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Old 05-11-2012, 05:35 PM   #331
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Thanks Lizabu! The Picabu info is very helpful. I'm bummed that the Travezoo offer expires right before we'll be there, that's a great deal.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:06 PM   #332
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After all the yrs i have been on this board, I have never asked about the connection between Starwood and AAA. I am a Starwood Preferred member,but have i seen that you can upgrade with a AAA membership? Can someone please enlighten me? Thanks so much.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:47 AM   #333
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After all the yrs i have been on this board, I have never asked about the connection between Starwood and AAA. I am a Starwood Preferred member,but have i seen that you can upgrade with a AAA membership? Can someone please enlighten me? Thanks so much.
The next time you make a reservation if you ask them to update your SPG account to show you are a AAA member it will change your account from preferred to corporate preferred. Some places will give you an upgrade at check in and a late check out for corporate preferred members but I don't think its an enforced published benefit.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:00 AM   #334
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Upgrades for Starwood members are only when rooms are available.

We are Starwood and AAA members - but the Dolphin is fully booked when we arrive, June 23.
So no upgrades planned.

We have a resort view with balcony, 2 double beds reserved.
I called and the Dolphin reservations said we could have a view of the pool, EPCOT, or the waterway, but not of the roof

We will see what we get when we arrive.
Hoping for a nice view of whatever
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:16 PM   #335
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S/D restaurants honor the Tables of Wonderland discount card program and 20% off any Starwood (S/D) restaurant with your AAA card.
AAA Card accepted at the following places ~
GARDEN GROVE in the Swan
FRESH in the Dolphin
MEDITERRANEAN MARKET in the Dolphin
THE FOUNTAIN in the Dolphin
CABANA BAR AND BEACH CLUB at the Grotto pool
SPLASH TERRACE & GRILL at the rectangular pool by the Swan
PICABU 24/7 in the Dolphin
I never knew this! Do you know if it also applies to the refillable mugs? (I'm not exactly sure where those are purchased.) Thanks!!!
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Does anyone know where in the Dolphin building the 2 bedroom grand suites are located? I know they said that none of them have balconies, so I'm assuming they aren't in the "arm" sections that stick off the front, and I'm pretty sure they told us there weren't any that had Epcot/Fireworks views, so I'm assuming they're down towards the pool area end. Anyone know for sure? Not that it really matters since we have no control over it , just thinking about it and wondering
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We are planning a July 2013 trip and are looking at staying at S/D for first time. I found a good AAA rate. I am also a teacher but these rates are not out yet. If I make a reservation with the AAA rate now, can I change it later if a better rate comes out as a teacher?
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We are planning a July 2013 trip and are looking at staying at S/D for first time. I found a good AAA rate. I am also a teacher but these rates are not out yet. If I make a reservation with the AAA rate now, can I change it later if a better rate comes out as a teacher?
Generally, yes. But be aware that some AAA rates are prepay in full. If you book one a prepay room, then you will not be able to cancel it and rebook at the teacher rate unless the S/D just happens to let you do it. The S/D website is very good at saying upfront whether the rate is prepay or not.
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:56 PM   #339
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Thanks. Made our reservation and only asked for 1 night deposit. Will be able to change/cancel if I find a better rate such as Teacher. In reading further, saw that they have significant discounts for AP holders (we are getting them for the coming trip as we will be making 2 additional trips in the 12 month period). Does anyone have experience with the AP discounts. Info would be appreciated.
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Thanks for this thread.

Just finished another wonderful 10 night stay at the Swan. This is now our favorite WDW property by far. Already booking our next trip back in October! Looking forward to trying the S&D food festival for the first time.

The new SPG Platinum breakfast amenity is a real money saver, especially for longer stays.

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:11 PM   #341
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:14 PM   #342
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OMG - I can finally see us at the Dolphin next week.....can not wait!!!
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Thanks for this thread.

Just finished another wonderful 10 night stay at the Swan. This is now our favorite WDW property by far. Already booking our next trip back in October! Looking forward to trying the S&D food festival for the first time.

The new SPG Platinum breakfast amenity is a real money saver, especially for longer stays.

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What is the plainum breakfast?
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:13 AM   #344
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OMG - I can finally see us at the Dolphin next week.....can not wait!!!
We will be there as well! Looking forward to our trip with too!
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SPG Platinum guests can take the breakfast amenity in lieu of the usual 500 points per stay.

The breakfast is daily, a continental (juice, coffee, fruit, breads/muffins/danish, etc...), for 2 people registered to your room, at either Fresh in the Dolphin, or the buffet in the Gardon Grove at the Swan. You can also 'buy-up' to the full buffet for just $4.

We tried both restaurants and both were fine. We have 4 year-old-twins, so we really go for their benefit (MM waffles!) more than ours.

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