Ok, adding the private messages to these, I might as well share the results.
I'll do so with the caveat that this is my first Points search, so I really don't know what I'm doing. If there are any secret nuances to Points I don't know about, I obviously did not use them.
(There's an admission you don't hear every day, a veteran TUGger admitting he doesn't know squat about something, anything.)
I won't try to do a price comparison, as to which method provides the less expensive exchange, but I really don't believe Points would be less expensive than our Weeks trades, at least for these searches. There is no doubt that Points would be a much more expensive method if you took into account the high prices of conversion to Points.
I searched Florida for the next month, and my standard daily January Florida searches for 2007 and 2008 (through 1/22/08, of course).
Here's the results.
Searching Florida for the next month through Points I saw nothing
on the Weeks side and 9
Points resorts. They required a minimum of 19,000 Points and a maximum of 154,000 points. Most appear to be in the 40,000 to 60,000 range. From what I understand about the cost of Points and annual fees per point, and other Points fees, that does not strike me as a deal.
Searching Florida for the next month through our own Weeks account, I saw 13
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Using Points, searching for January, 2007, the way I understood it I can only search for Weeks resorts since that timeframe is more than 10 months out. Doing that I could see 4
resorts in SW Florida and 35
Resorts On the Beach.
The minimum points required for the SW FL resorts is 22,000 and the maximum is 45,500. For Resorts On the Beach, the minimum is 17,000 and the highest is 57,500. The bulk appear to be around 35,000-40,000.
Using my Weeks account I saw the same 4
resorts for SW Florida, but I saw 57
) Resorts On The Beach.
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Searching Weeks resorts through Points for January, 2007, I saw nothing
for SW Florida and 13
Resorts On The Beach. They went from 17,000 to 45,500, with no real common amount.
Through our Weeks account I saw 2
SW Florida resorts and 19
Resorts On The Beach.
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In every case I saw at least as many resorts through Weeks, and in some cases, many more than through Points. I also did not see that Points would help in securing prime Florida resorts during a period of high demand.
I found it interesting that Points could not search for dates less than 10 days in the future, whereas through Weeks it is 5 days. So, with Points you cannot search for the next week.
I'm sure I've probably missed something, something it takes more than a degree in Business and Economics to comprehend
and just as certain that what I have missed will soon be pointed out.
If I have shared something I should not have, in violation of my own Tug-Kiss-of-Death or Lose-What-You-Brag-About axioms, I do so because in this case I am too dumb to know any better.