I've often wondered about the "subject to availability" and how Wyndham actually handles point allocation. So, just say 20,000,000 points are in CWA and those points are associated with deeds are at La Belle Maison. At 13 months before Mardi Gras can CWA owners make up to 20 million in reservations?
I wonder if CWA owners could describe their experiences with using CWA's ARP at various resorts. Does Wyndham say subject to availability, but is it actually an endless bucket?
I can talk with a little authority about how CWA works at La Belle Maison, for Mardi Gras, but only a little
some years back I wanted to accumulate points to make Mardi Gras reservations. La Belle Maison points didnt come up that often, so perhaps CWA would do the trick for me.. I wanted to figure this thing out; would it be ok if I spent my limited money on CWA or should I wait for La Belle contracts? I asked here on TUG, I went to the CWA annual board meetings, and I talked to owner care people and I couldnt quite pin it down. I was told that the goal was about 25% of inventory across the system, was to go into CWA but I couldnt get specifics on any one resort
The breakthrough in my quest was when another Tugger got a look at the "inventory book" at a sales presentation (I didnt know such a book existed) and reported back to me that they had reached that goal at La Belle Maison.
The question remained how was that inventory made available . Was it released across the year so that an equal amount was available for ARP each week of the year. Or was everything at the resort available to CWA people until it was all gone. It didnt make any difference to me because by this time I had purchased enough La Belle Points to satisfy my needs and I had been able to use them all for Mardi Gras reservations.. I didnt need any CWA
I never could get a direct answer to the question but heres what I think.. CWA is spread across the whole year. There are 140 units at La Belle Maison and I think 25% of them (35) are available for Mardi Gras (and every other week of the year) at 13 months. I come to this "educated guess" because If all the points in CWA could be used for Mardi Gras the place would fill up fast with CWA owners and the deeded La Belle owners would be squeezed out. (there are a lot more CWA points in the universe than La Belle points) and that isnt whats happening. I am able to get a significant number of Mardi Gras reservations each year with my La Belle points> By the way the place completely sells out in the first few minutes the phone lines are open, and there is never any left at 10 months
At Avenue Plaza (also in New Orleans) , its a different story and more complex. It was developed as an all floating weeks resort and when Wyndham took it over they put all the unsold inventory (deeded, floating weeks) into CWA. At this point approximately 33% of the resort is in CWA the rest is split pretty evenly between the old floating weeks owners and Worldmark> (and by the way when a weeks owner defaults, the foreclosed weeks are put into either Worldmark or CWA) I have been able to use CWA for some Mardi Gras reservations at 13 months, but there is always some available for Mardi Gras at 10 months too.
So to answer your question I have a feel for how this stuff is distributed but its really only a guess and I think depends on whether the place was a floating weeks resort like Avenue Plaza or fixed weeks like the two in Pompano that Linda describes or a 100% UDI resort like La Belle Maison
By the way some of the resorts (the ones brought into the system as a result of the Wixon settlement like Indio for example) are 100% CWA