Timeshare seasons are how the timeshare industry classifies the popularity of various locations during different times of the year. Timeshare resorts adjust their costs based on the time of year and the desirability of the location to travelers. While we typically think of seasons as “winter, spring, summer, and autumn,” resorts most frequently base their seasons on periods of high demand, which may not align with traditional seasons.
For example, a ski resort timeshare might be worth more in February, while a Myrtle Beach resort might be worth more during April and May.
Timeshare Week Colors System
To differentiate between high- and low-traffic timeshare seasons, resorts have labeled them with colors; for example, they might call one week a ‘red timeshare week’. Different resorts and exchange companies use different timeshare week colors, so it is important that you contact the specific resort you are interested in directly to determine what colors and seasons system they use.
For example, RCI designates the color red as a season of high demand, white as a season of average demand, and blue as a season of low demand. Interval International designates red as a season of high demand, yellow as a season of average demand, and green as a season of low demand. A red timeshare may be worth more than a green or yellow timeshare.
Some resorts also use language such as platinum or gold to describe their seasonal system.
Keep in mind that a few resorts may even be high traffic year-round—meaning you can only buy a red week. Always call the resort to double check their schedule and seasons before buying a timeshare.
Red and other popular timeshare seasons will cost more but also have more trading power, while the other seasons will cost less but come with less trading power. Which season you choose depends largely on what your vacation priorities are.
Choosing a Timeshare Week
There are two types of weeks: fixed weeks and floating weeks. A fixed week is the same week every year, in the same season. A floating week is a week that exists within one of the timeshare seasons. When you go to reserve with a floating week, you have the choice of multiple weeks within the season. Many enjoy having a dedicated vacation week every single year, whereas others like the option of having a little wiggle room when planning their annual getaway.
As you are choosing which timeshare week you would like to buy or rent, consider the following questions:
- What types of activities do you like to do? During what season are they the most fun?
- Where do you want to go?
- Do you want your vacation to be busy or relaxing?
- Do you want to have the flexibility to exchange your week for other weeks and other locations?
- Do you enjoy meeting other travelers or do you prefer solitude?
- What is your budget?
Explore our timeshare calendar to find your perfect week now.
It is also important to note that timeshare ownerships are no longer only sold by fixed and floating weeks. People want more flexibility with their timeshare ownership these days. Because of this, many brands are shifting into points-based ownership programs, which allow the owner to use their allotted points to choose when, where, and how long they vacation. More points are required to reserve a more popular time of the year, and subsequently less points are needed for an off-season or less popular time. You can learn more about points and how they work in our timeshare buyer FAQ section.
For any additional questions you may have, contact a timeshare specialist by completing the form above, or call us today!