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Yellowstone

Discussion in 'US - Western States Timesharing' started by dago, Jun 19, 2017.

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    Yea we went and planned a trip to WM West Yellowstone for 9/8-15/18. Got a 2 Bedroom and a 3 bedroom. It will be 4 years since our last trip to Yellowstone by the time of this trip. All 3 kids, 2 DILs, and 2 granddaughters. Last time we were by ourselves.
     
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    Geist: did you do an on-going search to get the WMark? Or do your own constant searching?
     
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    I did my own search 13 months in advance to the day. I set up the search under saved searches the night before. Then I signed on at 5:59am. At 6am I hit Book it. This got me my 3 bedroom unit. Then all the 2 bedrooms were gone. So that night I set up a 2 Bedroom saved search. The next morning I again signed on at 5:59am and hit Book it at 6am and got my 2 bedroom but off by a day. So I then put in 2 Wait List Requests. One for a week to match my 3 bedroom dates and 1 for 1 day to match my 3 bedroom dates. Then next day I got an email that my 1 day Wait List was available. So I called and added the start date to my 2 bedroom reservation to match my 3 bedroom request and dropped off the last day of my 2 bedroom reservation. So I ended up with a 2 Bedroom and a 3 bedroom reservations for the same 7 days. You can do a less that a 7 day Wait List Request at 13 months when there are no units of the type you want at 13 months minus a day.
     
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    "You can do a less that a 7 day Wait List Request at 13 months when there are no units of the type you want at 13 months minus a day."
    geist1223, my experience is different. when I asked for a waitlist with less then 7 days (say 4-7 days), the system won't let me. Is there a specific circumstance it will work?
     
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    This should be reposted to all newbies who want/need specific sizes/seasons in hard-to-book resorts or areas. It ain't as easy as picking up the phone and making a reservation. PLANNING is the key. There is a learning curve to getting what you want.

    Jim
     
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    When I asked to do the 1 day Wait List the VPC Counselor said I could not do it until the 10 month Booking Window. I asked to speak to a Supervisor. I explained to the Supervisor what I wanted to do. The Supervisor checked and verified there were no 2 Bedrooms available for the date I wanted. This entitled me to do the Wait List for 1 day.
     
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    When I first called VPC the Counselor said I could not do a 1 day Wait List until the 10 month Booking Window. I asked to speak to a Supervisor. I explained to the Supervisor what I wanted to do. The Supervisor verified there were no 2 bedroom units available for the time period in question. This entitled me to do the 1 day Wait List even though it was 13 months minus 1 day.

    The no cost WM Wait List is a fantastic tool that a person needs to learn how to use. An Account can have up to 4 Wait List Requests pending at any given time. The Wait List Request can be very specific - a certain day or days, in a named Resort, in a certain sized Unit. Or it can be more general - 1 to "X" days, in a 1 bedroom or larger, on Maui, during "Y" month. With 8 weeks notice by using the Wait List I was able to put together a week at Kihei in a 3 bedroom Condo. The days kind of dribbled in until I had 7 consecutive days.
     
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    The day or days can not be available. So if you are looking for 4 days and 1 or 2 are available you have to book those 1 or 2 days and then Wait List the remaining days. Also I do not try and do this with the Online Wait List System but by calling in to the VPC and many times a Supervisor has to get involved.
     
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    I did it the easy way. I rented from another owner for the exact dates I wanted. Easy Peasy.
     
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    But the original owner had to be able to get the Reservation in order to rent to you. Almost all of the Rentals are by Megarenters that through a variety of tricks using multiple Accounts monopolize West Yellowstone to the detriment of all other WM Owners. This is especially true for the 2 and 3 bedroom units during the summer. The WM BOD has enacted several rule changes to try and slow down the Megarenters. These include changes in # of Wait List per owner (from 8 to 4), Group Reservations, limitations on transfer of Points among Owners (2X your Account size In/Out), and no Transfer of Housekeeping Credits. While we object to most of these changes (never rented in or out Points and never rented out a Reservation I have made) as restrictions on our free use of what we purchased the Membership and BOD is still waiting to see if any of these changes slow down the Megarenters.
     
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    I especially oppose this rule "no Transfer of Housekeeping Credits". This is just another way worldmark makes money on us. This transfer of token has nothing to do with the mega renters making money on worldmark accounts.
     
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    I rented in September, but this was a number of years ago- like 2011. I do not believe she is a "mega renter"- just a Worldmark owner who lives in Montana and has a lot of points and does rent out some of them each year. I called her a year ahead of time because I know how timeshares and exchanging work- so she could book it. I looked on Redweek and saw her ad. I didn't pay any housekeeping charges. We did have to pay for internet. There is always the option of renting directly from the resort itself, which is what we did this past June in Colorado. Yeah- it was expensive but still worth it.
     
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    I rented in September, but this was a number of years ago- like 2011. I do not believe she is a "mega renter"- just a Worldmark owner who lives in Montana and has a lot of points and does rent out some of them each year. I called her a year ahead of time because I know how timeshares and exchanging work- so she could book it. I looked on Redweek and saw her ad. I didn't pay any housekeeping charges. We did have to pay for internet. There is always the option of renting directly from the resort itself, which is what we did this past June in Colorado. Yeah- it was expensive but still worth it.
     

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