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  • On Sep 30, 2021
    Laura from MA Asked

    Hello - We have 9 DVC points leftover from 2021 that we cannot bank into next year and want to visit WDW in November 2021. I was wondering how you convert vacation points into reservation points?

    Welcome Home, Laura!

    My fellow planDisney Panelists and I are always happy to see a Guest return to us with another question, so welcome back! Before the pandemic, I had never lost a Disney Vacation Club Vacation Point in more than 10 years of Membership. While I only ended up forfeiting 4 Vacation Points, I am still bummed that my streak was broken!

    Reservation Points can be used to book the Concierge Collection, Disney Collection stays at Disney Resort Hotels, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney vacations. Vacation Points can only be converted to Reservation Points by Member Services, and this option is typically only available to those who hold a blue Membership Card. This is not something that you can do online, so you will need to call. Member Services is also the only way to check the availability and to use these Reservation Points to book.

    I’m not sure what your Use Year is, Laura, but please know that Vacation Points converted to Reservation Points will still expire at the end of their Use Year, converting them does not extend their life. When booking the Disney Collection at Walt Disney World, points are subject to the Rule of Four, meaning they cannot be used to book and travel during the last four months of your Use Year. Also, the reservation is subject to a booking fee. I know you said you wanted to travel to Walt Disney World, but for another idea, neither the booking fee nor the Rule of Four apply to the resorts of the Disneyland Resort.

    Depending on your Use Year, you may be better off trying to use your Vacation Points to book a single night at a Disney Vacation Club Resort. I’m looking at the night of November 10, and I do see a few 1 Bedroom Villas at Disney Vacation Club Resorts with availability that night. You can currently borrow up to 50% of your next Use Year’s Vacation Points if you needed points to complete a reservation. Another option would be to purchase up to 24 one-time-use points so you would have enough to book.

    Looking at Reservation Points, the lowest number of Reservation Points to book something in mid-November is 12 Reservation Points for a campsite at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground, or 14 for a weeknight stay at one of Disney’s All-Star Resorts. So you would also need to borrow Vacation Points from next year to complete that reservation. Member Services will be able to talk to you about availability and the different options to book.

    I know that hold times can be longer than typical right now, so I recommend calling right when Member Services opens in the morning, or just before they close. I usually put my mobile phone on speaker while I am on hold so I can get other things accomplished while I wait. Sending you pixie dust for that perfect reservation, Laura!

    Wishing you Membership Magic!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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