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I am new to the website, and relatively new to SVO. I have a 2BLO OF at WKORVN every year. In 2010 I am trying to figure the best way to get my whole family to Maui. To do this I will need (2) 2BLO, (one in addition to my own) or enough starpoints to put them up in two hotel rooms at the Sheraton or Westin.
Any body have any good angles to do this? One possibility would be to try and trade my week in '11 for a week in '10. Is this a possibility?

Thanks for any help.
 

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Welcome to TUG! :hi:

You can borrow your Staroptions from 2011 to make a reservation in 2010, but you can only do it at 90 days out from arrival. If you are going off-season, that will probably work, but it's not as likely for holiday or summer weeks, when there may be no availability at 90 days. Be aware that you have to pay the MF in advance to borrow your Staroptions from the next year. However, if you convert your 2011 OF week to Staroptions, you lose your owner's priority for view, so you would have no priority to reserve an OF unit with your Staroptions. Staroptions are not linked to any particular view.

If you plan to try that, you should have a back-up hotel reservation in case there is no availability at WKORV/N.

Since you own OF, which rents well, you might want to rent your 2011 week and use the funds to rent a 2010 week. (Or pay yourself back.)

Two hotel rooms for a week would probably cost you in the neighborhood of 140,000 Starpoints. Do you have a Starwood AMEX card? Many owners use one to earn "free" Starpoints. Of course they are only free if you pay off your credit card every month. We charge everything on our card and earn a fair number of Starpoints this way.

Starwood runs specials sometimes where you can get a discount on a 2nd unit at the resort, so I would also watch for those carefully. Starwood sends them out to owners via email and they are also sometimes posted on www.mystarcentral.com. Sometimes they offer Star[points] + cash deals, too.

Another option is to rent from an owner. A 2 bdm. OV unit goes for about $3,500 a week from an owner - a non-view unit even less. With the economy the way it is, those prices may come down. See the TUG classifieds and www.redweek.com for WKORV and WKORVN weeks for rent.

One more idea - since you have a highly desirable OF unit, you could probably do a private trade with another owner. You would trade your 2011 week for their 2010 week, thereby guaranteeing that you would get the exact week you wanted, because the owner could make the Resv. for you at 12 mos. out. You are unlikely to get another OF week this way, but you might find another OF owner in the same situation who would like 2 weeks in 2011. You are more likely to find an OV owner who would love to trade their OV unit for your OF unit. This can all be done through Starwood with the reservation placed in each other's names.
 
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Hey, Maui Mitch. I'm from Cincinnati and own an OF at WKORV-N, too. Small world!

Unfortunately, when you own OF it doesn't really make sense to borrow from the next year because you lose that view you paid a pretty penny for.

I, too, would like to take a family vacation and bring my brothers and sisters out. FYI, There are tons of affordable non-Starwood options nearby if you aren't insistent on staying at the same location. For instance, The Mahana has incredible views, is affordable, and within walking distance. Ditto for Kaanapali Shores. Both have many villas for rent by owner at VRBO. I rented a private 2 bdrm OF condo at Kaanapali Shores via VRBO in '06 and wouldn't hesitate to book it again. When another couple and I split the cost, it only cost us $1200 or so each, so it was pretty affordable.

If you want to use StarOptions or StarPoints, then Denise's suggestions are good, but the cash and points and StarPoint options are usually only available during shoulder seasons. I doubt you'll get them in the summer. If you want to gamble, you could wait until 90 days out and then check the Wotif.com site.

http://www.wizardpub.com/maui/mauwestmap.html
 

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DeniseM and LisaRex; Thanks for the replies. I think I will try to explore the possibliities [specific info. deleted-DeniseM] I'm assuming the place to do that is in the classifieds area.
 
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Yep - the classified Ads is the right place! TUG rules don't allow us to buy, sell, or trade in the forums.

GOOD LUCK!
Denise
 
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