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Old 04-02-2013, 10:13 PM   #1081
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Thanks for the explanation. 49K pts sounds like a great amount to own for our needs, but my husband doesn't want less than 64K since the MFs are comparable.

2 more questions

1) Do the Housekeeping credits pool along w/the points?

2) Do you mind asking which resort you own at?

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I bought 49,000 points because that would give me 5 nights at Bonnet Creek or Star Island, which is all I wanted--before I wanted to stay longer LOL. Actually, the first time I was issued points (in 2007), I traded 27K to RCI for $130, and got a 2 BR at Orange Lake, and then transferred the remaining 22K to another owner, for $5 per thousand points. None of that is now possible due to changes Wyndham has made. As for your questions:
1) NO! Another way Wyndham shafts owners. You receive 1 housekeeping credit for every 1,000 points you own. However, they don't transfer into the credit pool! This is from the Wyndham owners' website: "One (1) Housekeeping Credit for every 1,000 points placed in the pool will be deducted from your account. Additional Housekeeping Credits may be purchased as needed." So not only do they charge you for pooling the points, they then, if you don't have extra HK credits, make you pay for them, too!
2) I own at Star Island.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:08 AM   #1082
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Yippee, just booked our 3-bedroom deluxe villa for October!

First time using Vacation Strategy, and they honoured a price match just as they stated (actually they beat it by a few dollars).

Let the planning begin!
May I ask who had a better price? I am getting the best price from Vacation Strategy. Thanks!
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:27 PM   #1083
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Just back - Building 3, room 661

We are back from 4 nights at BCR. Overall, we enjoyed the resort, found it convenient and liked the landscaping and pools. We booked through Wyndham using a deal for Canadians available through the Orlando Magic Card. We tried to book through a couple of the agencies noted in this thread, but there was no availability for our week (coincided with Easter). The price was better than the Sheraton Vistana using the allears discount for a two bedroom during that time.

We found the staff to be attentive and friendly, wifi a bit spotty (seemed better during the day time) and the parking to be convenient. The only downside to our room was the toilet of the master bedroom which needed to be plunged 50% of the time (there is a plunger in the closet off the kitchen/living area in the two bedroom deluxe).

If we stay there again, we will make a view request. We didnít and ended up in building 3 overlooking the parking lot and the HVAC system for the Wyndham Grand hotel which was right next to us. It was cold last week, so when our AC would turn off we heard the cycling 78 decibel whine (there is an app for that!) from the hotelís HVAC. We first noticed it at 4:00 am of our first night when I thought a car alarm was going off in the parking lot. It was annoying, especially when trying to enjoy a drink on the balcony, but I guess someone had to get that room. My one further thought on this is we did get a couple calls about attending the sales presentation (getting the parking pass went smoothly). If you really wanted me to buy a timeshare from you, why stick me in such an undesirable room? Not a good strategy to get me to buy at developer prices.

Other guests were also friendly. My only observation is why donít people watch their kids at the pools or get them to observe pool rules? After watching a young boy (5 or 6 maybe) diving head first into 3ft 6 inches of water at the encouragement of his parents, I just gave my head a shake. Kids actually jumped over me a couple times. I wonít even go into what was happening in the hot tub. The only pool rule that was consistently observed was no animals in the pool or on the pool deck. It did make me wonder how that had to be listed on the pool rules so prominently.

Overall, we would stay there again and recommend it to others.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:45 PM   #1084
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Hi all. Question about the shuttle- where at each park does it drop off/pick up?

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Old 04-03-2013, 03:43 PM   #1085
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Hi all. Question about the shuttle- where at each park does it drop off/pick up?

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The "offsite Shuttle" drop off locations.

Generally these are located a bit past the onsite bus loops. The biggest difference however is at MK where the offsite shuttles drop off at the old Bus depot/parking lot at the TTC
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:13 PM   #1086
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The "offsite Shuttle" drop off locations.

Generally these are located a bit past the onsite bus loops. The biggest difference however is at MK where the offsite shuttles drop off at the old Bus depot/parking lot at the TTC
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:15 PM   #1087
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1) NO! Another way Wyndham shafts owners. You receive 1 housekeeping credit for every 1,000 points you own. However, they don't transfer into the credit pool! This is from the Wyndham owners' website: "One (1) Housekeeping Credit for every 1,000 points placed in the pool will be deducted from your account. Additional Housekeeping Credits may be purchased as needed." So not only do they charge you for pooling the points, they then, if you don't have extra HK credits, make you pay for them, too!
The way the Wyndham website is worded is confusing. When you credit pool your points, the HK credits are deducted from the use year and put in the pool to use with the points you placed in the pool. You don't lose them when you credit pool your points. I did this at the first of the year and the HK credits showed up with the points with no problems.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:45 PM   #1088
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so disappointed

We are returning to Orlando after a stay 2 years ago at Beach Club. Although it was really nice, and we are booked to go there again, currently, we want to spend our hard earned money a little more wisely. I LOVED what WBC had to offer, (more room, great pools, etc) so I inquired with Ken at Vacation Upgrades.
Needless to say, he quoted me a price, but I took 10 days to get back to him (family issues) and now there are no 2 bedrooms available for our dates.
We are going the middle of June.
My question is this: is it likely there will be a cancellation for our dates, and should hold out for this? (Ken nicely replied he would look out for a cancellation)
Or, should I go through another outlet for renting WBC? Ebay, Vacation Strategies, etc?
Should I give up and go with another resort, Westgate Lakes, Sheraton Vistana, Hilton Sea World?
I did try a couple of places, but no luck.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:16 PM   #1089
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We are returning to Orlando after a stay 2 years ago at Beach Club. Although it was really nice, and we are booked to go there again, currently, we want to spend our hard earned money a little more wisely. I LOVED what WBC had to offer, (more room, great pools, etc) so I inquired with Ken at Vacation Upgrades.
Needless to say, he quoted me a price, but I took 10 days to get back to him (family issues) and now there are no 2 bedrooms available for our dates.
We are going the middle of June.
My question is this: is it likely there will be a cancellation for our dates, and should hold out for this? (Ken nicely replied he would look out for a cancellation)
Or, should I go through another outlet for renting WBC? Ebay, Vacation Strategies, etc?
Should I give up and go with another resort, Westgate Lakes, Sheraton Vistana, Hilton Sea World?
I did try a couple of places, but no luck.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
We used VS so I would definitely recommend contacting them. I got a better price from them than from Ken.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:11 PM   #1090
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Does anyone know what tower the 1 bedroom presidentials are in? We've only stayed in 2 bedrooms up until this year so I'm not familiar.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:13 PM   #1091
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We are returning to Orlando after a stay 2 years ago at Beach Club. Although it was really nice, and we are booked to go there again, currently, we want to spend our hard earned money a little more wisely. I LOVED what WBC had to offer, (more room, great pools, etc) so I inquired with Ken at Vacation Upgrades.
Needless to say, he quoted me a price, but I took 10 days to get back to him (family issues) and now there are no 2 bedrooms available for our dates.
We are going the middle of June.
My question is this: is it likely there will be a cancellation for our dates, and should hold out for this? (Ken nicely replied he would look out for a cancellation)
Or, should I go through another outlet for renting WBC? Ebay, Vacation Strategies, etc?
Should I give up and go with another resort, Westgate Lakes, Sheraton Vistana, Hilton Sea World?
I did try a couple of places, but no luck.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
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We used VS so I would definitely recommend contacting them. I got a better price from them than from Ken.
I can tell you that VS did not have availability for my timeframe and Ken did so we went with Ken. I think you should absolutely try VS as well as Farrell's and see if they have better luck.

All of them got back to me with quotes quickly and I learned from this board that I needed to make that reservation right away, so we booked as soon as we confirmed our days off from work.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:09 AM   #1092
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is there a crockpot in the 2 bdr kitchen?
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:22 AM   #1093
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is there a crockpot in the 2 bdr kitchen?
I have never seen a crockpot
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:04 AM   #1094
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We are returning to Orlando after a stay 2 years ago at Beach Club. Although it was really nice, and we are booked to go there again, currently, we want to spend our hard earned money a little more wisely. I LOVED what WBC had to offer, (more room, great pools, etc) so I inquired with Ken at Vacation Upgrades.
Needless to say, he quoted me a price, but I took 10 days to get back to him (family issues) and now there are no 2 bedrooms available for our dates.
We are going the middle of June.
My question is this: is it likely there will be a cancellation for our dates, and should hold out for this? (Ken nicely replied he would look out for a cancellation)
Or, should I go through another outlet for renting WBC? Ebay, Vacation Strategies, etc?
Should I give up and go with another resort, Westgate Lakes, Sheraton Vistana, Hilton Sea World?
I did try a couple of places, but no luck.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Definitely try VS. I tried VU first, and they had no availability. I tried VS, and they had several options for me.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:02 AM   #1095
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Does anyone know what tower the 1 bedroom presidentials are in? We've only stayed in 2 bedrooms up until this year so I'm not familiar.
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