Discussion in 'Resorts, Hotels, DVC, Villas' started by Beccaberry, Feb 21, 2014.
How quickly one forgets. Dan and I had already discussed this.
Lol I seem to recall that.
Thanks for the offer Johnie, but we aren't even going to Disney this year because money is tight
You know I never put the two together? I knew you were in VA Beach for a wedding but didn't realize WHICH wedding! Yikes.
You know you are one of my stars Wendy! I wish there was a great big meet somewhere.
Hey that would be so cool!
Johnie has the mojo to make it happen I guess.
Lol I am the mother of the bride
Knew that. See there the perks of being the MOTB! Def. mojo if I have seen it!! BTW...think you should emphasise the "AM" the mother of the bride. Has clout!
Update for those still following along...
I've been speaking with Jenny (a travel assistant at one of the brokers) throughout the day. She emailed me to tell me that tomorrow is my 7 month window (yeah, because I didn't have that circled on my calendar in bright red ink!). For those taking notes, this is when DVC owners who DON'T own at Boardwalk or Beach Club (or whatever DVC resort you'd like to book at) have the opportunity to book at whatever resort they'd like (i.e. they own at AKL, but want to book at Boardwalk). Jenny had done some preliminary checking for me, and while the Beach Club is sold out (as expected) there is still availability at Boardwalk for all but my last night. The current plan is that she will attempt to book my reservation (w/ the exception of the last night) at Boardwalk, and then we have opted to book a single night (our last night) on points at AKL (if available).
Thats not so bad, Its not a night in the middle of your vacation
LOL, thanks for the tip, Johnie. For $196 for the night, I don't think I'd even care quite honestly. I'm just excited to stay at another resort!
Exactly! I don't know that I would have attempted it if it was in the middle of our vacation - or more than a day or two, as the whole reason we're venturing into this territory is so that we can stay near EPCOT for the F&W Festival.
Slight adjustment (and another gamble): Because we are no longer held to the "bounceback offer" dates, we decided we'd actually prefer to arrive on 9/29 rather then 9/28 - as we've seen how crowded the Food & Wine can be on the weekends. Doing that pushes our booking date to Saturday...so I'll be waiting for another day
I will say this though, the travel assistant I've been working for has been downright lovely, and truly MUST have the patience of saint, because I have talked her to crazy and back today!
You could even change your dates to earlier as food and wine will be starting earlier in sept
That's a fair point, and quite honestly, ultimately it may be why this wasn't the *best* trip to cut my DVC point-renting teeth on. See, while Jon and I are quite flexible in our dates, we have friends joining us for the latter part of the trip who's plans aren't *quite* as flexible. My girlfriend Tracy and her husband Eric are joining us Thur-Sun and she's running the Tower of Terror 10-Miler on Saturday night, so they have a hard date to stick to - which is why we're willing to pay oop for that final night.
So if you are not an Annual or Florida Passholder and not a DVC member then if you rent points you can't purchase the dining plan?
You can. As long as you stay in a DVC property you can
No you can purchase the dining plan when renting points.
AP holders can purchase the dining plan without purchasing tickets
Great - thanks! No Johnie, I'm not leaving you for the dark side
WE GOT!!! WE GOT IT!!! WE GOT IT!!!!
Booked, deposit made, reservation viewed!
Ok, so here is the breakdown for those intrepid members still brave enough to follow along (pardon the "crassness" of my using numbers, but we're all friends here, and really, I'm not telling you anything you couldn't figure out for yourself):
Dates: 9/29-10/3 (4 nights) at the Boardwalk Villas (60 pts)
We're also looking at: 10/3-10/5 (2 nights) at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (28 pts)
I wanted more than one night at AKL, so that I could actually get a "feel" for the resort. CAVEAT: I have not ACTUALLY booked these two nights yet, I'm waiting to see what our friends want to do. It's quite possible we'll opt for Pop for these two nights - it's cheap and cheerful, and we'll save another $200 for slushies and tequila. Jenny (our travel assistant) says there's no real rush for these nights as AKL won't fill up nearly as quickly as BWV and BC did during this time. I've added them in, for now, just to give a better cost analysis.
Cost: BWV 60 pts = $840 (vs. rack rate of $1903)
AKL 28 pts = $392 (vs. rack rate of $951.76)
TOTAL - $1232 for 7 nights (savings $1619)
Also for comparison:
Same nights at Pop = $778 (difference of $450)
Same nights at POR = $1266 (almost the same)
Net: We're getting a deluxe resort (w/ location, location, location for the F&W Festival for the same price we would pay for a moderate.
Even if we ADD the dining plan for this trip for the two of us at $732, we're still saving more than $800 over our current reservation at Beach Club. I don't believe we WILL add the dining plan this trip, as during the F&W Festival, we typically eat quite differently - and not doing so will give us a chance to explore some of the offsite dining options we've been so keen on trying. IF the kids were traveling with us this trip, the dining plan would have cost us an additional $1464, cutting the savings to only a couple of hundred dollars. However, it would STILL have been a savings. By renting points, we're also not "tied down" by the free dining dates, or any other discounts or offers.
A few more details:
This particular broker requires $100 to make the reservation, then a deposit of $8/per point when the reservation is secured (minus the initial $100), w/ balance due 45 days out.
Immediately upon receiving notification that my reservation had been made, I received a confirmation # and was able to log into the Disney DVC website and see our reservation. Our names were on the reservation, and there were instructions on how to check in 60 days out.
Let's see then, what have I left out?
so it cost you $14 per point plus $100?
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