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Old 06-19-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Fort Lauderdale
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Need some different perspectives prior to purchase

First, a thank you to everyone on these boards. I have pulled a ton of information from here as I have put together my spreadsheets to help me decide the best option for our purchase.

Second, while I have no issue paying a premium to buy direct, the premium involved exceeds the value of buying direct from Disney (in my opinion). I could probably stomach a 20 or perhaps even a 25% premium above resale price to buy from Disney but not 60%+.

So having decided on resale this is what I need help with. We are semi-local annual passholders (from Fort Lauderdale). We tend to go up for a week at New Years for my gf's daughter's birthday (she is 6) and then 4-6 times a year for long holiday weekends. Our week is flexible (it just needs to be a non-school week). What I am wrestling with is paying a premium to be at a smaller resort for the 11 month booking advantage vs buying into something more cost effective like OKW or SSR. I would probably only need the 11 month advantage for our week stay as we can be flexible with the weekends.

Since as a non-member I can't see the booking scheduler, I have no way of knowing how easy it will be to book long weekends at assorted resorts 3-6 months out. I am interested in buying into BCV for the pool, but since our week vacation is in early January (usually) it would be more for long weekends throughout the Spring - Fall.

I am budgeted for 200-225 points (depending on what resale cost I find). I am wondering if I might be better served with a block of points at one of the more cost effective resorts and then looking for a smaller block at BCV for booking weekends. Without seeing the online scheduler I am sort of flying blind not knowing what availability is like throughout the year at different resorts.

Any opinions you would like to share would be greatly appreciated.
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