Ever plan your points usage for the year & ruin it by a last minute trip?

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by SleepyatDVC, Feb 15, 2002.

  1. SleepyatDVC

    SleepyatDVC DIS Veteran

    Jul 8, 2001
    Anyone else plan their point usage carefully and then throw it all out the window with last minute trips?

    We have a long trip planned in September. Didn't want to bank any points into next year since we were thinking of skipping 2003 and going 2004 for DD 5th birthday.

    So, I planned carefully, using up all my points left from 12/2001 for our 9/02 trip for 13 nights in a 1 bdrm at BWV. I was then planning to bank my 12/2002 points and do a big trip in 2004. I thought I had everything figured out. :rolleyes:

    That is until my Aunt Mamie, a fellow DVCer with 8 kids :eek: , called me last week to "borrow" some points for a last minute trip with her 2 boys and her 14 yr old nephew (my cousin) to the BC. (they are down there this week) MS wouldn't let her do it 'cause she has a April use year and she is trying to make resort reservation less than 60 before her use year. So, I borrowed 12/02 points for her trip.

    She will just "reimburse" me the points when she gets her annual allotment of 640. She'll just make the reservation for me when I need it.

    Anyway, as we were talking and arranging her current trip, we decided to make another last minute trip to WDW together in March! I would take my 3 year old DD and leave my 10 month old with my dh and my Mom. Mamie would bring 4 of her girls (13,11,5,4). The older girls would help with the younger ones - a girls trip down to the World! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    We will again be using my points so she doesn't have to borrow from her 4/02 points into March. I cancelled 2 weekend nights in my 9/02 trip (will drive to Miami for the weekend instead) and will be borrowing from my 12/02 points for this trip.

    I managed to get a 2 bedroom at VWL for 2 consecutive nights at the last minute (3/4 & 3/5), am wait listed for the next 2 nights with a back up 2 bedrm at OKW. If the wait list doesn't come through, we will cancel the OKW and get 2 savannah view rooms at AKL for 2 nights. Yes, more points - but with little ones we wanted to be closer to MK & AK.

    So, after carefully planning out my points usage for the next 2 years, I now have absolutely no idea what my points balance is right now!!! :confused: I think that if the VWL wait list falls through and I have to finalize my 3/4 - 3/8 trip with AKL reservations, I'll have close to zero points for next year!!

    After this trip, I'll have to sit down and re-figure out how to use my points in the coming 2 years. Mamie will probably have to make some of my reservations for our 1/2004 trip - in fact she'll probably come too!

    With my now 3 year old DD asking me literally 5 times a day when we are going to DW, I have a feeling I'll be planning some more lst minute trips next year with Aunt Mamie!! No way DD will last 16 months between trips!! :p (At least I may not last her nagging!!)

    Hmmm...maybe I can look into an add-on at BCV while down there in March! :D Does dh have to be there too? :smooth:

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