January 14, 2014 – CALGARY, ALBERTA – Trading in your parka for a swimsuit, your shovel for a fruity drink and your snowed-in car for a sunny spot on a beach is a tempting idea for consumers battling a winter wonderland. With multiple blasts of snow over the past few weeks, people are following the geese down south for the winter. Vacation time-shares may seem like a convenient idea to escape the cold wrath of Mother Nature, but BBB warns that hidden costs and conditions can have you stressing about your fun in the sun.
President and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, Sandra Crozier-McKee, says it’s important to know what kind of a deal you’re getting into before signing on the dotted line. “There are different kinds of time-share packages, with different timelines and costs,” she says. “You may be offered a free gift or vacation certificate as an incentive, but there may be hidden agreements behind them. Understand that a time-share isn’t a one time deal, but a long-term investment. Make sure you understand the terms, conditions and timeframe of ownership and the related responsibilities.”
BBB offers these tips when booking a vacation time-share property:
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