If you need the points NOW and do not mind paying the premium price to get them, then direct purchase is a viable option. Going direct, the guide will probably be able to help you secure the reservation you want for this summer. That is one more plus for direct. We all value our money differently, and we all have different times that we can be more or less flexible in our planning. If direct works for you at this time, then go for it. Happy planning. Sent from my iPhone using DISBoards App please excuse any typos.