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Old 08-27-2012, 05:38 AM   #1
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What do you book first? Disney Package or Airfare?

DH and I have been discussing this for a few days now. We aren't even booking till January for our 4th trip in May. We know we want to go for 7 days, 6 nights and are somewhat flexible as to the dates. Anytime during the first 2 weeks is fine.

I say we should decide on a date, book the hotel package, then look for airfare. He thinks we should book airfare first to make sure we get "the best price" then book the package for those dates. Which way makes the most sense? How do you book things?
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:35 AM   #2
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I always research an approximate date we want to go to WDW, then look for airfare. Airfare prices change so much depending even on days of the week, so I look for the best deals then book the air first. Then I book my WDW ressies around that.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:41 AM   #3
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We always book our WDW package first, then look around at different airlines and times to see what might be cheaper.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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We usually book our package first based on free dining dates or room discount. Then I stalk airfare until there is a rate I'm happy with.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:35 AM   #5
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I booked the airfare first.. through southwest, then sbooked the vacation later.. prices were more likely to rise for airfare then vacation itself. But, I also stalked te airline for a few months later cause if the fares drop, there are no change fees to get that extra credit :-)
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:48 AM   #6
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We can fly by Southwest so the rates are almost always best when they first release the flights. We plan out when we'd like to go but then book the air first so we have the best price out and back.

Our next trip we used DVC rental so we booked the hotel already for next May. We will have to take what we can get for airfare since the arrival and departure dates are already set.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:35 PM   #7
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:59 PM   #8
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We always do airfare first. But we do check special offers, etc first to get an idea.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:01 PM   #9
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Ans we always use yapta.com to check the airfare before and after we buy as well.
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:13 AM   #10
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If you are looking for a promotion through Disney then book the package first. The most you can save in airfare in maybe a couple hundred off what the average cost of airfare normally is for your location. If you were able to get free dining, you and your husband are saving more than $700! Even if you only got a room discount, you're still possibly saving $350. The best time to buy airfare is Tuesday afternoon no more than 2-3 months before your departure. I just bought airfare from Boston to Tampa for $178 RT and that was 2 weeks prior to me leaving.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:09 AM   #11
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We book both at the same time, so we are sure a way to get there and are sure of a place to stay. Then we keep our eyes open for discounts on either room or airfare. We are also planners so we book a good 4 months in advance. We book both separately and from their direct websites. It seems to be easier to get credits later.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:04 AM   #12
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We always book flights first, then book the condo, then tickets, then other stuff including the rental car.

We fly from England so our rates often aren't below £500, but we can earn miles on Virgin Atlantic's flying club scheme, and when you get a certain amount you can use them as miles plus money to save a little on our flights.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:36 AM   #13
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Package First for me

I always book my Disney Package First (resort, tickets, dining plan) reason being is that if something comes up before the 45 day mark I can get back whatever amount I put down as a deposit. Also, airfare is usually over $500 for 2 round trip tickets; and they're nonrefundable. So I generally wait until the 45day mark to book my Airfare. After that all things are paid for and the trip is FOR CERTAIN thing. All that's left to do is save up some extra cash for shopping/extra spending/etc.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:51 AM   #14
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Package first then airfare.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:01 PM   #15
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We do airfare first but after looking around for package info so we have a date range and then work within that date range. My thought process is that even if I didn't get my first hotel choice, there are plenty of ones to chose from so I know I'd find something.

FWIW, when we booked for our upcoming trip, we were looking at airfare (we are in NY and have 4 airports to chose from) overnight the airfare/flight we wanted originally went up almost $60 per person.
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