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Old 06-09-2014, 07:59 AM   #241
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Right. But a Feb use year would work as well because i could still bank points from any trip cancelled April thru August? Am I getting this right?
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Is it just me, or does it seem like your use year really doesn't matter if you're not canceling your trip 3 months prior?
it's not a huge deal but if you are dealing with banked or borrowed pts that cannot be banked into the next year anyway, canceling a trip earlier in your UY still gives you more time to plan and figure out how to adjust before the pts expire...so it still might mean the difference between having 10-12 months to make new plans and having 4-6 months to make new plans...which - with DVC booking windows - can still make a difference.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:10 PM   #242
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Hi everyone. I've read through all 17 pages of this thread, and every time I think I have it figured out I read another post and get more confused. We sometimes travel at the end of May and into June, sometimes in July, and sometimes in January. Since there is no May UY, and based upon what I've read, I was thinking an April or June UY would work best. However, I'm confused by the "last minute" cancellation issue. If, for some reason, I had to cancel a June trip in April, then it will already be too late to bank my points, correct? Wouldn't an October UY work best for that scenario, because I'd have until 5/31 to bank? Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:33 PM   #243
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Hi everyone. I've read through all 17 pages of this thread, and every time I think I have it figured out I read another post and get more confused. We sometimes travel at the end of May and into June, sometimes in July, and sometimes in January. Since there is no May UY, and based upon what I've read, I was thinking an April or June UY would work best. However, I'm confused by the "last minute" cancellation issue. If, for some reason, I had to cancel a June trip in April, then it will already be too late to bank my points, correct? Wouldn't an October UY work best for that scenario, because I'd have until 5/31 to bank? Thanks in advance for the help!
If you have a June use year and you cancel a June reservation, you'll have an entire year to use those points or eight months to bank the points.
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If you have a June use year and you cancel a June reservation, you'll have an entire year to use those points or eight months to bank the points.
Thanks so much - that makes sense.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:26 PM   #245
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We sometimes travel at the end of May and into June, sometimes in July, and sometimes in January. Since there is no May UY, and based upon what I've read, I was thinking an April or June UY would work best. However, I'm confused by the "last minute" cancellation issue. If, for some reason, I had to cancel a June trip in April, then it will already be too late to bank my points, correct?
OTOH, if you have a June UY and have to cancel a late may trip in early april, you would definitely be past your window to bank and would only have 2 months to figure out whether to rent your stay as-is or try to move your reservation to something you could use at the last minute (probably with limited availability), or else risk losing those pts.

you do not want to travel in the last 3 months of your UY. it is ideal to travel early in your UY (June trips with a June UY are ideal).

if you never travel in sept/oct/nov, a dec UY would be a good choice (although it can be a little confusing since you will virtually always be using points "one year behind" - a jan 2015 trip or july 2015 trip would take place in your dec 2014 UY.)

but if you never need to cancel, it won't matter much...
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you do not want to travel in the last 3 months of your UY. it is ideal to travel early in your UY (June trips with a June UY are ideal). if you never travel in sept/oct/nov, a dec UY would be a good choice (although it can be a little confusing since you will virtually always be using points "one year behind" - a jan 2015 trip or july 2015 trip would take place in your dec 2014 UY.) but if you never need to cancel, it won't matter much...
It's 4 months, not three. But, otherwise, I do agree, a December use year sounds like a good fit.
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if you cancel less than a month ahead of arrival, the pts turn into "holding pts" and cannot be banked. so we are assuming that you would be able to cancel over a month ahead of time which makes for the 3 month risk window that limits banking...but it's good to be clear about what those assumptions are.
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OTOH, if you have a June UY and have to cancel a late may trip in early april, you would definitely be past your window to bank and would only have 2 months to figure out whether to rent your stay as-is or try to move your reservation to something you could use at the last minute (probably with limited availability), or else risk losing those pts.

you do not want to travel in the last 3 months of your UY. it is ideal to travel early in your UY (June trips with a June UY are ideal).

if you never travel in sept/oct/nov, a dec UY would be a good choice (although it can be a little confusing since you will virtually always be using points "one year behind" - a jan 2015 trip or july 2015 trip would take place in your dec 2014 UY.)

but if you never need to cancel, it won't matter much...
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It's 4 months, not three. But, otherwise, I do agree, a December use year sounds like a good fit.
So a December UY would be better than an April UY for travel in late May/June/July?
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So a December UY would be better than an April UY for travel in late May/June/July?
Sorry, I am jumping into this thread late. According to what has recently been said, either a Dec or Apr UY would work well because your expected travel time is not within three months BEFORE either UY. That being said Apr would be the best bet, because if you have to cancel a may-july trip you have much longer to plan alternate arrangements.
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Sorry, I am jumping into this thread late. According to what has recently been said, either a Dec or Apr UY would work well because your expected travel time is not within three months BEFORE either UY. That being said Apr would be the best bet, because if you have to cancel a may-july trip you have much longer to plan alternate arrangements.
the OP did mention january trips.

otherwise, i agree with this.
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the OP did mention january trips.

otherwise, i agree with this.
Yes, I did mention January trips - sorry to have confused the issue. The January trips would only be done if I can't use my points in the preceeding summer, and only infrequently - that's why I was thinking April would work. Thanks for all of your help and insight.
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