I was doing some looking, depending on the number of points you want and where you want to buy, depending on incentives, buying direct may be about the same price as buying a resale. You could also buy a small contract direct, just enough to get the blue card and then buy resale.I see what your saying. Me personally, I’d look at it as an option but I know the rest of the family won’t. It’s been a battle to get them to look at resale DVC over direct but I have won’t then round on that.
Do you need the blue card to be able to get a Tables in Wonderland card or is that open to everyone? That would take the sting out food especially if dinning plan isn’t returning anytime soon.
I agree on the Dues but I think that I can really soften outlay with yearly cashback and deals I get from just doing my regular shopping. AKL dues I’m looking at around $1600 but I know I can get over $400 off that total just from my regular shopping
I have booked the value at AKL at 7 months, but I do agree you should never bank on getting the cheapest rooms when determining the number of points. The DVC site actually has a handy calculator that will ask a few questions and help you figure out how many points you should start off with and I say start off with because you will likely add additional points down the road.1. The only value rooms are at Jambo House at AKL. Ownership at AKL gives you home priority at both Jambo and Kidani. Value rooms get booked right on the dot at the 11 month window; in fact many people will “walk” those rooms. You absolutely must own at AKLto have any chance at all of booking them.
When calculating how many points you need, you should never bank on getting the cheapest type of studio at any resort. Get enough so you can book the next type up.
This is absolutely true, we bought into Grand Californian 10 years ago, we were some of the last to buy and today we could literally sell them for three times what we paid for them. We bought 206 points at the time and if I could go back in time, I would probably double that number if we could. We are considering adding on now, not sure which resort, so it would have been good to do then, as Grand Californian is a unique resort to own at. We have traded reservations with other members 11 months out so we can get the resort we want and they could get Grand Californian, basically meaning we could book at 11 months for all resorts if we put enough effort into it. Honestly though, we have come to like the idea of booking where something is available at 7 months out (or less), it encourages us to try new resorts.If I may add my two cents...
You are a newlywed, you may need more room (more points) someday
It’s cheaper to buy them now than 5 or 10 years from now.
I was doing some looking, depending on the number of points you want and where you want to buy, depending on incentives, buying direct may be about the same price as buying a resale. You could also buy a small contract direct, just enough to get the blue card and then buy resale.
Yes, it varies by resort but usually 100 for the older resorts. Very occasionally they have gone down to 50.Don’t think Disney are likely to sell me a small contract for AKL though are they. Isn’t the minimum also 75 or 100 points, which is still quite a premium.
Points only need to be available at the time of the actual stay.Right, may not be buying straight away buy Husband has given me the 'Go Ahead' to look at purchasing.
We are thinking of maybe buying and going in August 2022.
If we were to get a contract with say 200 points for 2022 available in the February, can I still book at the 11 month mark of September 2021 because they know at the time of travel, the points will be available and also be able to borrow some from 2023? Or have they all got to be available at the time of booking?
If I book September 2021, will it allow me to borrow points from 2023 for a 2022 trip?
Does that make sense?
Points only need to be available at the time of the actual stay.
So yes, you can book at the 11 month mark. If you want to be able to book in September you need to bear in mind that closing on a resale contract can take between 60 & 90 days from the closing date to getting points in your account. So don’t leave it too late to buy.
Now a question for you - do you know about Use Years? Because points don’t work on a calendar year.
For example I have a December Use Year so August 2022 would fall in the 2021 use year. That means I could use current 2021 points, banked 2020 points and borrowed 2022 points for an August vacation.
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