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lisaisanurse
04-28-2011, 08:55 PM
We live in Pittsburgh (I posted this before) and we are taking advantage of the Giant Eagle Fuel perks program by getting 20 cents off per gallon of gas with every $50 we spend at disney(including the entire package giving us $1200 free gasoline for the summer on top of FD) by buying Disney Gift cards, this allows us to stack discounts..... We are willing to have a few back up resorts ready..we will be happy with Mods and above...:banana: BCV or BWV are our first choices for 8 nights but if we do Mods, we will do 9 nights for less money on DXDP..would you do the 9 nights @ CSR for less money than 8 nights at BCV or BWV? (keep in mind we are going to see Harry Potter for 2 days while we are there but still staying on Disney property...We will be eating our breakfast and dinners at Disney on Universal days.............:confused3

* if you book the Disney Visa, it says you must pay the entire trip with your Disney Visa, not allowing us to use our Disney Gift cards therefore not getting $1200 of free gasoline for the 5 us this summer..so I am flexible!!! I am sure I will get one of the 7 choices of resorts I like..........

IMGONNABE40!
04-28-2011, 09:05 PM
I'm not sure what you're asking...:confused3

mb_uh
04-28-2011, 09:20 PM
You could book what you want today and then try and add FD on 5/2 worst thing that could happen is that you have to switch to a different resort.

GL

lisaisanurse
04-28-2011, 09:23 PM
booking now would not help my chances of getting my resort of choice..and I am not sure I asked anyone anything to the other poster.:confused3

bcuinohio
04-28-2011, 11:43 PM
How much in Disney gift cards are you buying? You would have to buy $10,000 in gift cards to get $1,200 in free gas. You also have to get 30 gallons at each fill up to get the maximum benefit. Unless you have a large gas tank, you will need to invest in som 5 gallon gas cans. The gas perks expire in a few months so you would have to use them up before they expire. You may want to check with Giant Eagle to see how long they are doing the $0.20 for each $50 you spend.

lisaisanurse
04-29-2011, 07:50 AM
:teacher:that was the total of gas pre free dining...so its gonna be less free gas, but less gift cards to buy too:cool1: I am basing the free gas on the two families going..myself and hubby in one room, mom/dad/bro in the other ....this includes GC for Southwest airfares too, got 20 cents per gallon on $1257 just for that...it comes out roughly $1000 in free gas using $4 a gallon for an estimate... for the entire trip, flights included. thanks for the heads up though and I am well aware of the rules with the giant eagle perks........been taking advantage for a long time, gotta get savings somewhere, right? I bought another $1000 2 nights ago the promo was still 20 cents off per gallon, now its back to 10cents off per gallon so I wait till it goes to 20 cents a gallon again.. It will go back to 20cents a gallon off for mothers day week....unfortunately we use that much gas....and we have 3 gas cans:scared1: we have a summer home on lake chautauqua in NY and drive 380 miles r/t quite often, especially spring/summer....and we have 2 boats and 2 waverunners that unfortunately require gasoline:scared1:...so, that is NOT alot of gas for us at all. our Yukon has a 27 gallon tank....so each fill we only have to use one gas can for the extra and our other vehichle is smaller and only requires 13 gallons in the tank so we have to use 3 gas cans for that fill! You have 90 days to use the fuel perks, that is nothing for us!! thanks for the heads up though....it could be less beneficial for those that don't use the gas perks...my mom doesnt so she is letting me have hers and I will throw a couple bucks her way towards her trip!! Oh, and we are using a $200 Disney GC just for tips and we bought Universal Studio GC from giant eagle for those tickets, so thats where the $1200 in free gasoline comes out to when you add that in.....:woohoo: all in all, it saves me a lot more money doing FD general public vs. having to use the Disney Visa.....and pay it off that way......besides, all credit cards have zero balances, want to keep it that way...:teacher:

*Emily*
04-29-2011, 08:00 AM
Where does it say that the whole package has to be paid with the Disney Visa?

KELLY
04-29-2011, 08:08 AM
You only have to put the 200.00 deposit with the DV not the entire thing.

cvjw
04-29-2011, 09:03 AM
I am still not following your math. To get $1200 worth of free gas, with only 20 cents off per gallon means you would have to buy 6000 gallons of gas. (6000 gallons X .20 = $1200) If it takes roughly 30 gallons to fill up your car, you would have to fill up 200 times in 90 days. Something about that calculation seems off to me.

Maniacmous
04-29-2011, 09:34 AM
I am still not following your math. To get $1200 worth of free gas, with only 20 cents off per gallon means you would have to buy 6000 gallons of gas. (6000 gallons X .20 = $1200) If it takes roughly 30 gallons to fill up your car, you would have to fill up 200 times in 90 days. Something about that calculation seems off to me.

I think how she meant the program worked got lost in translation here - I think under her figures, she gets $0.20 off the price of a gallon at fillups (either for a certain number of fillups or for a certain span of time, say 90 days) for each $50 she spends. So: $50 = .20/gal discount, $100 = .40 discount, up to eventually 4.00 (or more) discount, assuming the promo isn't capped.

clanmcculloch
04-29-2011, 09:41 AM
I'm pretty sure you only have to put the deposit on your DV. I'd call and see if you can book now using your DV for the deposit and then pay the balance using the GCs.

lisaisanurse
04-29-2011, 10:59 AM
theres a few ways to do the math, your doing it wrong..:surfweb::teacher:

for example lets just say my mothers trip and mine is combined to = $8000...my mother's paying the whole total...

I have till July to pay off the trip using disney gift cards...We are using disney gift cards for every aspect of the trip including tips/deposit/payments etc... So lets just say I go to the Giant Eagle grocery store and buy $8000 dollars worth of gift cards..with the promo, I would get .20cents off per gallon of gas for every $50 dollars I spent.. 8000/50=160....I would of spent $50x 160 times meaning I get .20cents off 160 times...when I leave the store I have $32 off per gallon of gas to use in 3 months...gas is approx $4 per gallon so that breaks down to 8 tanks of gas for free, one tank is 30 gallons, at $4 a gallon that is $120 per tank x 8= $960 in free gas...there is not limit on the amount of discount off gas you can accumulate, the only limit is 30 gallons per fill and the remainder of the $32 off per gallson of gas remains on my card to use for the next fills or it until it expires in 3 months from purchase..Im staggering paying off the trip with gift cards that way the free gas discount will stretch into Sept/early Oct..., you have 90 days (3 months to use the discount from the time you buy the gift cards)) So, yes, we will be getting $960 in free gas on top of the FD discount.....I charge the disney gift cards on my disney visa and get rewards too, lol.
Its confusing I know....but we are use to it in Pittsburgh, they have gift cards for EVERYTHING...I am even using the universal gift cards to buy universal tickets....
its not for everyone and its easy for me....its well worth it for me, and we use a lot of gas, especially in the summer, we have 2 boats and 2 waverunners and a summer home that is in NY so we drive 380 miles R/T at least once a week.....so we use it up fast...

:teacher:

thanks for caring though..........I read a post that someone read my post and had $1000 left to pay on her trip so she went to Giant Eagle and bought gift cards for $1000, paid off her trip and got a free tank of gas, $120 just for that....every bit helps and its for that reason I post this, so others can save money if its possible, glad it helped that poster out....

downfall: your stuck with disney gift cards if your trip is canceled but they dont expire and no fees..so if we had to rebook, we would use them and lock them up in the safe so we dont lose them, lol........

lisaisanurse
04-29-2011, 11:04 AM
Im being accused of not being able to add, lol or read,lol!! come on disers! cant we all just get a long? lmao:rotfl2:

@clan and kelly: :grouphug:

this is copied right from the Disney Visa sight....so you tell me! This is why I didn't book via Disney VISA, I would lose my Fuel Perks .....:scared1:

To receive the Disney VISA cardholder discount, you must pay your deposit at time of booking with your Disney VISA, and you must pay the balance with your Disney VISA card as well, when due. As a reminder, this exact discount should be released on May 2 to the general public without the Disney VISA requirements.

clanmcculloch
04-29-2011, 11:20 AM
@clan and kelly: :grouphug:

this is copied right from the Disney Visa sight....so you tell me! This is why I didn't book via Disney VISA, I would lose my Fuel Perks .....:scared1:

To receive the Disney VISA cardholder discount, you must pay your deposit at time of booking with your Disney VISA, and you must pay the balance with your Disney VISA card as well, when due. As a reminder, this exact discount should be released on May 2 to the general public without the Disney VISA requirements.

You're looking somewhere different than I am. Here's what I found on the Chase Disney Visa site (http://disneyrewards.disney.go.com/offers/wdwfreedineapril11.html).

Important Details: No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Deposit must be made at the time of booking with your Disney Rewards Visa Credit Card or Disney Rewards Debit Card.

I can't find what you posted. Are we looking at different sites?

lisaisanurse
04-29-2011, 11:38 AM
yes we are! strange huh? I thought you were beating my down too, lol...just kidding....did you book? did you ask about paying off the package? anyone?

Im gonna hold off till Monday..call me nuts but I will have phone in hand, lol and on a computer...my first choice is CSR then AKL or WL then POR....should get one of them huh?



http://www.mousemisers.com/2011/disney-visa-free-dining-august-september-2011/

*Emily*
04-29-2011, 12:12 PM
I booked yesterday and paid the deposit with my DV. I went online this morning and made a payment with a different card. The gift card payment option was available as well.

mjohnson96
04-29-2011, 12:13 PM
Here is my only concern with this regarding something I read at the pump the other day. Now this one one grocery store that works with one gas station for the discount. Their's is for every $50 you get .$.05 off per gallon (cheesy compared to yours) but on the sign it said that all money on the card toward gas would be used at the time of fillup and they expire the end of the next month. So based on that if you had $21 off and gas was $4 then it would wipe out all $21 which sucks.

Sounds like yours is a much better program :)

clanmcculloch
04-29-2011, 01:02 PM
yes we are! strange huh? I thought you were beating my down too, lol...just kidding....did you book? did you ask about paying off the package? anyone?

Im gonna hold off till Monday..call me nuts but I will have phone in hand, lol and on a computer...my first choice is CSR then AKL or WL then POR....should get one of them huh?



http://www.mousemisers.com/2011/disney-visa-free-dining-august-september-2011/

I didn't book it. My dates are too early for the deal and I already have my tickets anyway plus I'm staying Deluxe and already have a room discount so this just wouldn't be the best deal for me regardless. Now if this came out for December I'd have to think about it.

Chase's site would be more accurate about the requirements than mousemiser. Chase is who negotiated the requirements with Disney. They'd have the details.

I'd personally call and book it now but since you do have a list of resorts you'd be happy with I'm sure you'll be fine waiting until Monday. Personally, I hate waiting on hold and typically the hold times when free dining is released are LONG so no way would I want to call Monday when I could call now. But, that's just me. Everybody has their own ways of doing things and if you're more comfortable calling Monday then go for it! I'm sure you'll get something you'll be happy with on Monday. You're certainly very open with your options.

Hey, when I'm beatin' somebody down, they know it and can feel it for a week to come. :hug: Have a great trip!

I sure wish I had programs like yours in my area. No way to save on GCs around here.

lisaisanurse
04-29-2011, 05:03 PM
I am gonna wait till Monday, I have lots of flexibility...gonna book online and call, me and DH, lol, so we will get in, only 2 rooms to book....Your in NH, I would love being closer to Maine, loved my trip to Maine!!!!!! I have been to NH but I like Maine best....Colorado and Maine would be my choice to live if I could change but kiddie is settled here, jobs here, etc......I really don't like Pittsburgh, DH loves the Steelers but Pittsburgh just isn't that great for us...we do have a home up on Lake Chautauqua NY, we LOVE it there, so we go often, all year round.......wish I could get you some fuel perks, cause you sound like a toughie...I am scared!!:scared1: lol but I am a RN, so I know first aid, lmao

lisaisanurse
04-29-2011, 05:05 PM
ours expires 90 days after you get the discount at the store...:cool1: that would suck to lose all that!:scared1:

bcuinohio
04-29-2011, 10:09 PM
I am still not following your math. To get $1200 worth of free gas, with only 20 cents off per gallon means you would have to buy 6000 gallons of gas. (6000 gallons X .20 = $1200) If it takes roughly 30 gallons to fill up your car, you would have to fill up 200 times in 90 days. Something about that calculation seems off to me.

The way the program works is you get $0.20 off per gallon pf gas for every $50 in gift cards you buy (it is normally $0.10 but sometimes they run a promo). If you buy $10,000 worth of gift cards you will have a credit of $40.00 per gallon. For simplity let's say gas is $4 a gallon. You go to Giant Eagle's gas station (Getgo) and scan your Giant Eagle card. It will say you have $40 off per gallon, would you like to use your gas perks. You say yes and fill up your car. Since your credit is higher than the price of the gas, the price of a gallon of gas will be deducted from your total. On your next fillup it will say you have a credit of $36.00 per gallon. Then it will go to 32, 28, etc until you reach zero. You are allowed to use the discount on up to 30 gallons. If you fill up with 30 gallons, you are getting $120 of gas for free. With a $40.00 credit you can fill up 10 tiimes. In essence, you are getting $1,200 worth of free gas.

Here is Giant Eagle's website on the fuelperks:

http://www.gianteagle.com/fuelperks/rules-regulations

It is a nice program but I think you pay for it on your groceries. Giant Eagle came into Ohio in the late 90s. They bought out a local chain and made them Giant Eagle. I noticed the prices went up soon after they took over. I use them mostly for sales and gift cards

ekraxa
04-30-2011, 08:58 AM
I'm so glad you posted this, lisaisanurse!

We just moved to Pittsburgh from the west coast. We shop at Giant Eagle and use the fuel perks but I've never thought about buying gift cards there.

We'll be going down to Marketplace this afternoon and checking out their gift card selection FOR SURE!

Thanks again for the awesome tip!

CarKey
04-30-2011, 01:12 PM
I'm all about fuel perks too! I've never used the Disney gift cards to pay for my trip but I always do a rough estimate of what we'll need to cover tips on the DP and buy enough for that. That way the DP is truly paid for in advance. Are the CMs patient with you while you give them several gift card numbers over the phone? I'm definitely going to pay for the trip this way.

bcuinohio
04-30-2011, 01:48 PM
I'm all about fuel perks too! I've never used the Disney gift cards to pay for my trip but I always do a rough estimate of what we'll need to cover tips on the DP and buy enough for that. That way the DP is truly paid for in advance. Are the CMs patient with you while you give them several gift card numbers over the phone? I'm definitely going to pay for the trip this way.

According to GE's website you can buy Disney Giftcards in $25, $45, $50, $100 and $500 denomoinations. The $500 ones would help reduce the number of cards you need.

lisaisanurse
04-30-2011, 08:06 PM
we do large denominations $500 and $100.....

lisaisanurse
05-01-2011, 12:46 AM
great math!:teacher:

I shop @ Super Walmart a lot, Giant Eagle for their sales.............and of course for :cool1:all their Gift Cards. I am SO glad my post is helping people with saving money for their trips!!:grouphug:

Magic3forme
05-01-2011, 09:13 AM
I will be in Pgh next week!! :) Going to stock up on my Disney gift cards!! :) we are doing the cruise this fall.... but Dreams Unlimited required 100.00 or more gift cards for payment.

Lisa; normally when I buy that much in gift cards, I have to do it in multiple trips! alot of times the managers have to sign off on it....and another hint.. just go straight to the service desk!! and pick up a candy bar along the way, the one store couldnt do 2 1000 transactions in a row.. and dont go late at night. :)

also.. keep the gift cards in case you would need a refund!!

also I actually use my Amex... I get 5% back at a grocery store. double winning!!

SondraC
05-01-2011, 09:28 AM
I hope they go back to .20 soon! I know sometimes different Giant Eagle stores have the promo going on while others do not.

kappyfamily
05-01-2011, 10:29 AM
My head hurts reading this:eek:

StuckInKS
05-01-2011, 05:23 PM
Now this one one grocery store that works with one gas station for the discount. Their's is for every $50 you get .$.05 off per gallon (cheesy compared to yours) but on the sign it said that all money on the card toward gas would be used at the time of fillup and they expire the end of the next month. So based on that if you had $21 off and gas was $4 then it would wipe out all $21 which sucks.

Sounds like yours is a much better program :)

Price Chopper/QT?

Does their program stack like that? Where you can end up getting completely free gas? I had no idea...

lisaisanurse
05-02-2011, 02:14 AM
thank you!:cool1: