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Old 05-22-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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Booking cruise through Disney or Costco?

I am planning my first cruise and am debating on who to book through my cruise through. If I book directly with Disney I will get a $25 onboard credit. If I book through Costco I get a $190 Costco Cash card.

Is there any benefit to me booking through Disney vs Costco?
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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Only benefit of booking through Disney is that you have total control of the reservation, i.e. you can call in to Disney, and make changes through DCL website.

You still will be able to book excursions, palo, spa, etc yourself when paid in full and at the check in period.

I would book through Costco for the 190 gift card.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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I booked through Costco and have had no problems.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:08 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I hadn't been able to find any downside of booking through Costco but since its my first cruise I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I don't think I'll have the need to make any changes in the next month before it is paid off.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:32 PM   #5
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We booked our first cruise through Costco they work directly with Disney to make the reservation. The cash card is a great bonus and pretty much the only terms of booking it with them, as cancellation or changing of dates will only be penalized by Disney's policies and not their own. And you can still book your excursions and nursery time and everything like that through the Disney website. I even called Disney directly with my questions and concerns and they never referred me back to Costco.
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CHeck with other travel agents too, lots of them are able to offer big onboard credit rewards, and many of them do other awesome things like leave treats/surprises etc in your stateroom when you arrive.
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Here's a link to a very recent thread with the same questions/concerns: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2927487
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I am planning my first cruise and am debating on who to book through my cruise through. If I book directly with Disney I will get a $25 onboard credit. If I book through Costco I get a $190 Costco Cash card.

Is there any benefit to me booking through Disney vs Costco?
It is a no-brainer. No need to trouble yourself any further. Go with Costco. If you need to make any changes you can call Costco. While you are on the phone they will call Disney and make the changes for you. I see absolutely NO advantage in booking it with Disney.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:57 PM   #9
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Pretty much book with who will give you the most obc/ best deal. Be it DCL, Costco or Dreams Unlimited, etc.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:20 PM   #10
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CHeck with other travel agents too, lots of them are able to offer big onboard credit rewards, and many of them do other awesome things like leave treats/surprises etc in your stateroom when you arrive.
Yes but do any of them offer a bigger OBC than Costco?
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Yes but do any of them offer a bigger OBC than Costco?
I just booked through Dreams and they gave me $300 OBC They quote it right in the quote for the cruise so you know your OBC upfront. The agent is also very helpful and answers my questions very quickly. Will definately use them again.
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We booked through Costco. For a 5 night on the Dream, we're getting a $400 GC.
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We booked through Costco. For a 5 night on the Dream, we're getting a $400 GC.
Same here.
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Yes but do any of them offer a bigger OBC than Costco?
Costco gives you a gift card after you take the cruise, not an OBC.
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Costco gives you a gift card after you take the cruise, not an OBC.
Wait, so you don't get to use the money for your vacation? Is the money only god at Costco, or can you use it to pay off your credit card that you used on vacation?
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