We are huge fans of timeshares if you use them properly and get value out of them, but their are other options out their that work just as well depending upon your usage. We highly recommend the following timeshare programs if you are to own one with the following companies:
Marriott Vacation Club
Wyndham Vacation Club
Hilton Vacation Club
Disney Vacation Club
Starwood Vacation Club
If you do want to own a timeshare program these are your best options and in almost all cases you are better off buying them off the secondary market for 30-60% off of the retail cost from a previous owner. Almost half of the cost of a timeshare is the sales and marketing cost so by purchasing it from another owner you eliminate many of those costs. There are some limitations on buying it this way from the developer, but the few perks you miss out on typically aren’t worth the additional retail cost.
Some of these developers have programs where they can sell you at a discounted rate as well with some extra perks they can throw in so make sure and ask them if you are going to purchase them directly from the developer.