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pmaurer74
03-20-2012, 09:49 AM
Everyone has been so helpful so far and this is a very big decisions for my family. We will likely be ............. deciding then whether to buy a DVC. I would consider it more now but we just put in a furnace and AC unit unexpectedly and paying off our trip we just took in March.

1. if we tend to go on trips in march, May and summer with a trip someday close to Christmas. What UY should look into.. January/Feb?

2. If we have to cancel, do we get our points back? What is "holding". I have seen this in posts before.

3. I am torn between a 150/200 point package or 100 point packages at 2 resorts. I plan to do 6-7 day trips in studios once a year but would like the flexibility to take other family members maybe every other year and get a 2 bedroom. Would it be better then to have all of my points in one place?

4. I may be planning a grand gathering for June 2013-2015 (not sure yet) for 4 families or 32 people would renting points be the way to go for this or my sister would qualify for a military discount should they have it then. We can only reserve 11 months out for rented points right? Since it would be all ages I was was thinking BCV's.

5. I see lsitings that have points from 2009 and 2010... how can this be? I thought banked points expire by the end of the UY?

Thanks!

lions1995
03-20-2012, 11:58 AM
1. Generally you want a UY that is the first month of typical travel. So for you March would be a good choice.

2. You do get your points back as long as you do not cancel your reservation within 31 days of your first night. If you do have to cancel on such short notice, you will get your points back as Holding Points. Holding points have restrictions on how they are used. If you cancel with less than x days, you loss your points.

Another note on cancelling. If you cancel and you are within 4 months of your UY, you will not be able to bank your points. So if your UY is December and your reservation is for Novemeber and you cancel Septmeber 1st, you will not have holding points, but you will be within your 4 month banking window and unable to move your points to next year. That is the reason you want to have a UY that is the first month of your typical travel. If you have to cancel, you can still bank.

3. Make sure you get the points where you like to stay. If you are going for 200 or less, I would keep them at the same resort. If you do get 2 resorts, the same UY is preferable, else you will have two contracts.

4. BCV is hard to get typically and June will not be easy. BCV does not have Grand Villas, so you would be looking at 4 2BRs at the least. BCV is nice and the pool is awesome. If you want it, you will need have it lined up at 11 months.

disneynutz
03-20-2012, 12:01 PM
1 You can only bank points during the first 8 months of your UY so you need to pick a UY where most of your vacations will be within the 8 months.

2 See one above plus points expire at the end of your UY if not used or banked. Holding is where points go if you cancel 31 days or less prior to your check in date. You can only use them for a reservation 60 days or less prior to check in and they expire at the end of your UY.

3 You need enough points at your favorite home resort to book your vacation. Problem is once you stay in one bedrooms, it's hard to stay in a studio. DVC is a home away from home and most people live in a home larger than a bedroom and they spend less time in the parks and more time at the resort.

4 you should have each family rent there own reservation at 11 months. You will probably need more than one owner. FYI BCV are in demand and sometimes hard to get.

:earsboy: Bill