Timeshare owners give the use of their timeshare week to the Resort Condominiums International exchange service and receive an allotment of RCI Points. They may then trade points for an amount of time at another RCI-affiliated resort.
To participate in the RCI Points program, timeshare owners must be RCI members and must buy their timeshare from an RCI-affiliated resort that participates in the Points program. They can use their points purchase any number of nights from a single night to a full week at another resort. Owners may use points to purchase time at a resort that doesn't participate in the program through the RCI Points for Deposit benefit, though they must pay an additional fee. They also may pool their points from multiple timeshare weeks, and unused points roll over into the next use year. RCI Points members may also spend their points on cruise vacations and discounts for airfare, rental cars, theme parks and golf courses.
RCI Points members also get free membership in the RCI Weeks program, which swaps a week in a resort for a week in a similar resort. RCI has offered timeshare exchange services since 1974 for more than 4,000 resorts in more than 100 countries. The company is a part of the Wyndham Worldwide Group.