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  • On Sep 1, 2022
    Jennifer from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I want to borrow points from my 2024 August use year for a trip in August or September 2023, will I be able to book my home resort at the 11 month mark?

    Hey There, Hi There, Ho There, Jennifer!

    You're as welcome as can be here at planDisney.  Thanks so much for stopping by with a question about your Disney Vacation Club Membership. It sounds like you're a Disney vacation planner after my own heart –– I love planning my next visit to Walt Disney World way in advance.  Sure, the waiting might make you feel like Genie, trapped in his bottle for 10,000 years, but I also think it makes your stay that much more exciting when it finally arrives. Plus, with all that time to plan, it gives you plenty of time to make sure all the details are just right!  

    To help you plan your visit next year, let's take a look at how it works when you need to borrow a few extra Vacation Points to book that perfect reservation. When you borrow or bank Vacation Points, those Points retain their Home Resort affiliation. That means if you're planning to stay at your Home Resort during your visit, you will be able to use those Vacation Points during the 11-month booking window.  However, keep in mind that Vacation Points from one Home Resort can't be combined with another Resort during the Home Resort Priority Period. In other words, if you have two Home Resorts –– let's say Disney's Old Key West Resort and Disney's Riviera Resort –– you can't borrow Points from your Old Key West contract to book a stay at Riviera during the 11-month window. You'll need to wait until the 7-month booking window opens to combine borrowed Points when making a reservation. 

    In the event you need to borrow Vacation Points for your stay next year, remember that you can only borrow Points from the following Use Year's allotment of Points. If you have a September Use Year but you'll be arriving in August 2023, you'll only be able to borrow Points from September 2023 for that reservation.  You won't be able to borrow Vacation Points from your September 2024 Use Year unless your check-in date is September 1st or later. If you'll be arriving at the end of August, but would like to borrow September 2024 Points for part of the reservation, I suggest booking a split stay, even if it's for the same type or room at the same Resort. By making September 1st the check-in date for the second part of your stay, you'll be able to borrow those Points.

    And here's a great tip –– once you arrive at the Resort, stop by the Front Desk to let them know both reservations are for the same traveling party (just be sure that you've booked the same room type and view for both reservations).  While it isn't guaranteed, they should be able to keep you in the same room for your entire stay.  Just be sure that you're using the Online Check-in service on your My Disney Experience account.  That way, you'll be automatically checked out of your first reservation and checked out of your second reservation without any extra steps on your end.

    Thanks for visiting planDisney, Jennifer.  If you think of more Disney planning questions as your upcoming visit approaches, please don't hesitate to stop by again –– we're always here to lend a helping hand!

    Happy Planning,

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Hiya, Pals! I’m Amy – a DOLE-whip-loving, power-lifting, communications strategist from Cleveland, Ohio and together with Mr. Incredible, we’re raising our own team of Supers. Most days, you can find me stretching to juggle virtual meetings in the school pick-up line, drink all the coffee, and defeat laundry –– all while dreaming up what adventures we can find on our next Disney Vacation Club vacation! See ya real soon!
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