The lucrative 11-month window should give you peace of mind. A couple of weeks ago, this was not the case for me. Imagine, you go on the DVC website knowing that you will score that room you have been thinking about booking for a couple of months now. You login in and search your selected dates right at 8:00 AM. Time seems to go by like molasses as you sit and wait (praying that the seven dwarfs don’t appear on your screen telling you there is a problem with the site). As your home resort(s) load on the page, you are shown that all the days you want are not available. There is a random day towards the beginning of your trip that is unavailable.
You’re dumbfounded because you woke up extra early to make sure your computer or cell phone was ready to go. The decision is then made to go ahead and book a room at your home resort to lock in your stay, possibly spending more points than originally planned. A few days go by, so you decide to check the website just to see if anything has changed. Alas, all the dates you want are available. After a quick switch-a-roo, your inner dwarf can finally transform from Grumpy to Happy.
The Possible Reason?
You think to yourself, why would the availability change like that? Could I have just witnessed the workings of a DVC walker? Walking a reservation consists of modifying your reservation until the dates of the reservation match up with your desired travel dates. This can be a confusing topic, so here is a link to the DVC Show video explaining more in-depth of the concept. I honestly did not know this is something that occurred until watching the video.
Now I know there is no rule to walking your reservation, but it’s common curiosity. Everyone wants to be able to book their reservation at 11-months knowing that their stay is secure. For a Type-A planner (like most of us that go all out planning DVC stays), this adds unwanted stress. Most of us buy where we want to stay, and it’s tough not being able to secure a desired room.
Hard to Get Reservation
As a disclaimer, I was trying to book a tower studio at Riviera during Thanksgiving week. I have never booked a room at Thanksgiving, but I have been able to get two studios at Poly over New Year’s Eve at 11 months with no issue. I know the rooms are very limited. But with a new resort that is not yet sold out, there are fewer people aiming to book those rooms. But checking the website after I switched, another date that was originally unavailable prior to my desired travel dates became available again. This quick change in availability makes me wonder if this was someone walking their reservation.
Sure, someone could have decided to switch room types allowing the tower studio to become available. But, this incident is to bring to light how frustrating it can be when people are booking DVC rooms during dates that they don’t intend to keep.
Let me know in the comments what your opinions are on “walking a reservation.”
DVC Member Since 2017
Polynesian & Riviera
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