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Old 06-10-2012, 10:28 AM   #1
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can i switch point allocation without switching ressie

Ok, here is my scenario. I have a feb UY and i have a feb 2013 vacation planned using current UY points. I am in the process of buying an April UY contract which has banked points that will expire on March 31, 2013. Once my points become available will i be able to swap in the banked points from my new contract and have my current UY to use later or bank? or will i have to cancel my ressie and hope it doesn't get taken in that minute or 2? or do i have to just plan a march vacation with banked
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:55 AM   #2
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Ok, here is my scenario. I have a feb UY and i have a feb 2013 vacation planned using current UY points. I am in the process of buying an April UY contract which has banked points that will expire on March 31, 2013. Once my points become available will i be able to swap in the banked points from my new contract and have my current UY to use later or bank? or will i have to cancel my ressie and hope it doesn't get taken in that minute or 2? or do i have to just plan a march vacation with banked
Is the new contract for the same resort? If so you should be able to swap points without canceling and rebooking. I have found some CMs at MS are more knowledgable about this process than others, so if you call and get someone who doesn't seem to understand, hang up and call back or ask for a supervisor. Good luck and congrats on the new points!
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:13 AM   #3
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Agree with Jean. If it's same Home resort, it should not be an issue.

However if the Home resorts are different you will have to wait until 7 months out to make the change. And even then if often depends upon whether there is remaining availability at 7 months.

Booking a stay 11 months out and then switching to another resorts' points at 7 months is viewed as a circumvention of the Home resort booking rules. They will normally only do that if availability remained at 7 months and you could have booked then using the non-Home points.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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Ok, here is my scenario. I have a feb UY and i have a feb 2013 vacation planned using current UY points. I am in the process of buying an April UY contract which has banked points that will expire on March 31, 2013. Once my points become available will i be able to swap in the banked points from my new contract and have my current UY to use later or bank? or will i have to cancel my ressie and hope it doesn't get taken in that minute or 2? or do i have to just plan a march vacation with banked
If you have enough points in the new contract, just make a second, duplicate, reservation. If it works out ok, then cancel the original one.

I just did this online for a similar problem. The system didn't balk at the duplicate names on the second reservation.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:51 AM   #5
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Same type of question

I have an existing reservation at BLT in just over 100 days. Used 232 banked 2011 and 46 2012 points, all BLT points. I am in ROFR for BCV, same UY (Feb) and when/if it comes through I will have 160 banked 2011 points that must be used by Jan 31. I would like to be able to reallocate those 46 points back to BLT by using the BCV points. Is this possible?

To make matters even more interesting, we may have to move our vacation 1 week earlier or later for medical reasons, won't know for sure for another month. In that case I know I would not be able to keep the BLT reservation. I figure we will end up at SSR or OKW. Might they be able to do this reallocation easier if we actually cancel BLT and rebook at another resort?
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:52 AM   #6
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If you have enough points in the new contract, just make a second, duplicate, reservation. If it works out ok, then cancel the original one.

I just did this online for a similar problem. The system didn't balk at the duplicate names on the second reservation.
That does make sense, and i did not even think of the 7month circumvntion aspect. i guess we will see what happens. and maybe if there is availability elsewhere i can do that and cancel original. Oh the ins and outs of ownership
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:18 PM   #7
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I have an existing reservation at BLT in just over 100 days. Used 232 banked 2011 and 46 2012 points, all BLT points. I am in ROFR for BCV, same UY (Feb) and when/if it comes through I will have 160 banked 2011 points that must be used by Jan 31. I would like to be able to reallocate those 46 points back to BLT by using the BCV points. Is this possible?

To make matters even more interesting, we may have to move our vacation 1 week earlier or later for medical reasons, won't know for sure for another month. In that case I know I would not be able to keep the BLT reservation. I figure we will end up at SSR or OKW. Might they be able to do this reallocation easier if we actually cancel BLT and rebook at another resort?
I don't think they will allow the reallocation if you booked your BLT reservation more than 7 months ahead because that would be circumventing the 11/7 month window rule. You will have to hope that there is availability for your same reservation when you call to try to reallocate. Good luck!
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:27 PM   #8
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I don't think they will allow the reallocation if you booked your BLT reservation more than 7 months ahead because that would be circumventing the 11/7 month window rule. You will have to hope that there is availability for your same reservation when you call to try to reallocate. Good luck!
Thanks so much Jean, I did make that reservation at 11 months and did not consider that would be circumventing the rules. Just trying to make the best use of my points. But if I do have to move our vacation, cancel BLT and move to another resort, do you think I can do this?
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Thanks so much Jean, I did make that reservation at 11 months and did not consider that would be circumventing the rules. Just trying to make the best use of my points. But if I do have to move our vacation, cancel BLT and move to another resort, do you think I can do this?
As long as you cancel by 31 days out andyou are within your banking window, your current BLT points will be available to bank and you can use the banked points anywhere for 7 months or less out, before they expire. Good luck! Wasting points is unthinkable!!!
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Ok, here is my scenario. I have a feb UY and i have a feb 2013 vacation planned using current UY points. I am in the process of buying an April UY contract which has banked points that will expire on March 31, 2013. Once my points become available will i be able to swap in the banked points from my new contract and have my current UY to use later or bank? or will i have to cancel my ressie and hope it doesn't get taken in that minute or 2? or do i have to just plan a march vacation with banked
If your new contract is a different UY than the first one, and you want to use banked points, you won't be able to do a point reallocation since these will be two different memberships.

The only way to use another memberships points for a reservation would be to transfer them and banked points can not be transferred.

So, you will have to try and book it with the new membership and then cancel out the other one.
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:21 PM   #11
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If your new contract is a different UY than the first one, and you want to use banked points, you won't be able to do a point reallocation since these will be two different memberships.

The only way to use another memberships points for a reservation would be to transfer them and banked points can not be transferred.

So, you will have to try and book it with the new membership and then cancel out the other one.
DVC will often make exceptions with multiple contracts of a single owner. I'd suggest the OP call MS and tell them what they want, I'm sure they can work it out as long as it's the same home resort or the original reservation were made within 7 months out. The other option as noted above is to make a duplicate reservation and cancel any applicable dates in the current reservation then linking them together.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:48 PM   #12
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DVC will often make exceptions with multiple contracts of a single owner. I'd suggest the OP call MS and tell them what they want, I'm sure they can work it out as long as it's the same home resort or the original reservation were made within 7 months out. The other option as noted above is to make a duplicate reservation and cancel any applicable dates in the current reservation then linking them together.
Thanks for the help......one thing i have going for me is it is an early feb vacation which seems to be a bit slow. Probably get ROFR'd anyway now that i have opened this can of worms
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:57 PM   #13
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I'm trying to do a reallocation right now. I have one home resort and one use year (Oct). I have an October, 2012 reservation with 2012 points, and I just made a May, 2013 reservation with borrowed 2013 points. I want to swap those out (use borrowed points for October trip). MS is telling me that to reallocate the points from my May 2013 trip to the October 2012 trip, they have to cancel the May, 2013 reservation, swap the points (don't have to cancel October, 2012 vacation), then rebook the May 2013 trip.

Does that sound right? They told me that there is still availability for May, 2013, which I confirmed online, so it's no big deal, but if I were trying to reallocate points between two reservations where BOTH of them were not available for current booking, it would be a problem. Is this consistent with your understanding?
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:52 PM   #14
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I'm trying to do a reallocation right now. I have one home resort and one use year (Oct). I have an October, 2012 reservation with 2012 points, and I just made a May, 2013 reservation with borrowed 2013 points. I want to swap those out (use borrowed points for October trip). MS is telling me that to reallocate the points from my May 2013 trip to the October 2012 trip, they have to cancel the May, 2013 reservation, swap the points (don't have to cancel October, 2012 vacation), then rebook the May 2013 trip.

Does that sound right? They told me that there is still availability for May, 2013, which I confirmed online, so it's no big deal, but if I were trying to reallocate points between two reservations where BOTH of them were not available for current booking, it would be a problem. Is this consistent with your understanding?
Yes, this is correct. One or the other of the 2 reservations would need to be canceled to free up points to do the swap. You wouldn't want to cancel the Oct. reservation so you are lucky that the May reservation has availability. I once wanted to swap points between reservations because there was a possibility that we would need to cancel one reservation and I wanted that reservation to be the one using bankable points. I could not do the swap until such time as we actually canceled one reservation. It makes sense, actually. There isn't a way to swap points if there are no available points to swap.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:20 PM   #15
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What if I book a reservation under the 7-month window with my points. Then a friend of mine (who is also a member, but at a different home resort) wants to take that reservation but use his points - but now that category room is showing sold out?

I just booked it a few days ago for a Sept arrival so maybe I got one of the last rooms for those days?
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