A New Year – A New Set of Points

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As 2010 winds down, it’s time to get ready for your new allocation of Points for the year!

Over the next few weeks, we are going to provide you with useful information on your Vacation Club membership and help you better understand how to make the most of your Points.  Consider these posts to be a Vacation Club University given over the blog!

In this post, we’re going to take a look at booking windows.  Booking windows are probably the most important thing to understand when trying to use your points.  They are key to getting the vacation you want in the location you want.

First, let’s take a look at the booking windows for InnSeason Vacation Club Resorts.  The InnSeason Vacation Club Resorts are resorts where the Vacation Club owns inventory and include the following resorts:

InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook

InnSeason Resorts South Mountain

InnSeason Resorts The Falls at Ogunquit

M0untainview Resort

InnSeason Resorts Captain’s Quarters

InnSeason Resorts Surfside

InnSeason Resorts HarborWalk

Now to book at any of these resorts, there are certain times you can book depending on how long of a stay you would like.

To book seven (7) nights, there are a few things to consider.

1) Decide on dates, possible destinations and the number of people traveling.  The usual questions you think of when traveling are things to consider before beginning your planning.  It’s a good idea to come up with more than one option for your destination and definitely know how many people are traveling because that will help you get the best size room for your party.

2) Check your Points Grid to determine how many points you will need.  Reading the Grid is simple.  Across the top are the names of each resort and the size of the rooms at each resort.  Along the left hand side of the grid, are the dates and weeks in the year.  To determine the number of points needed for a seven night stay, simply find the resort and unit size you wish to book and find the dates you want to travel (most seven night stays run Friday to Friday) and then find the spot on the grid that lines up with those two pieces of info and there is your points total for the seven night stay!   Easier still is to go online to the Owner’s Inn and use the Fun-o-Meter.  Once you log in to your Owner’s Inn account, your Points balance will be used to help you plan your vacations and determine the number of Points needed.  Please be aware that this will not book the reservation.  You must call to book the reservation.

3) Once you have figured out how many points you need to book, you  may call Owner Services at 800-228-2968 to book your stay.

Let’s look at an example:

Jane Smith owns 150,000 Points annually.  She wants to travel to the Falls at Ogunquit in a one bedroom unit for the week of July 22.  Looking at the Points grid, that week is worth 110,000 Points.  Because Jane owns more than that amount of points, she can book that week 12 months in advance of the arrival date.

As you can see, in order to book 12 months in advance, you must annually own at least the number of Points needed to book the week.  You cannot rent, borrow, or use accrued points to get to that amount in order to book.  Let’s see another example:

Jack Doe owns 65,000 Points biennially and wants to book a seven night stay at Pollard Brook in a two bedroom unit for the week of June 10th.  Looking at the grid, Jack will need 90,000 points to book that.  Because he only owns 65,000 Points annually, he is not able to book this stay 12 months in advance.  Now this does not mean that he cannot book this stay!

Looking at the booking windows, there are still ways for him to book a seven night stay at Pollard Brook in a two bedroom unit for the week of June 10th!

If Jack can wait until four months in advance of the arrival date, he can call and book the seven night stay using one of three options.

Option One: Rent Points – Jack can rent the additional 25,000 Points at $.03/Point and use those in addition to his 65,000 annual allocation of Points to book a seven night stay.  Sometimes this option is a good choice but it depends on how many points you need to rent.  If it’s just a small amount, then it would be a good idea, but in most cases the other two options are better.

Option Two: Borrow Points – Jack can pre-pay his next year of Club Fees and activate his Points early.  Once the Points are live, Jack can borrow the 25,000 from his next allotment of 65,000 in order to book this trip.

Option Three: Buy More Points – If Jack knows that he is going to be booking a similar trip every other year when he has his Points, it might make the most sense to just increase his Points allotment for every other year.  To do this, he would just have to visit a sales center or call to set up an Owner Update to discuss his options.

All of these options are good choices for Jack if he wants to book that seven night stay at Pollard Brook.

So to review:

A reservation of seven nights may be booked TWELVE (12) months in advance as long as you own the number of Points needed to book.

You cannot rent, borrow, or use accrued Points to book a seven night stay 12 months in advance.

You may use rented, borrowed, or accrued Points to book a seven night stay FOUR (4) months in advance.

Be Flexible about location.  For example if you had your heart set on staying at Captain’s Quarters but HarborWalk is available, be open to a new experience.

And most of all, pay attention to that 12 month window, especially when trying to book peak dates and locations!

Our next article will take a look at how to use your Points to book stays of less than seven nights and the booking windows for that.

If you have any questions you would like to see answered on our blog, please feel free to post them and we’ll do our best to answer them!

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One Response to “A New Year – A New Set of Points”

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