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Old 06-26-2013, 08:27 AM   #16
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I have gone through AAA our last three trips, no big deal. Of course they don't really have any discounts that we use and once I had to explain to my travel agent what a Pin that I had received meant. So that made me think that this time around I would just book through Disney directly. My question though is there anyone that you book through that gives extra discounts? We aren't going till October, so not many Disney run specials are out there and I know if I book through Disney they will change it for me if let's say, they add free dining. So, I guess my question is who do use to book your Disney trip and why? Thanks!
Booking through AAA gets you a % off your price, simply for just booking through AAA. They have a deal with Disney. So if your looking for extra discounts AAA was already giving you one, atleast they always do for me. I have booked my last 3 trips through them and never had a problem. Maybe ask to use a different agent there?
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:56 AM   #17
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We used a TA for our first trip and I wasn't wow'd. She was from a major Disney travel agency, but she didn't seem as excited or as knowledgeable as I wanted her to be. I booked that trip at 170 days out and she told me if I really wanted CRT reservations that it would be a good idea for me to make her own because she was going to be at her other job when the reservation line opened up It was all very strange.

For this trip, I went with a different well known Disney travel agency, and it's still not what I expected.

Next year I will be booking through Disney. I love hearing people tell stories about how great their TAs are, but I just haven't had that experience.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:53 AM   #18
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I book through Fairytale Destinations up here in Ontario. They gave me great service and advice on my first trip and, even though I don't really need much of the advice anymore (thanks to the DISboard), I feel good knowing that I can help their business out.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:04 AM   #19
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We always go with disney directly. I research it on the web site and then call and book. If I have a pin or there is a discount they tell me about it. Two times I have tried our local disney specialist travel agent and their price has always been much higher than disney directly. This past trip the TA was about $1200 or more over disney. I book airfare with disney as well, have looked at doing it separate but never found much savings from portland maine to MCO . I like having all my stuff through Disney incase something goes wrong, I only have to call one place and they will do what they can. They are helpful and great! Have a great trip!!
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:11 AM   #20
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I always book with a local travel agent I know well. She's been nothing but wonderful in getting me discounts and great airfares. I could do it all myself but prefer to leave it in her capable hands.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:20 AM   #21
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I see that people are trading pins for trips. What are pins?
This is a PIN code. It is a special discount that can only be used by the person it is addressed to. It can be for a room only discount or free dining or some other type of package discount and would be good for a specified number of dates. These codes are different than the special offers for the general public.

When, how, and why you might get a pin code is a bit of a mystery. You need to be in their system already. Perhaps by requesting a pre-planning video or creating an online account or doing online checks for reservations. Or by having already done a Disney vacation. I've gotten quite a few pins in recent years by email. They show up at irregular intervals, each with different offers for different dates. It's unpredictable. Other people I know (also WDW frequent visitors) have NEVER gotten a pin. As I say, it's a mystery.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:15 PM   #22
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When, how, and why you might get a pin code is a bit of a mystery. You need to be in their system already. Perhaps by requesting a pre-planning video or creating an online account or doing online checks for reservations. Or by having already done a Disney vacation. I've gotten quite a few pins in recent years by email. They show up at irregular intervals, each with different offers for different dates. It's unpredictable. Other people I know (also WDW frequent visitors) have NEVER gotten a pin. As I say, it's a mystery.
I am still peeved that DH got a PIN for free dining this year when I am the one who makes the plans and everything is listed under my name.

And then, the PIN was for a time we could not go.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:34 PM   #23
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I always book directly, and I never get any package plans; I've saved a ton of $$ over the years. However it is a different story if you don't know the ropes, so I completely understand why people put their vacation arrangements in the hands of a trusted TA.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:38 PM   #24
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I don't use a TA for any other traveling I do, I don't know why I'd do it for a Disney trip. Plus, we rent points and stay DVC, but even if we stayed in a regular room, I'd just book directly through Disney.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:02 PM   #25
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Our first trip I booked on the phone directly with Disney. All others I have done online through the Disney website. It's really easy. I have never even considered using a travel agent.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:56 PM   #26
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I didn't book my airfare through Disney because every flight they had to offer me were all connecting flight/no non-stop flights and they were all over $400. I booked myself through Southwest on a non-stop flight for $160 round trip. I would say look for good deals on airfare yourself. I wouldn't book that through Disney. Once you book your own flight you call and give Disney your flight information so they can arrange ME for you from the airport. I called ME myself to make sure they had my flight info.

The only discounts a travel agent can offer you are the same discounts you can get for yourself through Disney special offers page.
Yes to every bit of this.

Book it through Disney myself. Book my own airfare because Disney offered flights suck and cost twice as much.

I would never use a travel agent to book a trip for me. I want to be in total control of my own reservation. And there is no question I need to ask a travel agent that I can't simply find the answer to it myself.

There is nobody out there that can give you better prices than you can get for yourself through Disney. The only exception to that is if there is NO ROOM discount and NO free dining then booking through AAA can save you about 5 or 10%. I got a quote from AAA on a trip that I booked myself and the Disney package portion of the trip was $4500 and the AAA agent said she could book it for me for $4350.

Then free dining came out and I called and had it added to my already booked package.

I also don't need anybody to book my dinner reservations for me. I sometimes change my mind about times or want different places. I want to do all that myself.

And as you probably already know, when you book through someone else you can't just call Disney and make any changes yourself. You have to go through the travel agent you booked through.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:13 PM   #27
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I always book mine on-line through Disney.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:38 PM   #28
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Since there is no real advantage to using a TA for our trips to the World, I book myself right on the WDW site. It's very easy and I've never had a problem with it.

I do use Small World Vacations to book our cruises though, since they have always offered the largest onboard credit for the booking!
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:03 PM   #29
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My 1st trip was last month. I ended up using a TA. She was very excited at first... And responded to my inquiry at 11pm!!! I thought this was someone who I want to help me. Low and behold after I gave my deposit it took her 4 or 5 days to return emails or calls. She gave me little info and did not make ADRs.
When most people get Mickey mail a month out I got mine about 10 days out. I was nervous the whole time. Our next vacation I will book myself.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:15 PM   #30
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I decided to use a TA because she sponsors a friend of mine. Normally I do everything myself, but figured if I could throw her a commission what's the harm?

Well I am finding out the harm - I booked my flights, and they ended up being for different dates than I anticipated. I told her this a month ago (May28), and it still comes up wrong on MDE and when I call Disney. But she claims it is right on her end. Yet she has never given me an updated price.

And I gave her numbers for my gift cards on Sunday and they still haven't been applied to my account. I'm beyond frustrated.
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