What to expect - Availability at 7 months (or less)

Discussion in 'Purchasing DVC' started by EllieBride, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Deb & Bill

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    Points are low. Holiday decorations are up. Annual member meeting is occuring. Lots of members like to go then.
     
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  3. crisi

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    Additionally, a lot of DVC members are "established" - by which I mean that their kids have left the nest. They aren't at the mercy of school schedules - usually have lots of vacation or might even be retired or semi retired. So to go to WDW in early December, when the Christmas decorations are up, the weather is lovely, and the points are low and airfare is cheap makes a lot of sense.
     
  4. EllieBride

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    Hello again,

    Thanks to all who replied to my follow-up question - I truly appreciate the experiences you have shared. The different perspectives will be very helpful to me as I attempt to make a decision. Although I feel like I'm back to the drawing board, hat's all right. Better to figure this out now before commiting to a major prchase.
     
  5. disbound09

    disbound09 Mouseketeer DVC Gold

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    Not meaning to hijack your thread but just a quick question are 2 bedroom units easier or harder to get within the 7 month window? What is the order in which room types book up first.
     
  6. disneynutz

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    I would think that 2 bedrooms would be available but you need to remember that you need a 1 bedroom and a studio to make a 2 bedroom lock off unless the resort has dedicated 2 bedroom units. All resorts other than OKW have dedicated 2 bedroom units.

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  7. LisaS

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    BWV does not have dedicated 2BRs, only lockoffs. Jambo House at AKV has only lockoffs but Kidani has dedicated 2BRs.
     
  8. Deb & Bill

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    OKW has dedicated two bedroom villas. BWV and AKV-Jambo House have none.
     
  9. disbound09

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    So 2 bedroom are more readily available where they are dedicated? We are a family of 5 so 2 bedroom is the only way we travel and make it enjoyable. I was wondering since they are more $$$ are they more likely to be available in 7 month window than others. Or is it that there are so few per resort that they are not as available.:confused3
     
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    That's what my brain meant to type but the connection between my head and my fingers got screwed up! :goodvibes

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  11. staceymay00

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    I have no idea if dedicated 2BRs are more or less available than other units, but I once booked a dedicated 2BR for a week (including Christmas Eve and day) at OKW at 8 months out. I don't know what else was available, but OKW is a large resort and demand is not as high as some of the other resorts. I more recently booked a few nights in a 2BR dedicated standard view at AKV Kidani right at seven months during spring break season.

    I think it is possible there is less demand for 2BRs due to the points required. Also, with the 2BR lock offs, only one part needs to be book to make it unavailable as a 2BR. I have never tracked availability to have a feel for which units go first.

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  12. Missyrose

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    Studios tend to book first, then 2 bedrooms, then 1 bedrooms.

    The problem you run into is dedicated 2 bedrooms tend to get snatched up during the home-resort booking window, which leaves just the lockoffs. If all the studios are booked when you go to book your 2 bedroom, it will show as unavailable because only 1 bedrooms are left.
     
  13. crisi

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    No, dedicateds are a booking category and are more popular than lockoffs.

    So at eleven months everything is open.

    Studios book first - first they book the stand alone studios
    Dedicated two bedrooms book second
    What is left is one bedrooms and lock off two bedrooms which could be booked as a studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom. But once any of those configurations is gone, that leaves one (or no) configurations left.
     
  14. lovin'fl

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    We booked a July 4th vacation with SIL (for 2008)...we were getting a 1BR and she was getting a 2BR...we waited until about 6 months out. We wanted BCV and SIL could get the 2BR, but we could not get a 1BR...we even were considering a split stay and no 1BRs were available for either 1/2 of our 9 night stay. We did get BWV (the last 1BR for 1/2 the stay) and VWL for the other half. And since Dec 2011, we have been booking 2BRs and have gotten what we wanted each time (including a summer trip to VB and a recent trip to BCV). I always assumed that 2BRs were the easiest to get at 7 months.
     
  15. disbound09

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    Is this the same for SSR which is the largest? Or are they available a little longer? We got a great deal at SSR and purchased 320 there. After learning (reading, reading, reading) a lot more I can say I wish we broke it up into smaller Points at 2 or maybe 3 other resorts. I had thought you could divide and resale smaller like you do with real property. Mistake..............But live and learn. :confused3 Slowly getting the overall picture. :banana:
     
  16. LisaS

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    It happens to many of us at one time or another! :surfweb:
     

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