Success at 7 months

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  1. jamiecarr@dvcstore

    jamiecarr@dvcstore Earning My Ears

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    This is the best statement I have seen about availability and using the DVC membership to it's fullest. I tell people all the time, that what you put into the membership, is what you get out. If you are flexible, use waitlists, try at exactly 7 months, etc. that you will get the most out of your membership and will be happy with how it works out. Congrats on your reservations, thanks for sharing and have a great trip!
     
  2. Mousewerks

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    I may be attempting this, we'll see.
     
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  4. disland7

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    I know there are threads giving advice for success at 7 month window but I can’t find them right now. Anyone know what they are called (or want to give the advice again: what time? Have it already loaded up and just click the button at the time it opens? Etc)
     
  5. js

    js Been around since before the disboards 90s crash

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    I booked 8 nights, September 6-14 at GFVs standard studio at 7 months.

    However, I booked about 5 of those nights first and then had one night from a WL come through and then stalked the RAT. This took about 2 weeks to accomplish. I could have booked LV studio and 1-2 bedroom (I have the points), but it is my mom and I going and we don't use the extra space and I really love the monorail view and hope to get it again
    when I request my location. I was fairly confident I would get the days since it is 7 months away.

    I could have gotten any monorail resort at 7 months. I didnt look at other resorts but guessing they should have also been available. However, this is the first year that I had to stalk and piece together a monorail resort for the week after Labor Day at 7 mo ths.

    I also stalked the RAT in January during Marathon Weekend for a trip planned about 3 months prior and got 8 nights LV studio at BLT but I had to stalk about 4 of the 8 nights. That took me about 1 1/2 months although it seemed like a lifetime since I stalked EVERY.SINGLE.MINUTE that I was available to do so.
     
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  6. crisi

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    I would state this very differently - know yourself. We are happy booking 11 months out at home and staying there - or if we want something else - choosing an easy to get option (Hilton Head in February is darn easy to get)...but I am not happy waitlisting or being flexible about what I'm booking. I'm certainly getting the most out of my membership for me - and being flexible would NOT be getting the most out of my membership for me. If you want to stay at different places - you will need to be flexible - and the more flexible - in resort, time of year, room size, ability to move during your stay, the willingness to stalk the RAT - the more likely it is to work for you. If you are able to book eleven months out and want a specific resort - you should buy there. The problems lie in the in between spaces - people who don't understand that flexible might mean moving two times because the waitlist didn't come through, and effective waitlisting involves stalking - which means time - if you are working full time without internet access, you could lose out to someone who can hit the DVC site four times a day looking for a room let loose. It means understanding that you might not get your first choice - or your second - in resort or room size or time of year.

    There is another piece to this puzzle - if you already own, you do what works for you - you want to cruise with your points, you want to stay at a resort that wasn't even open when you bought - go for it - your costs are sunk and get the most out of your membership for you. If you don't own now and are planning for the future, things will change - both with DVC and with your life - advice that works today might not work in five years - you need to be aware of that to make a sensible purchasing decision.
     
  7. cmwade77

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    On our last trip, everything but our first two days was available at BWV at 7 months out, I simply refused to do a split stay because we have always found them a pain in the past, I an thinking with online check in, which we experienced for the first time this last trip, it may not be such as issue now.
     
  8. zavandor

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    With my greatest surprise my waitlist came through, so for my next stay I've accomplished the DVC Value Trifecta: 4 nights at BLT standard, 4 nights at AKV Value and 4 nights at BWV standard, all booked at 7 months: BLT with a fast finger right at 7 months, the other two via waitlist.
    I guess who has cancelled the AKV value reservation has been scared about the idea of being within 100 miles from the DHS two weeks after the opening of Galaxy Edge. I know because I'm scared too, but flights have been booked, so there is no turning point for me.
     
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  10. LRdismom

    LRdismom Earning My Ears

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    I just scored 9 nights in a Copper Creek studio in October 7 months out by stalking continuously and grabbing days here and there. I drove myself a little batty, but my hard work paid off. I originally had 7 nights book at Poly but wanted to try something new and for fewer points. In this case, I definitely think a waitlist would have never worked and stalking was my only option.
     
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  11. js

    js Been around since before the disboards 90s crash

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    Great news! Stalking has worked for me. I stalked 8 nights at BLT LV Studio over Marathon Weekend in January, which was a trip we planned end of September.
    I stalked SO much, I was having dreams (YES really!) about stalking. It took about two months of constant stalking and while it was a PITA it was still
    a little thrilling LOL I believe, too, your (or my January trip) WL would never have come through for all the nights even moresoe when you are looking for more than
    a week.

    My GFVs 8 night September trip had to be stalked but that only took me about 2 weeks.

    Enjoy!
     
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  12. LRdismom

    LRdismom Earning My Ears

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    Agreed 100%! I think the saying "where there's a will, there's a way" completely applies. Enjoy your trip as well!
     
  13. Katie L

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    So the system doesn't auto-jump to waitlist? I assume by stalking you mean constantly F5-ing (refresh) the RAT? We are at the beginning of the buying process so want to understand everything. That's my control-freak nature.
     
  14. LRdismom

    LRdismom Earning My Ears

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    I kept refreshing (several times a day) and reserved whatever consecutive nights I could find at once. I would “modify” my vacation and if there were any additional nights available, I just added them to my existing reservation. Eventually I got all of the dates I wanted. I wanted a studio, which is much harder to get at the 7 month mark, but if you’re more flexible, it’s a little easier to score bigger rooms. It’s also easier to book a split stay, but I wanted one continuous reservation.
     
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  15. Katie L

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    Did you have a stay booked at your home? Or no?
     
  16. js

    js Been around since before the disboards 90s crash

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    I'm not the OP but I have successfully stalked both for January and September for 8 nights. I do not like (but never have done) split stays.
    For the January Marathon week trip, I had booked my home resort of SSR, but when I saw some BLT nights available, I modified my
    stay and had a split stay with SSR and BLT but I was very intent on getting BLT and stalked with auto-refresh.
    For September, I did not book SSR first since I knew I could get that in any category I wanted for the week after Labor Day.

    I can also tell you even though I had WLs set up, the days first appeared on the RAT, not went to my (or anyone else's) WL.
     
  17. LRdismom

    LRdismom Earning My Ears

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    I did the same as above. I kept my original reservation and gradually reduced the amount of nights as I increased the nights in my new reservation.
     
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  18. KPeterso

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    Congrats on your stay! I got 13 nights at Boardwalk Villas (garden view) at the 7 month mark. Just booked the first 7 nights and then kept adding each day until I got my full dates. I had 0 issues getting it. I got it last year during September too, but had to waitlist the last night (came through in a week) and then the first night when I got airfare and was coming in a day sooner(came through in about 3 weeks as I recall). I wish I owned there, but the shorter contract end date does not work for me.

    I also had AKV Kidani standard view just last week that I booked at 7 months (I own there, but had a lot of banked points from SSR that I wanted to use for that stay).
     

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