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Old 01-08-2013, 11:04 AM   #1651
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I too am concerned about the F+ being available to the Dolphin. We will have two little ones with us and we really will need to use FP. I might have to change to another hotel if F+ isn't available. I really want to stay at the Dolphin though! Of course no one really knows for sure how F+ is going to work, it is all speculation until Disney rolls it out.
From what I've read, every Disney park ticket holder will still be able to utilize FP. The only remarkable difference may be Disney resort guests will be able to pre-select FP opportunities prior to arrival.
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My own opinion, for whatever that is worth, is that S/D will share in any changes coming up. They share in almost every Disney on-site benefit now, other than the Magical Express and the bill back to your hotel account for Disney purchases (more an accounting headache I would say).
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #1653
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Has anyone used the spg cash and pts program?
Considering it for a few nights at the beginning of our spring vacation. I normally use the teacher rate, but saw that the AARP rate is less, by a few dollars. When you combine that with the cash/pts promotion, it turns out to be 4000 pts plus $60. per night.

Since you are prepaying this, what are the chances that the teacher/AARP rates will come down by mid-April? Or, is this a better deal?

Appreciate the feedback - never had this issue in all our trips.
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Has anyone used the spg cash and pts program?
Considering it for a few nights at the beginning of our spring vacation. I normally use the teacher rate, but saw that the AARP rate is less, by a few dollars. When you combine that with the cash/pts promotion, it turns out to be 4000 pts plus $60. per night.

Since you are prepaying this, what are the chances that the teacher/AARP rates will come down by mid-April? Or, is this a better deal?

Appreciate the feedback - never had this issue in all our trips.
I'm curious about this, too...I can never even get Cash & Points to come up as an option for the Swan on the Westin website. My April rate is $224/night, which isn't bad, but much higher than I'm used to paying in the fall.
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:54 PM   #1655
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Lexi - i went on the spg site - checked off 3 options - teach1, aarp and cash/pts. The cash/pts option came up. Hesitant to wait too long to make the ressies since i don't know how long this will be available.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:11 PM   #1656
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Lexi - i went on the spg site - checked off 3 options - teach1, aarp and cash/pts. The cash/pts option came up. Hesitant to wait too long to make the ressies since i don't know how long this will be available.
Thanks for the information! So you made two separate reservations (cash/points and AARP), or were you able to combine the two?
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:14 PM   #1657
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Have not made them yet - was waiting for some feedback. What it said on the spg site was either the AARP rate of $215. or cash/pts 4000 plus $60 USD.
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Have not made them yet - was waiting for some feedback. What it said on the spg site was either the AARP rate of $215. or cash/pts 4000 plus $60 USD.
Since Cash & Points is so hard to come by these days at Swan & Dolphin, if you have the points -- you should definitely book Cash & Points. You still have the same cancellation window as a regular reservation (I believe 6 days prior to check-in).
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:12 PM   #1659
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In my 10+ years staying at S/D I have never come across cash+points for my dates....until now! I was playing around with dates for an April stay & lo & behold, I could do cash & points! Of course, the group wants to stay elsewhere.....grrrrr
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Hi Tara and fellow S/D fans!
We are headed back to the World next month. After two stays at the Dolphin, we are going to try the Swan for the first time. I can't wait!

A couple of questions -- any recommendations for dinner in the Swan or Dolphin (or in Boardwalk area) that my 8 year olds would like?
How much is a cab ride from Swan to Contemporary?

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Old 01-08-2013, 08:49 PM   #1661
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Hmmm, this is food for thought. I just looked and my first 3 nights are included as SPG points + cash dates (although, I only have the points for 2 nights). That would still save me $300 over AAA's rates (actually more because I'd get taxed on a smaller amount). I was initially going to book the Swan, but because the rates are higher this year for my dates than they usually are at that time of year, I decided to book the Yacht Club (for $260 more than the Swan with the spring discount). But with this, I could save close to $600 than what I'd be paying at the YC. Decisions, decisions . . .
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:05 PM   #1662
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Hi Tara and fellow S/D fans!
We are headed back to the World next month. After two stays at the Dolphin, we are going to try the Swan for the first time. I can't wait!

A couple of questions -- any recommendations for dinner in the Swan or Dolphin (or in Boardwalk area) that my 8 year olds would like?
How much is a cab ride from Swan to Contemporary?

Tara - Enjoy planning your upcoming trips!
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My kids still love the CS Picabu at The Dolphin, and Beaches & Cream at BC. They're both very very casual places. They also enjoy the breakfast buffet at Captain's Grille at YC. I can't believe the twins are 8 already!

We took a cab from Swan to Poly & it was $18 plus tip.

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:14 PM   #1663
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Laura and Lexi thanks for the input. I went ahead and booked the Dolphin using cash/points for my first 2 nights.
Can't miss staying at the Dolphin once again. I love the place!!!
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #1664
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We really enjoy Mediterranean night at Garden Grove. Picky DD11, kinda picky DH, and foodies DS8 and I all find plenty we like there every time. We never got around to trying the Fountain burgers, but the kids love the ice cream. And we really enjoyed food from Cabanas (try the Cuban Philly!) eaten poolside . We have also carried out sandwiches from Boardwalk Bakery and done the same. Really like staying at the Dolphin
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Laura and Lexi thanks for the input. I went ahead and booked the Dolphin using cash/points for my first 2 nights. Moving to Shades of Green for the remainder of the time.
Can't miss staying at the Dolphin once again. I love the place!!!
Smart move! The Cash&Points can and do disappear without warning! It's unlikely you'll find a better deal! (but unlike some promotions - if you need to cancel, it's no problem as long as you're more than 5 days from check-in! )

I have two Swan stays booked on Cash&Points for November!
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