wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
I thought I'd update this. I was unable to use my DVA account number to have the front desk apply payment to my folio, either before (via a phone call to the front desk of GCH/VGC) or after check-in. I asked several CMs with well-fitted costumes, and was told each time they needed the physical card. I'm now 87.9% convinced that this cannot be done at this time. The DVA is specifically designed pay off package balances and to make deposits. To that end, I think it would work to apply a larger "deposit" (i.e, any amount between one night's room and tax up to the full cost of the room) from the DVA before check-in over the phone, preferably at the time the reservation is made,* but you'd still be unable to use the DVA for post-check-in room charges. On a DVC reservation where no deposit is required, the DVA couldn't be used at all.That's how I use it. I don't buy packages, so I won't use the DVA to pay off a vacation package balance (bummer, since that would count towards the Bonus Gift Card promo). This last trip I requested and received the $1,000 GC, which I used throughout the week, as I was staying offsite. I'd love to do this again, as we're going to DLR in mid-July, but I think I'll be inside my every-90-days limit. What I might do is call VGC and see if they can apply a GC (actually my DVA number) to my currently non-existent balance (I'm using points for that stay), so that room charges will be paid off as a legal-for-Bonus-Giftcard-purposes spend. I'll keep you posted.
*I can't say for sure if reservations will allow a subsequent payment on a room-only reservation after the initial deposit is collected.