DVC Use Year Is More Important Than You Think

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Understanding the concept of the DVC Use Year is vital when you are purchasing points. Especially when you are buying a DVC resale. If you are considering Disney Vacation Club ownership for the first time, DVC Use Year can impact when you use your points. However, if you’re already an owner, selecting the optimal Use Year requires a bit more consideration. Luckily, the process is manageable with the right information. Before you purchase a DVC resale, don’t forget to keep Use Year in mind when browsing contracts for sale.

What is DVC Use Year?

If you don’t know already, DVC works by giving owners an annual allotment of points every year. The number of points owners receive can depend on multiple things. This can be their Home Resort, season or week number, unit type, how often they plan to travel, and more. Of course, it would be a frenzy for everyone if all owners received their points on the same day every year. That’s why the DVC Use Year is important to consider. Your Use Year is the date when you will receive your annual allotment of points. Owners receive an allotment of points every year that can be spent, banked, or borrowed for their vacations.

The term Use Year (which is often abbreviated to UY) is a bit deceiving. People new to the workings of DVC Use Year might be surprised to learn that it actually refers to a month. There are eight Use Years to consider: February, March, April, June, August, September, October, and December.

On the first of every UY month is when owners will receive their annual allotment of points. Keep in mind that you don’t need the points in order to make a reservation; your points just need to be available for the dates of your vacation. This means that if you’ve exhausted all of your points for the year, you can still book a Disney vacation for next year.

DVC Use Year Rules

Use Year is not as complex as it may seem. Once you have an idea of the general rules you will be able to navigate using your DVC points fairly quickly and easily. You should also take these rules into consideration before you purchase DVC points on the resale market.

  1. The last day to bank your DVC points is eight months after your Use Year. For example, if you own a December Use Year, you have until July 31st to bank your points.
  2. If you purchase an additional contract, a different Use Year will require two membership accounts.
  3. Cancelling your reservation within 30 days of check-in will put your points into a holding account. Points in a holding account can only be used to make a reservation no more than 60 days in advance of the date your reservation is made. If your Use Year is within that time frame, you will essentially lose your points for the year as holding points cannot be banked.

DVC Use Year Chart

DVC Use YearLast Day to Bank Points
FebruarySeptember 30
MarchOctober 31
AprilNovember 30
JuneJanuary 31
AugustMarch 31
SeptemberApril 30
OctoberMay 31
DecemberJuly 31

 Not sure when the last day is you can bank your points? The general rule of thumb is eight months after your Use Year.

Considering Use Year When Purchasing a DVC Resale

As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to think about when your family is most likely to go on vacation if you’re shopping the DVC resale market as a first-time buyer. The ideal situation is to travel early in your DVC Use Year. This makes it easier to ensure you spend, bank or borrow points with plenty of time left in the year. Keep in mind, points cannot be banked during the last four months of a Use Year. They must be used or they will expire when the annual allotment is renewed.

If you already own a DVC contract, you might consider your Use Year a little more carefully. Depending on how many memberships you want to maintain, the Use Year can make all of the difference. Buying additional points (whether you’re going resale or direct) may require you to purchase a different Use Year, depending on the resort. If you purchase a different Use Year for your additional points, you will need to maintain two separate membership accounts to make reservations.

Something that many DVC experts recommend when you are considering Use Year is to pay close attention to DVC’s cancellation policy. If you cancel your reservation within 30 days of your check-in date, the points are then put into a “holding account,” and they cannot be banked. The points in your holding account can only be used to make a reservation that’s no more than 60 days in advance of the date your reservation is made.

This is why it’s important to consider when you’re most likely to travel when you are choosing your UY. If you were to travel in November normally, but your Use Year is in December, you would potentially be losing your points for the year if you were to cancel. However, an October UY would be best suited for someone that typically travels in November. If you cancel your trip, you still have plenty of time to use the points in your holding account without losing them for good.

For more information, read DVC Points and When to Add More.

Does Use Year Matter If I Already Own DVC?

Yes and no. If you’re browsing DVC resales and you already own a contract, you’ll want to consider whether you would like to keep your DVC points under one membership or have some flexibility with multiple. The caveat with a different Use Year is having to book reservations under a separate account with those points. However, some owners prefer having two separate Use Years so they can have dedicated points for a fall/winter trip, as well as a spring/summer trip.

If you’re shopping the resale market it might not be a bad idea to look for at all DVC contracts for sale so you don’t miss out on an incredible deal. What’s more, you are able to transfer your points from one membership to another without a fee. If you need to use points from both memberships for one reservation, all you would have to do is transfer the points. This is an additional step and may take some planning, but it is possible!

Is There a Best DVC Use Year?

Choosing a Use Year for your contract is simply a matter of preference or your current ownership. However, keep in mind that the distribution of points is not even across all Use Years or consistent among resorts. Nearly 1/3 of all Animal Kingdom Villas points for sale are under a December Use Year, while only 11% of Bay Lake Tower points for sale fall under the same Use Year.

The good news is that your research has not shown any distinguishable difference in costs or ROFR that can be attributed to a DVC point package Use Year. Your DVC Use Year should really be a matter of preference and shouldn’t be a factor to determine the cost of DVC points. Despite the limited availability of some Use Years at particular resorts.

Not only does your DVC Use Year determine when your annual allotment of points will be come available, it also indicates the last day of the year for you to bank your DVC points.

Browse Disney Vacation Club Points for Sale

If you think you have an idea of what Use Year you’re looking for and you’re ready to start shopping for DVC Resale points, check out our DVC points for sale where you’ll find tons of great deals. If you don’t see the Use Year or DVC points package you’re looking for, make sure to create an account on our website and set up a saved search to have the latest listings delivered to your inbox right away. It’s a convenient and free way to shop the DVC resale market.

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