I am not a DVC (Disney Vacation Club) owner. I have always wanted to stay in a DVC property but have found the Disney prices for the DVC resorts to be unattainable. I had frequently priced out staying at various DVC properties but could not justify the costs.
In recent months, I had read that some people rent points in order to afford staying in these rooms. I am always looking for ways to save money, yet have the Disney vacation of my dreams. As a result, I found a board that had members of DVC that were renting out their points. I had never frequented the boards prior to this, so do not feel that you must be a “board regular” to rent using the boards. I emailed the owner of the requested number of points needed after doing some research on the accommodations I wanted to request: I found online “calculators” that helped me determine the number of points I would need for the days of travel for the defined accommodations.
For my trip with my husband and son, we decided a studio would be plenty of room for our 5 night vacation. We had wanted to stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, but found that that resort was already booked solid. Instead, we went with Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. The number of points needed for our 5 nights was 70. The individual we were renting from requested $10 per point for a total due to the owner of $700. We paid the individual the money through Paypal. I felt confident in this purchase when backed with Paypal, since Paypal does have safeguards (check with the site for specifics).
After paying for the points, the owner booked our accommodations, and we were sent our confirmation in the mail about a week later. If we had needed to use the Disney’s Magical Express, the owner of the DVC points would have also had to book this for us. I will say that after renting the points from the member, I could not resist pricing out the costs of the studio for the same dates through Disney.com. With my annual pass discount, I was given a rate of $1856. I nearly fell out of my seat! What a great savings!
Next week I will discuss my room a bit and our accomodations at Saratoga Springs. Have a great week!