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Old 11-06-2012, 10:40 AM   #16
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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!
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #17
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So now that the tool is live:[list][*]CONFIRMED: DVC Members are not permitted to book RCI's rental weeks through the tool. (As we suspected above.)
it allowed me the option to book weeks directly though the portal.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:25 AM   #18
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it allowed me the option to book weeks directly though the portal.
RCI Exchange Weeks -- yes, it does that. The portal does not expose RCI's Rental Weeks, as discussed at length in this thread, to the DVC Member.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:44 PM   #19
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I just saw this and ran over to post...this is a great option...I would never book rci just because it seems like too much work...but now with it being an online option...I kinda think the opportunities are endless....
I agree. And it's so much fun just to look through the options and dream!
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:50 PM   #20
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In the 3 years we've owned DVC, DH hasn't been on the site even once. Guess who is browsing RCI through the DVC site?
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:45 PM   #21
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I agree. And it's so much fun just to look through the options and dream!
Looking through the options was nice but the selection that was actually available to book was quite depressing. DH wanted to take next year off from Disney so I thought I would look and after looking I think we'll just bank our points.

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Old 11-06-2012, 06:58 PM   #22
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Looking through the options was nice but the selection that was actually available to book was quite depressing. DH wanted to take next year off from Disney so I thought I would look and after looking I think we'll just bank our points.

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Most really good exchanges with RCI are booked with an ongoing search (weeks side) or exactly at 10 months out (points side). There are exceptions but related to when certain systems deposit, the units generally aren't just sitting there for you. Occasionally you may get lucky so it's worth looking. Those of us that find things online generally do so well in advance for weeks, at 10 months out for RCI points resorts, by knowing when certain systems bulk deposit and by looking several times a day at all hours. If you're willing to travel when others generally don't, you'll have a lot more choices.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:22 AM   #23
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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.
This is also the case for most of the mini-system portals, AFAIK. I know it is true for Wyndham; close-in reservations are the "normal" point values, not discounted.
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Old 11-09-2012, 12:26 PM   #24
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This is also the case for most of the mini-system portals, AFAIK. I know it is true for Wyndham; close-in reservations are the "normal" point values, not discounted.
Wow, you poor Wyndham people! The WM>RCI portal shows any exchange reservation w/in 45-days of travel costed as a "blue studio" (4000 WM credits).
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:25 PM   #25
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It's not a problem. I can use regular TPU for those. That's why a portfolio approach is useful: no one ownership is good for everything.
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:40 PM   #26
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Ah, indeed. Fair enough. :D
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:57 PM   #27
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I'm not nearly as well versed as you all are with RCI and timeshare. What I can add to this discussion, however, is that points already deposited within RCI but not booked do not show up on the link. It does show our membership # and our name, but the deposited week/points are not there. Actual booking needed to be done via phone with MS.

Hopefully, DVCers are careful with using the system! I could have easily booked and assumed the points used were the points/week previously deposited. Had I done that, I'm pretty sure it would have charged against current points.

Definitely a good tool to see what is available within a particular timeframe.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:20 PM   #28
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I'm not nearly as well versed as you all are with RCI and timeshare. What I can add to this discussion, however, is that points already deposited within RCI but not booked do not show up on the link. It does show our membership # and our name, but the deposited week/points are not there. Actual booking needed to be done via phone with MS.

Hopefully, DVCers are careful with using the system! I could have easily booked and assumed the points used were the points/week previously deposited. Had I done that, I'm pretty sure it would have charged against current points.

Definitely a good tool to see what is available within a particular timeframe.
Excellent warning! Thanks for letting us know that points deposited with RCI aren't seen in the current version of the RCI portal. Hopefully this will be updated in the future and made obvious?
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:57 AM   #29
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I'm not nearly as well versed as you all are with RCI and timeshare. What I can add to this discussion, however, is that points already deposited within RCI but not booked do not show up on the link. It does show our membership # and our name, but the deposited week/points are not there. Actual booking needed to be done via phone with MS.

Hopefully, DVCers are careful with using the system! I could have easily booked and assumed the points used were the points/week previously deposited. Had I done that, I'm pretty sure it would have charged against current points.

Definitely a good tool to see what is available within a particular timeframe.
Anyone who has a deposit with RCI through DVC really should have an ongoing search in place if at all possible. This is your best chance to get what you want.
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Hopefully this will be updated in the future and made obvious?
I would think so. As far as I know, the other mini-system portals all get this right.
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