Did you know the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) has approximately 220,000 members?
You’re already considering becoming a DVC member, so you know that points are important. However, if you don’t understand what they are or how they work, you can be missing out on some great deals.
Are you interested in maximizing your DVC points? If so, there are some simple strategies that you can pay attention to in order to make sure that you get your money’s worth.
Keep reading to learn more about how Disney Vacation Club points work.
What Are DVC Points?
DVC points are sort of like a currency that you can use when you’re on a Disney vacation as part of the DVC. Whenever you purchase points, you’re buying a leasehold at a specific resort for a specific month (called a Use Year). Your contract will tell you how many annual points you receive.
As a new buyer, the main thing to concern yourself with is the allotment of annual points you get, the resort that you’ll have priority booking with, and when your points will renew.
How Many Points Do You Need?
It’s hard to determine how many points you’ll need because it depends on different factors. You’ll want to consider:
- How much space you need
- How many people are coming
- What resort you’ll stay at most often
- What time of year you plan to go
There are a lot of different accommodations with DVC travel options. Not all resorts have large rooms, for example, but some will have only large rooms available. You’ll have to plan your vacations accordingly.
Additionally, resorts that are in higher demand will cost more points. Resorts have different travel periods that you’ll have to keep in mind if you want to save some of your points for later.
There are DVC point chart references out there that can help you figure out how many points you need to spend at different resorts, but it truly does depend on these other factors.
How to Earn Maximum Points
Always travel during less preferred times of the year so that you won’t have to spend as many points. If you do want to travel for a specific event, like Christmas or specific Disney-related events, keep in mind that you’ll spend more points, so you won’t have as many for your next vacation unless you purchase more.
Additionally, try to travel on only weeknights. This is going to cost less because it’s less desirable to travel on these days.
Remember that you can also rent your points out to take that money back and use it for other costs. This is a little bit of extra work, but it helps you come out ahead (especially if you overprice your points). If you’re selling your DVC points, you can usually use online forums to make it easier, but operate at your own risk.
Take the Vacations You Deserve
The Disney Vacation Club can be a great way to take cheaper Disney vacations, but only if you maximize your DVC points. Be smart about how and when you travel to get the most of this timeshare option.
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