I don't think your points value will be devalued, maybe diving into the weeds too much? For example, for studios you can find a room for under 10 or over 30 points a night. There will always be something at some point you can reserve. If you've waited this long and you sound knowledgeable and love disney and will vacay at least once a year, its time to take the plunge and welcome you home!My husband and I have been crunching the numbers and saving up for months and we're finally ready to jump in and buy our first contract! But, with some research on this site, we came across the thread about points discrepancies for the 2022 chart and how they had added points without taking them from others (I believe it was a 0.22% increase across all WDW resorts). We were told that our points would never be devalued and that points changes had to even out somewhere else, but after reading through that thread, it doesn't appear to be that way at all. And now, we're extremely worried about the future of our DVC purchase if our points end up being devalued over the life of the contract.
For current members, knowing about this mess (and thinking back to a few years ago when they tried to screw owners over in a similar way but were called out on it), would you still recommend buying DVC now?
WELL WRITTEN and I nodded at every sentence, I considered selling my SSR 2012 contract to make money when my kids hit HS and didn't even want to goto WDW when I proposed it, but a few years later they said, you're not going to sell it right, we want to go again and than I added an AUL 2019 contract as i envision 1 day traveling with grand children and leaving the DVC contracts to the kids as part of my disney legacy fandom to them <3We have been owners for almost six years now.
What is so hard to answer about this question, or at least I believe is that we all change, our families change, we get older, the product evolves, a pandemic hits, etc.
I can't believe my daughter's first trip to Disney was when she was still free and how many times we have been back as she enters middle school. I can't trade those memories of her in an Elsa dress or making sure we see Goofy....every day. DVC was a huge part of making that happen. We paid cash for BLT our first trip. Sadly, we could have purchased a smallish contract for that same price.
We have stayed in HHI, Grand Californian and our most favorite trip was to Aulani. DVC made that possible.
Even if I take the discounted rack rate for all our trips, we have already paid for it in just about 5 years. I know that takes longer now with rising prices (we averaged about $125 a point). You will hear many say they wish they bought earlier or more points earlier - because prices rise and if you are still coming to Disney with any frequency, the more value you get from DVC.
As as you have seen OPs, we all go "not at these prices" since we paid far less. I keep looking at contracts kicking myself I didn't buy when it was $50-75 a point cheaper and we could have already been using them! I bet even 5 years from now the same discussion and the same grousing about pricing will occur.
Our vacation plans certainly have changed as we have started to visit more places than Disney. I see us using more points for larger spaces as our daughter gets older and wants her own space or brings a friend. DVC makes that possible for us. We can scale back our points since we have three contracts later in life or as life changes. Hopefully, values will still remain but we have gotten our monies and memories worth. If we sell for more than we purchased it is a windfall and unexpected. Am I thrilled with all the changes, of course not but that has not impacted the value and memories we have received.
Plus...life is short and as we have seen last year, nothing is guranteed.
Are you buying all your add on contracts at the same home resort?yes I ran out of 2021 points (March use year) and booked two nights cash at AKL value studio and if’s costing me $1,000. I actually added on a second contract yesterday. I couldn’t afford to come as frequently and stay deluxe without DVC