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vellamint 09-28-2012 09:28 PM

I just want to say that figuring out points...
borrowing, purchasing the 24 "extra" points, just the whole thing makes me feel like I need to be a mathemetician sometimes.

My twin daughters have both been accepted into the College Program so I have the GREAT (and Im not kidding) GREAT job of figuring out the next 3 and possibly 4 trips to Disney on points. 2 (maybe 3) trips this year and saving enough for a 5 day to Disneyland in 2014.

I keep going over it and keep coming up with different figures but Im sure I will get it sorted out.

I have a new respect for those with multiple contracts at multiple resorts with multiple use years....THATS for sure!

bobbiwoz 09-28-2012 09:31 PM

Wow, what fun you're going to have!

Congratulations to your daughters!!!!:banana:


dianeschlicht 09-29-2012 07:12 AM

I love planning out point usage. If I just want to waste a day and have some planning fun, I sit down with a bunch of paper, pencil, point charts and calendars and plan out point usage for 1-2 years ahead. Lots of fun!:thumbsup2

AnnaS 09-29-2012 08:18 AM

Congratulations on both you daughters getting accepted. My daughter recently applied too.

I love to jot down, erase, have multiple columns, boxes playing around with all the different scenarios/options of using our points!!!! This is all part of the fun!!! Enjoy!

BestDadEver 09-29-2012 05:09 PM

Oh man I love figuring out my point usage. Its a lot of fun, I think I have about three charts I made with resorts/time of year I made .

I find doing it exciting for the anticipation .

Alice Sr. 09-30-2012 05:37 PM

Hate it, drives me nuts, I'll have to hire one of you.
OP - Congrats to you and your DD's!

KSL 10-01-2012 10:06 AM

I have to admit, I love planning points usage as well. Whenever we take a trip out to my in-laws (4 hr drive), I take along a calendar, pad of paper, and the most recent points charts. It's fun to plan future trips! :thumbsup2

Thing is, I have to "reinvent the wheel" each time. I cannot seem to keep it all straight in my head so I need to plan it out with the actual calendar, and then superimpose my Use Year calendars (we've got two resorts & two use years) and then remind myself how many points we banked or have remaining, etc. in order to see what we have to work with and think about where we want to stay, for how long, etc. I need one of those flip charts with the clear pages so that I can layer everything to see it! Either that or I should just start an Excel spreadsheet (love Excel! yeah, I'm a geek like that). :upsidedow It's good to do the planning and thorough thinking-through, though. It IS complicated and could easily make a mistake if done in haste. Nobody wants to waste points! :scared:

Congrats to your daughters on the college program!! :goodvibes

vellamint 10-01-2012 04:20 PM

Thanks everyone!! Upgraded to a one bedroom for the week we are taking them down and helping them settle in. I think its worth the extra space and will make this trip that more magical!!

Figured out my points for trip two (in July) trip three (Disneyland next summer) and have "extra" points for what I hope will be another time visiting my daughters.

Oh and bought the extra 24 points....I dont want to run short lol.

shortypots 10-02-2012 06:22 PM

I have 5 Marriott weeks (accounting for 4 weeks) and 2 DVC contracts. I constantly have to plan out multiple years in advance and am working on getting out to 2015 figured out! :) I need spreadsheets to keep everything in order, so I feel your pain.

*TheWigs* 10-02-2012 08:58 PM


Originally Posted by Alice Sr. (Post 46310661)
Hate it, drives me nuts, I'll have to hire one of you.
OP - Congrats to you and your DD's!

Although I'm brand new to this, I'm with YOU!! :thumbsup2 My math is questionable at best...I think the permanent solution is we need more points!! ...200-300 ought to do for awhile... :rolleyes1 Has there been many DVCers that want to buy more points before they even take their first trip "home"?! :upsidedow

MrChris 10-04-2012 07:15 PM

I put a spreadsheet up on DropBox for exploring point-use scenarios; you may or may not find it usable.

Alice Sr. 10-07-2012 09:56 PM


Originally Posted by MrChris (Post 46351918)
I put a spreadsheet up on DropBox for exploring point-use scenarios; you may or may not find it usable.

Excellent, thanks for sharing!

Micca 10-09-2012 08:38 PM

Vellamint as a multi-contract DVC owner and the father of twins (one of whom did the WDW CP and stayed on for several years) you're the BEST--Just like my DW:love: DW loves puzzles so she is a perfect person to work out the best usage of our points.

You will love having your kids in the CP. We're talking some really worthwhile discounts:cool1: You'll have almost as much fun with your kids in the CP as they will being in it.

Bribrittmom 10-11-2012 01:20 AM

we're DVC members too and my DD got accepted into the CP program too .Taking her down in January but have to stay at Pop as we're out of points to borrow until Feb.So many trips,not enough points.:)

AnnaS 10-11-2012 05:45 AM

Another DVC member here - dd also accepted. Will arrive at SSR on 1/4 for 1/15 check-in. Borrowed points from next UY.

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