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Puerto Vallarta: One of the Best Places in Mexico to Buy a Vacation Home

Puerto Vallarta: One of the Best Places in Mexico to Buy a Vacation Home

If you are part of Garza Blanca Residence Club, you know you have made a great investment! Puerto Vallarta consistently rates in the top destinations in Mexico to vacation, and to own a vacation property. In the past several years, steady growth in Puerto Vallarta has continued, and when you look around, it’s easy to see why. Perfect weather, amazing views, gorgeous deep blue waters and soft, sunny sand are just the beginning. International Influence Puerto Vallarta is an international destination, with direct flights from cities all over the world. It’s easy to get to Puerto Vallarta, and sophisticated travelers take advantage of this fact, some flying in and out just for a weekend and others staying a week or longer. A steady influx of international travelers means high standards for accommodations and amenities, and world class dining, entertainment, and nightlife, which are always improving year after year. This creates a scene of healthy competition in the hospitality sector in Puerto Vallarta, which in turn means that we are always improving our property and service …

Deposit Your Preferred Points in Your Exchange Company (RCI)

Another way to use Preferred Points is by depositing them with your exchange company (RCI), and then using them to make reservations through RCI.   If you would like to deposit your Preferred Points with RCI, you may do so up to 12 months ahead of the time you plan to travel.   In order to deposit Preferred Points with RCI, you must need to contact Resort Com and request a deposit.   When you deposit your Preferred Points with RCI, you will need to pay a full week maintenance fee.   RCI will convert your Preferred Points to RCI Credits, which is the currency that RCI uses for reservations.   Your RCI Credits will be saved for up to two years from the date you deposit them, so you can use them to make a reservation any time in that period.   You can make reservations in any season through RCI, and you may also make reservations in the names of  friends or family with RCI Credits.

Preferred Points

Preferred Points are additional points that you have the option of using during the summer months from weeks 18 to 43 (May to October) in addition to the points that you own. For most members, these points equate to two full weeks.   The great thing about these points is that they are a gift in addition to your annual Club Points allocation; to use them you just have to pay for the prorated maintenance fees for the points you choose to use. Simple! It might therefore be easier to see these points as your “optional” points as this benefit is there for you to use or not, as you wish.   When you use your Preferred Points, you will pay the according maintenance fees for the points that you use, no more, no less!  if you don’t use them, no worries. They do not cost you a penny.   Although you cannot bank or borrow your Preferred Points from one year to the next, you will be issued with a new lot of Preferred …

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 …