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Are You Interested in Being Part of the Tafer Member Advisory Committee (MAC)?

The role of the TAFER Member Advisory Committee (MAC) is to serve in an advisory capacity to TAFER Resorts and UVCI, your Club managers.  The MAC provides ideas and recommendations for programs, services and amenities, resort enhancement, and member services, both offsite and on property. Over the years many MAC suggestions have been implemented for the benefit of members and guests visiting the resorts.   There is no reimbursement or compensation for travel costs, rooms or other expenses. However, MAC members find that participation on the committee is very rewarding as it allows them to connect to others with similar interests, strengthen the membership community, develop friendships, and get to know resort and Club management on a personal level. To date, committee members have been selected from Club Caribe/Villa del Palmar Cancun and Garza Blanca Residence Club, and appointed by the Board.  As the overall membership in TAFER resorts has grown, a more structured procedure is now needed. To that end, within the next year we will be initiating a formalized process to introduce new …

Member Testimonials – The Ringers

Over the years, the faces of our members become familiar, memories are shared, and their stories become our own. They are truly part of the extended Club family.  We are proud to provide unique vacation experiences, and are so appreciative when members take the time to share their positive experiences with others through online reviews. This month we introduce you to Elite Members Shep and Bonnie Ringer. The Ringers are among our biggest fans, frequently visit all the TAFER properties, and are regular attendees of the annual Member Meeting. Shep Ringer also participates on the TAFER Member Advisory Committee. Both he and Bonnie critique their experiences and offer suggestions regarding new benefits, services, programs, menu suggestions and other ideas relevant to all members.   In January, they were thrilled to visit the brand new Garza Blanca Los Cabos.  “We’ve been anticipating the grand opening of this new resort for a while now, crossing our fingers that it would open in time for us. We had no idea of the welcome we were to receive, or …

Use Point Redemption to Book Your Meal Plan in Los Cabos

Use your club points to pay for up to 60% of services at the resort and your meal plan when you stay with us at Garza Blanca Los Cabos! In addition to booking accommodations, another great way to use your points is for meals and hotel extras that you would normally pay cash for. Enjoy more choices, and add more luxury and flexibility to your stay! When you make your reservation, ask our agents what services you can use your points to pay for. For example you can use them for things like all inclusive meal plans, flower arrangements, private chef services, and more. Choose the product or services you wish to reserve! (Prices vary per product, service and by resort.) You can pay up to 60% of the cost with your points, and the remaining 40% in cash. Do you have unused points? They can also be used to pay for your meal plan and/or services up to 60%. Just pay the remaining 40% in cash. You can also use banked or borrowed points …

Los Cabos Units: Points Chart Per Day

Use your points to travel to Los Cabos! One of the best things about being a member of Garza Blanca Residence Club is that you can use your points to travel to other destinations such as Cancun or the brand new Garza Blanca Los Cabos. We have created a handy online chart that shows how many points are needed to stay at the different properties. Click on the link below and scroll down to the CLUB POINTS PLAN chart. Click the tabs for points charts for Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta, Villa Del Palmar Cancun, or Garza Blanca Los Cabos. You can view points required per day or per week for each different kind of unit.   https://www.garzablancaresidenceclub.com/members/points-plan

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Meet Your New Staff at Garza Blanca Los Cabos: Javier Garcia, Member Services Manager

The ladies in the Member Services office at Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta tell me that Javier Garcia is a real Casanova, but he was a little bit shy and reserved when speaking to me for this interview. Javier is serious and modest, brushing off his accomplishments as I asked him to talk about his background. The truth is he’s a rising star at Garza Blanca on the Membership side, and he has just recently earned a promotion that is taking him from Puerto Vallarta all the way to Los Cabos.   Javier was born in Mexico City and did his undergraduate studies in Puerto Vallarta in the field of Business Administration. He then went on to law school in Spain, where he earned his master’s degree in law from Complutense University of Madrid, which is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the largest in Europe.   He returned to Puerto Vallarta, armed with his new law degree, and he started working at Garza Blanca in January of 2015. With his …

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Meet Your New Staff at Garza Blanca Los Cabos: Ximena Espindola, Head VLO

Members work closely with the Verification Loan Officer (VLO) and their team during and after purchasing. In this month’s newsletter we dive a little deeper into the life of one superstar VLO who recently moved from Villa Del Palmar Cancun to the new Garza Blanca Los Cabos.   Ximena is passionate about her job, and how she interacts with members.   “As VLOs, we represent the developer and we also represent the member. We try to make sure when a member purchases a membership they understand everything they’re getting, and they feel comfortable and happy with their membership,” Ximena said. “We make sure everything they were promised is in the contract. Our goal is to make sure that their membership is affordable and it brings them joy in their vacation. We also follow up after with members after their purchase if they have questions, if they need any help. For example, we point them in the right direction when they need to make a reservation, when they need to make payments, if they need to …

Why You Should Upgrade From a Biennial to an Annual Contract

There is no doubt about it, the more points you own, the greater flexibility you will have to stay in the types of suites you love best and to stay as long as you wish.  The great news is that you have a number of options available when you upgrade to an annual contract: Borrowing, Accelerating, and Banking. Borrowing When upgrading your membership is not an option for you at the time, the most obvious choice you have is to borrow points from future years to cover your reservation. Members with Annual membership will be able to borrow a full year’s allotment of Club points for up to 5 successive calendar years in advance for use in the current calendar year. All you have to do is pay for the maintenance fees. Biennial members can borrow from their next use year’s allocation. Remember that borrowed points may not be used during the holiday seasons unless you are an Elite member. Acceleration Acceleration is when you use points from the back end of your membership. This …

Benefits of Your Membership

As a valued Garza Blanca member, you can always expect a host of incredible benefits and privileges. Preferential Reservations Preferential reservations to Villa del Palmar Cancun, Garza Blanca Preserve Puerto Vallarta, our upcoming Garza Blanca Los Cabos, Sierra Lago and any other existing or future Garza Blanca Resort. Also, as a Garza Blanca  Member, you are entitled to a 24-month booking window! We always recommend you take advantage of this benefit for high-demand seasons and destinations. RCI  Membership Exchange benefits to more than 3,000 resorts around the world, exclusive publications and RCI website access. (This is a one-year pre-paid membership; subsequent years can be renewed directly by the member.) Visit www.rci.com or call 800-338-7777  for more information about this amazing benefit. Preferred Time/Points Use Take a long weekend or a mid-week escape. Any time during weeks 18 through 43 (May through October), Garza Blanca Members may use additional points equal to the number of points owned, maximum of two weeks, at the cost of the pro-rated maintenance fee. Preferred Time may not be exchanged for …

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Maintenance Fees – What You Need to Know

Maintenance fees are necessary to ensure the high quality and conditions of the luxury resort facilities and accommodations at Garza Blanca Residence Club so they remain as elegant and as incredible as the day you made your purchase. Committed to excellence, Garza Blanca Residence Club is dedicated to maintaining the standards of the stunning properties and services for you to enjoy year after year. All you need to do is to make sure you are up to date with your assessment payments. Paying your maintenance fees on time is your way of contributing to the essential task of dealing with repairs, improvements and the general upkeep of the resorts and units, with the aim to continue to offer the highest quality vacation experiences to all members who are up to date with their fees.   Remember that timely payments are the personal obligation of each member regardless of your use of the property and you could incur penalties or interest for late payments. If in doubt, go to www.resortcom.com to view your account history and …

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Resale & Rental Scams – Beware!

If you already own a timeshare, or you are thinking of buying a timeshare in the near future we would urge you to be careful; in recent months reported cases of fraudsters targeting reputable companies have risen. The increase is most accounted for by scammers who are targeting new buyers and vacation club owners looking to make money from their memberships (though there are some exceptions).   We put together a checklist of information you need to know about the most common scams we are seeing. Rental Agency Scams If you wish to earn an income from renting your timeshare then please be aware that there are scammers out there who will seek to take advantage of this. Some scammers will set themselves up as rental agency agents and charge an upfront fee to manage potential renters. If you want to avoid being scammed we recommend that you go with a well-known agency or choose an agency that charges commission rather than upfront fees.   Resale Scams Resale scams take place when fraudsters identify membership …