How Does an Aulani Subsidized Contract Work?

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Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas provide an experience that brings the enchantment of O’ahu together with Disney quality, characters, theming and service. Disney Vacation Club can be pricey but the overall value is incredible compared to renting a room. There are ways to make DVC more affordable, especially at Aulani. Considering resale DVC can save you thousands. Aulani is also a unique resort in that there may be a way to pay less on annual dues. An Aulani subsidized contract has lower annual dues, also referred to as maintenance fees, than other Aulani contracts. What are Aulani subsidized dues about? How does an Aulani subsidized contract work? Let’s go over the benefits of a subsidized Aulani contract, detail the savings, discuss what they are and why they exist.

Why do Aulani subsidized contracts exist?

Back when Aulani opened in 2011, an accounting error provided the earliest Disney Vacation Club buyers at the property with incorrect information. Disney made this initial error right by promising a credit in the form of a subsidy that would lower the annual dues for the duration of the contract. Those who bought DVC at Aulani after this initial finding pay a higher rate for annual dues.

Note the subsidy is different and separate from the Transient Tax paid on stays at Aulani. All guests and DVC Members pay this during their stays at Aulani. Guests of other hotels on the island pay this as well.

Aulani Subsidized Dues vs Other Aulani Contracts

Disney Vacation Club Members with a subsidized contract at Aulani pay a lower number per point for annual dues every year. You can not buy one of these contracts from Disney directly. Contracts with Aulani subsidized dues must be purchased from a Member who is selling theirs. A new Member buying points at Aulani will pay the full annual dues rate per point. 

Annual dues per point for normal contracts at Aulani in 2023 are $9.14

Annual dues per point for Aulani subsidized contracts in 2023 are $6.87.

That’s $2.27 difference per point in savings. Members who own a 100 point subsidized contract at Aulani would save $227 less per year. Those who qualify for the subsidy with a 150 point contract would pay $340.50 less based on these numbers. This will change each year as the amount of dues per point changes.

Aulani Maintenance Fees 2023 and Beyond

Both subsidized and regular Aulani annual dues rise. For example, the DVC maintenance fees 2023 change brought both contracts up. The maintenance fees go up at Disney Vacation Club resorts as inflation rises, Cast Member benefits change and different refurbishments need to take place among other reasons. Proposed annual dues are released each year at the annual meeting of the board of directors and Members which takes place at the end of the year.

Other Benefits of a Subsidized Aulani Contract

Lower dues is an exciting benefit of buying a subsidized Aulani resale contract but that’s not all. Compared to a regular contract, this can save you a decent amount over the duration of the Membership. Aulani contracts expire January 31st of 2062.

Having the eleven month out home resort booking advantage at Aulani can be incredibly helpful. We can assume nearly all visiting Members have to travel quite a way to get to the Hawaiian island of O’ahu. This might require more planning further out.

What’s nice about buying Disney Vacation Club at Aulani is that it’s one of the original fourteen home resorts. With the way Disney Vacation Club currently works, Members who purchase resale at Aulani can use their points at any of the other original resorts based on availability. In addition to Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, that list also includes some of the most popular resorts: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Copper Creek Villas and Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Aulani Subsidized Dues Resale

Due to the nature of their existence these particular contracts can be more rare to find. Aulani subsidized dues resale contracts are quick to sell when they do appear. Most of these contracts are sold before they even hit the market.

To be notified when an Aulani DVC resale contract with subsidized dues becomes available, join the DVC Resale Buyer Wish List. You can call, email or use the chat feature to let us know you are interested in this specific kind of contract.

Saving with Aulani Subsidized Dues Resale

DVC resale prices can be considerably lower when compared to buying from Disney Vacation Club directly. In 2023, Aulani is still being actively sold by Disney at a rate of $217 per point. DVC resale contracts at Aulani are averaging about $100 per point in 2023. Talk to an Expert about finding an Aulani subsidized contract and about pricing as they become available. 

Aulani contracts are not typically a popular DVC ROFR buyback which is promising for potential buyers.

DVC Resale Experts Can Help You Find the Right Contract

DVC Resale Experts is a licensed real estate broker with a team that specializes in resale DVC. If you would love to call Aulani your home resort, consider the Disney timeshare Disney Vacation Club. Disney’s fine dedication to detail in authenticity shines at Aulani resort. It’s possible to save a great deal buying a resale Disney Vacation Club contract instead of buying direct from Disney. Especially with an Aulani subsidized contract.

Our licensed real estate agents are former Disney Vacation Club Guides with decades of experience selling DVC. You can expect pixie dusted service from first contact to closing the contract. Take a look at current resale DVC listings for pricing and availability. If you don’t see your dream contract, you’re welcome to join the DVC Resale Experts Buyer Wish List. Then you’ll be contacted when the right contract magically appears on the market.

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Nicole is a native Floridian who attended the University of Central Florida and decided to call the land of theme parks home. She’s been sharing magical tips, tricks and Orlando travel and tourism favorites online for over a decade.

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