I agree that the Gold Membership at DaE is worth the few extra quid.
We used RCI exclusively until their availibilities started drying up once they started renting weeks taken in for exchange to the general public instead of using them for exchange. We have still been getting decent trades from RCI but we have to work at it a lot more than was previously the norm. We started looking around, found DaE, and like them. They are easier to deal with and less expensive. We continue to use both, as some weeks we fancy we can only find with DaE, some only with RCI, and some with either. If we can get an exchange with either, we prefer to deal with DaE.
One new factor at RCI that we definitely do not like is their new points version of Weeks. If we had wanted points, we would have bought points. Now, if you deal with RCI, you have no choice. We own the number of weeks that we want to take week long holidays each year. With a week for week system, we get out the number of weeks we put in, but with a points type system, that might not happen. Points are cumbersome and aggravating, and the change at RCI may eventually run us completely over to DaE. Their week for week system is far more user friendly.
We like to go different places, so we need to have an exchange company we can depend on. RCI is changing too much, and it is impossible to anticipate what they might do next and how that might impact our holidays. We did recently buy a week at a resort we have traded into several times and like, so it will be our first experience in owning a week primarily to use at the resort. Now, we will have to sell one of our weeks we have used for exchanging. The changes at RCI were one of the factors in making that decision, but the fact that we found a very good price also factored in.