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Old 07-20-2012, 01:44 AM   #1
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How do you figure out what is the best UY??

I've been a DVC member for a while but I still get confused when it comes to UY's. Mine is December. I am considering adding on and want to know if I should try to get the same UY or a different one and how do you figure it all out? I still get confused
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:14 AM   #2
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I think for ease of managing then the same UY means that you only have one banking window and also you can merge your points if you have different resorts but if you have different UY you have to transfer points at 7 months if you don't have enough for any given night so you could end up with odd points all the time. I think people tend to be allowed to transfer between their own accounts without penalty in general but DVC could decide to enforce their One Transfer Only rule whenever they want. The same UY means that you can have just the one account.

I was told to make sure that, since I tended to travel at the same time every year, to avoid a UY near the time of my travel as it can prove difficult if having to cancel close to travel as points can be lost. I think if your travel tends to be at anytime throughout the year then the UY is less important.

Thats my hazy understanding of UYs so maybe someone will come along with a better explanation soon!
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:58 AM   #3
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If you have two contracts with the same UY, even at different resorts, you'll have only one membership. This means that you'll have only one account and when you log in you'll find all your points.
This way it will be easy to combine points to make reservations.

If you have two different UY, you'll have two different membership, meaning that you'll have to different accounts to login into members website and make reservations, making more difficult to combine points for one reservation.
To combine points you have first to transfer them and the system have many bugs with transfered points. You'll probably not be able to see the transfered points and you'll have to call MS to make the reservation. Or you might also end with lost points and have to deal with MS for days to recover them.

Example:
You have 100 point for AKV with a December UY and 100 points for OKW with a December UY. You have only one membership.
Now you want to book one stay at BLT that will require 150 points. You can login at the 7 months window and make a reservation online.You will be able to use the 150 points and the system will ask you which points you want to use first: do you want to use 100 points from the AKV contract and 50 from OWK, or 100 from OKW and 50 from AKV? Or maybe you want to borrow points from your next UY from the OKW contract and keep all your AKV points to make a different reservation in the future?
All done online and very easy.

Instead, if you have 100 points for AKV with a December UY and 100 points for OKW with a September UY you will have two membership.
To make the same reservation you can login into with one of the membership and book all your stay from one contract borrowing points.
If you don't want to borrow, you can book the first days with one contract, then wait a few days until the 7 months window will be open for the remaining days and log in into the second account to book the remaining days. If the days are no more available (can happen) you'll be out of luck, you'll be able to create a WL.
Or some days before the booking, you'll call MS to transfer 50 points from the AKV contract to OKW one. Since the UY of the points are different, you'll log in into the OKW account and you'll see only 100 points. The 50 points are there (probably) but you'll have to call MS to make a reservation. And after calling, the CM may not find your points anyway, so he will have to call a supervisor to sort it out. It may require some time and in the meantime the rooms that were available may be booked.

As you see, having the same UY makes the whole experience much easier.

I think that if you plan to buy two big different contracts that you'll use each on their own for different bookings at the 11 months windows, it does not really matter.
But if you add on a small contract, the same UY will save you a lot of headaches.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:06 AM   #4
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I've been a DVC member for a while but I still get confused when it comes to UY's. Mine is December. I am considering adding on and want to know if I should try to get the same UY or a different one and how do you figure it all out? I still get confused
If possible your UY should be at the beginning of your 8 month vacation season. You can only bank your points during the first 8 months of your UY so if you need to cancel a vacation, you will have time to bank your points to save them.

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Old 07-20-2012, 07:02 AM   #5
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If you are up for a short tutorial, take a look at this thread -

Understanding Use Year

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Old 07-20-2012, 09:38 AM   #6
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If you have two contracts with the same UY, even at different resorts, you'll have only one membership. This means that you'll have only one account and when you log in you'll find all your points.
This way it will be easy to combine points to make reservations.

If you have two different UY, you'll have two different membership, meaning that you'll have to different accounts to login into members website and make reservations, making more difficult to combine points for one reservation.
Actually if both contracts are titled the same but have a different UY, both memberships will show up under your current online sign-in.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:42 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies!! Sometimes this can all be so confusing....or maybe I make it seem that way.

I'm thinking the same UY will be much easier.

Can I call and find out what resorts are actually available to buy at and ask for a Dec UY? I'm not interested in BLT or AKV or even Alunai. Been thinking about VGC since I'm in AZ.

Again, thanks everyone. You are all very helpful!
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