Friday, April 15, 2011

DVC Concierge Collection - The Whitehall Pt 1

I love my DVC, and up to this point, I haven’t really played with number for getting the best value out of my point, so far, I have just been happy to use them. My family has stayed at non-DVC Disney Resorts, at the AKL Concierge, and booked a Disney Cruise all with our points and I must admit that it has been easy and convenient for us to do so. That convenience is one of the reasons that I don’t nickel and dime my DVC budget. The money comes out each month, if I have points to use; I book them as I wish. That was until I started doing research on a Hotel review I plan on sharing with you in June.

Curious to see what the DVC Concierge collection was offering in Chicago, I decided that my husband and I should book a night at the The Whitehall Hotel. The Whitehall is an elegant boutique venue that is part of the DVC partner offering. It looks amazing and I can’t wait to stay there. According to my 2011 DVC point guide, I can get a superior room there during this peak for just 50 points per night. That’s a little steep for a gal with only 185 points a year, but for some people it might be acceptable for a great weekend at this exquisite Downtown Chicago location. Or is it?

Not wanting to use my precious points, I booked The Whitehall using cash. We’ll be staying 1 night (Friday) in a superior King room, booked with a package that includes valet parking ($50) and continental Breakfast (about $25) all for a grand total of $262.85.

So, here comes the lecture that I HATE, LOATHE, and DESPISE reading on DVC sites all across the web. Yep… indeed… I’m going to say it.

Rent out your points and pay cash
instead of staying on points at The Whitehall.

Now, seriously, I understand that the whole purpose for some people of having points is that they don’t have to deal with cash. I understand that renting out your points can be a hassle, complicated, and a risk when dealing with unknown renters. I love the simplicity of not having to worry about any of that and just going on vacation with the knowledge your hotel is taken care of. But in this case it really doesn’t make any sense at all.

If you rented out your points, even at the bargain rate of $10 per point, you’re going to get $500. That’s almost twice what it cost to book on cash with a breakfast and valet package that you don’t get with points. TWICE. That’s just crazy. Who would voluntarily pay double the going rate for a hotel room? I know that I can’t.

I’m really looking forward to bringing you a look at this exquisite hotel, but being real… I’m paying cash.

1 comment:

  1. Great tips!! DVC hasn't seemed to "fit" for our family yet but might in the future. We're hoping to rent some points for a stay this fall with extended family but I'm so nervous about taking the risk of paying someone and something possibly not working out. Where might a person find a reliable place/person to rent points from??