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Old 06-27-2013, 07:45 AM   #31
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I book everything myself including airfare. We usually get a good deal through Southwest or JetBlue and it is nonstop If a pin comes or then I just call and have it added to my ressie.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:28 AM   #32
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I've booked our last two trips myself directly with Disney. I find the website convenient and easy to use. I do agree with some other posters that booking airfare separately can often result in a better deal. If I wasn't so impatient to get my next trip booked , I could have saved about $200 by booking through Southwest. Lesson learned.

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Old 06-27-2013, 10:52 AM   #33
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Either online or through AAA.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:52 AM   #34
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I do all my own travel planning.

I got great flights with Delta and by using the Sky Miles credit card I got $50 off and first bags fly free!

I tend to make changes along the way and it is much easier to just do them myself. If I have questions I call Disney directly.

I tried agents in the past and always end up frustrated. The ones I had always tried to upsell me on things I don't need or want.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:07 AM   #35
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This is the first time we are paying for it all ourselves and booking ourselves, but my family previously has used a TA who is supposed to be a Disney specialist or whatever. I was never impressed and think we could have done better ourselves.

This time it's just DH and me and I booked our trip. Started out doing online, as I thought it would be easier etc, and I'm good with details and like controlling it myself and selecting each item. I got everything done all the way to the end and it kept having some type of error on the payment screen and kept saying try again later or call.

So after an hour of that, I called. Wow, wish I'd started off that way. Had a great CM, it was really easy. She was able to do things that you could not select online yourself, such as put my room requests in and book my airline seats on the flight. I was impressed at how much the CM made sure I liked everything and answered all my questions. She even made sure we were in the front couple seats on the first plane as our connecting time is going to be somewhat tight in Atlanta.

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Old 06-27-2013, 11:13 AM   #36
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I always book it myself. Usually I call, I've had trouble getting my AP rate booking it on the internet. Plus I like talking to an actual person.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:17 AM   #37
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I typically book on Expedia.com. Many times they have the same deal as Disney plus bundling the package with airfare saves money.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:32 AM   #38
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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.
that's funny, a few trips back, we got a PIN for over xmas...the PIN came to my parents house address but addressed to my son who at that time was 10! after our 3rd call down to Disney travel, we were able to finally add it to our package. we have gotten a few since then, but thought it was odd to have it come in his name(a child) and to the wrong address!.
we will be looking into Middle of the Magic TA for a quote(have heard wonderful things about them) they always show little "welcome" packages that they drop off to their clients(when they check in). no extra charges-pay just like we do with Disney travel-they watch for any new discounts that may come up. I have always done it myself(a bit of a control freak) but thought that our next trip we might go this way. lot to celebrate this next trip-Dec 2014-bday, 20th anniversary, ds HS graduation.....
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:34 AM   #39
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I have done it myself. I love planning it all and having control if I want to change something. I've booked online and on the phone.
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:59 AM   #40
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I always have and probably always will book right through Disney. And I'll usually book online. Even though the website's been hectic recently.

I'm a person who doesn't like booking through a third party (if that's the right terminology?) I've been traveling for years and just this year booked through Expedia for the first time. I'd always prefer to be dealing directly with the company I'm booking with incase something goes wrong, or I need to make changes, or a deal comes out, etc.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:44 PM   #41
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Myself through the website even though it has and probabaly will always suck. Such imagineering and the site is a disaster. Anyhoo, I LOVE to log on and see the little Mickey hat with my initial and the time left until arrival. And also your itinerary with a painting of your resort. Also, If something goes wrong, Dis can acomodate, within reason. OH! Online Check-In! It has not failed me yet!
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:15 AM   #42
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In the past, we booked through AAA. The girl we went through knew so much about Disney ... totally loved her.
Now we have moved, so that girl isn't as convenient.
This trip, we used a TA that a friend wanted to use... so I went with her because there were several of us that wanted to be linked together...
I already knew exactly what I wanted ... at times I felt like I knew more than she did ...
anyway ... we were already booked and I got a PIN for FD ... gave it to the TA ... had to tweak our trip a bit (did 1 night room -only to get in on FD) ... plus Disney let her use my PIN for up to 3 reservations ... so 2 of the other families we are travelling with got in on FD too. but she took care of everything for us.

If I already know what I want, I still use TA/AAA because I am so OCD ... I will have another person to double check me.
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