Was looking to book the family a nice trip to Orlando for February 2020 at one of vacation clubs. Was available for cash but not for points.
Many phone calls back and forward between reservations Bonvoy and reservations at vacation club... to cut a long story very short ( about 4 hours of phone calls) I rang the hotel direct and they released a room to me instantly for the exact dates that I wanted. I did have to explain the no black out dates and that they had availability as I could have paid cash for it, duty manager apologized and hey presto 7 nights in a 2 bedroom villa all booked
This might be an option for some people who are finding it hard to book the exact room they want on points but it is available on points.