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Articcle: Why I purchased DVC direct AND resale

Discussion in 'Disney Vacation Club - DVC' started by TravelTime, May 10, 2019.

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  1. TravelTime

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    https://dvcfan.com/2019/05/10/why-i...mail&utm_term=0_01606ee371-f97bff00de-9552973

    This writer talks about his strategy and rationale as to why he purchased a combination of direct and resale points. I also own a combination for the reasons he mentioned.

    Ironically, I have had 2 resale contracts with foreign sellers. One was for Marriott DPs and the other was for Grand Floridian. In both of those cases, I got a great price. The explanation given by this writer might be why.
     
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    Thank you for the article, I am also considering buying a DVC resale, and this board has been extremely useful to me. The only issue that I am still trying to learn is the "use year" it is a little confusing for me right now.
    I am a Marriott owner, and I would like to add couple of days at Aulani so I can add it to my vacation when I go to the Marriott at KoOlina.
     
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    The value of DVC doesn't go down as much as other timeshares. It's a worthwhile purchase to get discounts for a family of four or more.

    Buying retail doesn't really keep up with inflation, as some people claim. But if you use it every year, $14,100 for 75 points at Wilderness is something I have considered myself. It's my favorite Disney resort. Second favorite is AKL. I would bet you cannot get 75 points anymore. I read somewhere that the minimum was back up to 160 points. That is a much bigger investment.
     
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    The minimum for new members is now 100 points except at Old Key West (50), Hilton Head (75), Saratoga Springs (50) and Vero Beach (75). Current members can add on as little as 25 points except at Copper Creek and Riviera, where minimum is 50. So people can still buy “just enough for a few nights in a studio” and then complain they can’t get a reservation during popular times because they’re competing against all the other small-contract owners.
     
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    I bought a 25 point okw contract from Disney two years ago for the reasons mentioned above. However, I believe the minimum Retail contracts, to get the Disney Vacation Club perks, is now 75 points.
     
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    They've been known to make lots of exceptions on the minimum's over the past few years including less than 100 at Boulder Ridge. I've seen reports recently where they have done so.
     
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    Yes, to get “blue card” benefits requires the member to maintain a minimum ownership of 75 points that were purchased directly from DVD.

    Yes, I know that. I was responding to the statement that the minimum was back up to 160 points.

    The minimum point levels for initial purchases and for add-ons, not to mention to qualify for perks & benefits, has been fluid the last few years!
     
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    Use year is about when you use your pts for stays. It has nothing to do with when you call or go online to book a stay.

    I have an Oct UY. I like to travel to wdw in Nov/Dec, so I have a good UY for me. My UY starts on Oct 1 and it's ideal to travel early in your UY. I don't like to travel to wdw in the summer. July/August/Sept stays would be very risky for someone with an Oct UY - if I had to cancel a stay in August, I would likely be past my banking window (which closes on May 31 in the calendar year after my UY begins) and I would risk losing points.

    This is a good thread to bookmark for reference:

    https://www.disboards.com/threads/understanding-use-year-updated-march-10-2019.1942668/
     
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    I bought both contracts direct and looks like I can sell them both for more than I paid.
    I've owned for a while now and Disney gave me a rebate, extra points and no closing
    costs, so I actually paid less than the asking price with the incentives.
    I like having the cruise option available even though I haven't done it yet.
    I'm sure I'll be using it at least once in the future.
     
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    Thank you for the DISboards link on UY. I will try to educate myself. It will be best to travel in the summer because of school brake. As the kid grows will be harder to pull him away from school in the low season.
    Thinking to get about 160-200 points; I do not think I will be buying direct maybe couple of years from now. I will also read on the benefits of blue card, however I have a AP at Disneyland where I get some of the discounts.
     
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    I have 315 points at 3 different resorts, but only 50 direct. I purchased before the 75 point requirement, so I still get all the bennies. I am seriously considering a small add-on to Riviera though. I expect that this will be a great place eventually and the Skyliner will make it a choice spot. Of course it depends on how that works out. I will do the tour this weekend (1 day until arrival, whee!) and talk to them about cost and such. I have seen a cost chart, but still want to discuss.
     
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    Personally, I would never buy Riviera direct because of the recent changes to the resale rules. I do expect Riviera to take more of a hit on resale value. But as long as you know the risks and want to roll the dice on it, feel free.
     
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