- Feb 27, 2012
I tried to DM you but it would not allow me to start a conversation. So I will answer here.
I found both renters on another forum for dvc owners. You are lucky that you personally know the dvc owner. The first time I paid 50% at time of booking and the balance 45 days prior to check in. This time I paid the entire balance upfront. Both times I requested and received excellent references. In most dvc transactions I've heard about, owners will not refund due to cancellation unless they can either re-rent the reservation or can put the points back in their account. Per the most recent transaction I did:
"Please keep in mind that this is a non-refundable transaction – I can make changes if doable, but I cannot cancel for a refund. I can however, try to rent for you if you do have a change of plan of which I have done before for previous customers. I want to make sure all is clear and satisfactory before I go ahead and make the reservation for you."
Since you know the owner personally they may have more flexibility with cancellations. The only way we would have cancelled was if there was a true family emergency. In that case the loss of money wouldn't really cross my mind probably.
Hope this answers your questions
Thank you both for your replies! I am happy to know that we will probably have a better chance of getting a 2BR during F&W if we rent points. Since I know the owner, I will make sure that everything about payments and a possible cancellation situation is agreed upon well ahead of the time when she will make the call. (November of this year) I just don't know whether to ask her if we should write all of this down. Otherwise, I am very excited about doing it this way, both for the savings and the increased chance of getting the 2BR. Thanks again!We have rented points many times staying at BCV. The last 3 years we've rented a 2-bedroom villa at BCV during October/F&W Festival. FWIW... We do know the person we rent from and he allows us to make 4 monthly payments with the first one due when the reservation is made. When reserving the 2-bedroom villa during food and wine festival we have booked anywhere from 7-11 months out.
This is such a wonderful thread!!
Dee- I don't know how you keep up with it all. There is so much activity! Kudos to you.