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Add-on of 25 points to get membership card. Worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying and Selling DVC' started by Disney_MachineLearning, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. Disney_MachineLearning

    Disney_MachineLearning Member

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    Hello,

    We recently purchased 160 points at Bay Lake Tower in the resale market(got the membership number today). Wanted to know if buying 25 points to get the membership card. Is it really worth?

    Thank you for your opinions in advance.
     
  2. DVC Mike

    DVC Mike Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Maybe. If you can take advantage of the incidental benefits of a direct purchase (such as the discount on Annual Passes), then it might be worth it. Just keep in mind that these incidental benefits are not guaranteed and may be withdrawn or altered at any time. Review the incidental benefits of a direct purchase and see what the value of them might be or you.
     
  3. Disney_MachineLearning

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    Thank you for the quick reply.

    I see online under the membership benefits that Pool hopping, DVD rental and Top of the world lounge are included even for members who purchased resale after April 1st 2016. I assume it's inclusion is not permanent either and can be termed incidental too.
     
  4. rfc0001

    rfc0001 Elite Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Other than the perks (e.g. after hours park events, beach party water park events), the hard savings are 10% merchandise discount, 10% food discounts, and AP discounts.

    Assuming you purchase PVB @ $176/pt. (best direct value), that's at least a $100/pt. premium over SSR resale (best resale value) - or $2,500 total premium.

    If you aren't going to purchase annual passes, that just leaves the 10% merch and select dining discounts, which means you would have to purchase $25,000 in merchandise and food (at participating locations) to break even with the premium you paid for a direct purchase (comparing the best direct value to the best resale value).

    If you are going to purchase APs annually (if you visit Disney more than once a year, an AP typically saves you more than two multi-day tickets), then the DVC AP discount can be up to $250 per person per year (savings of a new DVC-only Gold Pass over a non-DVC Platinum pass - or $1,000 annually for a family of four. The merch and dining discounts with an AP are usually the same or better than DVC, so the net DVC savings for AP holders is really just your DVC AP discount. Taking that same $2,500 premium you are paying for the 25 points direct, you would break even after only 3 sets of discounted DVC APs, then save $1,000 a year thereafter (assuming family of 4).
     
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  5. Disney_MachineLearning

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    Thank you. That is a great explanation.
     
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