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Old 06-14-2014, 11:45 AM   #16
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But if it is your home resort, at 11 months, just call 6 days after you made the original reservation and you are guaranteed to extend the stay another 6 days. One more call anytime during the next week will get you the 14th night - guaranteed. Nobody can reserve the room out from under you until 11 months from your checkout date. This is why "walking a reservation" is guaranteed to work at the 11 month mark. (except for unusual circumstances, such as planned renovation that pulls your reserved room from the available inventory.)
I agree, however there are circumstances where one could be shut out due to maint/refurbishement plans or a decision on the resorts part as to how to allocate the various unit combinations for L/O villas. Not likely but possible if you're as lucky as I am with such matters.
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:57 PM   #17
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One small thing to maybe keep in mind is your family plans in the future. Once there are kids, it's often much more convenient to get a one or even two bedroom.

We're from Belgium and bought 150; We assumed we'd go every 3 years for ten nights give or take. That'd allow us a 2 bedroom. If we didn't need it, we could always trade up to more expensive resorts, or extend our stay.

The one thing we also always do, is puzzle around so we can make the most of our stay, because we want to minimize the number of wasted points.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:01 PM   #18
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We are from the UK and usually go over for two weeks give or take a few days spent at the coast we decided to buy 200 points at SSR.

We have just had out offer accepted, deposit paid and are now waiting for ROFR.
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:24 AM   #19
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Hi - we're also from the UK, and bought into DVC 3 years ago after 3 years of deliberation (it was a big commitment). We bought OKW 210 loaded points via resale, and in April this year added another 230 loaded points at OKW. We bought at OKW because it is cheaper to buy points there than most. Since 2007 we have been to WDW every year, and often twice for 14 days at a time. We travel outside of peak times in early May and early September, when the weather is hot, but not too hot, and the parks are relatively quiet. Flights are also cheaper and your points go a LOT further. In September 204points will give you 2 weeks at AKV in a savannah view studio or BLT standard studio. Also in September 214 points will give you 2 weeks at BWV in a preferred studio or at BCV, or for 156 points you can stay at OKW. You will need 20-30% more points to stay in May. We've never stayed at OKW on points, and have never had a problem booking what we want at the 7 month window. We usually do split stays so we can enjoy multiple hotels on each trip. Our favourites are BWV, SSR and Kidani. We've also just returned from Aulani, which was Amazing. We've never looked back If I were in your shoes and looking to stay in a studio every 2 years, I would look for a loaded contract for between 120 and 140 points. Good luck.
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We are also from the UK and plan to travel every other year although sometimes we might skip two. We started with 220 points looking for 18 nights in a 1 bedroom. We have since added on as we found we love 2 bedrooms as we are a family of five. We now have 430 points and can have 15-16 nights in a 2 bedroom in summer which is what works for us now. In two years we will go from 5 traveling to most likely 3 and we will then go back to 1 bedrooms and hopefully stay 20 nights. Eventually we will be free of school calendars and the plan would be to stay for the whole of September.

Needs change, sometimes quite substantially. We built our membership up gradually as we could afford and as our needs grew. We might even built
D it back down a bit eventually as our needs reduce but I think we will keep most of our points and just stay longer or go more often. We are lucky in that we really,I've just staying at the resorts so even if we don't want to go to the parks we will still want to go. In fact we have planned in 2015 8 nights at WDW and no parks. This will give us the time to do all the things we nor ally squeeze to a very small window out of the parks.

I think starting at 100 points or so is an excellent idea. You can use gem a few times even if you have to supplement with a hotel room for a few nights, get your feet wet see what you like etc then buy more if you need to.

We have someAkV points and we love the resort but if I had my time again I'd have half the AKV points I have and I'd have some BLT points as well. Not a big deal as we have always got the BLT we want at7 months but it is an example of why I'd go in lower and get my feet wet before increasing g
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