I recently had the pleasure? of having to attend a 'preview' session for the Accor Vacation Club, after taking up a cheap accommodation offer at the Novotel Hotel.
The deal is pretty straight forward - get the cheap accommodation in return for 1.5 hrs of hard sell of the AVC.
For anyone contemplating taking up these offers and attending the preview, here's a few tips.
Without having to sit through the whole lot to finally get to the nitty gritty, it's a scalable dollar per point structure eg for 3000 points, as in my example, will cost you approx $22,000. This is a one off payment for life, and get's you 3000 points per year to redeem at their participating resorts. 3000 points is roughly a weeks holiday at peak season.
Now if you are interested in this then don't show it, as they will bump up the offer in order to entice you to buy it eg the 3000 points level will be increased to 4000 points, and the deposit will be reduced.
Also, at the end of the session you will be asked to sign a form that says you have been given the PDS before the session started, which in my case didn't happen because it contained all the prices etc and the salesman didn't want me to see this before he had a chance to give his spiel. So be sure to ask for it first up.
There is also a $500 per year fee (at this points level)
You do get to buy available accommodation for 14 cents in the dollar if you don't want to use your points.
The sums - over 10 years @ $22000 @ 3000 pts per year plus $500 per year = $2700 per year for a weeks holiday. Obviously more if you can spread it over longer timeframe ie you don't die or become unable to use it.
So, anyone else a member of this club and found it any good?