According to DVCNews.com, a new ruling means that Disney Vacation Club members must purchase a minimum of 100 points direct from DVC in order to fully qualify for the club’s Membership Extras.
This news marks more than a huge 30% increase over the previous minimum purchase requirement of 75 points, which was put in place last year. This came from an even bigger jump from the original minimum of “only” 25 points, made effective from 2016. The most likely reason for this new demand looks like a further combat towards the high number of owners joining DVC by buying points from the resale market.
The new restriction will take effect from September 17th, and will effect all Membership Extras, which include discounts, access to lounges, special evening events, and more. From the membership website, the terms and conditions state:
Membership Extras, such as vacation options in the Disney and Concierge Collections, certain discounts, offers, and special events are incidental benefits. These incidental benefits are subject to change or termination without notice, may require the payment of a fee and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Membership Extras are also subject to availability and block-out dates may apply, including high periods of demand such as Christmas and New Year’s Day. To receive any Membership Extras, purchasers must present a valid Disney Vacation Club Membership Card along with a corresponding valid photo ID. Effective Sept. 17, 2019, to obtain a Disney Vacation Club Membership Card, Members must accumulate a total of at least 100 Vacation Points purchased directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc. Disney and Concierge Collections options are not available for ownership interests not purchased directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc. after March 21, 2011, and, effective April 4, 2016, Members who have not purchased an ownership interest directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc. will not have access to Membership Extras.
Back in January, new limitations were placed on DVC owners who had joined via the resale market, meaning that the members were restricted to the original DVC resorts and couldn’t transfer points over to the upcoming Riviera Resort or Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Resort. It does seem to be less and less attractive to be purchasing resale points at this time, especially with all the new offerings and experiences coming to the Disney parks in the upcoming months.
What are your views on this matter? Do you buy resale points? Let us know!