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  • On May 27, 2022
    Christine from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, I want to use my points to stay at a Disney Resort in Florida but not a villa since it is not my home resort and I would have to wait to reserve. how and where can I complete that?

    Hey There, Christine!

    I'm so glad you've found your way to planDisney.  If you ask me, one of the coolest things about being a Disney Vacation Club Member is that there are so many ways to use our Vacation Points.  Whether it's relaxing at a Disney Vacation Club Resort, setting sail with Disney Cruise Line, or even blasting off to a galaxy far, far, away, I love that I can create new and exciting experiences for my family each time we set off on a Disney vacation.  How exciting that you're planning to ring in 2023 with your Vacation Points at Walt Disney World Resort this year!

    When you choose to use your Vacation Points for a Disney Collection Exchange at a non-DVC Resort, you'll need to convert your Vacation Points to Reservation Points in order to book your reservation.  However, while the Points Charts for these hotels are available online, you'll have to give Member Services a call at (800) 800-9800 in order to convert your Points and begin the booking process. Typically, these reservations can be booked as early as 11 months in advance –– since you're already within that booking window, you can begin making reservations for your upcoming visit as soon as you're ready.

    Since booking a Disney Collection Exchange works a little differently than booking a Disney Vacation Club reservation, I'd like to share a few details about the process to help you prepare.  Each Exchange reservation requires a non-refundable $95 transaction fee (due at the time of confirmation) and most of these reservations are subject to the Rule of Four, which means that you can't book reservations during the last four months of your Use Year if you'll be traveling during that same year.  Reservation points also expire at the end of your current Use Year, and they can't be banked, borrowed, or transferred.  Most importantly, though, you'll want to keep in mind that once your Vacation Points have been converted to Reservation Points, they can no longer be used to book reservations at a Disney Vacation Club Resort.  This means that in the event your upcoming reservation needs to be modified or canceled, those Points can only be used for another Disney Collection Exchange reservation. 

    Thanks for visiting planDisney, Christine.  I hope this helped to answer your question, but if you think of anything else, please be sure to stop by again –– we're always here to help!

    Happy Planning,
    Amy
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