Hello, my name is Syed Sarmad and I am the principal broker for Advantage Vacation. Our company has been in the timeshare resale business for over 20 years specializing in timeshare resales.
Today, I would like to talk about the Disney Vacation Club Program and the difference between resale and retail.
What you don’t get on a resale if you purchased after March 21, 2011:
You cannot use your points towards cruises or for the Concierge Collection which is for the hotels, or for the Disney Adventurer packages.
I think once you do the math on that and you were to purchase a retail Disney timeshare and pay the higher prices to convert these points for those purposes you would see that it does not make good mathematical sense – but you do the math.
Now I would like to discuss how the Disney timeshare program works:
At your Home Resort you can make reservations up to 11 months in advance. Therefore, it would be advisable, if you are a peak season traveler, to purchase a timeshare resale at your Home Resort where you intend to vacation because you have the ability to book your reservation 11 months in advance.
You can make your reservations up to 7 months in advance at a non-Home Resort property, in other words other Disney Vacation Club properties.
I would also like to talk about how you can borrow points. You can now borrow up to 100% of your points in the current year. You can borrow next year’s points but you have to use it in this current year. In other words if you did not use any of your borrowed points from next year you cannot put them back. So, all the points must be used in the current year.
As of January 1st, 2008 you can bank 100% of your points in the first 8 months of the current year so that you can use them in the following year and then again, you have to use the points before the end of the next use period.
Finally, I would like to talk about how if you have more than one Disney account, in other words let’s say you purchased a Disney resale and you have two different anniversary dates. If you were to use your points from two different accounts to make one reservation – that is no problem. However, if you were going to make a single day reservation with your Disney Vacation Club points you can only use the points from one account. The minimum number of required points you can use to make a single day reservation is 10 points.
I hope this information has been useful to you. If you have any further questions, please get in touch with us.
You may also view the video below:
Syed Sarmad, Principal Broker for Advantage Vacation