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How hard to book Ocean Oak?

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We were thinking of going to HHI for a few nights of spring break in April. Is it hard to book then? We previously went to Myrtle Beach and it was easy to get a 4 night stay, but there's 3 resorts there versus 1 at HHI.
 

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Book 9 months out and walk, if needed. That is what we did and had an OF and a standard room for this past spring break
 

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I agree with @HuskerATL. Walk at 9 months. We have booked several June weeks and we have to walk the reservations. If I see an opening even a week or two in advance, I book and walk.

When I was 2 summers ago, the front desk mentioned they were at 100% capacity except from the week after New Years through the week before Valentine’s Day. I would imagine April would be pretty busy.
 

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Definitely walk the reservation through. My last attempt, I got to four days, then poof, someone picked up the next few days. Tried again, later in the calendar, and I was successful.
 

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Yep. I even had to back walk our two. Walked forward but had a Saturday check in. We prefer Friday check in and Sunday check out since Saturdays are nuts there, more than other places since the bridge backs up and it can take an hour to get there when you think you are close. All the properties turnover the most on Saturdays but the Friday wasn't available. Finished the walk but kept watching for a Friday to open up and it did so added it.
 
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Sandy VDH

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I believe this is one of the hardest stay to book in all of HGVC.
 

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How exactly does the "walking" go? I am still pretty new to this. So I make a reservation but then change it forward every day? Do I only pay the reservation fee once? What happens when walking over the weekend since that is more points? If I am borrowing points from '26, would they be stuck for use in 2025 if I ended up not needing as many once I land on my preferred dates? I can book now for 12 days before the dates I want...is 12 days early too soon to start walking? Thanks.
 

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How exactly does the "walking" go? I am still pretty new to this. So I make a reservation but then change it forward every day? Do I only pay the reservation fee once? What happens when walking over the weekend since that is more points? If I am borrowing points from '26, would they be stuck for use in 2025 if I ended up not needing as many once I land on my preferred dates? I can book now for 12 days before the dates I want...is 12 days early too soon to start walking? Thanks.

1. You book 3 days, move those 3 days every night until you get your checkin day and then extend your booking until you get your desired stay.

2. All club bookings are changeable up through 61 days out so you only pay 1 club booking fee.

3. You would use more points. If while walking, you would need less points, you would get those back. Ultimately, you only spend the points needed for your actual stay. Walking is just a way of changing your reservation. If you shortened your stay, you would get those points back.

4. If you cancel your stay, the points would go back into the bucket they came from. All 2026 points borrowed would go back to 2026.

5. No, it’s not too early. Hilton Head is one of if not the hardest places to book in the system. You should be making that reservation now instead reading this reply!
 

Sandy VDH

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Link to walking post.

 

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To be fair, Ocean Oak seems so hard to book (and if I recall correctly, very expensive in points), it's one reason I paid RCI Extra Vacations rate to stay in the end of January at an independent, and also why I've grabbed an II trader to see if I can exchange easier in a couple years. I'm not really sure how much I want to go to HHI, but while it was fun, and I'd probably like it a little warmer than end of January, I don't know if I want to pay rental rates or much more than my trader plus exchange fee to stay there in say March or April. If I do manage to go back, and want to keep going it seems like I may need to buy something there if I can find a good resale deal.
 

Sandy VDH

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OO is 2 BR only rooms, but standard point rates. 2 BR high season for a week is 11,200 points. Same as everywhere else.

Plus and Premium units are available, but are even harder to book than Standard rooms.
 

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Honestly, I think that it is one of the cheaper newer resorts for points. As @Sandy VDH pointed out normal 2BR points for standard room.

Completely agree. Personally, I would take the standard room over the mid level every time. The oceanfront premiere rooms are by far the best, but the standard rooms are very good for the points.
 
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