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SBP new owner questions


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Feb 11, 2008
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First thank you so much for all the information Tug has provided me. I joined and studied Tug for a long time before buying. I bought an even year one bedroom SBP. I have just been entered into system (very fast thanks to Jose) and given starward number. Since I bought resale off ebay I was thinking I would not be a SVN member. When I log into mystarcentral with my new number I go to "your information"

Home Season-Prime/ Even year float/ Reservation System SVN

Weekly StarOptions value 44,000
Weekly starpoints value 18,000

So does this mean I am a SVN member?

Is this a good thing?
My main use for this unit will be to trade for Hawaii, St. John, Atlantis.
If I am indeed a member do I get more bang for my buck being a member or is it better to not be a member, reserve prime week, fight to get reserved prime week deposited with II and search and trade with my own II acct.

Again thank you so much for all the great info you provide.


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Dec 12, 2008
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Tampa, FL
Starcentral is NEVER to be counted on. If you bought resale at SBP you are not in SVN. (To the best of my knowledge) The only resorts that transfer SVN with resale are the mandatory resorts, and SBP is not one of those.

There are several points in your favor though. Staroption value for your intended destinations is high and SBP may not give you this. In SVN, SVO picks your week to deposit from any SVO resort so you can end up with less II trading power. Using your own II account you can book a summer week at SBP, deposit it directly and then use the 3 day preferential period to try to get an exchange.

On the down side: Remember that StJ , Hawaii and Atlantis get few deposits so you cannot be picky for week and may need to accept smaller unit etc. Most owners that own during summer, spring break, and Christmas often rent out their unit directly rather than deposit with II to get greater value. If you are counting on prime time and school breaks you may be sadly disappointed. To get trades you will have to be VERY aggressive in getting a great deposit week and getting it in EARLY to have a shot. (and PRAY) You may have more success with shoulder time if schedule allows. If you are locked into school schedule you will need LOTS of luck.

Good Luck:clap:


Jun 6, 2005
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WKORV, WKV, SDO, Kauai Beach Villas, Island Park Village (Yellowstone), Hyatt High Sierra.
So does this mean I am a SVN member?

Unfortunately, they make a lot of mistakes. As soon as you try to use the Staroptions, they will find their mistake. You can just ignore it - it has no impact on your usage.

My main use for this unit will be to trade for Hawaii, St. John, Atlantis.

You definitely won't be able to exchange through the SVN, but you still can exchange through II and you have the advantage of the Starwood 3-day priority for other SW resorts. See the article in Owner Resources for all the details.

However, St. John is virtually an impossible exchange, and Atlantis is very difficult. Hawaii is very doable, off-season. Now that there are 3 Hawaii resorts, and travel to Hawaii is depressed, we are seeing more and more deposits. Since you are a TUG member, you can see the recent Starwood Hawaii deposits on the Sightings board, below the TUG Lounge.