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Old 12-12-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
starjazz
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Help me understand Use Year

So, I read somewhere that you want to select the month before the month you'd normally travel.

Lets say we plan to do most of our traveling in June. Do we want our use year to begin in May? Why? If I have 11 months, wouldn't that mean that in July I'd be able to book for the following June?

What is the best time to select for your use year?

Thanks!
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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use year is when you "use" your pts for a stay. nothing at all to do with when you book. (lots of people get it confused at first.)

if my use year is oct, then i can use my 2014 use year allocation for stays from oct 1, 2014 to sept 30, 2015. those are current UY pts even if i call on nov 1, 2013 to book oct 1, 2014. (and i can call on nov 1, 2013 to book oct 1, 2014 based on my home resort only - and when you stop to think about it, you'll notice that nov 1, 2013 is 11 months ahead of oct 1, 2014 whether your UY is oct or feb...)

and you always have access to banked prior UY pts (if you have any) plus current UY pts plus borrowed pts from the next UY (if you need them). so if i called on nov 1, 2013 to book oct 1, 2014, i can even use pts from my 2015 UY if i need to. but throw out the calendar because it's all based on when your UY starts and ends.

the benefit of traveling early in your UY is that if you need to cancel, you will have more options. if you never cancel, UY month will rarely make much difference.

you may want to bookmark this for future reference:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1942668

edited to add: BTW, if you are locked in for june trips, a june UY is ideal. (there actually is not a may UY.) but if you might travel in late may sometimes, then an april UY might be better. ideally, you never want to travel in the last 3 months of your UY as that is past the time your banking window closes and will limit you if you have to cancel.
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:10 PM   #3
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Yeah, okay. That link helped me understand. It is definitely a bit confusing.

From that, I agree a June UY would be good because we'd get to travel in June as probably normal, but still have the Nov/Dec holidays available with time to bank if we had to cancel.

Thanks for the help!
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