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Question about Booking over New Year

Discussion in 'Vistana Signature Experiences (formerly Starwood)' started by Robotpedlr, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. Robotpedlr

    Robotpedlr TUG Member

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    I am in the process of buying a Westin TS that will have it's SO points left for this year. If I book some days over NYE (a few days in 2018 and a few into 2019), how does that work (assuming there is some availability - I don't have a log in yet to check).

    Can I do so with my 2018 SO points since the reservation starts in 2018, or do I use some of both since it crosses over into 2019. This would be for this NYE in Scottsdale, so within 8 month window, but home resort regardless.

    Also i will (after closing) own a 2bdrm, so can I book a 1bdrm per above and deposit the Studio into II once I get my membership info?
     
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    I’ve never done this so am not certain but I believe you need the appropriate amount of SOs for each year. FYI, I just checked and WKV is unavailable but SDO has availability starting that Saturday.


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    The system will automatically pull the Staroptions out of the 2018 and 2019, as appropriate.

    It won't be a home resort reservation because it is within 8 mos. of check-in.

    All reservations made within 8 mos. of check-in are automatically Staroption reservations, even at your home resort.
    Yes, but since you are going to straddle 2 years, it's not going to come out even - you will have some leftover Staroptions in both years, in addition to the studio. This means that in both years, you will have a leftover studio, and leftover Staroptions.

    You can deposit the studios with II, but not the leftover Staroptions - those are use or lose.

    Personally, I would keep the studio and leftover Staroptions in 2019 - to have a larger number to use for a Staroption reservation(s). Generally, the Staroptions have more value than 2 studios deposited in II.

    If you deposit the 2 studios in II, then you should expect to be able to trade for 2 studios. I don't know if that works for you or not. I'd rather have all the Staroptions for a bigger unit.
     
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    Thanks for the quick feedback.

    Maybe I deposit all of 2018 into II (since I will have all 148k points this year) THEN borrow points from 2019 to book the few 2018 days and use additional points to book the few 2019 days. Does that sound plausible?
     
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    This is the problem: you have to call Vistana to use the borrowed Staroptions, but you can't call until the day AFTER you can make the reservation online, so this will delay you 9 hours in getting the reservation that you want, so it may be gone by the time you can call.

    Example: Tonight (Aug. 28th) at midnight I can reserve April 29th online, but I can't call and reserve it until 9 am Eastern, tomorrow.
     
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    Thanks Denise. Makes sense and sounds like my plan is a long shot. Plus it may take another month for my TS purchase to close. Appreciate the info on how things wowk.
     
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    Isn't the banking window June 30 for non-elite owners?
    So the OP won't be able to bank the 2018 staroptions after the sale closes?
    Or does Vistana allow a one-time exception for new owners?

    If he can't bank the staroptions, then best alternative is to deposit a unit in II, and use star options from 2nd unit for NYE week or another date.
     
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    You're right, but Vistana makes exceptions all the time, so I would push hard for an exception.
     
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    Yes I was assuming I would bank 2018 SO into II. Then see if I can use 2019 points early (barrow some from 2019]. But it doesn’t sound like there would be availability anyway. Thanks for all the tips.
     
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    If I remember correctly when I did this a few years back, the StarOptions came from the year of check-in. So a single reservation starting on 12/30/2018 and continuing to 1/12/2019 would all come out of 2018 balances (unless you call to arrange for borrowing from next year's StarOptions).

    Am I remembering this incorrectly?
     
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    That is absolutely correct. SOs are deducted from the year of check-in.
     
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    Thanks, that is exactly the answer i was looking for.
     
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    Would you consider asking the seller to make a reservation for you? I can still see availability for Sat-Sat at WKV. You would still be able to deposit the studio into II, if you wanted to. CJ
     
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    The deal has closed now and I will check Vistana based on your suggestion. Thanks
     

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