A DVC Use Year is the month in which DVC points are added annually to a DVC contract through the duration of the deed. Disney has Use Years in February, March, April, June, August, September, October, or December.
The importance of a DVC Use Year depends on how you plan to vacation. If you are locked into a set vacation schedule, it is important to have a Use Year one to two months before the anticipated set vacation time.
DVC ownership offers flexibility, except for cancellations within 30 days of a reservation. Points in holding must be used within the current Use Year or risk losing them altogether.