1. What are Vacation Ownership Points?
Vacation Ownership Points can be bought by you in advance under the appropriate Vacation Ownership Plan and redeemed later in exchange for room nights at any resort of Sterling Holidays or RCI in India or the world over. Sterling Holidays customer's holiday eligibility and usage is denoted and measured by this Points system. In other words, each of the Sterling Holidays Vacation Ownership Plan entitles you to a certain fixed number of Vacation Ownership Points each year for you to redeem as holidays.
2. How do Vacation Ownership Points differ from conventional timeshares?
Unlike conventional timeshare models where you buy a fixed week, season, apartment type and/or a location, the Points model allows you the flexibility to build your own Vacation Ownership Plan. You are no longer tied up to a location, season, apartment or the number of nights you can holiday. This flexibility opens a world of choices, you are free to choose a holiday in one of our own resorts or an alliance resort or hotel in India or abroad at your convenience, secure in the knowledge that it's already been paid for.
3. What are the advantages of Sterling Holidays Vacation Ownership Plan versus ordinary vacations?
With the Sterling Holidays Vacation Ownership Plan you will always have a good place to stay, at the best holiday destinations in India and overseas. It means never being stranded without accommodation or paying unreasonable rates for it.
Ultimately a Sterling Holidays Vacation Ownership Plan ensures you always get a great holiday experience at a great price.
4. So, how many Vacation Ownership Points would I typically need for a room?
This is calculated on the basis of 2 factors:
Type of Accommodation – Studio apartment, One-bedroom apartment, or Two-bedroom apartment.
Season – Seasons are classified into 4 types;
Purple: Pockets of time when demand is at the highest for a holiday booking
Red: High demand season which is usually aligned to school/college vacations
White: Periods of time which are popular for short getaways
Blue: For those holiday travellers who enjoy quiet holiday getaways
Here's a table to illustrate how Vacation Ownership Points work:
So, choose a holiday season when you are most probable to holiday.
As you see, Red season is for peak demand; White is for popular demand; and Blue is for quiet vacations. So keep in mind the seasonal variations while planning your vacation!
5. Can you elaborate on the types and capacity of accommodation?
Single Bedroom with kitchenette
and all modern amenities
1 Bedroom Apartment
Living Room with kitchenette plus
One Bedroom, equipped with
2 Bedroom Apartment
Living Room with kitchenette
plus two Bedrooms, equipped
with modern amenities
Note: Children above 12 are considered as adults. Two children below 12 are considered as one adult.
The sofa-cum-bed option in the Living Room helps convert the Living Room into a Bedroom to accommodate the maximum number of people as seen in the table above. So, choose an accommodation that's best for you right away! Let's assure you that when you want to holiday with less or more number of people than you have planned now, you will have the freedom to ask for a smaller or a larger apartment. In other words, you now have a need based solution for 25 years.
6. What is the minimum number of Vacation Ownership Points I need to buy?
Vacation Ownership Points are like aces up your sleeve that you can use anytime, anywhere to enhance your holiday experience.
We have a number of plans for you to choose from, depending on your choice of Season and the type of Apartment you choose.
Each plan offers you holidays for one week every year for the next 25 years. Your options start from a minimum of 490 Vacation Ownership Points that offers you a week's holiday in a Studio apartment in the Blue season annually.
7. Do I need to buy the Vacation Ownership Points at one go?
Yes. You have to buy them at one go and choose from our attractive payment options.
8. Can I accumulate or advance Vacation Ownership Points?
Absolutely! Any unutilized Vacation Ownership Points in a year can be carried forward to the next year. You can probably enjoy a ‘double holiday' using Vacation Ownership Points from the previous year and the current year. But do remember that you can accumulate Vacation Ownership Points for up to two years only.
And that's not all. If you fall short of Vacation Ownership Points in the current year, you can ‘advance' 50% of the Vacation Ownership Points from the next year for this year's holiday. This too can be done for two successive years.
9. Am I entitled to all the facilities of a resort through a Sterling Holidays Vacation Ownership Plan?
Of course! Please note that unless otherwise specified, all resort facilities are open to you. All amenities such as swimming pool, health club, discotheque, etc., as well as entertainment programmes like party games, bonfires, sight-seeing trips, picnics, trekking, etc., are open to you.
10. What are the payment options to buy a Sterling Holidays Vacation Ownership Plan?
There are two modes of payment - One-time payment and EMI options.
You can pay for your Vacation Ownership Plan via cheque, draft, credit card (MasterCard or Visa) or cash.
11. Where can I use my Vacation Ownership Points?
19 resorts of Sterling Holidays in 16 different destinations
Over 4000* RCI affiliated resorts in India and overseas.
Start discovering the wonderful world of Sterling Holidays today.