FYI, I believe that Marriott owners on Maui and Hilton owners on Oahu have experienced this situation for years.
Isn't it strange that there is NOT a single day available in WKORV or WKORV-N between now through March 2016? Is Starwood grabbing every available days? I've never seen it like this ever!
I've been watching this for a while. Any availability opens up at 8 months mark, it just go disappear in a day or two. I suspect Starwood is holding these for special offering like $699 Costco package or something similar. They did not deposit much in II either.
Starwood only controls TS inventory that owners have deposited with II, or converted to Starpoints, etc.
They can't remove inventory from the owner's reservation pool until 60 days before check-in.
I understand what everyone has posted re high season. But no inventory for September, October, November or early December? I've been monitoring inventory pretty regularly over the past 10 years and I've never observed it like this ever!
I forgot to mention that there are lots of availability in SPG.COM. This does not make sense since both resorts are pretty much sold out and I don't think lots of Maui owners have converted their SOs to SPs.
I don't think they confiscate everything that isn't reserved. I am often able to find and reserve high demand resorts within the 60-day mark.And of course, within the 60 day mark, Starwood can and does, confiscate anything that isn't reserved, rent it, and put it in their pocket - quite a scam, huh?
It's also important to remember that Starwood is vacuuming up weeks left and right at KOR and KORN for their Westin Flex project. The people who are selling those weeks probably weren't using them much and now that Starwood owns the weeks, then can block more space for rental through their other distribution channels.
It's not wrong - the Maui resorts have been booking solid right at the 8 mo. mark for most of 2016.
You can still get an April reservation, just be sure you are online at 12 midnight Eastern, the night before the phone lines open, at exactly 8 mos. before check-in. For instance, tomorrow is August 6th, so at midnight Eastern, you can reserve April 7th.
If you haven't booked online before, you should practice in advance.
OK, I will try Maui reservation. I give SVN benefits of doubt.
But for Kauai, it has to be something wrong. How can everything are gone from today to August 2016?