Basically, I am very much a "DRI-happy" but that isn't to say that I agree with everything they do! Generally speaking, on the whole, DRI acquisition of The Former Company's resorts has been excellent for a membership that was clearly being "taken to the cleaners" by certain unscrupulous individuals within The Former Company. About 75% of what Diamond has done since it took over has been beneficial to the membership and about 20% (eg the increase in management fees) has been unwelcome but, in my opinion, necessary. That leaves a balance of 5% that I am prepared to agree is unwelcome, unnecessary and unacceptable.
I don't own any "secondhand points" YET and, therefore, have tended to stay out of the arguments for or against DRI's stance. However, I have to say that resilamram's comments above are entirely correct and I would never be seen as "endorsing" DRI's stance on the devaluation of these points. Stephen Cloobeck should be congratulated on almost everything he has done since he took "over the reins". I say "almost" because personally I think he is totally out of order over his stance on "secondhand points". I would love to see this challenged in a court of law in this country because I don't believe that he would have a "hope in hell" of winning any case. It is, in my opinion, a disgraceful act on his part to charge the full ampount in management fees for these points but refuse to allow "unfettered access" to the full membership benefits that these points should allow. If restrictions are placed on what you can do with "secondhand points" this should be reflected in the amount that you pay in management fees.