I think you would be better off exchanging privately. I see that you own WSJ. I bet you could find a DVC owner who would love to go there- (BTW, I am also a DVC owner and I was in a similar situation. I wanted to go to Harborside, in the summer, and I knew the chances of getting the echange thru II was slim to none, so I exchanged privately- (and saved the $$ it would have cost for the xchange fee!). Either that, or rent out your WSJ unit and use the $$ to rent from a DVC owner thru disboards. Just my .o2 Janis
The only way I see it happening is if you do an ongoing search and your week grabs it before it goes on the general II website for everyone to see. Otherwise, I think week 52 is the highest demand week of the year so it could be tough.
We're also looking to exchange into Disney next year and have an ongoing search for any resort, 2BR, either of the last two weeks of October. We're using a 3BR for the trade, so we'll accept a Marriott 3BR if Disney doesn't come through. II called yesterday with a 3BR at Imperial Palms but I think we'll hold out a little longer. Am I right in thinking that Disney units are only now coming on line for next October, with the 11-month booking period?
We've been lucky so far with trades and if this one doesn't work out it's no big deal, we'll figure out something else. Several years ago we rented DVC points at the disboards and I'd go that route again anytime.
For future reference, where do you all have success with exchanging privately and what kind of time frame works best for that?
it will be - II has codes for it.
through the building completion date was before BLT opens.
since BLT is scheduled to open in Sept, 2009 - though AKV was a little before this.
You are correct that the 11 month window just opened for next October. Yuo wanted the last two weeks, those can not be reserved yet. So far, I have found the the II exchanges start happening closer to the 8-9 month mark. October is a slow time, not the slowest, but slow enough that your odds of a match are pretty good. And like you said, there are plenty of other Orlando resorts that will be available.
All of my direct exchanges have been made through contacts on the boards, like DisBoard, MouseOwners and Tug. You just have to find the right audience and contacts.
Well thanks, tomandrobin, that sounds encouraging for my trade.
Here on TUG, in the classifieds some where? I'll look around. Is there a faq to help someone like me who doesn't even know where to begin with direct exchanges? For instance, I don't even know if a reservation is made before or after finding a contact!
We're also looking to exchange into Disney next year and have an ongoing search for any resort, 2BR, either of the last two weeks of October.