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Use DC Legacy Points for Heritage Club or Canyon Villas?

mjm1

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I would appreciate your insights regarding a trip we are going to plan for late April-early May 2013.

We would like to spend consecutives weeks at the Heritage Club on Hilton Head and then the Canyon Villas in Scottsdale. I am a golfer, so would benefit from the Heritage Club. To my knowledge, no other resorts provide free golf.

We are thinking of trading our Desert Springs Villas I unit for DC Legacy Points (3225 points) and using 1950 of them for the Heritage Club (all 2 BR's) with the assumption that this resort would be more challenging to trade into via II. We would also use a DS1 1BR that is already deposited to exchange into Canyon Villas for a 1 BR via II. That would leave us with 1275 points for other uses.

Are my assumptions that trading into the Heritage Club would be more challenging to trade into than Canyon Villas given the time of year? I also wonder how likely it will be that a unit at Heritage Club will be available via Legacy Points as I am not familiar with how owners at that resort use their weeks.

Any insights regarding this plan or any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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We would like to spend consecutives weeks at the Heritage Club on Hilton Head and then the Canyon Villas in Scottsdale. I am a golfer, so would benefit from the Heritage Club. To my knowledge, no other resorts provide free golf.
I am not a golfer, but I understand that Manor Club in Williamsburg also offers free golf to owners and exchangers. I think it is six rounds per week.
 

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Thanks BocaBoy. That is good to know in case we ever want to visit that area.

Anyone who owns or has traded into the Heritage Club or Canyon Villas have any thoughts about the questions I posed in my original post above?

Another thought I had since the Heritage Club is only 2 BR units, is to put in an ongoing request using my 1 BR and see if I can get the trade.

Thanks
 

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Our situation has changed a bit as we used our Desert Springs 1 BR to trade into Newport Coast during Oct. 2012.

Now our consideration will be converting our 2013 Desert Springs into Legacy points and making a reservation at both the Heritage Club and Canyon Villas in consecutive weeks in late April-Early May 2013. I am assuming that it would be easier to use Legacy points (I have reviewed the points chart) than trading a 1 BR into the Heritage Club (2 BR's only) and our lock-off studio into something at Canyon Villas via II. However, I don't know if that is true.

Does anyone have any experience with either Legacy points or an II trade at these resorts that may compare to our situation?

Thanks.
 

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Our situation has changed a bit as we used our Desert Springs 1 BR to trade into Newport Coast during Oct. 2012.

Now our consideration will be converting our 2013 Desert Springs into Legacy points and making a reservation at both the Heritage Club and Canyon Villas in consecutive weeks in late April-Early May 2013. I am assuming that it would be easier to use Legacy points (I have reviewed the points chart) than trading a 1 BR into the Heritage Club (2 BR's only) and our lock-off studio into something at Canyon Villas via II. However, I don't know if that is true.

Does anyone have any experience with either Legacy points or an II trade at these resorts that may compare to our situation?

Thanks.
I don't have any experience with these resorts or exchanging into them, but it might help you to know that you can call in to a VOA and ask them to check availability for DC inventory before you commit to converting a Week to DC Points. Then if the intervals you want are available, the VOA can take care of the conversion and reservations during that same call.

Using Weeks, you can set up your II exchange request as soon as you're able to book your 2013 DSV1 Week and deposit it. Using Points, the reservation windows go by your DC status and also, it's not possible to book consecutive stays at two or more different resorts, during the same phone call, unless you wait to call until the open window of the last interval you want. (Sure hope that makes sense.) It would be nice to get a jump on an II exchange by putting it in motion as soon as possible, but if you do that then you won't be able to use the DC.

If you want to tell us your DC status and the exact dates you'll be looking for, we can give you the exact dates that you'll be able to check availability in the DC. Then at least you'll know how much of a jump you might have using II, and you can decide if you'd rather just put in the II request as soon as possible. :)
 
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There are two concerns about the Heritage Club trade.

The first is a general statement that I see very little Heritage Club availability on line which indicates that either it is in great demand or that the owners actually use their weeks to take advantage of the "free" golf which they are paying for via their maintenance fees.

The other is that Heritage Club owners (based on the DC points required to trade into Heritage Club) do not get many DC points in exchange for their weeks. The net result is that availability for DC exchanges might not be very abundant.

The suggestion to consider Manor Club as an alternative is good. However, I don't think that Manor Club Sequel has the free golf.

Art
 

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Sue and Art, thank you for your insights.

Sue, yes your explanation of the window for consecutive weeks makes sense. I only own one week and I did enroll, so I will have to wait until 12 months out. I think my best bet is to check with a VOA and see if they can give me a general idea of whether owners at the Heritage Club are trading their weeks for points. As Art mentioned, we don't see it as a trade very often and that could be because owners use their weeks.

I am curious to try the points program and see how it works for us. I will let you know how it eventually turns out.
 
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