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Destination clubs, residence funds and luxury travel clubs provide their members with access to multiple luxury vacation homes, located all over the world. The homes are typically multi-million dollar residences, and are sited in major cities, at beaches, in mountains and leisure locations.

Membership of the clubs is an alternative to buying a second home. The clubs are sometimes also compared to, or even mixed up with, private residence clubs, but there are several key differences between the two.

If you're just starting out learning about the clubs and funds read the overview and the glossary. Then you can start to compare them in the comparison table. One way to financially compare them is using a cost per night calculation and we've provided downloadable spreadsheets for these calculations. Here are the top reasons to join a club, but they are not for everybody and here are the reasons not to join.

And for a real in-depth look at the clubs, their homes and services, comparisons to alternatives and questions to consider before joining, download our Guide for Prospective Members.

The latest news and research on the clubs is included below.

The two destination clubs just formed a new agreement whereby their members can use the residences at the other club.

Ski season has started. Here's a side by side comparison of the locations of ski homes amongst some of the leading destination clubs. Use the chart to see which clubs have homes in your favorite ski destinations.

From procuring hot theater tickets to chartering a deep sea fishing excursion to planning an impromptu sweet sixteen birthday party, creating memorable, fun vacations is the primary goal of the destination club concierge. Many times, they also arrange transportation, make dinner reservations or hire a personal chef, book tee times, and take care of paperwork and other miscellaneous tasks to make the trip as seamless and trouble-free for their guests as possible.

Destination club Quintess just introduced new pricing and payment plans earlier this month. They largely mirror the structure of the Exclusive Resorts plans we covered yesterday and provide a lot of flexibility for customizing a membership plan to suit your budget, cashflow and travel needs.

The Quintess Collection just introduced new pricing and payment plans at each of its destination clubs. The new membership structure at DUO, largely mirrors the plans we covered earlier today for the Quintess Club, with one interesting extra offer. They provide a lot of flexibility for customizing a membership plan to suit your budget, cashflow and travel needs.

(Editors Note this article is from 2011). Exclusive Resorts has introduced several new pricing and payment plans over the last year. These provide a lot of flexibility for customizing a membership plan to suit your budget, cashflow and travel needs.

The worlds largest destination club has really upped the ante with its series of member events for next year. The club is even starting to describe itself as a private club for luxury travel experiences.

Whether you choose a Ritz-Carlton Home Club or a Portfolio membership, these oceanfront residences on Great Bay, St Thomas are one of your options.

New apartments in Dubai and Paris have just been added to The Hideaways Club's City Collection portfolio. Hideaways recently introduced a Founder Member Hybrid Share whereby people can invest in both the City Collection and the Classic Collection at a considerable saving on individual fund membership.

MonCasa Private Club Residences, is a new destination club that allows members to invest in luxury vacation residences using their Canadian Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP). They just announced a long term reciprocity agreement with The Quintess Collection, which provides members of both clubs access to each other's portfolio of properties in worldwide destinations.

The destination club recently made some new homes available to members at Doonberg Golf Club in Ireland and at the Montage Deer Valley resort, Utah.

The Quintess Collection has recently announced an expanded series of handpicked tours and experiences under its new Quintess Beyond program. New members who join before the end of August can choose a complementary Quintess Beyond experience.

This free webinar, co-hosted by Nick Copley of SherpaReport, will cover the various options for shared luxury vacation residences. If you're looking into buying a vacation home this webinar will help you understand all the choices.

The Lotus Renault Grand Prix driver joined The Hideaways Club in February 2008. He's just recently invested in the management company for the club and has agreed to become an Ambassador for The Hideaways Club.

This new club, which just launched earlier this year, has introduced another equity membership option that will give members an average of 15 to 20 days of vacation a year.

In a note sent to members yesterday, Steve Case, Chairman and majority owner of Exclusive Resorts, announced the appointment of Philippe Bourguignon as the new CEO of Exclusive Resorts.

Destination club, Quintess launched its travel experiences program Quintess Beyond just a few months ago. The latest addition to these experiences is a yoga retreat in Los Cabos, Mexico later this year.

The Abercrombie & Kent Residence Club, announced a new member promotion that builds on A&K’s award-winning reputation as a leader in luxury travel. Prospects who enroll as new members in the club by September 30, 2011, will receive an Abercrombie & Kent USA travel credit of up to $20,000. This credit can be used for A&K travel in more than 100 countries on all seven continents.

The American Affluence Research Center has been surveying wealthy households twice a year for the past decade. The latest survey shows increasing interest in private residence clubs and destination clubs.

This new partnership between these two private clubs provides reciprocal access to each of their members.

When it's time to get away and mean it, the Ritz-Carlton company has provided the perfect combination of location and amenities with its Destination Club on Maui at Kapalua Bay.

Quintess, DUO by Quintess and THE TOUR CLUB together create a luxury Destination Club network. Members can now enjoy more than 100 homes and experiences in over 40 destinations across The Quintess Collection.