The we loooooove Bonnet Creek thread Part 3

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  1. Arkum

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    Keep searching. That seems high. We only paid $89/night for low season. Not sure if its cheaper by the week though, as we were staying for 7 nights.
     
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  3. pigletto

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    We're paying 120 a night for a 2 bdrm deluxe for the last week of August. Our dates go into Labor Day weekend. I'm not sure if that's high to be honest. 120 a night was the same quote for the same week last year as well so I was ok with it. I've seen people get lower but it seems to be at less popular times of year.
     
  4. Cynt

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    I recommend checking ebay. I found ebay to be cheaper. Most of the people will check your specific dates if you don't see them posted. Just send them a message.
     
  5. skateshome

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    Just.a quick post to see my time banner at 5 days and counting.
    :banana::banana::banana:

    Edit - should be 5 days. Moved it back a couple. 2nd time at WBC. Can't wait!!!
     
  6. aubriee

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    Looks like we'll be there about the same time. We are eight days out!:cool1: It will be our first time at BC. I'm a little nervous though, because we booked through VS. I've emailed them twice in the last two weeks and can't get them to email me back. I just want to know I have a place to stay when we get down there. I called Bonnet Creek yesterday and they don't have us in the system.:scared:
     
  7. cruisinpan567

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    What site did you use? I got a price of $836 for that same week from vacation strategy. Saturday to Saturday. Thanks
     
  8. pigletto

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    We were quoted $839.00 for the same dates, and then we added a night which brought the total to $1008. It jumped quite a bit for the final night. I didn't ask why but assumed it had to do with the holiday weekend.
     
  9. Janet Hill

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    You probably coould to do better, but there are reasons why your average nightly rate is higher than what others are stating they got.

    Many owners pass on the cost of the guest cert when the reservation is < than 7 nights.
    Half of your reservation is at the higher weekend rate (which is ~1.6 to 1.7 times higher than Sun - Thur).

    Also January is still high demand time (less than prime but higher than value).
     
  10. chekhovgirl

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    I'm sure everything will be fine, but did you try calling? I've gotten someone on the phone right away every time.

     
  11. keywestbride

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    I had better luck calling VS too. DH called BC directly a couple of days ago, and we were in the system already.
     
  12. DCTooTall

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    Janet Hill mentioned part of the reason for the costs jumps.... But in this case there could be other factors involved.

    ALL Bonnet Creek reservations are at a max of 7 nights. If you want a time of more than that, it requires multiple reservations. (7 night and 1 night.... or 6 nights and a 2night, etc).

    Wyndham charges owners a set amount of "Housekeeping" points per reservation. Without getting into details on how they work, Think of them as an alotment of points to use to pay the costs of turning over the room at the end of your stay which are based upon how many points you own and the number of potential full weeks you can use with those points. Because housekeeping points are charged at a set amount no matter how long the individual reservation is, it becomes less effecient (and potentially results in more out-of-pocket expense at the time of the reservation being made if you don't have enough left over) when you are making shorter length reservations.

    Wyndham also requires all non-owners who are staying on points to have a Guest Certificate assigned to the reservation. This is how an owner can put the reservation made with their points into another person's name. Owners get a couple for free (like 1 or 2, so an "average" owner could send their kids/parents/friends on a vacation using their points free of charge), and certain ownership levels get some more included in their VIP level privledges (I think the highest level gets unlimited free Guest Certificates....for now. I'd be surprised if that stays that way forever though). For all over reservations which the owner doesn't have an extra "free" Guest Certificate, Wyndham charges a fee in the range of $130. this is a flat fee for a Guest Certificate which an Owner may need to cover before they even get into the "cost-per-point/night" calculation. As a result, the longer the stay...up to the 7 day max reservation length, the smaller the per-night hit of this fee. If your reservations goes over 7 nights and requires a second reservation, then that would be another guest certificate, and $130 fee, that would need to be purchased and covered.


    And the night of that extra day could be a major factor too. As Janet mentioned, weekends cost more points than weekdays.
     
  13. aubriee

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    OK, I am officially nervous now. Since VS won't return my emails, I called Bonnet Creek again. The lady was able to verify I was in the system, but just for May 10th-17th. I booked ten nights May 10th-20th through Vacation Strategy, not seven nights. I thought maybe since it was a ten night reservation instead of a week, that maybe they pieced it together using more than one owner's days. She put me on hold and said she would get someone and they'd try to figure it out. She finally came back on the line to say no, that they had me down for only seven nights, not the ten I booked.:eek: She recommended that I call Vacation Strategy ASAP. I called them and at first the guy just said not to worry and just show up and he was sure it'd be fine. He then proceeded to say the biggest mistake people make is calling BC directly to try to verify they are in the system and the way people's reservations get messed up is when they try to verify them or try to give the front desk people the receipts we have from where we paid our reservations with VS. He said to just show up with ID, nothing else, and I'd be fine. When I asked why the BC system had me checking out on May 17th, instead of the 20th, he didn't have an answer, but just continued to say it'd be OK and for me not to worry about it.:headache: What the heck! Am I going to get down there next week and only have a reservation for seven nights, instead of the ten I booked? The guy at VS said he can see I booked ten nights, but the lady at BC insists I'm in their system for only seven nights and the last three nights are no where to be found in my name, either linked to it or under a seperate reservation either.
     
  14. chekhovgirl

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    Well, it's weird that you can't find those three days, but I do know that it has to be booked as a separate reservation. I'd be interested to see what happens because right now we're booked for ten days, too.
     
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    Honestly, I'm thinking it's nothing.


    The longest single reservation that the Wyndham system will handle is 7 nights (1 week). the longer stays are done via multiple back-to-back reservations. the resort just ties them together so you don't have to switch rooms.


    ALSO.... until sometime around the 2 week mark of the reservation, your reservation will not be in the local resorts system. Prior to the 2 week mark, it's still contained almost exclusively in the bigger Wyndham system. When you call to confirm your reservation, all the local resort can see it's what's been pushed from the national system which contains all the resorts in the wyndham system, into their local system which just contains the reservations for just that resort.


    SOOOO.... With the first reservation for your 10 night stay starting on 5/10 being in the system, It's perfectly normal that a reservation starting on 5/17 for 3 days, and more than 14days from today, has yet to be pushed into the local system.
     
  16. Mommytwotwins

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    I think you will be fine. When I went to pick up my parking pass they had my dates different too but since I was staying over the 7 nights if was more than 1 ressie and she fixed it without a problem.
     
  17. Teacher03

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    I think it will be fine. When we received our confirmation in the mail last year, it only showed 5 days and not the 7 we booked.....called VS, they said not to worry, so I called BC....we were only in the system for 5 days but they explained that we may just have to wait for the second confirmation because they might have had to split our stay. I was nervous like you, but when we got there, all was good. I found out about VS from the Disboards like so many others, and if people got there and found out they didn't have a place to stay, it would be posted all over this board. So try not to worry, although I know it is hard.
     
  18. infopurposesonly

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    My family is checking in at WBC in a couple of days. We've booked four units through Vacation Strategy. When I made the reservations. Jeff told me to call a couple of days beforehand and he would then call WBC and request that we get four units near each other. So, I called this afternoon, and someone other than Jeff told me I had to call WBC myself, 24 hours in advance, and make the request. He was less than helpful, very insistent that Jeff would have just transferred me to WBC. My understanding is that WBC is no longer accepting requests from anyone but owners. Either way, I'm not happy with the level of customer service I've been getting when I call Vacation Strategy. No matter who I speak with, they seem annoyed and rushed.
     
  19. AliceandAriel

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    Hey all!

    I noticed the first post in the thread didn't seem to have an updated post with the current shuttle schedule to/from Disney. Can anyone who's recently been at BC post the shuttle schedule sheet from their trip in the last couple of weeks?
     
  20. FairyCC

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    HI :goodvibes we just booked a week at the end of Sept... it will be our first time at BC!! YAY! We are looking forward to it. We got a 2Br... can anyone suggest if we should add a request for a specific floor or bldg location? We will have our DS who will be 22 mons with us and most nights we will be in the room so he can be in bed by 7:30.... (we are planning one firework night) Anyway, any tips if we should make a room request would be helpful. We will likely also be spending loads of pool time, so a long hike to a pool wouldn't be too fun. Any advice appreicated! Sept can't get here fast enough!! :banana:
     
  21. keywestbride

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    I didn't know about them no longer taking requests over the phone, so we called and were told just that.
     
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