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Old 05-05-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Aulani Fixed-Week Purchases

Hi all,

Would someone please tell me more about the fixed-week purchase option at Aulani? Aside from securing a specific week, is the unit/view fixed as well? I ask because it is my understanding that this will be offered for the Grand Floridian.

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Old 05-06-2013, 04:29 AM   #2
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Hi all,

Would someone please tell me more about the fixed-week purchase option at Aulani? Aside from securing a specific week, is the unit/view fixed as well? I ask because it is my understanding that this will be offered for the Grand Floridian.

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I thought fixed weeks were for the Japanese buyers but I could be mistaken.
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I haven't looked at the legal documents but my understanding is you buy a fixed week, unit size and view. You then pay 10% more than the cost of the underlying points. The weeks always start on Sunday. I do not believe you could take any other option including view or unit size instead, all you have the choice of is the points or the unit/view. My understanding also is that these are floating units so while you'd be guaranteed the view, you would not be guaranteed the unit.
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:50 AM   #4
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I thought fixed weeks were for the Japanese buyers but I could be mistaken.
Is mainly marketed towards the japanese buyers. They have sold very little fixed weeks contracts from my conversation with the QA staff at Aulani. She did mention that she has closed on only a handful of those fixed week contracts. She also mentioned that maybe the DVC sales office in japan sold more but she seemed pretty confident that the percentage of fixed weeks sold was very small.
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I suspect that the fixed-week option will be more popular at the Grand Floridian. Personally, if the cost is $200 or more per point, then I would want to know that I am guaranteed a week at the Grand Floridian every year. I would be sick if I paid that kind of money and ended up at another resort.
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I suspect that the fixed-week option will be more popular at the Grand Floridian. Personally, if the cost is $200 or more per point, then I would want to know that I am guaranteed a week at the Grand Floridian every year. I would be sick if I paid that kind of money and ended up at another resort.
I could see it for specific weeks like Xmas or around spring break but it makes more sense for HI where view is important also. It would have made more sense for BLT than for GF I think.
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At Aulani, the fixed week option guarantees the owner a specific accommodation type (studio, 1BR, 2BR-Dedicated, 2BR-Lock-off, or Grand Villa) and view category (Standard, Island, Pool, or Ocean view) for a specific numbered week. The owner is not guaranteed a specific villa, although a fixed week owner may request a location (high floor, Waianae Building, etc.) if desired. Each year, Member Services automatically reserves the vacation home for the owner -- the owner does not have to call MS to make the reservation.

If an owner wishes to modify the fixed week reservation in any way, such as changing the dates, the accommodation type, and/or view category, the owner needs to call MS and opt out of the fixed week. The fixed week is then converted to DVC points for that Use Year. The DVC points then have the same rights and privileges as any other DVC points. They are treated as Aulani Home Resort points that can be used to book an Aulani reservation within the Home Resort priority window, or at other DVC resorts at the seven month window. The points can also be banked or borrowed, just like traditional DVC points.

The Villas at Grand Floridian's Master Declaration has the same boilerplate language about the fixed week option as in Aulani's Master Declaration (see Page 29, section 12.12.1). If DVD decides to offer a fixed week option at VGF, it might administer the program the same way as at Aulani. However, the Master Declaration affords DVD some flexibility and it might tweak the program a bit differently at VGF. Until sales commence, we won't know if DVD decides to roll out a fixed week option to buyers at VGF.
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