period for the sake of easy math and annual fees of $500/yr. That means you've paid $15K over ten years which is $1500/yr for travel. If you're taking multiple "nice" vacations per year, you can easily spend more than $1500 on lodging. To provide a point of reference, for my honeymoon in June, I spent six days at a wonderful Hilton resort in Mexico where the room rate was $279 (?)/night.

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