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Can one still "trade up" through DC program?

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I know that lots has been discussed about the DC program but I would appreciate if someone can clarify something for me.
We have two Marriott weeks--both resale and both lock-offs. Our usual pattern has been to lock off both units and deposit and trade through Interval--we have managed to procure some very good trades--always to Marriotts and usually to at least one bedrooms in some prime resorts. We usually give two of our trades to our married children ( requiring guest certificates) and use the other two weeks ourselves. We are not unsatisfied with Interval--

Our main reason for considering the DC route would be to save on Interval fees. What I am uncertain about is : if we join the DC program, can we continue to do as we do now--lock off our units, reserve at our home resorts and trade through Interval, using our"new" Marriott account, and procure, as we often do, a one bedroom for a lock-off unit?-- or are we limited to either reserving and staying at our home resorts or opting to convert our weeks for destination points and using the points to reserve at other Marriotts. Thanks for any help. Eileen
 

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Our main reason for considering the DC route would be to save on Interval fees. What I am uncertain about is : if we join the DC program, can we continue to do as we do now--lock off our units, reserve at our home resorts and trade through Interval, using our"new" Marriott account, and procure, as we often do, a one bedroom for a lock-off unit?-- or are we limited to either reserving and staying at our home resorts or opting to convert our weeks for destination points and using the points to reserve at other Marriotts. Thanks for any help. Eileen

You can continue to do as you do. We have continue to "trade up" in II using the new corporate account. We traded a 1BR Harbour Lake in to a 2BR MOW.
 

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pluck?

If I were to join DC... and use my "new" Interval account:

Let's say I "reserved" a super great week with a lock-off (as in Christmas week in Orlando at Lakeshore :D ). If I were to try to deposit that into my "new" Interval account, would Marriott have the right to snatch it and substitute it with something else in Interval and "lessen" my trading power when I'm trying to up-trade?
 

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If I were to join DC... and use my "new" Interval account:

Let's say I "reserved" a super great week with a lock-off (as in Christmas week in Orlando at Lakeshore :D ). If I were to try to deposit that into my "new" Interval account, would Marriott have the right to snatch it and substitute it with something else in Interval and "lessen" my trading power when I'm trying to up-trade?

They may have the right to snatch it, but your deposit still shows the week you deposited, so it should hold the trade power of that week. As of yet, Marriott doesn't deposit like Starwood or Westgate. Those two systems pick the week for you to deposit.
 

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Of course we can still trade up. Especially if you are doing lockoffs. I'm not as sure of it during prime season but I usually don't trade prime for prime. I trade mostly lock off prime for off season full two and three bedrooms. You have a pretty good chance of trading up when you do that.

As a general rule the question has no one answer for everyone. Some folks restrict themselves to only a few weeks during prime time. The less flexible you are in your trading demands the more likely you won't get what you want. It gets even better when you can add three or four days to your stay with points.
 

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Not only can you trade up but you can do a retrade to trade up even more with no fees. Three weeks ago I exchanged a Grande Vista studio for a 2 br Grande Chateau, no exchange fee, as I'm enrolled in the DC. Today I came across a 3br Grand Chateau so I called Interval, gave them back the 2br Grande Chateau and booked the 3 br Grande Chateau, also no exchange fee. Life is good!
 

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Thanks For The Replies. But These Prompt Other Questions:

Is The Inventory The Same Whether One Is Using A Marriott Corporate Account Or An Individual Account ?

If The Answer Is Yes, Why Would Swice Suggest That Marriott Might Be Able To Swipe A Premiun Week Deposited From Interval If One Were To Join The Dc Program?
 

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Thanks For The Replies. But These Prompt Other Questions:

Is The Inventory The Same Whether One Is Using A Marriott Corporate Account Or An Individual Account ?

If The Answer Is Yes, Why Would Swice Suggest That Marriott Might Be Able To Swipe A Premiun Week Deposited From Interval If One Were To Join The Dc Program?

From many reports and my own experience, the inventory is the same for the DC account and the old account. Marriott can swipe inventory no matter what to use for DC. So it wouldn't matter if you are in enrolled or not. If Marriott takes the week for points use, you won't be able to get it.
 
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