So now that the tool is live:
- CONFIRMED: DVC Members are not permitted to book RCI's rental weeks through the tool. (As we suspected above.)
- OBSERVED: It appears that DVC Members are not offered discounted points for "last minute reservations." Reservations offered for w/in RCI's 45-day window are showing up at "full face value" rather than the point value of a "blue studio," as other timeshare owners typically see.
- OBSERVED: Full weeks and nightly stays -- both are offered.
- IMPRESSION: I think this is a significant improvement for DVC members. While I ran only one search, Pacific Coastal, I found lots of inventory. If I had no other RCI-affiliated timeshare, I'd be very pleased with this tool. Even having other RCI-affiliated timeshare, I might be tempted to test out a nightly-stay now that DVC has given me this new access!