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sherreis
07-14-2011, 10:49 PM
Just wondering if anyone has attended the onboard DVC presentation. We are starting to consider DVC and wanted to know what kind of incentives are they offering?

Has anyone attended recently?

gatorgirl98
07-14-2011, 11:46 PM
We went to the presentation last week and they were offering some great incentives.

*If you book while on the cruise.....
--$500 shipboard credit for that current cruise
--$$ off per point - I don't remember all of them, but the prices dropped from $120 a point to $108ish - $112ish a point depending on how many points you bought.
--Maintainence Fees were prorated for the rest of this year instead of having to pay all of 2011.
--Your points were given immediately upon joining and then you will receive next years points in Feb......so you could bank this years points with next years points and have a really good vacation!
--18 VIP Fast Passes for use at WDW if you booked by a certain day on the cruise!

sherreis
07-14-2011, 11:51 PM
Thanks for the quick response. Not sure about the $500 onboard credit but I'm sure we could figure out what to do with it.

gatorgirl98
07-14-2011, 11:55 PM
Thanks for the quick response. Not sure about the $500 onboard credit but I'm sure we could figure out what to do with it.

Use it towards your gratuities and/or a CD/Photo Package at Shutters!

Makayna
07-15-2011, 03:46 AM
I've been wondering about DVC too. Do you sign up for a presentation onboard? Is there an incentive just for going, or is the incentive only if you purchase?

Disney Dreams
07-15-2011, 03:51 AM
I've been wondering about DVC too. Do you sign up for a presentation onboard? Is there an incentive just for going, or is the incentive only if you purchase?

There are a few presentations. They are in the Navigators. There is no need to sign up. They give out little giveaways (lanyards, hats, pins) through trivia questions, a drawing, and such.

When people say "incentives" they are generally referring to discounts or OBCs given for signing a contract during a cruise, so, yeah, they are for purchasing.

HTH,
Dreams

keaster
07-15-2011, 07:34 AM
We bought in at a presentation on our July 5th Dream Cruise! The incentives were as listed above in the thread (depending on how many points you bought, you would get a discount up to $18 off per point so we bought enough to get them for $102/point).

Also during the presentation you could put your name in for a draw for a $300 shipboard credit (that's separate from the $500 shipboard credit you got for signing up.)

kritter
07-15-2011, 07:37 AM
:goodvibesHow many points did you have to purchase to get the $500.00 shipboard credit??TIA!!:thumbsup2

lucyem
07-15-2011, 07:52 AM
Do your homework before the cruise. Understand exactly what you are buying. Also understand the differences between buying direct vs resale. The dvc forums are a great place to start. Then when on the cruise you can make an educated decision.

It'sWDW4me
07-15-2011, 07:52 AM
How many points did you have to buy to get the $102 per point price?

keaster
07-15-2011, 08:53 AM
To get the $102/point price you had to buy 320 points.

You would automatically get the $500 shipboard credit, but I do believe the minimum they ask you to buy is 160 points.

AmandaRG
07-15-2011, 09:16 AM
From what I understand, if you are planning to do DVC, the onboard incentives are some of the best out there. I can't wait to use ours for the first time this fall!

Anal Annie
07-15-2011, 09:22 AM
Was this pricing for any / all of the current resorts for sale? I would be interested in a small add-on at Aulani - but probably not enough points to qualify for any incentive.:sad2: They usually don't offer any incentives for small add-ons (50 points or less).

ssanders79
07-15-2011, 09:34 AM
If my memory is correct they also had a drawing for OBC just for attending the presentation. I was going to go, but they did not offer a convenient time. (6-7 AM would be a great time before the day gets started)

keaster
07-15-2011, 09:38 AM
Was this pricing for any / all of the current resorts for sale? I would be interested in a small add-on at Aulani - but probably not enough points to qualify for any incentive.:sad2: They usually don't offer any incentives for small add-ons (50 points or less).

The incentives they were offering were for buying into Animal Kingdom Lodge only. But I'm sure you could've still bought into the other resorts (without incentives).

Anal Annie
07-15-2011, 09:54 AM
The incentives they were offering were for buying into Animal Kingdom Lodge only. But I'm sure you could've still bought into the other resorts (without incentives).

Bummer. I am only interested in adding on at Aulani. Thanks.

gatorgirl98
07-15-2011, 11:44 AM
Bummer. I am only interested in adding on at Aulani. Thanks.

They just used Animal Kingdom Lodge as an example. Aulani was also available in the incentives......when we met with Tommy one on one he said they used Animal Kingdom Lodge during the presentation because it is most appealing to everyone who does not live in Florida. Since we live in Florida and only 40 minutes from WDW, he suggested we do Aulani as our home resort......Aulani also has lower yearly maintainence fees and closing costs!!! :cool1:

sherreis
07-15-2011, 12:10 PM
My next question---

How many of you use DVC points for DCL cruises?

And, how does it work?

keaster
07-15-2011, 01:24 PM
A lot of people will warn against using DVC points for cruises because it does take a lot of points. What some do (and what we plan to do) is pay for the first two people with points and the 3rd (or 4th or 5th person) with cash.

You would book directly through DVC (not on the DCL site or through a TA). Also keep in mind only a certain number of cabins are available for DVC points, so even if a cruise is NOT sold it, there may not be cabins available for points users.

Mickeygolf
07-15-2011, 02:03 PM
You also get charged the transfer fee which I believe was $95. This is the first time we are using some points to cruise. Just didn't want to go through the hassle of renting the points for cash and then using the cash to cruise. That's what most people will do who want to leverage their DVC points for a cruise. It was a simple process though of just calling member services and they basically act as your travel agent through the whole process. Any requests I've had goes through them. It's been a great experience, but in the future I think I'd rent my points for cash first then use the cash to pay for the cruise. Points are much more valualbe that way.

Mickeygolf
07-15-2011, 02:07 PM
There are also some goofy banking and borrowing rules and how you can use your points if they were used for the cruise and you have to cancel. I can't remember all of them and didn't bother as I know we are going to cruise.

As someone earlier stated, do your research and know what you're getting into. DVC has been awesome for my family of 5 since 1997, but it's really not for everyone when you put pen to paper to figure the return on your investment.

AmandaRG
07-15-2011, 02:20 PM
If you want to use your points for DCL, you cannot purchase them resale. I don't know that we will ever do it again, but we knew that we wouldn't be doing WDW and we needed to make a decision for last years' points, etc. so we did use points to book our b2b next spring.

In the future we will rent our points and pay cash (with OBC and OBB discount, it should be much more cost effective!).

sherreis
07-15-2011, 03:03 PM
One of the reasons I asked about using the points for cruising is because of the new terms if buying resale. If we wouldn't be using our points for DCL, then, resale might be a good option for my wallet. Then, go and rent some points out for the cash for when we want that option. With our boys getting bigger (now 15 and 11) we are tending to look for bigger rooms/suites when we go away so DVC would make a lot of sense. Also have DD with her family and I can't wait to take my future princess (a.k.a. my 5 yr old granddaughter ) to meet the real Cinderella princess: and have great memories in our future.

thanks for everyone's input

Mom2PrincessesLinSy
07-15-2011, 08:01 PM
are there any incentives for already being a DVC member and then booking a cruise while onboard? Or is the $500 only if you purchase into DVC and book a cruise at the same time?

Scoobypop
07-15-2011, 09:06 PM
The incentives work for both current and new members. Regarding the person who wasn't sure how they could use a $500 onboard credit--you can tell them you want it as a Visa gift card, and they will. It's not something they mention during the presentation, but it is something that they will do no problem.

TwinsFan
07-15-2011, 09:30 PM
Also keep in mind only a certain number of cabins are available for DVC points, so even if a cruise is NOT sold it, there may not be cabins available for points users.

It has been posted several times on the DVC boards that as of now you can not book any Dream or Fantasy sailings with points. All DVC alotted cabins have been booked. I think there is availability on Wonder and Magic, but new Dream and Fantasy dates have to be released before any more cruises can be booked on the new ships with DVC points. I'm glad I booked my Dream cruise using points last February, finally tomorrow we will be less than 100 days:cool1:

disneymagicgirl
07-15-2011, 09:51 PM
The incentives work for both current and new members. Regarding the person who wasn't sure how they could use a $500 onboard credit--you can tell them you want it as a Visa gift card, and they will. It's not something they mention during the presentation, but it is something that they will do no problem.

That is good info!:thumbsup2 We already have plenty of OBC for our upcoming cruise, so we wouldn't need another $500. I'd rather save it towards another trip.:thumbsup2

sherreis
07-15-2011, 10:42 PM
The incentives work for both current and new members. Regarding the person who wasn't sure how they could use a $500 onboard credit--you can tell them you want it as a Visa gift card, and they will. It's not something they mention during the presentation, but it is something that they will do no problem.

Thanks - that's nice to know! Like the previous poster said... we already have sufficient onboard credit for next month's cruise. It's a 5 night so we won't need as much. Won't be able to order as many conch coolers!.. :cloud9:

dvcer57
07-16-2011, 07:28 PM
A lot of people will warn against using DVC points for cruises because it does take a lot of points. What some do (and what we plan to do) is pay for the first two people with points and the 3rd (or 4th or 5th person) with cash.

You would book directly through DVC (not on the DCL site or through a TA). Also keep in mind only a certain number of cabins are available for DVC points, so even if a cruise is NOT sold it, there may not be cabins available for points users.

I was just seaching for 7 night weastern caribbean criuse on Fantasy for June 2012. Cat. 4A 2 adults 2 children $11323 or 790 pts. Makes pts. worth $14+ per pt. Would make sense to book on pts. :thumbsup2