Hi there. I am looking for some advice. I just bought a DVC membership, 280 points at Aulani and closed June 22. When talking to my guide, he told me about one of the great selling points which was the ability to use my points at places other than the DVC properties. I looked at doing some banking of 2011 points (my wife is pregnant so we are not planning trips this year) and specifically was looking at using my banked points and 2012 points for a cruise in December 2012. I just got the 2012 point charts and WOW! They are markedly different than 2011, not only for the specific dates making up each "season" but also the number of points needed for a given category in the same season. The children especially are almost 50% higher in points needed than in 2011. Is this typical? I then checked other Disney properties (not DVC properties) and they were all increased as well, though not as much. At this rate I am worried my 280 points will be useless anywhere but a DVC property in another few years. For those who have been members awhile, please share your experience because I haven't even used a point and I am already disenchanted with the entire thing!