PROS / The fees you pay go directly into the upkeep and improvement of the resort.
CONS / Perennial’s resorts are usually booked solid.
VERDICT / Perennial Vacation Club provides its members a vacation unit in one of four resorts that are located in top vacation spots in the country. You won’t get many perks with this traditional timeshare club, though.
Perennial Vacation Club operates much like a traditional timeshare company in that you can purchase a week of time at a unit and have a guaranteed place to stay each year you vacation at the same resort. However, Perennial Vacation Club allows you to trade within its network of four resorts so you can see new places, such as Lake Tahoe and Daytona, Florida. The travel club also includes an in-house exchange program that includes more than 5,000 resorts.
The best vacation clubs give you the opportunity to own your piece of the property forever, and it’s no exception with Perennial Vacation Club. You can will your timeshare to family or friends, if you would like. You can also sell your portion back to the travel club or to another family. The resorts are usually full, but if you happen to catch the resort with a free unit, you can purchase it as low as the cost of annual dues. In fact, those dues, which include maintenance fees, go toward the hired staff and the upkeep of the resort. If dues increase, it will be for repairs, inflation or other necessary reasons. The club is not-for-profit, so it remains relatively inexpensive to own within the Perennial Vacation Club.
If you decide to exchange within the network of resorts – the four owned by Perennial – you can do so easily and at no extra charge. There is a fee if you trade through the in-house exchange group, which tops out at $150. If you would rather trade through a vacation club exchange company like RCI or Interval International, you need to pay the membership cost and exchange fee yourself.
You don’t get many discounts as a part of this vacation club, but you may be eligible for perks, such as free parking passes. Although the Perennial Vacation Club can’t quite compare to the best timeshare resorts, it does offer friendly customer service with very little push to buy, which may be because the units are mostly sold, anyway.
Perennial Vacation Club may be the best timeshare company for your needs – especially if you simply need a unit for one week out of the year in one of the four home resorts the company offers – because it is very affordable. However, you miss benefits that the bigger resort companies offer, such as vacation planning and discounts.