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Renting Points

How exactly does that work for those of us who aren't DVC members?
From what I understand it can be a great way to save some money on a really nice hotel, but I still just don't quite get it.

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When DVC Members have "extra" points during a year that they're not going to use, sometimes they will rent them out to non-members for a fee rather than have them go unused. Point rental is a private contract between the DVC Owner and the person renting the points. You can save a lot of money, and get a taste of DVC membership by renting points, but there is a fair amount of trust involved since you have to rely on the DVC member for coordinating your reservations. Point rentals usually range between $10-$15 per point, and that is multiplied by the number of points needed for a room night.

There are a few message boards that facilitate point rentals matching up DVC Owners with people who would like to rent points on a one on one basis. I personally consider this the more risky way, since you are frequently working with a total stranger. Though I haven't yet encountered anyone with a point rental that's gone badly, it could happen. I usually recommend http://www.dvcrequest.com/ which is a rental point brokerage. It just seems safer to me, and all of the contract details are there on the website for you to read and understand before you rent.

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i've been looking into this extensively...I really want to stay at an epcot area resort but it would be too expensive for me to make a traditional reservation through disney

i will be using the brokerage that DVC Mom recommended (the site is really informative and has lots of easy to use calculators to price out the different ticket/room/dinning options)

the price is definitely right...it will cost 520.00 to stay at BWV for 4 nights (week nights) in a value studio

you can also add on the dining plan but this also must be done through the DVC owner on your behalf...you are not eligible for discounts like "free dining" is you go with DVC rentals. But, you can still use magical express and magic hours

I will not be using this service till 2012 but I'm really excited to stay at a dream resort for a smaller price tag!

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Great job petriedish, congrats! Yeah you can get some great deals that way, because after an allotted time , the DVC owners have to use the points or lose the points. Its better to get something back by renting the points. You just have to make sure you rent from a reputable person.

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Thanks for the info guys. biggrin
I'm thinking I'll look into this for my next trip.

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I'll have to look into this further. A group of us are meeting in New Orleans in May for my brother's 50th birthday which falls on a Thursday. I have been thinking about going to Disney for a couple of days before to attend the Flower and Garden Festival and then meet them in New Orleans.

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mrhub wrote:
Great job petriedish, congrats! Yeah you can get some great deals that way, because after an allotted time , the DVC owners have to use the points or lose the points. Its better to get something back by renting the points. You just have to make sure you rent from a reputable person.

Exactly... we can only bank the current year into the next year. So if there are unused points from a previous year, you can borrow them out and let someone else use them and go through one of these sites.

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Reviving this topic as I am looking into renting DVC points for 2013...
I was wondering if Joann or Petriedish followed through with their rentals
and what they thought of the experience?

Or anyone else out there who is renting points ~

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I didn't go in May. I still would like to try renting points some day.

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We're planning on renting points for our late 2014, early 2015 trip to the Boardwalk. You'll have to let me know how it goes if you try renting, Magic Mirror!

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Just be aware that points per night for a room can vary a great deal, depending upon time of year. A preferred BWV studio for a week in 2013:

January = 107 pts

May = 125 pts

July = 132 points

Oct = 107 pts

Easter and Christmas = 188 pts

A one bedroom would be nearly double the points of a studio.

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Good point, thanks Skunk!

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Has anyone done this before? i was looking into using dvcrequest for a rental @ grandcalifornian. the rates seem really reasonable, just dont like the idea of no mousekeeping. As much as i would love to buy into DVC its not fesasable or realistic. Living on Vancouver island, its a very big trip to get to florida, i think the next few disney vactions will be in California.

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You may not get mousekeeping.... but you do get a washer and dryer in most of the rooms. I know that may not be ideal for most. Not everyone likes doing it... but it does help, and you can take less which means more room for goodies... lol

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Courtney wrote:
Has anyone done this before? i was looking into using dvcrequest for a rental @ grandcalifornian. the rates seem really reasonable, just dont like the idea of no mousekeeping. As much as i would love to buy into DVC its not fesasable or realistic. Living on Vancouver island, its a very big trip to get to florida, i think the next few disney vactions will be in California.

Here is what you get in terms of Mousekeeping if you stay at a DVC resort:

For stays of seven (7) or less consecutive nights in the same Vacation Home, the DVC Resort will provide a "Trash & Towel" service on the fourth consecutive day of the stay.

For stays of eight (Cool consecutive nights or more in the same Vacation Home, the DVC Resort will provide:
a) One (1) "Full Cleaning" service on the fourth consecutive day of the stay. b) Following the initial Full Cleaning service, housekeeping will provide another Full Cleaning Service every eight (Cool consecutive days in the same Vacation Home. c) Following the initial check in, a "Trash & Towel" will be provided every eight (Cool consecutive days reserved in the same Vacation Home.

Club Members and their Guests may request clean linens, toiletries, etc., by calling the DVC Resort's housekeeping department. Additional fees may be charged for such requests. Supplemental cleaning services are available for a fee and may be arranged through either Member Services or the DVC Resort's front desk.

We have gotten used to not having daily Mousekeeping. Not that doing laundry is something you want to do during your vacation, but it does cut down on the amount of clothing we bring. I tend to overpack anyways, so this concept doesnt apply to me. There's enough towels to get by without cleaning them daily. We've gotten used to doing some laundry during our stays.

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You may not get mousekeeping.... but you do get a washer and dryer in most of the rooms. I know that may not be ideal for most. Not everyone likes doing it... but it does help, and you can take less which means more room for goodies... lol

Washer and Dryers are not available if you stay in a DVC suite room - similar to one of the regular hotel rooms. The one-bedroom; two-bedroom; and grand villa do have washer/dryer in the units.

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sorry - I did not put the smiley face icons in the text. I copy and pasted from the DVC policy manual and it listed (Cool and must have converted the Cool to a smiley face.

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Thanks for the info. I really want to stay on site but paradise pier does not really appeal to us. We have stayed @ DLH. This time my parents will be travelling with us. I think the would love the suites.

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azdisneydvc wrote:

Washer and Dryers are not available if you stay in a DVC suite room - similar to one of the regular hotel rooms. The one-bedroom; two-bedroom; and grand villa do have washer/dryer in the units.

DVC calls what you have called a "Suite" a Studio. It is correct that there is no washer/dryer in the Studios.

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Courtney wrote:
Thanks for the info. I really want to stay on site but paradise pier does not really appeal to us. We have stayed @ DLH. This time my parents will be travelling with us. I think the would love the suites.

Here is some information and pictures about the Two Bedroom Villa at the Grand Californian that we had in May.

http://www.wdwforgrownups.com/forum/dvc-grand-californian-resort-spa

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Kristen K. wrote:
azdisneydvc wrote:

Washer and Dryers are not available if you stay in a DVC suite room - similar to one of the regular hotel rooms. The one-bedroom; two-bedroom; and grand villa do have washer/dryer in the units.

DVC calls what you have called a "Suite" a Studio. It is correct that there is no washer/dryer in the Studios.

OOOOPs! cant type what I read.

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For our trip in May, we rented DVC points for the Boardwalk Villas. I rented from a person who owns a travel company. Two of my friends have used her and been friends forever. It is costing about $700 for only 3 nights. It all depends on the room/time of year you go. It was still cheaper than booking a hotel room through Boardwalk Inn. Good luck! We will only be renting points from now on. It's so worth it!

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Great pics Kristen. i have decided that if i am not using airmiles, i will be renting points here. it looks amazing. might jut use the airmiles for the flight & park passes then share a 2 bedroom villa with my parents. They have never been to DL or WDW, but really want to go with my son. I almost fainted when they told me this, i never thought they would want to go, but thats what you do for your grandbabies.

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I have bought and sold DVC contracts through the Timeshare Store. They rent points at $12 per point. I would not hesitate to use them. They are totally professional.

They also have what are called "distressed points". Points that will be expiring soon and they can rent as low as $8 per point.

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The Colonel wrote:
I have bought and sold DVC contracts through the Timeshare Store. They rent points at $12 per point. I would not hesitate to use them. They are totally professional.

They also have what are called "distressed points". Points that will be expiring soon and they can rent as low as $8 per point.

Thanks for the good report on the Timeshare store. They were who I was looking into using.

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