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If you would like to find out more about eXpectations Holidays and RCI Points, the introductory video below is the best place you can start. It provides a great explanation on everything from the very basics, how Points are created and how they can be used to book holidays with RCI through to the different memberships available and how we work.

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The information below provides further detail on some of the individual aspects of eXpectations Holidays covered in the video above and should go a long way to answering any questions that you may have.

What is eXpectations Holidays?

Expectations Holidays is a private members club specifically tailored for families and couples who like to take one or more quality holidays each year.

Designed as an alternative to package holidays or booking websites, members of eXpectations have access to excellent standards of holiday accommodation through RCI – The World’s largest vacation exchange network. With a portfolio of over 4,000 resorts worldwide members can choose from a great variety of holiday styles and accommodation to suit their needs.

With quality accommodation available from as little as just £10 per person per night, depending on the holidays you take and how you use your membership, you could make some substantial savings on the cost of your holiday accommodation.

Becoming a member

There are three main ways you can join eXpectations Holidays which are covered in more detail on the “Becoming a member” page.

3-Year Trial: For those purchasing their first holiday ownership product eXpectations offer a 3-year trial membership which is a great way to try the product and make sure it’s right for you.

Lifetime membership:eXpectations Plus” provides quality holidays for as long as wish to remain a member all for a one-off initial purchase and a low annual fee.

Existing Owners: For those who already own a holiday ownership or timeshare product, eXpectations Holidays also provides an attractive alternative which could make you some substantial savings. Breathe new life into your existing product by applying to convert or “recycle” it into an eXpectations Holidays membership.

What are eXpectations Points?

Expectations points are the credits used by members to book holiday accommodation through RCI.

Using an in-depth knowledge of holiday property markets, eXpectations Holidays Club has created a carefully managed portfolio of occupancy rights at high-quality resorts around the world.

Each year this portfolio of holiday accommodation is deposited into the RCI exchange network. In return, eXpectations members receive their annual allocation of points which are automatically credited into their membership account. Members can then book as many holidays as their points will take them on each year at any of the 4,000 RCI affiliated resorts worldwide (subject to availability).

Expectations points are allocated annually and can offer more flexibility than traditional holiday ownership products. For the holiday of a lifetime, members can save points onto the next year or borrow them from their following year’s allocation, additional points can also be “rented” to increase your holiday options.

As with many other holiday ownership products points can also be resold or passed on to other family members if you so desire.

How do eXpectations points work with RCI?

Established in 1974, RCI is the world’s largest holiday exchange organisation with over 4,000 affiliated resorts worldwide and over 1 million member families.

RCI provide points and booking services to eXpectations Holidays allowing members to book holiday accommodation using their points at any of RCI’s affiliated resorts (subject to availability).

Additional weeks of accommodation, known as “Late Deals” and “Extra Holidays”, can also be purchased through RCI and don’t require the use of any points. These “additional” holidays are available to rent at rates often much lower than identical offerings from popular online booking portals (subject to availability).

Different types of RCI holiday

Members of eXpectations have three booking options available through RCI:

Exchange: This is where members exchange their eXpectations points for holiday accommodation at any of the affiliated resorts available on RCI.com at the time. Members can enjoy as many exchange holidays as their points will take them on and have complete flexibility over the size of their accommodation.

Extra Holidays: Available across RCI’s diverse resort portfolio, as the name suggests, Extra Holidays do not require the use of any points and can be booked without any points remaining in your account! These are cash deals often at prices much lower than equivalent accommodation on popular online booking portals.

Late Deals: Take advantage of heavily discounted prices with Late Deals bookable up to six weeks prior to check-in. Just like Extra Holidays, Late Deals are paid for in cash and our comparisons show there are some very handsome savings to be made!

With prices starting from just £175 for a 7-night holiday you’ll certainly find some fantastic bargains. Quality accommodation available from as little as just £10 per person per night!

Something to note: eXpectations members can take as many holidays as they wish in a Use Year as there is no limit on Extra Holidays and Late Deals, even when you’ve used up all your points.

Late Exchange Bookings:

If you are using your points to book an exchange holiday it is worth noting that discounts of up to 50% are placed on last-minute holidays up to 45 days prior to check-in.

  • 50% points discount for holidays booked within 14 days prior to check-in date.
  • 25% points discount for holidays booked within 15-30 days prior to check-in date.
  • 10% points discount for holidays booked within 31-45 days prior to check-in date.

Saving and Extending Points

Saving Points

If you have used some but not all of your points in a single Use Year they will automatically be added to the following year’s balance free of charge. Alternatively, if you want to save all of your points from one year to the next you can do that too, for a small fee of £29.00.

Since unused points will carry over to the next year we encourage members to look at using RCI’s Late Deals and Extra Holidays. You can then use the extra points you have the following year to book that extra special holiday.

Extending Points

When your points are first allocated they will have an expiry date of 24 months. If after saving points members still haven’t used them and wish to extend their expiry date, they can do so into a third year, although a small fee applies:

  • £27 for less than 30,000 points
  • £54 for 30,000 points or more

Borrowing Points

“Borrow” extra points from the next Use Year for that extra special holiday you’ve had your eye on. Borrowing points expands your choice so you can book exchange holidays that may have been previously out of reach using one year’s allocation.

Borrow anything from just a few points to your entire year’s allocation and by combining Borrowed and Saved points you can enjoy enormous flexibility. Borrow points for free from your next Use Year, as long as the annual management fees are paid.

Renting Points

Members who prefer not to borrow from the next year’s allocation, but still require additional points, can simply “Rent” them. Renting points allows members to book holidays beyond their points allocation without having to dip into the next Use Years balance! Additional points can be rented by contacting RCI. The amount of points which can be rented is limited to 50% of a members annual allocation.

The rate at which RCI points are rented is set by RCI and subject to change. For 2017 the cost is £0.0108 per point – so, an additional 25,000 points would cost £270 to rent.

Rented points cannot be Transferred or Saved and must be used within the Use Year they are rented (subject to availability).

What sets us apart?

In general, most organisations selling holiday points have first built a resort, obtained corporate membership to RCI and then allocated a portion of their accommodation into the RCI points system. This underpins any points they may sell (points can’t just be created from thin air!). These points can then be exchanged for other holiday accommodation through RCI.

What sets expectations apart is the way in which the accommodation used to underpin their points is acquired. Instead of building an entire resort from scratch, expectations uses a great deal of specialist knowledge and expertise to purchase accommodation rights across a range of resorts.

With exclusive access to certain inventories, eXpectations actively manages this portfolio of holiday accommodation with a firm focus on generating good value for its members.

Just as an investor may look to build a “balanced portfolio” and seek out the best value within a particular market, accommodation has to pass the following criteria if it is to be added to the eXpectations inventory:

  • Well managed and maintained
  • Reasonably priced running costs
  • High demand accommodation, destination & seasonality
  • The RCI Points value versus the running costs delivers good value for money

Each year, eXpectations deposits their entire portfolio of holiday accommodation into the RCI network. In return, eXpectations members are automatically credited with their annual points allocation.

What additional fees are there?

Members on our 3-year trial and those on our lifetime membership (eXpectations Plus), have different additional fees to consider. It is very important to us that both our current and future members fully understand any additional fees that they may come across when booking holiday accommodation and so we have a separate dedicated page which covers this in detail. You can read more about annual membership, maintenance and RCI fees here.

What Next?

Family BBQ SpainA good next step would be to read our “Becoming a member” page to familiarise yourself with the different options available to join the club. All eXpectations members use their points in the exact same way, the different memberships are simply tailored to suit the different needs of potential new members and there will no doubt be one that best suits you too!

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