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Destination 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 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.

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 map shows some of the main destinations where the clubs have homes. Click on the markers to see the actual homes.

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

A new membership plan, from boutique destination club Lusso, will offer 21 days of usage per year.

This new independent advisory service helps consumers identify the most appropriate destination club, and then also helps secure the best membership terms available.

The cost per night for a destination club is a really useful calculation for both comparing the clubs amongst each other, and also comparing them to alternatives such as hotels or villa rentals. Overall the cost per night has increased since we ran the calculation last year. This is not surprising given that the clubs have all been increasing their initial fees and annual dues.

Effective yesterday Quintess adjusted the initial fees for its membership plans. For most plans this meant increases, although one of the non-holiday plans was adjusted downwards.

From August 29th Exclusive will be adding $20,000 to its membership plans. It has also changed the terminology it uses and is now talking about an “initiation fee” rather than the “non-refundable portion” of the member deposit.

Joining a destination club is a long-term family decision for most of the members. We asked the clubs how their rules work for transferring or passing on a membership to a friend or family member.

Saturdays Wall Street Journal reported that Tim and Edra Blixseth have come to a settlement over ownership of the exclusive Yellowstone Club in Montana.

How do destination clubs balance the requests of their members to reserve homes during the most popular holiday periods?

The term equity destination club is used by a variety of clubs to describe their structure, but the use of the word "equity" means somewhat different things to different clubs. This article explains these different meanings and reviews some of the leading equity clubs.

One Key World is running a promotional draw with the grand prize being a round of golf with PGA Tour star, Jim Furyk.