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Old 05-22-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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Booking cruise through Disney or Costco?

I am planning my first cruise and am debating on who to book through my cruise through. If I book directly with Disney I will get a $25 onboard credit. If I book through Costco I get a $190 Costco Cash card.

Is there any benefit to me booking through Disney vs Costco?
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Only benefit of booking through Disney is that you have total control of the reservation, i.e. you can call in to Disney, and make changes through DCL website.

You still will be able to book excursions, palo, spa, etc yourself when paid in full and at the check in period.

I would book through Costco for the 190 gift card.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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I booked through Costco and have had no problems.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:08 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I hadn't been able to find any downside of booking through Costco but since its my first cruise I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I don't think I'll have the need to make any changes in the next month before it is paid off.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:32 PM   #5
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We booked our first cruise through Costco they work directly with Disney to make the reservation. The cash card is a great bonus and pretty much the only terms of booking it with them, as cancellation or changing of dates will only be penalized by Disney's policies and not their own. And you can still book your excursions and nursery time and everything like that through the Disney website. I even called Disney directly with my questions and concerns and they never referred me back to Costco.
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CHeck with other travel agents too, lots of them are able to offer big onboard credit rewards, and many of them do other awesome things like leave treats/surprises etc in your stateroom when you arrive.
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Here's a link to a very recent thread with the same questions/concerns: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2927487
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CHeck with other travel agents too, lots of them are able to offer big onboard credit rewards, and many of them do other awesome things like leave treats/surprises etc in your stateroom when you arrive.
Yes but do any of them offer a bigger OBC than Costco?
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I am planning my first cruise and am debating on who to book through my cruise through. If I book directly with Disney I will get a $25 onboard credit. If I book through Costco I get a $190 Costco Cash card.

Is there any benefit to me booking through Disney vs Costco?
It is a no-brainer. No need to trouble yourself any further. Go with Costco. If you need to make any changes you can call Costco. While you are on the phone they will call Disney and make the changes for you. I see absolutely NO advantage in booking it with Disney.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:57 PM   #11
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Pretty much book with who will give you the most obc/ best deal. Be it DCL, Costco or Dreams Unlimited, etc.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:17 PM   #12
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This is all extremely helpful information. I want to book on opening day, and want to book 2 specific cabins. My only concern is that Costco doesn't open until 7AM PST and I don't want to miss out. I realize it's only a couple of hours after opening, but I'm a nut and want to book ASAP.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:26 AM   #13
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Not having a Costco nearby, I looked at SAMs and found out they no longer do travel!

Went online and looked at what my 3 night would give me. $190 cash card. I know dreams unlimited would only give us $100 I currently have 25 online book, $75 visa and a $100 photo package thru AAA. A little more and would have bought a membership!
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:39 AM   #14
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We love Costco!

We had booked onboard and kept moving the date until the date we wanted was released. I kept reservations with DCL until about 4 months prior to cruise then after a lot of shopping around found that Costco hands down had the best incentive. Everyone offered between $75-$125 obc. Costco offered $380 cash card. We rec'd the card 2 days after we got back. We could have easily spent the card there but decided to "cash" it out. No issues whatsoever.

I do find that they are not as knowledgeable but it's only a phone call for them to call DCL and get an answer.

We rebooked but did not place Costco as our TA. We will probably book in 2014 so we want the flexibility to call DCL directly. As soon as we confirm our date we'll transfer it then to get add'l $.
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If I call and book directly with DCL on opening day can I then transfer my reservation to Costco and still receive the cash card?
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