What is the trick to reserving a room at the Marriott Vacation Club properties with Marriott Rewards points? Seems like they are always unavailable when I try to book one, but I do like to book WAY in advance. Any suggestions?
No trick, but you have to understand how timeshare bookings work. Before any reservations for a particular time are received by a HOTEL property, the hotel is completely empty with no reservations received. As reservationa come in, the hotel fills up. On the other hand, before any reservations are received by a TIMESHARE property, the property is technically full with its owners who could potentially use their ownership weeks --- full that is until owners trade their week or weeks out of their home property to another property. When that happens - and only when that happens - timeshare units become available to others who would reserve in exchange for payment in MR points, in money, or for a week at another property. In other words, a timeshare resort is full until someone chooses to trade out. What you need is luck ----- luck to make your MR request just after someone has traded out of the property you are attempting to get into.