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$950 a night villas for little or no costs

John C Botdorf
Blog Post
September 20, 2017

Subject: Booking a $950 a night Villa for little or no cost?

Dear MYTS Fans,

Yes, the above is possible and I will share with you how in this blog.

We have discussed in our book, the advantages of owning the right time share in the locations you prefer to visit. We have also discussed and identified the top seven global operators that provide over 90% of the time share product worldwide. I am often asked which Time Share program (TS) is best. That is a bit like asking “what is the best car to buy”. It clearly depends on what you are looking for, how you spend your vacations, are you married or single, do you like to host guests and visitors. Other factors include do you like more moderate villas at lower costs, or do you prefer 4.5 star and up villas that come with premium services. Factors like cost of ownership, trading rights, exchange rights, the ability to rent, etc, also might favor one program over another.

In addition to deciding what type of TS is best for you, many time share owners are fascinated to learn that it is indeed possible to stay in $950 a night (or more) time share for little or no money. Many want to learn how this is done and what do they need to do to make such a reservation. First of all, it helps to understand how the time share business works and what drives operators to offer such a low price. Once this is understood it is possible to regularly book these stays using the methods we discuss in our book.

Remember in one of our chapters in MYTS, we are reminded that people do not book reservations anymore, that is done by computers. Even when you call in for personal service you are just asking someone else to log into a reservation system and interface with you guessed it, a computer. Understanding how computers work and why most places have several different reservation buckets is key to understanding how to book the best locations at the best resorts.

In essence their are two (2) kind of ways to get terrific bargains. One is through promotional offerings that can be repeated over time but this type of reservation requires you sign up for a time share tour and depending on the operator, time of year, and degree of promotion you can get a voucher to use for generally a year at a number of sites owned or controlled by the operator. Many of these do not have black out dates and some do. Interestingly these vouchers are sometimes the only way into a crowded summer or winter site because operators reserve a block of villa’s for marketing purposes and these villas are booked under a separate reservation pool. I have often been able to extend or procure my stay(s) even though my resort is sold out because I used a voucher to block an extra 3 or 4 days. If you go and enjoy the project, you should engage in the tour and see if the program is right for you. We emphasize the tours are staffed by commission only salespeople for the most point, and you should remember their time is also valuable. Be attentive and do your homework. What you will get is a voucher to stay for usually 3 nights up to week in some cases. Prices range from $50 to $100 a night, well below what these villas rent or sell for. Good luck and happy hunting. These promotions are part of the business and can help to lower you vacation cost by 25-75% per stay.

The other option is more complicated and involves a much higher level of TS knowledge. Essentially I have used this method year after year for over 25 years. It works well and works every year. If you were to reverse engineer math for a $950 a night suite and actually pay zero for the stay you first need to learn this does not come from one step. There is no such thing as going onto a web site and booking a five star 3 bedroom, $1500 a night villa and hit the “free” button. However, by following the steps we outline in MYTS, you can do it every year, year in and year out. It comes from starting with getting to the top of your program on those programs that offer their customers short term discounts. This is no different that going on any one of a number of cruise ship web sites and booking a last minute cruise for $1500 that sells for $8500. This happens every day of the week. In the time share business it is more complicated but not difficult to do once you understand the rules. So, in essence you start with booking right after or before the season changes when you still have either prime summer months or winter skiing. I stay every year at the beach right on the water in September, when all of the kids go back to school. Frankly I love kids but don’t need 15 of them in the Jacuzzi with me when I am there to relax. Go in September and you will notice 90% of the kids are gone. You also can get short terms discount with many of the large TS operators as the season is about to turn.

Next you play the “Platinum”, “Presidential” of “Chairman” card when you book you villa. Remember you got 30% for booking off season, now you get another 30% when you book at the highest level because your operator may well have a discount for their top customers. You need to research this clause because not all operators offer it. Even when they do, you need to understand all of the rules. I get it every time I book, 365 days a year. This is why I spend six months a year in times shares. I love $950 a night suites, providing I do not pay much or anything for them.

Lastly, to get to free to you need to generate some income to pay for the 33% bill that is left. As we discuss in MYTS, only the top ten percent of time shares are “highly rentable”. These times shares command $900 a night and some a lot more. Once you own them, you own them. Renting is done on line and takes minutes once you master how it is done. This provides the income to pay your maintenance fee and also covers your remaining cost to occupy. There are several more methods we recommend that will and can significantly lower you cost of ownership. Once you understand how to manage your RRC ratio (rental rate over cost per day) and that number turns positive, all of your stays for the rest of your life are free. It does not matter if the villa is worth $1,000 a night. The principals are the same.

Happy Hunting and God Bless your next trip.


John C Botdorf

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Top Timeshare Tips and Locations for The Vail Valley

August 14, 2017

Blog Number 3

The Vail Valley/One of the Great Time Share Markets

We will focus on one of the great time share markets in the country in today’s issue. I have logged well over a year’s worth of time in Vail Valley over the past 15 years and have always enjoyed the activities, views, weather, and fine restaurants. Once more, the valley continues to invest heavily in infrastructure, new projects, and improved traffic circulation. This has brought new restaurants and more exciting reasons to continue to visit the valley. Vail now boast over 5,280 acres of ski-able terrain, with 193 trails, seven back bowels, and one ski run, Riva Run, that logs over four miles from start to end.  It’s cousin, down valley by three exits, is world famous Beaver Creek, a large master planned European Village themed around a center ice rink, old school stonework, large art pieces and water features including a two story waterfall near the top of the village. Beaver Creek is often home to many exciting skiing events like the World Cup and Alpine Ski Championships. It sports over 1,800 acres of terrain served by 25 ski lifts, most of them high speed. The summer in the Vail valley has also become quite popular with cultural events at top venues in each town, as well as a number of summer sport tournaments which now attract summer visitors all over the country. Soccer has become quite popular in the summer. The broad array of white water rafting, snowmobiling, hiking, horse back riding and world class golf are just some of the reasons the Vail valley winter and summer seasons are now pushing slightly into the shoulder seasons as hotels, condos, and time shares have more reason than ever to flock here.

The extended Vail and Beaver Creek markets now include over 30 worthy time shares projects with most qualifying as Category One and Two projects. There are a few Category Three projects that help provide more affordable rates for many families but the prime luxury time shares served by restaurants and ski-in/ski-out are now running over $1,000 a night for a two bedroom in prime ski season. Category One 3 and 4 bedrooms can more than double on the rental market. Off season rates can be a bargain but open times with huge discount windows are becoming a bit more rare than ten years ago due to rising demand for summer occupancy.

In today’s blog we are going to feature what has been rated the top winter time share in the United States, as well as the Ritz Carlton in Vail, two of our favorite time share stays.  We are also going to feature two of the most beautiful lakes in the Vail Valley as well as in the state of Colorado. Both are well worth the trip and only cost you your energy to visit.

The Westin in Avon, Colorado:

The Westin Resort Hotel and spa has been voted the number one resort destination property in the United States off and on over the years by various agencies. It is easy to see why once you visit the property. It is located in Avon, the town just below the gates of Beaver Creek. This property has the unique advantage of sitting on the river, which divides around the property on both sides, providing terrific river views from almost every room. The property has 68 guest rooms but also is part of the Westin Vacation program. Part of the property is therefore dedicated to time shares, with some of the best views in Avon. In addition, the property was able to get a chairlift approved that departs right out of the building, and while technically not ski-in/ski-out, provides the exact same benefit. This property was very well designed to maximize views, provide 5 star ski service, and has restaurants and entertainment on site. It is also within easy walking distance to other area restaurants. The summer experience in this hotel is also worth the visit. A quick check in August shows room starting at $249 but taxes and the $34.00 resort fee have now pushed this mega resort up to $300.00 a night off season. Winter rates are of course much higher. For us time share users, this is one to pay attention to as their time share program is the way to go if you want a comfortable villa here for years to come. They have luxury three bedrooms up to 1,900 sqaure feet. Many of the larger top villa’s have rounded glass with floor to ceiling views that are some of the best in the Vail valley. We of course recommend doing the math research we talk about in “Mastering Your Time Share” to understand how best to acquire the right to stay in this property. This is one destination property you buy into just for this property. It is truly a one of a kind.

The Ritz Carlton- Vail:

I have been staying at the Ritz Carlton in Vail for over 15 years now and it continues to delight and surprise on every visit. I have enjoyed this location and usually stay in the four bed room and have friends and family join me. It is truly a marvel in every way and the experience is always memorable. The property sits on the west end of Vail with a Marriott hotel across the street to the east and down valley about one half mile, sits four more Marriott time shares properties, each offering a different price point, allowing families to pick the program best for their stay. I like to call this the Marriott Mile. Of course us Marriott loyal know that Marriott owns the Ritz so we have executive cross-over privileges   to use our time share currency with a certain amount of membership buy-in.

The Ritz has become a favorite and has one of the best pools in Vail because it enjoys maximum sun exposure due to the way the pool was designed to fit into the building. It also sports top mountain views while in the pool. This property has always provided me with excellent shuttle service to any restaurant I have wanted to go to, and therefore driving once I get here is rare, but for planned day trips out of the area. The villa’s are superbly appointed right down to martini shakers and Bose music. The kitchens are stocked with separate wine refrigerators and each villa comes with a complete set of wine glasses, one for every type of wine. Most villa’s over 2 bedrooms have multiple decks and many have floor to ceiling views. Nothing here not to like. Top service 24 hours a day, plenty of luxury as each room has a separate bathroom. Even the laundry rooms are luxurious. As those of you know the best part of these $250 plus a night per room apartments  (4 bedrooms run as high as $1,000 a night-off season) is we use our time share currency to check in and out, leaving our $13,000 stay at $0.00, over and over every year.

The Ritz Carlton-Bachelors Gulch:

Sitting almost half way up the Beaver Creek Mountain, Bachelor Gulch is really for the avid skier looking for the top skiing experience. Of course this Ritz sports three restaurants (with the new WLYD) opening this season, and comes with all of the expected Ritz Carlton service. Since the property is self-contained on the hill, the restaurants provide great food on site, since walking to somewhere else in not a likely option unless you enjoy steep hikes and long walks. That said the on site experience is worth the stay. Just watching the wildlife and snowfall from this location is a wonder to behold. The pool and jacuzzi’s also provide prime winter viewing with skiers coming right down to the base and turning to get into the Chair lift line. If the fence was not there, they could just ski right into the pool. Summer also provides views and hikes worthy of a summer visit. This one is for the purest, looking for that prime winter night stay. Since you are already half way up the mountain, chairing up in the AM, gets you near the top on your first run out of the property. Plenty of energy going on after skiing, the apres menu after skiing is pure Ritz and the vibe is international, as their cliental circles the globe to get here in December. A bucket list even if you don’t ski and only make it here one time.

Unbelievable Half Day Hikes:

I have known people who have come to Vail or the Vail valley for over thirty years and yet they have never been to two of the United States most spectacular lakes. Today we are going to feature two of them, both an easy drive to get to from the Vail Valley. The first is actually discovered by leaving Vail right in the middle of town, with departure starting off the norther frontage road at the Sandstone exit, where you head into another of Vail’s prime residential area’s. About a half mile up the road you will find the Lake Piney exit. From there you will travel 9.0 miles on a dirt road to get to Piney Lake. You should have a vehicle with good tires and decent suspension. Something is going to feel the bumps. It is either your spine or your suspension. Driving at a moderate yet safe pace you will arrive in thirty minutes. When you get about 20 minutes in the road heads up and splits down without warning. You will want to head down. As I rationed, there are not a lot of lakes at the top of any mountain.

Lake Piney:

There is really nothing I can write that can compare with photographs so I will let the photographs below do most of the talking. Truly one of the prettiest lakes in Colorado set among the Rockies. The lake has opened and closed restaurants over the years but on this day, a new, bigger restaurant was open. I did not sample the food and being a Foodie, this might have been a mistake. I am always looking for the best of the best. The complex sports a handful of larger cabins for rental in the summer and I can only imagine what waking up to this setting must feel like but if done even one time, would like mandate return visits. My guess is reservations may book out a year or longer. Lake Piney grows everything big. This includes the Mousse and Bear. Bring your camera and be ready. On the day I drove up to take pictures, there was a 700 pound Mousse drinking from the far side of the lake. You spot him in the far background in the photo below. He was a wonder to watch. Hiking is plentiful and provides some of the best vista’s in the Vail area. This is a must go trip and requires very little hiking ability. Unlike the next trip, this is one where the car does most of the work. The lake trails are flat or contain pretty soft grade changes. Heading there into September provides beautiful views of the leaves starting to change. The gate to Lake Piney closes in late fall making due to snow potential. Even one snowfall would make getting back home impossible if it were a big storm. Therefore, the short summer window is all we get to enjoy this magnificent lake.

Hanging Lake:

The Hanging Lake trip is very different from your average hike, lake trip or outdoor
adventure. For one it is down valley well into the Glenwood Springs Tunnel and Highway that was built
to ferry cars through one of the prettiest canyons in the country. Just driving through Glenwood Canyon
is worth the trip. It is like taking a freeway through the Grand Canyon. About half way into the canyon is
the Hanging Lake exit, about a good mile and one half past the actual trailhead. So if going west out of
Vail, you need to exit and head back east for the actual parking lot exit. The biggest problem is this trip is
so popular there is just not enough parking. Even the over flow lot books full, leaving the noon arriver no
choice but to circle with 20 other cars looking for one space or you have to leave. Get there early is the
best advice. The second challenge is the actual hike itself. This is not so much a hike as it is a 2,500 step
stair climb. It is simply disguised as a hike.

Think of climbing the empire state building on a dirt trail. While there are actual 15 foot sections of trail
that do not have a step, they still go up. There is a reason this is called Hanging Lake. That is because it
hangs out in the clouds would be my guess. For the avid climber, biker, or 90 day skier in Colorado this
is just another walk in the park. For the rest of us, after getting 90 percent of the way there, if your
friend is a quitter they can actually talk you out of finishing, and start to head back down the hill,
exhausted. Don’t do it. Don’t go with anyone either out of shape, depressed, or who gives up easily. This
won’t work on this hike. The last three percent is intended to torture you. It ends with extra large step
up a wall staircase. Smokers beware. When at the top you will see one of the cleanest lakes ever. The
park service does not allow entry into this lake. I see why. It would not look the same if we jumped in.
They want it the way it was 100 years ago. No sunscreen, no human intervention. I cannot imagine the
blue hue beaming off the sunlight ever being the same if Coppertone added its two cents. Now one last
tip. Once you get there, catch your breath, the Gods at Hanging Lake have one last bonus. A huge
waterfall that sits above the lake. There is one slight problem. It requires one last hike and it is not
downhill. This is a must. It is only two more minutes, uphill of course so bring a fight song with you if you
need a motivational nudge. This is a good spot for it. You can always sing the USC or Notre Dame
Football anthem. Either one will get you there. Once there you will see one of most powerful waterfall
showers in the US. You can walk underneath this fall from grace and experience a nice chilling off. If you
are dumb enough to walk through it you will leave three inches shorter. Best to just walk around it.
Bring the camera, leave the cream rinse. This is one hike you will still be talking about at dinner.
Our Food Philiosophy at MYTS- I was a gourmet cook in college and I helped finance my college
education by learning how to cook at large parties in Beverly Hills, Calif, where I rented a guest house in college.

I was soon asked to cook for neighbors and other parties. Thank God I got to experiment with
the Hollywood famous. Somebody had to try my food. I have always enjoyed good food ever since. On a
future blog, I will tell some funny stories about this early experience I had when cooking for the rich and
famous. The main thing in life is to be confident, do your homework and well, just do it. This worked
pretty well or me the vast majority of the time. This is the reason we here at MYTS, will always endorse
great food or food receipes. They will be a larger part of future blogs for sure. In this never ending quest
we look to discover the best food in any area we visit.

The World’s “Most Best Taco” in the Vail Valley:

In Vail we found the World’s “Most Best Taco”
off the beat and path in the Vail Valley. The cost is $2.50. Scratch made with six home made sauces. This
place is the bomb except it is not a place. It is a food truck located in a small industrial area. Not exactly
the Ritz and anyone in route to Vail would never know about this place. It is a hidden gem. I would put
their taco up against anything in the Vail valley, at any price. If you are going west, exit Highway 6 at the
Midturn exit and continue west into town. Get ready to turn left at the “Most Best Taco Sign”. It comes
up fast on your left. Head down to the food truck. Can’s miss it. The brewery next store can provide a
nice cold one to go with your tacos.

10 th Mountain Limo-private Limousine Service:

Every now and then you meet someone who provides a
level of service and you just know you have found something special. Meet Dave Utes from Vail. A 20
year veteran of the Vail valley, Dave offers private car service from the Denver International airport and
from Eagle-County Regional Airport back and forth to the Vail Valley. He has relationships with all of the
top hotels and resorts and is a wealth of knowledge about where to go and what to see in the Valley.
More over he has a 20 years track record of getting families to and from the airport, safely and on time.
If you would like to try his service or would like a tip on Vail, feel free to give him a call at 970.445.7068.
Until next time.

Signing Off,

John C Botdorf
Inventor, The Great American Travel Company

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3 First Class Vegas dinners that won’t kill your budget

July 8, 2017

3 First Class Vegas dinners that won’t kill your budget

Las Vegas, Nevada, The new American Economy and what it means for housing- I sit here on the 30th
floor of the Grand Chateau in Las Vegas, Nevada having just left a beautiful 1,200 one bedroom villa in
Palm Desert, where I have worked for the past two weeks. I was in a prime Marriott one bedroom
corner unit on the upper floor at Desert Springs, overlooking the golf course with a modern kitchen
coupled with a full five piece ensemble bathroom with oversized tub and separate shower. I had a
wonderful 14 days in a 1,200 square foot luxury villa. The JW Marriott across the golf course whose
pools and restaurants are a tram stop or short walk away was running well into the 90% plus occupancy
rate in anticipation of the July 4th weekend holiday. Nice sized 325 square foot plus rooms were selling
out at $350 plus a night.
Hard to know it was 117 degrees outside. My suite was cold, the way I like it. I am amazed at how the
big resorts brought in the crowds in this kind of heat. By 8:30 AM I was poolside at the main pool at the
JW on Saturday, July 2nd. Every lounge chair in the first two rows was taken with towels and other
personal items. I had to resort to the large over sized second pool and hang with the B list. So much for
getting there early. Those of you that know me know I am the “math guy”. I quickly figured with the
resort fee and taxes the $400 times 14 nights would have set me back about $5600 if I were at the hotel.
I much preferred my 1,250 square foot villa and my bill when I checked out, a grand total of $0.00.
Again, at the Great American Travel Company, we like the time share life. We know mid week rates
would be lower and the actual stay a bit cheaper, but the stay did include prime summer weekends and
a mid week holiday flanked on both sides LA style, meaning you go early and stay late of course, to avoid
traffic into the city.
I now look over the Las Vegas strip and the airport in a high rise 850 square foot suite that will be home
for the next two weeks and with a bit of luck, see the birth of the new web site. I always enjoy watching
so many planes come and go every 90 seconds, all day long. I have fulfilled my dream of living part time
in a high rise as I now spend over 45-60 days a year living high in the sky. Remember on my quest to live
year round in time shares, I must balance beach days with the desert and high rise living. Those that
enjoy high rise living already know what I mean. It is special gift to look straight out of your window with
your cup of morning joe and see a plane or helicopter at eye level.
Remember when one of the reasons you came to Vegas was to enjoy the Prime Rib, New York Strip or
Lobster for .30 cents on the dollar. What happened to Vegas? Now, every department in a mega hotel
must be a “profit center”, unless you are one the top five percent of gamblers in which case dinner is
almost always on the house in one form or another.

Heck, even the top ten percent of gamblers don’t rate near as high as they used too. Well, we scrubbed the city to see if anyone had a meal where you could not only have a fantastic dinner, but also enjoy what Vegas used to offer, great food at bargain prices. We found two exceptional picks not typically visited by out of towners and one “sure bet” priced more at market but this place had exceptional atmosphere.

1) The Southpointe Hotel and Casino

Just after state line and a few more minutes towards Vegas if
you are northward from California on I-15 you will see the South point Hotel and Casino exit. If
you can bear an earlier meal, the first turn at 5:00PM through 6:30 is well worth the trip, even if
you have to travel the 15 minutes south of the strip to go. On Sunday through Thursday they
have a dinner for $29.95 that includes your choice of a six oz Filet Mignon, Chicken, or Salmon.
The dinner comes with either Lobster Bisque or Salad. The Silverado Salad is made tableside and
is very good. Dinner also includes potatoes (your choice) and a vegetable. Desert is also included
with ice cream or sorbet rounding out the meal. This is a first class atmosphere with plenty of
murals and old photographs to take in while sitting in “Vegas style” booths among an energic
wait staff. Pound for pound this may be one of the best steak dinners in Vegas, all served in a
relaxed and casual environment. If you care to venture into the “real menu”, you will likely really
enjoy their Prime Rib, cooked blackened. It is slow cooked all day. I recommend the gentleman’s
executive workout prior to this mani-feasto consisting of both a hot jacuzzi and sauna for at
least 45 minutes. You need to belt down a notch before hitting this 18 oz wonder.
Reservations can be made toll free at 1-866-796-7111. As a side note for those who want to cut
the $29.95 price, check out the Italian restaurant at this hotel. For the same time, you can get
one heck of an Italian meal for $19.95 with either Chicken Marsala made the right way, Orange
Roughy, (ask for medium rare for max flavor) their Fettuccine Alfredo with the real deal sauce,
or their Spaghetti and Meatballs made the way your Italian Aunt would have blessed, all
including salad, bread and desert. Again, the quality for 20 bucks is off the hook.

2) Silverton Hotel and Casino

Again, this is not the traditional “Strip Visit” that us LA out of
towners are likely going to flock to see. However, once ventured this is a high def gain. The
Steakhouse is decorated in old European charm and when you walk in the food just taste better.
Although the entire menu is exceptional, if you prefer smaller plates and more variety this is a
great place for a couple to visit. World class sides dishes run in the fives and sixes, and if you
arrive between 5-6 or 9-10 the small plates are 50% off. Ranging in the high teens at regular
prices you can enjoy a wide variety of small meals complete with the steaks, seafood, and
scallop fair priced in the nines and tens. A few of these and a side or two gets you out the door
for $45ish, yet you have tasted three or four dinners of high quality. We believe just the
ambience is worth the visit and again this is off the beat and path of the regular desert fair but a
delightful find for those of us lucky enough to come upon it. Reservations are 1-866-722-4608.

3) The Eiffel Tower Restaurant(s)

Paris, France or Las Vegas, Nevada-A Run Down on Each-
The Jules Stein-Paris France, Eiffel Tower .-Named after the architect that designed the tower,

my foray into this world wonder stemmed from my lack of ever wanting to wait in line for more
than a few minutes. Those of us who have visited the real Eiffel Tower know that three of the
four legs on a given day require the patience of Jobe just to get from the end of the line into the
tower. Three hours of waiting is not uncommon. That is where your premium credit card comes

in. I would recommend booking at least 6-9 months in advance a lunch or dinner reservation at
the Jules Stein Restaurant. When I last visited about ten years ago, I showed up in a cab and we
got out only to see very long lines in three of the four Eiffel Tower legs. Fortunately we made
our way past the hundreds of street vendors to the fourth leg which proudly made it clear the
first lunch seating would occur at 1:00 PM. Since it was 12:50 this seemed to synch nicely with
my attention span. Precisely at 1:00 PM a gentleman in formal wear came down the diagonal
elevator with a body guard and walked to the end of what was a roped off area for lunch
patrons. Seeing this happen, a flood of people headed over to this new “opening” as if this was
going to be a new way up into the tower versus the other three legs. As 1:00 PM appeared the
gentleman pulled out a hand written list in the most impressive handwriting I had ever seen.
Every letter was perfect. It was a very long list of names but what I did not see was just the
names for lunch on this day. It was a total of three parties, two couples and a foursome. The
Gentleman made it clear if your name was not on the list, you could hit the road. Hundreds of
disappointed lunch fans were turned away. I felt really special but also wondered how could you
turn down hundreds of people who would have paid for lunch if they were allowed in. A real
model of French inefficiency. As we boarded up the diagonal elevator, the excitement really
mounted as we were wisked away in a high speed elevator headed toward a wonderful lunch.
When we arrived the first thing I noticed was about 65 workers all dressed in black and white. I
asked if we could have a lower window seat in this 360 degree marvel but was told they were
“sold out” and therefore we had to settle for inner circle window seat. Since there were eight of
us there to eat and 65 folks to help, I figured the service should be decent. A quick count
revealed the restaurant could easily seat about 300 peopIe but on this day there would be eight
for lunch on the first turn. The Rules are the rules after all. No soup for hundreds was the order
of the day.

I was pretty sure I ordered the turbo after a long conversation in French where I did not
comprehend a single word. My wife number two also had the fish as well. It seemed the waiter
did not understand my request for picture menu’s or perhaps felt it beneath the French to take
pictures of their food. I tried to explain this was common practice in China but he did not care.
The waiter did little to speak to us in English as he clearly knew our language after I tipped him
but at this moment he forced us to look like the slow Americans they were used to serving.
Amazingly the meal headed toward 3:00 PM and we began to see the locals pile in for the real
lunch. Apparently, no one in France eats lunch at 1:00 PM at least not in the Eiffel Tower. The
fish was fantastic, of course was swimming in butter and capers, and the side dishes of French
veggies and a small dinner role were plated to perfection, each with its own tasteful sauce. This
in the end all added up to my not worrying about having a dinner appetite since my “French
lunch” summed up to be a nice appetizer before dinner. The check came and I had to convert
what seemed like 119,000 Francs into dollars. I don’t recall the exchange rate, did not really
care, and just figured you only live once and the unbelievable view combined with ordering
what tuned out to be a $440 lunch could only happen in France. It remains to this day the most
expensive lunch I have ever had. I add that lunch did include a “champagne split”, far be it for
us to have been extravagant. I also remind us of our purpose here at MYTS, and that is “If you
are going to go, go big”. There is only one real Eiffel Tower so if you are lucky enough to be on
the list, go enjoy it. Unless you speak French you won’t really know what you ordered, and nor
will you know what it cost, so you may as well go with the flow. I would highly recommend this
experience but even we can’t save you money on this one.

(4)Good Substitute

The Paris Hotel, Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Las Vegas-I have been going to Las
Vegas for 30 years now and like many, was thrilled to see Steve Wynn come in and take over
two prime acres of beautiful strip frontage and turn it into a lake to behold. In addition, he
added what can only be described as the eighth wonder of the world if you get to enjoy on the
patio of what was Picasso, a highly priced restaurant that required a one year advance
reservation when it opened. The beauty of it was not only the five course meal, but sitting patio
side and hearing the music synchronized to the fountains was truly raising the bar on the strip.
Here we are nearly 20 years later and it is amazing to see the crowds still gather every half hour
to see this five minute show of energetic fountains dancing hundreds of feet into the air with
music perfectly timed with the water’s movement. I have seen this from many hotel rooms over
the years. Never really got the perfect view as the Bellagio Suites on the water all run well above
$500 a day for this precious water right. We of course pay less than $40 a night for suites much
bigger and higher up over at the Grand Chateau, (this is disclosed in the book how to do this)
hence never a need to book a suite to see this highly worthwhile water show. What to do for
that perfect view? Well the answer lies across the street at the Paris Hotel in the Eiffel Tower
Restaurant. A nice meal there will run about 90 minutes to 120 minutes, enough to see four or
five shows with a bird’s eye view. The view of the Bellagio water show is worth at least $50
bucks for two people.
While this will not qualify as a bargain meal, it can offer very high value with a couple of twists.
For one, like many restaurants it is possible to split some of the meals as the portions are large
especially combined with a salad and appetizer. While the crowd favorite remains the Beef
Wellington, I inquired about the Lobster Thermidor and was very impressed. Priced at $68, it
comes with two clean half shelves, each packed with Lobster in a Spinach Crème sauce. What is
not to like? I also recommend all of their salads which can also be split. For an appetizer we had
the smoked salmon appetizer (perfection) which paired very nice with a lite salad and the
Lobster. Although the bill could have easily doubled to $250 with a double order, just getting
one of each item and splitting each got us a top rated dinner with a $50 entertainment package
included for $125. We escaped the split plate fee but point out this may not be automatic next
time. This is of course a spot where a glass of wine is a must so you will price up accordingly.
The view is really top notch and if you go a bit earlier in the fall, you can hit the perfect window
of darkness at 5:45PM before the crowd arrives, but can be assured you will get a prime window
seat, something that is essential for this experience. One last tip, do not show up in Nordstrom
Dress shorts in the middle of summer. Like Paris, France they have rules. I had to change into a
dark pair of “clown pants” while my $100 dress shorts got shelved to comply with the long
pants, no jeans rule. While my ankles also enjoyed the view, I succumbed to the French tradition
of going backwards so in the end I could go forwards. Reservations are a must at: 702.948.6937

Before I blog today, I hit the internet one more time to read another dozen articles on millennials and
their quest to purchase a home. Recent polls show 26% of millennials do not wish to own a car. We
predict the Uber-fication of homes is next. Not encouraging news if you are a homebuilder working
under the old suburban housing model. I have seen articles that stretch all the way out to 47 years. I

have also seen more moderate numbers down to 12 years. You say for what. That is the average amount
of time these articles suggest it will take a millennial to save the 20% they will need to buy a house. The
variation of course is because of the size, scope, amenity package, and price of today’s starter homes in
expensive markets. Let’s digest what this means. For starters lets try and work with an average of the
two extremes, weighted a little on the common sense side of things and use a mere 20 years to save for
a down payment. This is not a hard stat to dig up. It is all over the internet. The problem here of course
is when one is done saving this 20%, the house may have already quadrupled in price under the long
prediction of 40 plus years to save. Even under a moderate inflationary economy and a time frame of
just 20 years, thou millennial shall have gone backwards in the grand scheme of things. In other words,
he/she may need another 40 years to make up the difference for the new 20%. The current math does
not work since after just 20 years the 20% falls to 10% down with inflation. No wonder millennials are
scraping the idea of home ownership for avocado-mango cracker spread at whole foods. BTW, it is the
Now let’s examine what the problem is here. To be fair many millennials were just in high school when
the economic downturn hit in 2008 and we saw the housing bubble burst. Unfortunately for millennials
we have seen a full recovery in virtually every US housing market over the past decade. The difficulty is
housing prices have risen faster than real incomes over the past decade pushing not only millennials out
of the market, but also many other step up buyers looking for large homes. Today a smaller more
functional home is not only practical, it is preferred in many cases with empty nesters, baby boomers
looking to retire and millennials. If the trend is for uber-fication of the housing model combined with
more flexibility, and smaller more affordable housing, at what point does the old bigger is better model
start to fall apart, or at least slow down? It is OK if is the house is now smaller, besides many retirees
and millennials can’t grow grass because we are running out of water or it is becoming very expensive.
Many homes in the southern United States can easily hit $1,000 a month to cool an apartment or home
in the summer now. I have friends in Denver whose summer water bill runs over $3500 a month. That is
millennial speak for my share of the rent for half an 800 square foot one bedroom apartment at the
beach for the summer. $2500 a month with some effort will get you a nice sized closet near the beach
today in a major beach town. Of course you will need a room- mate so let’s call it $1250 a month with
money left over for avocados.
This is where Time Share Village comes in. A master planned $2 billion dollar 600 acre development
where shifting demands will change the way we approach our housing needs. While we believe this
trend will take a decade to fully emerge, time share is really just ubering a house. The trend is already in
motion. It is now ready to grow up. The next phase is to watch the market split into different
demographics for millennials, boomer, and retirees. They can all share infrastructure cost but each will
require very different design and service features. This next trend will allow consumers to invest in
retirement homes through their vacation clubs. Except the trend will cause the industry to change. We
will now emerge into life-style clubs that contain vacation features, temporary housing for 3-6 months
time frames, and if needed, nursing care, all inside one convenient time share model. You use only the
time you need for each one. This combined real estate concept will be much bigger, cheaper, have
targeted fitness centers for each demographic, a bike and scooter lot, and a car lot where you come
and go in the car you need. It will have Uber lanes in front of the town Starbucks. It will have large
outdoor kitchens shared by 4-5 units with semi private pools. Fire pits and brandy bars in the luxury
section. How do you like your cigar trimmed as you gaze at the stars. Golf carts for trips to Starbucks and
CVS, groceries delivered by drones at the drone post office. Sporting and cultural events are built into
the community center, shared by all. Golf you say, would you like six holes or eighteen, Frisbie or old
fashion golf where you use clubs.

On top of all of this your mortgage goes with you when you want to go. You see your house is now all
over the world. It is in France, Italy, Colorado, and Florida. It is in the desert, at the beach, or on a lake
or ski slope. It is coming. It is the future. It will be the new time share of tomorrow. Stay tuned for future
blogs on how we plan to make it happen.
Signing off,

John C Botdorf
Inventor, The Great American Travel Company