When is the best (cheapest) time to buy DVC points - many months in advance or at the last minute?
Umm, buying DVC points is a 40-50 year commitment, not a one time deal. The points cost is the points cost, there is no cheaper or more expensive time to buy points. Perhaps you are thinking of something else other than buying into DVC? I mean, you do know that it is a timeshare program where you are guying a real estate interest in a particular Disney DVC resort, don't you?When is the best (cheapest) time to buy DVC points - many months in advance or at the last minute?
OK, you don't actually "buy" DVC points for that. You rent them either from a person or a business like Dave's. DVC resorts typically fill up sometimes months in advance depending on the time of year. Most of us make our reservations at 11 months out. If you are looking to rent DVC points for a stay, you really need to look at doing that at least 7 months out. Any less, and you may get into Saratoga Springs or Old Key West, and maybe Animal Kingdom Lodge. The closer you get to a date, the less that will be available.Sorry I mean DVC points on the resale market for one-off stays.
I assume you mean renting. If you rent too early you might pay a premium (outside of 7 months) but at the same time, if you want a harder to get location you may not have anything if you wait too long. Sometimes there are distressed points - ones that need to be rented right away but again you are stuck with whatever is available.Sorry I mean DVC points on the resale market for one-off stays.
One of the other problems with renting directly from a person, is they may not want to rent the number of points you want. If somebody has 200 points to rent out, and what you want to book only uses 150 points, they may not want to do it. It leaves them with an exra 50 points, which is a difficult amount to rent out.Some owner sites like www.mouseowners.com have rent/trade boards where you can directly rent from members - sometimes it is a bit cheaper than the broker sites, but you have to take a bigger "risk" with doing it direct. However, you can find already booked reservations at hard to get resorts/times there that the owners made for the purpose to rent. I just recommend reading the rules about the rent/trade boards there before posting.