DVCNews Debates: Perks Minimum

DVCNews DebatesIn 2016, Disney Vacation Club decreed that future members must own some number of direact-purchase points in order to benefit from a wide slate of member perks.  Now comes word that DVC will soon implement a minimum threshold of 75 direct points for those same perks.  Among the perks subject to this restriction are annual pass and other ticket discounts, admission to the free Moonlight Madness events, 20% savings on Disney merchandise, dozens of restaurant discounts and more.    


 Topic:  Is it fair for DVC to add these restrictions, excluding owners with only cheaper resale points?
DVCNews Reader Comments:
Re: DVCNews Debates: Perks Minimum -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2018 Feb 12 09:09:19 AM
I think this is one of the Tit4Tat deals. Disney dings the resale point market, resale buyers respond with 25 point direct sale add to get the perks, DVC responds with the 75 point min.

Years ago people would buy one child AP and it had all the same discounts as an adult. Disney did away with the child AP. Why they didn't just remove the perks from the child AP....

The end game for DVC is to continue dinging resale buyers. They will never make it go away, but a certain percentage will decide to go Direct and that's a big win for DVC.
Re: DVCNews Debates: Perks Minimum -- denlo
2018 Feb 12 10:36:22 AM
I am not sure fair has anything to do with it. We know DVC has the right to set minimums. What I don't care for is that they have created all these different levels of eligibility. Disney should be encouraging the resale market because it is helping to buoy the high prices they are selling the contracts. If people thought their contracts would not be worth much on the resale market, they wouldn't be willing to pay the excessively high prices. Next they will probably go with tier eligibility levels based on the number of points purchased direct. Which is just another way to alienate your base membership.

To me if you are a member you should get the same benefits without jumping through hoops to qualify. These requirements are not very magical.
Re: DVCNews Debates: Perks Minimum -- TimK
2018 Feb 12 12:21:08 PM
denlo wrote:
Disney should be encouraging the resale market because it is helping to buoy the high prices they are selling the contracts.

Is it?

Many timeshares are virtually worthless when trying to re-sell, but developers continue to be successful in marketing direct. Do you really think your run-of-the-mill, moderately informed buyer who attends a DVC sales pitch gives any consideration to resale value?
Re: DVCNews Debates: Perks Minimum -- denlo
2018 Feb 12 12:24:41 PM
TimK wrote:
Is it?

Many timeshares are virtually worthless when trying to re-sell, but developers continue to be successful in marketing direct. Do you really think your run-of-the-mill, moderately informed buyer who attends a DVC sales pitch gives any consideration to resale value?

Hmmm, moderately informed, no. Although why wouldn't you research something that costs so much, especially in this day and age of internet right on your phone.
Re: DVCNews Debates: Perks Minimum -- TimK
2018 Feb 12 12:40:28 PM
denlo wrote:
Hmmm, moderately informed, no. Although why wouldn't you research something that costs so much, especially in this day and age of internet right on your phone.

One would think, but again you can buy into timeshare systems like Bluegreen, Starwood and Westgate for pennies on the dollar, but they continue to sell new resorts at five-figure purchase prices.

It's difficult to put myself in the shoes of a person who buys direct today. Given the way Disney hotel rates have risen, it's still easy to market DVC as an affordable alternative. Honestly I'm forced to conclude that MOST direct buyers have zero knowledge of the resale market. That they hear the pitch, determine they can afford the monthly payments, and don't even question the finer points. Getting a Copper Creek studio for 1/2 to 1/3 of their Deluxe room rate...or upgrade to One Bedroom for similar dollars...is enough to compel people to take the plunge.
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