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Old 01-31-2013, 02:09 PM   #106
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We just booked this resort from a private owner a few weeks ago and she forwarded me an email she received just yesterday. It reads:

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Thank you for your recent reservation at Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort. As you may know, the resort provides shuttle transportation to and from Walt Disney World Resort, seven days a week for all individuals staying at the resort. Effective Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, the Bonnet Creek Resort Vacation Condominium Association, Inc. will begin implementing a $12 per unit/per day transportation fee. The fee applies to all reservations, except those made for units to be occupied by deeded owners at Bonnet Creek Resort, CLUB WYNDHAM Access owners and CLUB WYNDHAM Presidential Reserve owners.

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Richard Scinta, Resort Manager

While I was not thrilled by this, disappointed really, the more I thought about it the more I "got over it". I've maxed our budget at this point but at the same time I have 3 months to save up another $168.00 and that shouldn't be too hard. We do plan to use the shuttles in addition to the car so that may be part of it. It also helps that we got a steal to begin with. I know what else it out there and for the cost, location, amenities and SPACE I'll book there again if I can get a similar rate. It's not the "OMG what a STEAL" but it's still "Wow what a DEAL" and I'm plenty happy to get a good deal!
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:11 PM   #107
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I have no issue with the new fee. I do have issue with the way they are implementing it. The communication to owners and the fee launch day are to tight. Also, all existing reservations/renters before the communication date should not have to pay the fee since they made a decision based on the price and promised amenities at the time of reservation.
That, I'll agree with you. I STILL haven't received any official communication from the resort, and I own AND have a reservation for next October. The implimentation timeframe, lack of notice, and issues with even getting a straight answer out of people once news leaked out is disappointing.


I will say however that Wyndham doesn't have an exclusive on the lack of notice before a new fee however. I've heard stories of DVC's removal of the free Valet for owners perk and it's horrible handling. Basically, DVC changed the policy effective Midnight.... So owners who Valeted their car for free the night before woke up to discover they owed $$ to pay for the Valet parking the previous night.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:29 PM   #108
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To be fair, they don't really have to tell you. You own there; you won't be paying when you stay. And, yes, DVC didn't exactly go out of their way to let people know about the change in valet policy.

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I don't think this has anything to do with rentals at BC. Wyndham-managed properties have moved in this direction generally.

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I don't really expect to pay a surcharge if I use my Bonnet points to stay at their home resorts....
True. Just a few examples come to mind of things that other resorts provide to in-system but non-home-resort owners: the water park access at Glacier and one of the Smoky Mountain resorts, the Smuggs pass at Smuggler's Notch, etc.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:34 PM   #109
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What a bummer since we don't use the bus.

Maybe they are making you pay this fee .... at the parking pass desk cuz people were not getting parking passes and the salespeople were getting lonely.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:30 PM   #110
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I've heard stories of DVC's removal of the free Valet for owners perk and it's horrible handling. Basically, DVC changed the policy effective Midnight.... So owners who Valeted their car for free the night before woke up to discover they owed $$ to pay for the Valet parking the previous night.
DVC did not do this. Disney did. Disney went from using their employee to an outside service. Disney has a bad habit of not telling the right hand what the left hand is doing - until it is done.

DVC from day one has charged $95 per reservation for any traders (first II now RCI) mainly for the buses - but really also for the dinning, DME and some other things - it was first called a transportation fee (I think) then it was just changed to a fee. although some have say that if you get 2 weeks together in the same DVC resort - you are only charged the fee once.

sounds like WBC is per day.

might stay there again some day - but for right now still trying out the other II or RCI resorts in the area - there is a lot to pick from.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:20 AM   #111
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RCI Exchange

Will those who have already exchanged their timeshare points through RCI for WBC (which includes use of points and an exchange fee) have to pay this additional fee for an upcoming reservation?
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:16 AM   #112
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Probably. RCI generally allows resorts to make these sorts of changes, and stays out of it.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:25 AM   #113
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I STILL haven't received any official communication from the resort
Looks like they've fixed this. On the resort's home page, it states:

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Effective February 15, 2013, guests staying at Wyndham Bonnet Creek will be required to pay a transportation fee (per unit/per day) for the Walt Disney World® Resort shuttle. Please contact the resort for additional information.
RCI has added it as well, under the Urgent Information section:
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Transportation fee is 84 U.S. dollars.
A few months ago, RCI also *significantly* increased the trade power required to exchange into Bonnet. In some cases, more than similarly-sized units at DVC.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:03 PM   #114
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A few months ago, RCI also *significantly* increased the trade power required to exchange into Bonnet. In some cases, more than similarly-sized units at DVC.
I noticed it too. I'm glad I did not take your advice in possibly waiting to exchange into WBC. I made my reservations at the ten month mark (using my 2012 Wyndham points and about 8,000 of 2014 points).

With WBC becoming the go-to place for a cheap Disney vacation for non-timeshare owners, do you think that's the reason why the RCI trade power is so high? I still don't see Wyndham increasing the point value of a week's stay, so we can still use our Wyndham points. But I'm wondering, would it now be better to trade into DVC if you're using RCI? That's something to think about. I also own a week outside of Wyndham. I don't mind staying in cramped quarters....some of our RCI exchanges were pretty cramped.
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Old 02-02-2013, 02:45 PM   #115
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I don't even try to guess why trade power fluctuates in RCI. We'll never know for sure, and it is pointless to speculate.

As to the Wyndham point requirements: no they will probably not change. It is *possible* that they *could* but it is unlikely.

In the past, I would have preferred a Bonnet exchange to OKW or SSR in many cases---lower TPU and no $95 Disney extortion fee. Now that Bonnet has comparable trade power requirements and just about the same fee, I'm leaning back to any of the DVC resorts.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:11 PM   #116
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Just got this from VS

Dear Guest,​​Last week, we were notified by Mr. Richard Scinta, the Resort Manager at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek (Orlando, FL) that effective February 15th, 2013, there will be a $12 per day per villa 'transportation/shuttle fee', that will be applied to ALL NEW and EXISTING reservations, with the check in date on or after 2/15/13. This fee will apply to all reservations whether or not the guest utilizes their transportation service and regardless of which company the guest has booked through. ​​Please note, this is a new policy the resort is about to implement and was not in place at the time you made the booking. We had stated in our original quote that our price includes all taxes and fees, which was true of that time. However, with the implementation of this new Wyndham policy, that has now changed. This is a Wyndham fee that is due at the time of check-in, and is paid directly to the resort upon check. It would apply no matter who your reservation was booked through, such as Orbitz, Expedia, or even another private owner etc…​​We have contacted the resort and Wyndham corporate several times to get some clarity on this matter and there seems to be some confusion as to whether or not this fee will still go into effect. However, we feel it is best to notify our guests in advance of this possibility.​​We apologize about the inconvenience this may cause. Should you have questions or concerns about this potential fee, we have setup a special email account so that you will get a quicker response to your questions.​​mailto:fee@vacationstrategy.com ​​Let us know if you have any questions. We are here to assist you.​​Sincerely,​​Rick & Humaira Bourne​Owners Vacation Strategy, LLC
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Yes, I just got the VS email as well.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:33 PM   #118
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This should answer the vacation strategies vs vacation upgrades debate moving forward. VU standing behind their contract and reimbursing for this fee.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:38 AM   #119
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This should answer the vacation strategies vs vacation upgrades debate moving forward. VU standing behind their contract and reimbursing for this fee.
The fact that VU was $668 more than VS for 14 nights I'm still $500 to the good
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:49 AM   #120
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The fact that VU was $668 more than VS for 14 nights I'm still $500 to the good
Same here. Even with the $12.00 parking/transportation fee, Vacation Strategys is still cheaper than the quotes I got from Vacation Upgrades for me too.

I also got the email yesterday from VS. I was hoping they'd absorb the fees like VU, but still feel I got a good deal.
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