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Old 03-28-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Disney Visa ABD offer

For the first time ever (or at least since I've had my Disney Visa), I received a discount offer for ABD. It's $300 off the reservation for any itinerary, any date. Not as good as $300 per person, but it's something. Offer is good until 6/1/12, so I'm hoping that means it will still be good once they release the 2013 itineraries, assuming the May release date rumors are true.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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New ABD discount for Disney Visa Cardmembers

I just got an email announcing that ABD is now offering $300 off per reservation if you pay for your Adventure using your Disney Visa card. Actually, it's a bit ambiguous, as it says "by booking" your ABD using your Visa card. So I'd be sure & clarify exactly what's required when you book.

It does *not* include the DCL ABD add-ons or the one-day Lights, Camera, Magic! tour. Otherwise it looks like it's good for any departure between 5/20/2012 and 12/22/2012 (isn't that the day the Mayans say the world is going to end?).

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Now your family has a chance to get to know the world in ways they never expected—and will never forget! As you journey to all the places you’ve dreamed of, you’ll find special behind-the- scenes access, exclusive opportunities and more.

As a Cardmember, you can save with this special $300 offer. Plus, as an ongoing Cardmember perk, you get Special Vacation Financing—a promotional APR of 0% for 6 months—anytime you use your Disney’s Visa Card to book Adventures by Disney
® vacation packages.²

Feel at home as you travel across the world with renowned Disney hospitality.

We’ll take care of every detail of your trip, so you’re free to enjoy your vacation and your family. And with Adventures by Disney
® guided group vacations, your family will experience the best way to see the world’s most intriguing destinations on six continents. So pack your bags and get ready for adventure, including:



Unique activities designed especially for adults, teens and kids—plus plenty of experiences to share as a family


Extraordinary places you might not find on your own, where you’ll meet the people who know those places best—the locals


Traditional cuisine, activities and accommodations that infuse your experience with authenticity


Personal attention that lets you relax and truly enjoy your vacation




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1. Disney’s Visa Cardholders who book any available departure of any Adventures by Disney® itinerary at the non-discounted Regular Rate between 03/28/2012 and 06/01/2012 for travel between 05/20/2012 and 12/22/2012 will receive $300 off the total reservation price. Offer valid for Disney’s Visa Cardholders only. Offer excludes Disney Cruise Line® add-on products and the Lights…Camera…Magic itinerary. Regular Rates vary depending on departure date and time of booking and are subject to change. Lead guest of the booking party must travel on the land package booked. Valid on new bookings only. Bookings must be made through Adventures by Disney® Travel Services, Inc. You must advise Vacationista of this offer at time of booking. Cardholder status subject to verification. Not applicable toward deposit amount. Land packages are subject to availability. Offer not transferable or redeemable for cash in whole or in part. Cannot be sold or transferred for commercial use. Void where prohibited. Subject to conditions, restrictions and change without notice. Cannot be combined with any offers or promotions. Offer valid for U.S. residents only.

2. Get 0% APR Special Vacation Financing for 6 months on select Disney Resort packages, all Adventures by Disney
® packages, all Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i vacation packages, all Disney Cruise Line® packages (collectively, Disney Vacation Packages), and all purchases of a real estate interest in a Disney Vacation Club® Resort. The rate applies to purchases of $101 up to a maximum of $10,000 per transaction. Disney Vacation Packages must be booked by you or your travel agent through the Walt Disney Travel Company or Disney Cruise Line® and charged to your Disney’s Visa Credit Card prior to commencement of your vacation. Other restrictions and exclusions apply. For complete details see your Cardmember Agreement.

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Old 03-28-2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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Heh! You beat me to it by *that* much! Guess I'll combine the threads!

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Heh! You beat me to it by *that* much! Guess I'll combine the threads!

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Old 03-28-2012, 06:42 PM   #5
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I wonder if I can combine this with the Costco gift card??
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I suspect that you can. The fine print on last year's Visa Gift Card offer was very similar to this one and I got the gift card and the Costco Cash Card.
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I suspect that you can. The fine print on last year's Visa Gift Card offer was very similar to this one and I got the gift card and the Costco Cash Card.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:19 PM   #8
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So, once again, it appears to have been a mistake to book early. Happy for anyone who was on the fence that this helps, but a little frustrated at the same time.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:22 PM   #9
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That figures. We just finished paying ours off last week.
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The prices have gone up on some of the trips/dates since they were released. If your date is one of those, you probably got a better price by booking early than you would have with $300 off your entire reservation.
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So, once again, it appears to have been a mistake to book early. Happy for anyone who was on the fence that this helps, but a little frustrated at the same time.
Of course waiting for this deal is more than offset by the airfare savings of the early bookers.

Still wondering when ABD will figure out that most successful tour bookers award the biggest savings to:
  1. Return customers: LOYALTY!
  2. Early bookers: Reward the planners!
  3. Last minute bookers: to fill up the groups
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This offer will be combinable with the Dreams Unlimited Travel Amex offer.
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Of course waiting for this deal is more than offset by the airfare savings of the early bookers.

Still wondering when ABD will figure out that most successful tour bookers award the biggest savings to:
  1. Return customers: LOYALTY!
  2. Early bookers: Reward the planners!
  3. Last minute bookers: to fill up the groups
You are right mapsd. This deal is nice, but we got an early booking discount from Dreams Unlimited. Plus, I keep checking our airfare, and it's still much higher now than the price I got just before New Year's. Our tickets to Rome and home from Venice were $1050, and there is still nothing near that. I did notice that the prices seem to be dropping a bit, but the flight combinations are not nearly as convenient, with 2 stops for me instead of the 1 stop that I got. So, I'm happy I booked when I did.
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You are right mapsd. This deal is nice, but we got an early booking discount from Dreams Unlimited. Plus, I keep checking our airfare, and it's still much higher now than the price I got just before New Year's. Our tickets to Rome and home from Venice were $1050, and there is still nothing near that. I did notice that the prices seem to be dropping a bit, but the flight combinations are not nearly as convenient, with 2 stops for me instead of the 1 stop that I got. So, I'm happy I booked when I did.
On top of the saving on the airline prices, I think booking early may still get the best price for ABD too. We were thinking of planning an ABD trip for this summer but ended up making other plans. However, I have been watching several trips since the dates were released for 2012 and the price of the trips has increased enough (and in come cases more than) the $300/ trip that you will save with this offer. So you have to factor in that while some offers come out later, the price for many dates has increased in the meantime.

I kept an eye on the trips to get a feel for what to do if we want to book one for 2013 or 2014 and based on what I have seen, I think booking when the dates are released is the way to go (and hopefully combine that with a TA early booking incentive.)
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On top of the saving on the airline prices, I think booking early may still get the best price for ABD too. We were thinking of planning an ABD trip for this summer but ended up making other plans. However, I have been watching several trips since the dates were released for 2012 and the price of the trips has increased enough (and in come cases more than) the $300/ trip that you will save with this offer. So you have to factor in that while some offers come out later, the price for many dates has increased in the meantime.

I kept an eye on the trips to get a feel for what to do if we want to book one for 2013 or 2014 and based on what I have seen, I think booking when the dates are released is the way to go (and hopefully combine that with a TA early booking incentive.)

This makes me feel a little better. I went back and checked, and our trip had gone up $150 pp. So with three of us, we did do better to book early.

Airfare wasn't available for our December trip until mid February, and we booked just last week...it didn't change much in that time, so we didn't save anything there by booking early. I guess some of that depends on when you are actually traveling in relation to when the trips are released.

Anyway, on a trip that's costing a family of three well over 20K, all-in, I can't believe I was letting myself get annoyed over a hundred dollars here or there. I'm really just grateful we get to go!
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