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Q. Why do the "Destination Units Available" change when I choose a different resort week to trade?

  • The goal of our "comparable exchange" concept is to parallel the supply of and demand for both the week that you relinquish and the week that you request in exchange. So, the “Destination Units Available” that are displayed during your search for an exchange are resort weeks that are closest in demand and vacation experience to the one that you chose to relinquish.

    Also, we try to ensure that the quality of the resort you are confirmed to is comparable to the accommodations that you traded.

Q. When does Interval list the home weeks I own under my "Resort Units"?

  • All resort units are listed at least one year prior to your check-in date.

    Some resorts, however, participate in the Early Deposit program. If you own a week at one of these properties, your units will be listed 18 months or two years in advance of your check-in.

Q. I own weeks that don't show up with my other available resort units. How do I add them to the list?

  • The weeks you see under "Your Resort Unit(s)" reflect the units currently eligible for you to exchange. Simply contact your designated Member-Services Center to add an additional week to your account.

    We'll verify your unit's number and size with your home resort and update your records.

    There is an administrative fee to add a week(s) to an existing membership. The administrative fee is waived, however, if you renew your membership for at least one year at the time you add your week(s).

Q. How do I verify that my online exchange confirmation has been completed?

  •  You'll receive a confirmation number at the "Transaction Complete" page after you've selected a resort and the dates you want to travel, reviewed the resort information, and provided your payment details.

    Your home resort will then verify the week you relinquished, and we'll send your confirmation certificate to you via your choice of e-mail, or regular mail.

Q. What is the benefit of Exchanging Online?

  • The exchange fee online is $20 less than if you request an exchange by phone. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it costs you less.

Q. How do I find out if a problem arises when Interval attempts to verify my week with my home resort?

  • We will notify you by postal mail.

Q. My time limit for requesting an exchange is about to expire, but I'm not ready to travel. What can I do?

  • You can extend your expiration date for six or 12 months by purchasing a deposit extension or by contacting your Member-Services Center.
    Your week will be treated as a Flex Deposit. Weeks initially relinquished as Flex Deposits or late-notice deposits maintain their original redemption method.

Q. What if after I extend my deposit I still need more time to travel?

  • You can extend a previously extended deposit for an additional six or 12 months by purchasing a deposit extension or by contacting your Member-Services Center.
    Your week will be treated as a Flex Deposit. Weeks initially relinquished as Flex Deposits or late-notice deposits maintain their original redemption method.

Q. Can I extend the expiration date of my Accommodation Certificate?

  • You have the option to extend certain types of Accommodations Certificates. You can extend your expiration date for six or 12 months by purchasing an Accommodation Certificate extension or by contacting your Member-Services Center.

Q. How do I purchase a Guest Certificate online?

  • You´ll have the opportunity to purchase a Guest Certificate online at the time you make an exchange confirmation or place a request.

    You can also purchase a Guest Certificate online when you buy your Getaway.

    If your transaction was already completed, simply go to your Member Corner and click on “My Transactions” to view your exchange and Getaway history. You have the option to add, modify or delete a Guest Certificate for any current exchange or Getaway transaction by clicking the “ADD/MODIFY/DELETE” button.

Q. What can I do on the IntervalWorld.com Web site?

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    • Search exchange availabilities and confirm in real time.
    • Deposit your week.
    • Request a vacation exchange.
    • Check pending exchange requests.
    • Search for and purchase Getaway vacations.
    • Purchase Guest Certificates.
    • Book air travel, hotel accommodations, rental cars, and cruises.
    • Research and book vacation activities.
    • Access Interval Gold benefits.
    • Upgrade or renew your membership.
    • Check the expiration date of your membership.
    • Update membership information, including phone numbers and mailing and e-mail addresses.
    • Sign up for special offers and e-mail updates.
    • And more.

Q. When I'm searching the Resort Directory I sometimes get a message that says additional information is unavailable. Why?

  • For various reasons, some resorts aren't fully featured in the Resort Directory. If a unit at one of these properties is available for exchange, however, you can view more information about it by clicking the "Book It" button on the "Destination Units Available" page. If you decide not to confirm that particular unit, you can go back to the other available exchange options.

Q. When does my membership expire?

  • Click on the "My Account" link to view the expiration date(s) of your basic and/or Interval Gold membership(s).

Q. Why do I get a blank screen or a "Page cannot be displayed" error message when I try to sign in?

  • Be sure you're using the latest version of your Internet browser.

    If you have security software running, confirm that the settings are not blocking you from viewing Web sites that set cookies, small nuggets of information stored on your computer so that IntervalWorld.com can load faster.

Q. I've already registered, but when I try to sign in I get sent back to the homepage - with no error message. Why?

  • Verify that cookies — small nuggets of information stored on your computer so that IntervalWorld.com can load faster — are enabled in your Web browser.

    If you have security software running, confirm that the settings are not blocking you from viewing Web sites that set cookies.

Q. How do I make an instant exchange confirmation online?

  • Simple instructions are provided to guide you through the entire process, but your first step will be to select a destination and a time period during which you'd be willing to travel.

    Then you'll need to deposit the unit you'd like to exchange.

    Based on the vacation parameters you've chosen and the week you've deposited, Interval's computers will search for exchange possibilities. A selection of resort weeks will display from which you can instantly confirm an exchange.

    You can cancel the transaction any time prior to selecting "Submit" on the payment information page.

    You'll receive a confirmation number after submitting your payment details.

Q. How do I "search" for an exchange?

  • It's easy, and you don't have to deposit a week before you start your search. On the vacation exchange page, just select where and when you'd like to travel and click continue.

    Select the previously deposited week or available week you'd like to use for your exchange.

    If you are using a week still available to you (not yet deposited), you may be asked to provide the check-in date and/or reservation number before you continue.

    Then you'll be shown a list of units available for exchange for your specified date and destination.

Q. Why do I get a message that says my unit information cannot be found in Interval's records when I try to relinquish my week?

  • The unit information you submitted does not match Interval's file on your home resort.

    Please verify your information and try again.

    If you're still having problems, contact the customer service department at customerservice@intervalintl.com or 888-784-3447.

Q. I've tried to relinquish my week, but the system says my check-in date is invalid. What's wrong?

  • Interval's check-in calendar for your resort (based on week number and, in some cases, home resort unit number) does not match the date you provided.

    Please verify your information with your home resort and try again.

    If you're still having problems, contact the customer service department at customerservice@intervalintl.com or 888-784-3447.

Q. When can I deposit my week?

  • With Deposit First, you'll have the flexibility of a four-year travel window — you can exchange anytime from two years before to two years after the first day of your home resort week.

Q. What is a Flex Deposit?

  • Flexchange is a service Interval offers to members who want to request a vacation exchange on short notice — from 59 days to 24 hours before check-in. You can check Flexchange availabilities at IntervalWorld.com or by calling 800-722-1747.

    Additionally, you can make a Flex Deposit if you need to deposit your week 59 to 14 days prior to the check-in date (no deposits are accepted less than 14 days before your week). You'll then use the Flexchange service to confirm an exchange.

Q. How are the Member Ratings created?

  • Member Ratings are compiled from the Evaluation forms members submit to Interval International after their stay at a given resort.

Q. Where can I get an Evaluation form?

  • Evaluation forms can be found on the back of your Resort Confirmation or online in the My History section of Intervalworld.com.   

Q. What does Resort Accommodations Insurance provide?*

  • It covers the value of your resort accommodations — up to $1,000 — should you have to cancel or postpone your trip due to severe weather, the death of an immediate family member, jury duty, or certain other unforeseen circumstances.

    You have 21 days after your confirmation to purchase this insurance. View complete coverage details here.

    Interval Travel also offers great rates on insurance through Travel Guard for air travel, cruises, tours, and car rentals.

    *Offer applies only to members residing in the U.S. or Canada.

Q.What is the Best Price Guarantee on Getaways and how does it work?

  • If you find a lower rate for the same seven-day resort stay within 24 hours of your Getaway confirmation, you can file a Best Price Guarantee claim with Interval International. If your claim is approved, you will receive a refund for the difference between the amount you paid for your Getaway and the lower rate. For more information, click here.

Q. How does Interval secure vacation weeks for Getaways? 

  • Interval has three sources of vacation-week inventory for Getaways. The first is resort space that we receive from our members that is in excess of members’ demands for exchange through the Interval International network. In our Terms and Conditions, this is sometimes referred to as “seasonal oversupplies.” After being in the business for more than 34 years, our inventory specialists are adept at predicting how much exchange demand there will be at each resort for a particular unit size, during a specific time period. When the resort space available for that area exceeds predictable demand, some of that excess will be made available as Getaways, but space also remains available for exchange. In addition, when a check-in date is less than 60 days away, that inventory is offered simultaneously for both exchanges and Getaways, to maximize the opportunity for it to be used by our consumers. 

    For highly demanded vacation time that Interval cannot secure from members’ deposits, Interval will arrange to obtain inventory directly from resort developers at an agreed-upon rental rate. Some of these weeks are at affiliated resorts and others are from non-affiliated properties in areas that are frequently requested by members. Since this space is rented from third parties by Interval, rather than relinquished by members, Interval offers it through the Getaway program, typically at attractive pricing. As a result, a particular resort or destination might be found as a Getaway, but not as an exchange opportunity.

    Finally, some Getaways represent inventory relinquished to our system by Interval Gold members toward a cruise, golf, or spa exchange through Interval Options®. In such instances, the actual space relinquished may be rented as a Getaway to offset the cost of the cruise or tour. 

    Interval is first and foremost an exchange provider for our members. As such, we ensure that resort time deposited for exchanges are prioritized for and provided to other exchanging members before any alternate use is permitted.

Q. How can I find a pet-friendly resort?

  • Discover pet-friendly resorts for you and your furry companion. Simply go to the Resort Directory tab on IntervalWorld.com and click on Advanced Search. Scroll down to select "Pets Allowed" in the Amenities section and click on the Search button. For a video tutorial on how to access Interval's pet-friendly resorts, click here.

Q. What are Interval's membership and exchange fees?

  • For a select list of Interval's membership and exchange fees, click here.

Q. How can I find Interval-affiliated all-inclusive resorts?

  • You can find Interval-affiliated all-inclusive resorts by looking for this symbol  in the print edition of the Resort Directory, and here at IntervalWorld.com. The symbol indicates resorts that require the purchase of a meal plan payable to the resort. For a full list of all-inclusive resorts in Interval’s network — including properties with required or optional plans — search in your Resort Directory or Interval International’s online Resort Directory.

Q. Is the all-inclusive price per person, per unit, per day, or for the whole week?

  • Typically, the price is per person, per day, and per unit for the entire week.

Q. Do I have to pay for the full week if I'm not staying the full week?

  • Although most Getaways purchased and exchanges made through Interval International consist of an entire week, there are some resorts that offer flexible-stay packages. Contact Interval or the resort directly to find out what options are available to you.

Q. Does the price cover alcoholic beverages?

  • A typical all-inclusive package covers alcoholic beverages — plus many recreational activities.

Q. Who receives my payment/who do I pay for an all-inclusive resort stay?

  • For members' convenience, the cost of staying at an all-inclusive property is paid directly to the resort. The purchase of an all-inclusive package is not included in the standard Interval International exchange fee.

Q. Does the price of the Getaway/exchange cover the all-inclusive fees?

  • No. The cost of a Getaway/exchange is a separate transaction with Interval International and does not include the cost of staying at an all-inclusive resort.

Q. What is the cost of an all-inclusive resort?

  • The cost may vary depending on different factors, such as the resort, length of stay, time of year, and room accommodations. For families or individuals traveling on a budget, an all-inclusive resort can be an ideal alternative to a typical vacation since the total cost of the stay is known up-front.

Q. Are all-inclusive resorts ideal for families?

  • There are many family-oriented all-inclusive resorts, as well as adults-only resorts. Family-friendly all-inclusive resorts offer a broad range of activities and amenities with something for everyone — from kids' clubs, playgrounds, and video games to water parks and adults-only pools. There are also nightly entertainment options and spa facilities so you can have a good time together as a family or individually.

Q. What is included in an all-inclusive resort/vacation?

  • Nearly everything you need is part of the package, including accommodations, drinks, and three meals a day (often with a variety of restaurants from which to choose). Be sure to check with your resort for a complete list of amenities.

Q. What amenities are not included with an all-inclusive resort?

  • The list of services and amenities offered in an all-inclusive resort package will vary depending on the resort. However, spa treatments, long-distance telephone calls, casinos/gambling, special packages, babysitting services, and destination excursions are usually not included in the all-inclusive vacation price.

Q. What activities are available as part of an all-inclusive plan?

  • All-inclusive resorts want to make sure you have a fantastic time, so they offer a variety of free daily activities and amenities, such as tennis, exercise facilities, kids' clubs and playgrounds, pool activities, and more. Many all-inclusive resorts also offer nightlife options that guests can enjoy for free, from on-site nightclubs to live shows with music. Customize your trip to your needs and have a blast!

Q. How much cash should I carry?

  • Although meals and beverages are typically included in the cost of an all-inclusive vacation, it is recommended that you bring credit cards and a sufficient amount of cash for other expenses, such as tips or spa treatments. Take multiple forms of payment and keep them in more than one place, in case you find yourself away from your resort. You may also ask about complimentary in-room safes where you can store your valuables.

Q. Can I plan my wedding and/or honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort?

  • Most all-inclusive resorts offer wedding/honeymoon packages. Check with your resort for information on wedding packages and services offered.

Q. Are spas available at each resort?

  • Most upscale all-inclusive resorts have a spa facility on the property.

Q. Is there a charge for entertainment at the resort?

  • All-inclusive resorts do not charge for on-site entertainment or most activities.