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Old 10-18-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Uk dvc members please help..

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We have just received our DVC pack and considering purchasing between 160 - 200 vacation points. my understanding is that this will get us a studio for 2 weeks every 2 years. Living in the UK means we won't be popping for short breaks and would need a 2 week break to make it financially viable.
However with the offers on constantly for free disney dining when you book between certain dates is it really worth it ?? I would value others opinion. I'd also welcome info on how UK members best use the points they have.

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Old 10-27-2011, 08:51 AM   #2
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Julia tbh 200 points is overkill for a studio every 2 years! We own 175 points & there is only a MK view at BLT during Premier Season (which is 2 weeks at the end of April & Xmas week) that is out of our reach. that being said 200 points would open up 1 beds at resorts like OKW & SSR but if you are buying BLT then that's a bit of a "waste".
I read your post somewhere else & someone mentioned booking costs,there are no booking costs for booking the DVC resorts,there are costs if you decide to book DCL or the RCI/II programme.
Have you considered Resale? We bought from the Timeshare store & paid $68/point for SSR,direct this is $99, so basically more points for the same money!
As far as is it worth it,only if you were going to stay at that standard of accommodation anyway, otherwise it's hard to make it work : We have 2 studios booked for 18 nights which would cost £4500 Direct (but we would also get Free Dining!) but we could get a 2 Bed villa at the Staybridge Suites LBV for £1600 -full kitchen,free breakfast....
Just a final point,I have used a calculator to work out my total cost over the life of my contract & it's £54k!! That's my intial buy & annual dues for the life of the contract.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:33 PM   #3
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...with the offers on constantly for free disney dining when you book between certain dates is it really worth it ??
In the short term you may find that the free dining and cheap offers make DVC a hard sell, but what you need to remember is that they are short term. Once things turn around (please oh please let things turn around!) then DVC will definitely be a good deal.

Even now given that a lot of the deals are at SSR, I don't regret my 330 points there, especially with the cheap APs, TiW card, etc...
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:06 PM   #4
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We are looking at 110 points that will get us a studio every two years so i think maybe too many for every two years
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:33 AM   #5
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We are looking at 110 points that will get us a studio every two years so i think maybe too many for every two years
If you've been in a one bed a studio is going to be hard! Just a warning
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Old 10-28-2011, 08:46 AM   #6
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If you've been in a one bed a studio is going to be hard! Just a warning
Amen to that, the first year we bought in we had points to burn so had our last 3 nights in a 1 bedroom... big mistake!
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:01 PM   #7
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The space is great but would prefer smaller really. Only thing i will miss is washer and dryer, only stayed in one bed as it was a glitch and cheaper than studio

View blt tomorrow so will se where home will be blt or ssr
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Old 10-28-2011, 01:07 PM   #8
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You will want the one bed at BLT - the studios are quite small especially as the girls get bigger.

Also you would then have the 2 beds in the living room so they wouldn't have to share later.

With not doing the DDP I really like having the kitchen too (not that I have cooked!) but it makes breakfast easy and reheating and eating left overs for lunch
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:36 PM   #9
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We used to stay in a studio but like others have said once you stay in a 1 bedroom you dont want to stay in a studio. Next year as my DD1 and her BF are coming we are staying in a 2 bedroom at OKW or SSR with free dining, 9 nights at BWV but in 2 seperate studios as the 2 bedroom was too many points, same also when we stay at Vero and HRH.
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We used to stay in a studio but like others have said once you stay in a 1 bedroom you dont want to stay in a studio...
I have to pipe up on this point. It really is personal taste. I've done 1 bed rooms more than once and they are nice, but I have no problem staying in a studio. What swings is for me is how many meals 'out' we intend to have. If there's loads we go studio, if we want to eat in the room more often than not then we go 1 bedroom so we have more facilities.

I will add the caveat though that my partner any I are the only ones who go, and 2 in a studio is a breeze. Not sure I'd be so happy with 3 or 4.
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Old 11-20-2011, 05:15 AM   #11
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If you've been in a one bed a studio is going to be hard! Just a warning
Agree!
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:04 PM   #12
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We hv just bought into dvc and bought 180 points. As they hv given us this years points in full we hv banked them so can use 360 points next year if needs be. I hv booked 5 nights in a studio at 88 points and 6 nights in a one bedroom. Both at vwl but at 7 months I am hoping to change our first 5 nights to either a studio at okw or a one bed at aklv. Have no issues with the studio at all especially at the beginning of the holidays as not in the room much but the latter of the holiday like to relax a little.
Dvc is well worth it to us. Took 9 months to decide and glad our home resort is VWL
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I bought at 225 points at SSR resort 5.5 years ago and I'm glad I have the piece of mind that I can stay in Disney when I go to Florida and I don't have to worry about the cost. I've also rented my points out to dissers when I've needed to and will probably be doing the same again soon or hopefully a points transfer. The flexibility is great!
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We bought 160 points at SSR with the same plan as you (two weeks every other year) but it didn't work out that way because we now want to come every year! So we bought more points (another 25) last year. We now come every year in october or november. We buy an annual pass and get two years out of it, use our virgin credit card all year and use miles plus points for the flights. I watch the exchange rate and get currency when its in our favour. Book the hire car early with alamo to get the best deals. It all makes a difference! i work out even with free dining this is still a better deal long term ( because you have to buy the pass to get free dining and we get two years from ours plus discounts in various places )

We pay the 10 dollars to do the virgin downtown checkin on the day we leave and hand back the hire car and get the magical express. We get the ME to the resort as well and pick up the car the next day ( alamo will pick you up for free in a shuttle ). This saves two days car hire!

We dont worry about free dining as we like to dine off world as well. We like the variety and eating off world is cheap and good!

Sometimes like this year we also do 3 or 4 nights on the disney dream because its wonderful and it saves room points! If you are spending the money on the flight might as well stay for as long as possible.

Last year I was speaking to some Americans who check out of SSR at the weekends and check in to a cheaper local hotel to stay longer and save points!

We have never regretted our purchase! One year when we couldnt come we rented out the points which is very simple via Davids vacation website. Worst year of my life lol...
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We own 160 and our points get us approx12 nights/ yr in a BLT studio in Sept-Feb (ex xmas).

Like pp i must say we (my parents and I) find a studio has ample room. We particularly love the dedicated kitchen at BLT and the extra storage that affords. We've stayed in offsite condos and we always felt the bigger the space, the more mess we'd create and the smaller the condo would feel.

We'll probably add on in a few years but it will be more to have more nights without borrowing than it will be to stay in larger accom. In fact i really don't like the idea of spending double points to stay in the same resort and spend little time in the room anyway.

OP, i hope you enjoy your purchase
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