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Old 06-08-2013, 08:42 PM   #1
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booking at blt

We stayed at blt 3 years ago and loved it. We would like to go again in May 2014 and stay there again. Is this possible since it is dvc? Does it book quickly or are rooms reserved? How early can/would we need to book?

I'm not that familiar with this (only been once). We had no trouble booking the 1st time. Now, I'm looking at 6 months out, just to look, and they are booked. I have also looked in Sept. and Oct and all booked.

What's my best strategy?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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I would go through davids dvc rental if you arent a dvc member. Its cheaper to rent the points than pay cash rates through disney
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Disney itself owns "points" at BLT so that they can offer those rooms to non-DVC members who pay cash for the rooms. The exact number of points are not really known. If you looked for this Oct/Nov, I am not surprised that you didn't find availability. That is a very popular time at Disney for DVC and non-DVC as it is F&W festival. The Epcot resorts and BLT are the most popular DVC resorts to stay at during F&W festival.

However, as PP mentioned, you will save a bunch of money if you rent points, either through a service like Davids or from DVC owners directly. If you are thinking of going that route, the 11 month window has just opened for May visits. Depending on what you want, booking earlier is always better when using points.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I am considering renting points and have been trying to read and understand that. I don't know anyone with dvc. I'm just afraid of booking so far out. I don't know what I'm doing in a couple of weeks, let alone 11 months from now. With my luck, there will be some major recital or school event that week. I like the cancellation option, which I don't think I have with points?

I guess I better decide soon.

Thanks again!
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:21 PM   #5
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first it is hard to get BLT thru David's.

that say in Sept, Oct or Nov - look for it. you might get it. More BLT members than ever have traded out this year. (that is another way that DIsney gets BLT) - when a member trades out to the Disney collection or cruise or adventure or concierge - then Disney needs to sell their points for the money. So instead of being on the DVC side - they show up in the WDW side.

so you might get lucky.

otherwise you need to find a DVC member who owns at BLT and who will rent it.

the problem with David's is he offers the members the same amount of cash per point no matter where they own.

member who want to rent their BLT points - know they can get more on their own than they can renting thru David.

now with the VGF being opened later this year - maybe next year (when you are going) this will be less of a problem.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:52 PM   #6
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Thanks for the extra info, spiceycat. I think I will wait a while and keep my fingers crossed. I just can't commit right now. Maybe I'll get lucky in the end.
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