Since trading out thru II, now RCI seems to be SUCH a horrible drawn out thing with spotty quality resorts I was just wondering if it's worth the extra points to book thru some of these other options?? Is it as difficult to get what you want if you book fairly early?? Just curious. Say if we decided that we wanted to book a ski vacation to Keystone, CO at 9 or 10 months out. Anybody know what the odds are of getting that? The points required for a studio are the same for a weekend as a weekday although they do list a spread which I don't understand. (EX: it lists a spread of 25-31 points for a studio in "peak" season and a spread of 25-59 points for a one-bedroom. How is that figured? Luck of the draw? Earlier bookings?) The last planning guide really doesn't give a lot of details about the properties (i.e. does a studio at Club Intrawest Zihuatanejo sleep 2, 3 or 4)? How about the 1 bedroom in Gavorrano, Italy? How many can sleep in that? What's the best way to research these resorts and plan a trip thru one of these venues? The fine print says "resorts may require minimum stays and may impose blockout dates". OK, well, so why don't they PUBLISH this information (resort specific) in the planners? Wouldn't that save a ton of phone calls and frustration? Do I need to call MS and go thru each option one by one to find out specifics like blackout dates, unit sleeping sizes and point spreads and write it in my planner? I could be on the phone for hours! But in the end, would it be less stressful and more of a success than trying to go thru RCI for something if I wanted to go somewhere besides WDW and not have to play the waiting game to see if I get what I want???? One other thing...since it says these things can be booked 11 months out....but they only provide points for 1 year at a time, like if I wanted to go somewhere in March of 2010 and I call in April of 2009 do they base it on the 2009 information????