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What is Use Year?

What is Use Year?
November 14, 2017 Lori Webb

When purchasing a Disney contract, it’s necessary to understand the importance of your Use Year. This is the time of year that Disney deposits the points into your account every year.

Having sold memberships for the Disney Vacation Club for over 25 years, we have been trained to tell buyers that it makes the most sense to purchase a Use Year that is shortly before their typical travel time. The problem with this is that over the life of the membership (decades of vacations!) a members’ travel habits will change. If you happen to be a family with young children now, you may have a great deal of flexibility when you travel. But eventually, your children will grow and your vacation pattern will change- you will be subject to the school calendar as so many of us are.

What if you are a member already and you are considering adding to the size of your membership by purchasing another contract? Should you only consider a contract with the same Use Year? This question can be answered a couple of ways. If you have a contract at a DVC resort at Walt Disney World, and you want to add points at one of the Disney Vacation Club Resort properties off property (Vero Beach, Hilton Head, Grand California or Aulani) because you plan to go to that location every year or two, and don’t need to combine the points- then the Use Year may not be as significant. In most cases, however, members add points so that they can combine them, to either stay in larger accommodations, visit Disney more frequently, or stay longer! In this case, we believe Use Year is important. We know many members who manage multiple Use Years, but that means different banking and borrowing windows and different member numbers. The accounts will be linked, so that member services will see all of your points, but it’s just a bit more to manage.

There are many different schools of thought when it comes to Use Year. If you have any questions about how it works having more than one, or if you’re new to DVC and not sure about some of the Disney lingo, our team at DVC Sales is here to help!

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