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  • On Apr 11, 2022
    James from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Use Year is September 2022. What month/year can use make a resort reservation other than your home resort ?

    Hey there, James! Welcome to planDisney and Welcome Home, neighbor! I’m so happy that you’ve stopped by with your vacation planning question. I just love chatting with a fellow Disney Vacation Club Member!

    Don’t you just LOVE being a Disney Vacation Club Member?! Knowing that my next magical adventure is always right around the corner and always having a countdown to a Disney vacation brings such joy and magic to my life. But as magical as it is, with Use Years, booking windows, and expiration dates (Oh my!), it can be equally as confusing. I, too, have a September Use Year, and I’m thrilled to answer your question and help you plan your next pixie-dusted vacation!

    Regardless of your Use Year, your booking window to book a vacation at your Home Resort is 11 months before your arrival date and seven months before your arrival date for any other DVC Resorts. Your Use Year is the amount of time that you have to use your Vacation Points before they expire (if you don’t bank them), and in your case, for your 2022 Use Year, you have from September 1, 2022, through August 31, 2023, to travel, thus using your Points. That means that if you have 2022 Vacation Points available for use, since you are already within seven months of the start of your 2022 September Use Year, you can book a vacation at a non-Home Resort with an arrival date from September 1, 2022, up to seven months from NOW! Any vacation that occurs within the Use Year utilizes that Use Year’s Vacation Points, regardless of when you book. Happy booking, my friend! 

    James, don't forget that if you ever want to travel before September of any given year and you don't have enough Points in your current Use Year, you can borrow Points from the following Use Year! Right now, there is a borrowing restriction where you can only borrow up to 50 percent of your Vacation Points, but you can also buy up to 24 One-Time-Use Points from Member Services at the time of booking up to seven months in advance. Conversely, if you won't be using that year's Points or you want to save up Points for a future trip, don't forget that your last day to bank your Points is April 30th of that Use Year (In your 2022 Use Year example, the deadline would be April 30, 2023.). The flexibility is just one of the great things about this magical Membership!

    I hope this was helpful, James! I used to have SO many questions and even accidentally missed my booking window a few times before I figured it all out, so, please feel free to stop by any time with any questions you may have. You've got a friend in me!

    I hope to see ya real soon,


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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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