Discussion in 'DVC Member Services' started by erionm, Nov 1, 2012.
Just found this on the Member Website:
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Very interesting. Thanks for posting!
So I wonder if DVC members will be permitted to access and book RCI's rental weeks via "Extra Vacations" and "Last Call"? I just fired up the WM>RCI B2B portal and checked: yes, both EV and LC are offered through that B2B portal.
So, any guesses / bets? Will DVC's interface to RCI include access to the Rental Options?
more options and online booking? It's nearly 1998. I'm so glad DVC admin people finally found the amazing invention called the "Internet."
I am sure the DVC admin people wanted Internet access as much as anyone else, but that decision is not theirs alone to make. Disney is a huge corporation and everything has to go through channels.
What are Extra Vacations and Last Call and rental options, can you translate for us non RCI users.
'Extra Vacations' are rental weeks offered through RCI to their normal (direct) members. 'Last Call' are also rental weeks ... but offered within a few weeks of travel and, generally, at lower costs.
Sometimes the rental weeks can be picked up for as little as $199/week. More common rentals run ~$800-$1300/week. Some are higher ... but still a great a popular tool for booking an additional trip at/about the cost of Maintenance Fees.
A very nifty benefit if you can travel during off-peak seasons to places with less demand?
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 thought WM owners are actually individual RCI members, though, while DVC owners are not (only disney has a corporate membership).
i could be wrong (i hope i'm wrong) but i'd bet against access to EV/LC.
Bluegreen does but they do not restrict the resorts. I'm pretty sure Wyndham's portal is the same but can't get it up right now. I'd assume either they will restrict to the same resorts as they do with exchange or they do not allow access to the other options. Either way having direct access allows earlier options on critical days as well as the ability to play around to decide what you want and to find that hidden gem and more control.
My guess is that DVC members will NOT have access to Extra Vacations and Last Call. My reasoning is that DVC members do not have individual RCI accounts, and those rental options are benefits of the individual account.
Most other timeshare systems include either RCI or II (or both) in their maintenance fees, so each owner has an individual RCI account. In my case, with Wyndham, I have always been able to access Wyndham-to-RCI exchanges through Wyndham, but for EV and LC deals, I have to go directly to my RCI account.
For those who don't know what we're talking about, both of these benefits are discounted cash rentals at RCI resorts. In some cases, those can be very deep discounts -- one of our DIS regulars got a Feb booking at Wyndham Bonnet Creek, in a 2 BR for an entire week for less than $500 total.
The Last Call offerings are very deeply discounted rentals offered in the 60 days or so prior to arrival -- typically in the <$300 range for a week in a 1-2 bedroom.
Yes, WM members have direct membership with RCI -- but must use the WM>RCI B2B Portal when booking 'confirm first' types of exchanges against WM credits (points). I generally log in to RCI direct for other types of searches and reservations.
I too doubt that the DVC>RCI B2B portal will offer the rental weeks. On one hand, the portal can support it and does support it when interfacing with other point-system clubs ... but I'm guessing DVC's relationship will continue to prevent the feature from being surfaced to DVC members.
This is good news. More options, more control. Yay!
While this will be a convenient tool, I wouldn't get too excited about it. There is not going to be any more availability than DVC owners have now, and that's the key. To actually do well with RCI, you're still going to have to plan farther ahead than you now do with DVC -- in some cases two years ahead.
RCI will still be just a last resort to avoid losing unused points for most owners.
True to a degree. It could improve the chances of success in some situations and gives the members more control in all likelihood.
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!
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.
I agree. And it's so much fun just to look through the options and dream!
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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