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Better trading power?

lyonsma

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Please help! I'm new to timesharing and am looking for some expert opinions from all of you. I know this may be an impossible question, but in your experience which is a better way to get the exchange I want. I own a 2BR L/O in Scottsdale, and I have 2 options: 1) reserve the small half (studio) for a week in March which is the "prime time" in AZ or 2) reserve the full 2BR for a week in less demand (maybe thxgiving or christmas). In your experiences, which has the better trading power? smaller unit in primetime, or larger unit in a lower demand week?

I'm hoping to exchange option 1 or 2 for a DVC property in early December 2009 (off peak for Orlando). Guess next year when I own it for the full year I'll know to book the 2BR for March 12 months in advance.

TIA!
 

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What size unit at DVC do you want to exchange to? I am not sure about which option gives you better trading power. But for my Wyndham II deposit, only bigger size could pull DVC. I could get a studio unit with a studio deposit. But for 2 bedroom DVC, I need to trade a 3 bedroom.

Also early December is a very popular DVC season. I own DVC points and made reservation for early Dec for the past three years. I had to reserve before 7 month mark in order to get to my home resort. I don't recall seeing early Dec showing up in sighting board. But I could be wrong. The bright side about early Dec is it is very slow season in Orlando. If you don't get DVC, you will have plenty of last minute choices.
 

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thank you! I just joined and now have a new username (malyons instead of lyonsma :) )...I joined so I could see the sightings board but now cannot find it. Where is the sightings board I've read so much about?

As for DVC - it is very popular in early Dec but the rest of Orlando is not? I know I'm asking a lot, but I'd like to trade into a 2BR, which is why I'm so concerned about trying to do it w/ a studio. I guess I was thinking that if I had a peak studio it might be worth a 2BR off peak. Maybe I'm better off just going w/ say a 2BR L/O for thanksgiving week and seeing if that could get me a 2BR DVC
 

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Dealing through Interval, they are pretty sticky about like for like in size. An "upgrade" from a studio to a two bedroom in an exchange would be much more likely with RCI.

That being said, I am fairly confident you could get a very nice two bedroom non-Disney timeshare in Orlando in early December on an exchange for a studio, but I will defer to more experienced Interval users than myself.
 

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December is a very popular time for DVC owners because it is less points per night and the holiday festivities are in full swing.

If you must have a two bedroom then your best chance is to deposit a two bedroom and put in an ongoing request for a two bedroom DVC unit.

You cant place a request for a larger unit than you deposit so using a studio or one bedroom would limit you to making an instant exchange for a two bedroom which is unlikely. And that is providing that your smaller unit would have enough trade power to pull the larger DVC unit.
 

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