How about hiking the valleys surrounding the Matterhorn, pictured above, in the summer? So many adventures are available through Collette Tours using Club Points. If you think you might like to take a tour — read on!! This will help you out!
It’s hard to identify one tour that will help you understand the types of experiences you can have for everyone. That’s like going through a buffet line and only having one item to choose from. But the questions are the same for everyone.Is it worth all the Club Points (these aren’t cheap). How do you find a tour that will provide the experiences you dream of? Are the tours a good value for your points? How do I MAX my experience and MAX my value at the same time? These are all questions that I try and help you as Marriott Owners understand.
I decided to pick a tour that I would LOVE, and walk you through my process as if I were going to do this. That might help you understand what you need to consider in planning your own tour.
Exploring the Alpine Countries – Austria, Germany, and Switzerland Collette Tour
Start off by watching the video highlights of the tour to see if this is the type of thing you want to do. I love that Collette does this with most tours – kind of like a preview for a movie. It doesn’t spoil the surprises, but gives you a good sense on what you would be doing. The video for this tour is atExploring the Alpine Countries Video.
Then go to the dates offered for this tour.This is where you can potentially save on some points if you plan right. You can find the information right under the large “Itinerary” heading as you scroll a little down. Collette does a great job of adjusting the Club Points required with the time you select to go – similar to low and high seasons. You can see from the chart below that the points required range from 15.500 points (Double) to 17,000 points. Do some research on what affects the “low season” will have on your travel. Just like with MVC resorts, shoulder/low seasons are often just as good as high seasons with less points required.
I’m new to this MVC Explorer stuff, so I apologize if this sounds like an uninformed question, but I still don’t see the value in using Destination Points, or now Club Points for some of these third party Explorer travel opportunities. The Collette site offers this Switzerland trip on these dates for a sale price of $3299 pp, so $6600 for a couple vs 16,000 Club Points. That seems a poor value. I mean the maintenance fee alone on 16,000 Points has to be about $12,000 doesn’t it? Why not just pay the $6,600 for Switzerland, and save your Points to go to Maui or Cancun? What am I missing?
You are missing NOTHING!!! You are exactly correct in you observations. If you have followed me for long, I continue to say that you get the BEST value for your points by staying at MVC, soon to include Vistana properties. I’m just simply explaining the program in this post — there are quite a few owners who go on these tours — over 1000 last year. A good option to get the best of both worlds, would be to rent your villas, and take THAT money to go on a tour.
Thanks for you question. You aren’t as “new” to the Explorer stuff as you might think!