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Old 06-21-2018, 10:33 AM   #1
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Need Help Understanding

I'm not new here but new to DVC (well actually just signed my closing docs and mailed my final payment due!)

I purchased resale and will have a use year of December. So this December, 2018, my points will be deposited for me for use (and I am aware that these points will expire last day of Nov. 2019).

So my question is...if the points are available to me Dec. 1, 2018 and I want to book in same month as when points are available to me...for let's say Dec. 15, 2018 for 4 nights, can I do that once I am set up in the system as a DVC member? I didn't know if I could go ahead and just reserve prior to points becoming available.

It wouldn't be my home resort but it would actually be less than the 7 month window (and I also know it can be difficult booking certain times of year even at 7 month window.

I'm just trying to figure out how this all works.

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You will be able to book once you have access to the DVC system. You need your membership number which DVC will mail to you once your closing goes through. After that, yes you will be able to book immediately with your December 2018 points.

I also have a December use year.

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I found this explanation of how the use year works really easy to understand: https://dvcinfo.com/dvc-information/...ding-use-year/

Maybe it’ll clarify all the whys and whynots for you, too.
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I found this explanation of how the use year works really easy to understand: https://dvcinfo.com/dvc-information/...ding-use-year/

Maybe it’ll clarify all the whys and whynots for you, too.
This is perfect! I think this is what I saw at some point earlier but didn't know where to look for it. Thanks!
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You bet. Quite welcome.

I have the DVC Info site bookmarked because it explains things so clearly.
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You will be able to book once you have access to the DVC system. You need your membership number which DVC will mail to you once your closing goes through. After that, yes you will be able to book immediately with your December 2018 points.

I also have a December use year.

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I'm hoping to get my membership # within the next couple of weeks as it is already at the 5 month mark (hoping to book for either first or second week of Dec.).
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Points that you get on 12/1/18 will not necessarily expire on 11/30/19. You can bank them four month before the end of your use year and they would then expire on 11/30/20. Knowing the ins and outs of borrowing and banking is very important for DVC owners.
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Incidentally, if you’re wanting to book a studio at either the monorail or Epcot resorts, you’ll likely be out of luck entirely or will have to waitlist hoping to get one.

The first two weeks of December are super-popular for DVCers because holiday season events are all going, and point costs are among the lowest of the year.

I suspect that trying to book this close to early December you might find you can get nothing but a 1br or larger. You can probably only count on getting into OKW or SSR, the two largest DVC resorts.
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Currently, the only availability during the timeframe you are looking at is 8-14 (Sat-Fri) at SSR in a One bedroom preferred view. EVERYTHING is booked up. December is really becoming the most heavily booked time for DVC after food and wine.
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Currently, the only availability during the timeframe you are looking at is 8-14 (Sat-Fri) at SSR in a One bedroom preferred view. EVERYTHING is booked up. December is really becoming the most heavily booked time for DVC after food and wine.
Wow, it is insane how busy December is for DVC members!
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Currently, the only availability during the timeframe you are looking at is 8-14 (Sat-Fri) at SSR in a One bedroom preferred view. EVERYTHING is booked up. December is really becoming the most heavily booked time for DVC after food and wine.
Thanks for checking. I figured that might be the case (we were needing a 1 bedroom for 4 nights.
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Wow, it is insane how busy December is for DVC members!
I know! It used to be our favorite time to go, low crowds, but not anymore! The secret got out!
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I bet how much Disney has been promoting the newer resorts has affected demand during lowest point times, too.

With our “starter home” point total, we can go annually for a week only in fall or other super-low points times.

I expect that others who’ve bought as few points are glomming onto those early December dates for both low points and the holiday season events. We’ve certainly considered trying to get a booking then for those reasons.
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I bet how much Disney has been promoting the newer resorts has affected demand during lowest point times, too.

With our “starter home” point total, we can go annually for a week only in fall or other super-low points times.

I expect that others who’ve bought as few points are glomming onto those early December dates for both low points and the holiday season events. We’ve certainly considered trying to get a booking then for those reasons.
That is certainly one reason early December has always been popular with members - you do get a lot of bang for your buck.
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