6:57 PM Posted by Admin
If you're looking at the Armed Forces Vacation Club as a way for you to save money on your vacations, you may want to read this article before you join.
You may or may not be familiar with the Armed Forces Vacation Club. First of all this travel club is not endorsed or funded by the U.S. government...it is part of the travel company Wyndham Worldwide.
And if you haven't guessed it by now, it is solely open to personnel in the military, active or retired. It is also open to Department of Defense personnel and select civilians who perform military duties.
The biggest benefit of this travel club is that $369 per week accommodations. This could be at any hotel or luxury resort that Wyndham serves. As you can see this is an awesome deal considering that the Armed Forces Vacation Club currently as far as I understand, does not have any membership fees or costs.
In case you're wondering what's the catch...well it's like this...
To take advantage of that $369 rate you'll either have to go off-season or be able to travel with short notice...and we're talking 10 days or less notice.
Now if you're able to do either of those then this is the best vacation club for that. Unfortunately a lot of folks either don't like vacationing off-season or need more than ten days notice to take time off from work/school.
The other two primary options of this club are:
High Demand Travel Locations – The AFVC allows you a discount at peak-times and or high demand locations. The discounts may or may not be any better than what you may be able to get at Travelocity or Expedia.
Nightly Rentals – The AFVC allows you discounts per night if you don't want to stay an entire week. Again you'll want to compare prices at Travelocity and Expedia.
In either case, the High Demand Travel Locations and the Nightly Rentals prices can be beat in many cases by a regular vacation travel club membership.
The best use of the Armed Forces Vacation Club is for those who either don't mind off-season traveling and/or those who can travel on short notice. It's also great for those who don't travel a lot.
If you're non-military or if you're not fond of the tight restrictions the AMVC has or you're an avid traveler who travels a lot, then you can get much better rates using a discount travel club like Global Resorts. The membership will pay for itself if you travel lot.
Whether you use Armed Forces Vacation Club or a discount travel club like Global Resorts, either will get you good tremendous savings on luxury resorts at just a fraction of the cost of what everyone else is paying.