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Old 08-25-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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"Visiting Home" for the First Time - A PTR ... And Now a TR!!!

Waiting for lunch to digest a bit before tackling the yardwork - so instead of reading other threads, I decided to start a PTR ...

We closed on our AKV 100 pt Dec UY contract August 14, and got all our member info (after a call to Member Admin) August 23 during my lunch break at work ... So after my post-work run (it had a nice calming effect ... ), I sat down in front of the computer and logged on as a DVC Member for the first time!!!

We bought a fully loaded contract resale - with all 2010 and 2011 points banked, so we had 100 pts to use by this Dec ... In prep for this, I had a spreadsheet set up with possible trip dates (so the DD wouldn't miss more than a day of school ...) and flight times/costs ... ...

I'll spare you the gory details, but by minimizing luggage and seat charges, I got a flight on Spirit from Atlantic City to Orlando for the 3 of us for less than $600 round trip for Nov 15-18 (all the other dates were at least $250-$300 more ...).

The question was: would any DVC rooms be available?

The answer: Yes!!

After about 30 minutes checking a whole bunch of possibilities, we were down to three options: 1 - 3 nights in the same 1 BR at SSR, 2 - spend the first night in a Treehouse at SSR, then switch to 1 BR at SSR, or 3 - a couple of different "room switch" possibilities at AKV ...

Points weren't an issue - we had 100 to use or lose (or rent ...)

I was leaning towards the Option #2 - how often would we get a chance to spend a night in a SSR Treehouse?

But the DW thought we should spend our first DVC trip at our home resort, and the DD just wanted to stay at AKV (because it's AKV!!) so we'll be "Visiting Home" for our first trip ... [or as I kid the DW - "We've bought a retirement home in Florida!!" ]

So we decided on Kidani - but now I have a problem, because we're spending our first night in a 2 BR Savannah View ... ... and then moving to a 1 BR Standard ... so the DW and DD may be a bit disappointed after we move ... ... AND -

- we may have to book 2 BR Savannah rooms from here on out ... and that's kinda hard to do with only 100 pts per year ...

As for the Cast Of Characters - see the siggie ...

Time to mow now ...

I'll be back ...
Me DW-Vicki DD-Danielle and DP Ranger and our new DP Sunshine

Off site - 8/76, 10/90, 10/94; POFQ - 5/07; AKL - 12/08; AKL - 9/09; Off site - 6/10; AS Movies - 3/11;
AKV-Kidani - 11/12; AKV-Jambo - 11/13 ; AKV-Jambo - 12/14

Dec 2008 Trip report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post29702539
Sep 2009 Trip Report at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post34156519
Sep 2009 TR continued (but never finished) at http://www.disboards.com/showthread....7#post36403597
March 2011 PTR at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2643038

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