Welcome to our FAQ’s page where you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions.
No. Your membership includes exclusive savings on airfare, car rental, cruises, hotels, dining, entertainment and recreation packages such as golf, ski, and tickets to area attractions.
We have developed relationships with resort developers and organizations that have excess inventory. The majority of this inventory consists of the same weeks that timeshare owners have already paid for, allowing the weeks to be secured at a highly discounted rate if purchased in bulk. However, what separates us from the competition is that we also own the majority of our inventory. Carefree Journeys’ portfolio is held exclusively for our members and is not farmed out to other companies unless our members choose not to use our inventory and it is about to expire. The farming out of inventory is the primary reason why there is limited or no availability with other trade companies.
The resort directory is available on the Website. You can access it by clicking the “Portfolio Properties” tab or the “Network Properties” tab. Portfolio Properties are resorts that we have in our inventory year-round, and pricing and availability is listed on the website. Network Properties are all of the other properties we are able to book, from 5-star resorts to lesser known gems. Please keep in mind that we have access to every timeshare resort in the world, so if you don’t see the resort you’re interested in on the website, please feel free to call!
Yes, very different. You are assigned your very own vacation concierge who personally takes care of all your travel needs. One on one service makes for a hassle free travel experience. There also is no additional booking/exchange fee added to the cost of the week.
If you are not completely satisfied, you may cancel your membership in writing within 3 days of purchase or until your first secured reservation (whichever occurs first) for a full price refund.
As a member, the more you utilize your member benefits, the faster your savings add up. Those members that do can experience savings in excess of their initial investment in the first year alone!
There are many, here is the most important: You are not locked into a bad contract should your travel plans change over the course of the membership. Unlike timeshare, you can cancel your membership at anytime without penalty. The only way out of a timeshare is to legally transfer title. If this does not happen, you are liable for ALL of the continuously rising maintenance fees and special assessments attached to ownership.
If you and your family wish to travel to the same resort, the same week of the year with guaranteed availability, a fixed week of timeshare may be an option. However, once you decide to exchange your week or find that your travel needs have changed, you open the door to additional booking and reservation fees. Transferring the timeshare property also carries additional fees should you be able to find any takers who wish to take title to the subject property.
No. This has been an ongoing misconception of US consumers of timeshare for quite some time. Used mainly as a selling point by developers to create value for a product that is similar to real property, which increases in value over time and can be willed to your heirs. The only similarity is that it is deeded. Timeshare always decreases in value, while increasing in liability as annual maintenance and tax fees continue to rise. It is not an asset or something that anyone should pass on to their heirs.
The average weekly rate for a three star (out of five) hotel is just over $1000 ($150/night after applicable taxes). The average weekly rate for a five Star 1BR Condo through Carefree Journeys is nearly half that amount at $599/week (about $85/night, taxes are included). Furthermore, the hotel sleeps two while providing very limited amenities and a small living area, averaging just over 300 square feet. The 1BR condo sleeps a minimum of four, has a full kitchen and on average has twice the amount of square footage. That’s five star quality, more space and amenities, all for nearly half the price.
You have the right to keep your membership for your lifetime, however it can be cancelled upon request without penalty or cost. Your initial membership is for 1 year, and you have the right to renew it every year for your lifetime.
Yes. $99 per year.
No. Your membership is temporarily inactive until payment is received and membership fees are current. Once brought current, your account will be reinstated without penalty. Your membership is cancelled only upon your request or if membership fees are in arrears for more than 5 years.
No. Unlike conventional timeshare ownerships, you only pay for what you use. There are no hassles with banking or exchanging weeks, more importantly paying for unused time.
Yes. There is a $599 transfer fee to transfer to a third party.
Yes, there are many financing options available. Your concierge will help you find which plan best suits your needs.
We understand that unforeseen events occur from time to time, which may result in a delay of payment. If you default at anytime during the course of the payment plan, your membership will be temporarily suspended until brought current. However, once brought current your membership will be reactivated with all privileges.
We have more than 6,000 active members, with new members added daily!