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    • #232
      Warner1497
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      Hello Looking into Marriott ownership I notice that you become premiere at 6500 points and get a 13 month booking window.  Do you think this is worth it or is there availability at 12 months? We do not necessarily need 6500 pts per year unless we found someone to trade dvc points with.  If we could find someone to trade dvc with that would be great. Because if we buy 6500. We will have 7000 bonus points to start.  How do you find someone to trade?Typical use would be MOW or grande ocean/ monarch 2 bedroom spring/fall oceanfront/Oceanside or summer oceanfront/Oceanside how is availability in general at these resorts with shorter notice?

    • #753
      SeaDoc
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      Premier is excellent on several counts – 13 month window is extremely important for the smaller properties and kid's vacation schedules, i.e. Summers in Spain and France, Marco Island, Boston, and Aruba.  For me, it is the discounted points at 30 (for premier) or 60 (for premier plus) 25%/30% discount.  This has paid for itself many times over as I do most of my non-kid vacation scheduling 30-60 days out.  ;DRegarding dvc points, one can do this on this website under classifieds.  All the best, Craig

    • #754
      pipet
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      A different opinion here…I'm just a little over 200 pts shy of premier, but I've thought about the cost of bumping up to premier, and it just doesn't seem worth it.  Your case may be different, but it takes *** lot of bookings*** at 30 days or less to make up for the additional cost of taking on more points (resale or direct from Marriott).  In fact, if I were just starting out with the Marriott system & wanted to get into the points game, I'd agree with much of the advice you will see around: buy a small points package & rent whatever extra you need, saving $$$$ in initial outlay and only paying a few cents more per point to rent than the actual maintenance fee.  You can also rent from a premier/premier plus owner who can book for you at the 13 month window.Marriott does not own a lot of points at Grande Ocean to throw into the exchange pool (most of the inventory here is tied up with legacy week owners), so I'd be shocked if they can open up a decent amount of inventory for DC point booking at the 13 month mark (this is probably similar for MOW but I have paid less attention to the amount of points that Marriott owns there). On TUG, people also report limited inventory at the 13 month mark in generalIf you travel in spring to MOW or HHI, I doubt you will have booking difficulties at all other than for holidays/special events (and if you are flexible you actually might be able to take advantage of the 30 day discounted booking window). Summer, on the other hand, is a different story, but owning points above & beyond what you need won't really help the inventory situation (owning a summer week is what guarantees you a summer stay).  Legacy summer week owners do get a decent amount of points, so I am sure some open up their weeks to the DC when they want to exchange, but summer Grande Ocean has a high owner occupancy - i.e. the limited inventory.

    • #755
      SeaDoc
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      The Ritz-Carlton clubs in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Jupiter, FL, St. Thomas, Vail and Aspen, if used, are a tremendous value if you become Premier.  I tend to agree with you if you don't do a lot of 30 day or less scheduling, or need 13 month high sought after properties/times, and not going to take advantage of the Ritz-Carlton Clubs.

    • #756
      Warner1497
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      Thanks for the reply.  What is availability 30 days out at mow or hilton ocean front properties? Still tying to decide on a very large purchase initially.  How is availibilty 6 months out?

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