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Old 10-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #91
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Can you book the *GT rate through Costco?
I'm under the impression that anything DCL offers, you can get through a TA, including Costco. I believe that when you book a new res, Costco links directly to DCL and quotes whatever price DCL is currently showing. You should verify this w/ Costco though.

Of course, you can always book on your own through DCL and then transfer later. I did this because I wanted to pay with gift cards, and Costco won't take those (nor will they take the Disney rewards cards). So I paid my balance down quite a bit through DCL and then transferred it to Costco. This thread saved me quite a bit of money!
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:00 PM   #92
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Of course, you can always book on your own through DCL and then transfer later. I did this because I wanted to pay with gift cards, and Costco won't take those (nor will they take the Disney rewards cards). So I paid my balance down quite a bit through DCL and then transferred it to Costco. This thread saved me quite a bit of money!
Oh, so how do you pay if you don't have an Amex? I guess this would make a big difference to me.

When I lived in California I could order the So Cal Disney passes through Costco online and I'm sure I paid with a visa card (since that's all I have).

Also, I had to pay in full when I booked using the Florida rate since it was inside the 75 days. It wouldn't be possible to book directly and then transfer, so whoever books it (direct, TA, Costco) that has to be the deal for you.

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Old 10-10-2012, 02:08 PM   #93
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Oh, so how do you pay if you don't have an Amex? I guess this would make a big difference to me.

When I lived in California I could order the So Cal Disney passes through Costco online and I'm sure I paid with a visa card (since that's all I have).

Also, I had to pay in full when I booked using the Florida rate since it was inside the 75 days. It wouldn't be possible to book directly and then transfer, so whoever books it (direct, TA, Costco) that has to be the deal for you.

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Yeah - if you're doing it last minute, you'd have to do it directly through the TA for sure.

It says on the Costco Travel website (under FAQ's) that they accept Visa, Mastercard, and AMEX.

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Old 10-10-2012, 05:33 PM   #94
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I'm under the impression that anything DCL offers, you can get through a TA, including Costco. I believe that when you book a new res, Costco links directly to DCL and quotes whatever price DCL is currently showing. You should verify this w/ Costco though.

Of course, you can always book on your own through DCL and then transfer later. I did this because I wanted to pay with gift cards, and Costco won't take those (nor will they take the Disney rewards cards). So I paid my balance down quite a bit through DCL and then transferred it to Costco. This thread saved me quite a bit of money!
Excellent info to have as I will be paying with GCs also to get the fuel points.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:05 PM   #95
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Excellent info to have as I will be paying with GCs also to get the fuel points.
I do the Target Red Card 10%. How much do you get w/ fuel points? I did buy some GC's when Kroger did the 4x promo, but when I crunched the numbers, the Target deal worked out better (of course it only works if you have the pharmacy coupon).

Be careful how much you pay down before transferring. I left a $42 balance on mine, and then I noticed a couple days later that the balance due was only $12. My fare had been reduced by a lower fuel surcharge or taxes or something. You must have SOME balance due in order to transfer.

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If I understand; I can book a dummy cruise while onboard, get the 10%,give DCL gift cards that I buy at Target. When the cruise is almost paid for I transfer to Costco and book my real cruise and get a Costco card for $300 to $700. This really works for me as I book three veranda rooms per cruise and savings x three is fantastic.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:42 PM   #97
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If I understand; I can book a dummy cruise while onboard, get the 10%,give DCL gift cards that I buy at Target. When the cruise is almost paid for I transfer to Costco and book my real cruise and get a Costco card for $300 to $700. This really works for me as I book three veranda rooms per cruise and savings x three is fantastic.
Not quite. You book the dummy date while onboard to get the 10% discount. When you find a cruise you want, then transfer your dummy cruise over to that one. At this point your res is still with DCL. Pay your cruise down w/ gift cards purchased from Target at the 10% discount. Then before final payment is due, transfer to Costco to get the cash card.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:10 PM   #98
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My understanding is you must name Costco or any TA you use onboard when you book. When you get back home call Costco/TA and they will transfer the ressie. I thought it had to be transferred within a month or two to get the full costco/TA $. But if ressie is a true dummy to be moved in the future I think costco charges a fee to move dates. My 2 cents.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:31 PM   #99
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My understanding is you must name Costco or any TA you use onboard when you book. When you get back home call Costco/TA and they will transfer the ressie. I thought it had to be transferred within a month or two to get the full costco/TA $. But if ressie is a true dummy to be moved in the future I think costco charges a fee to move dates. My 2 cents.
This used to be Costco's rule, but not anymore. I called to verify and just did this a few weeks ago. Costco allowed me to transfer the res and said I would get the full cash card value ($215 on a $2,900 fare). I transferred only 4 weeks before the final payment deadline.

Yes, Costco does charge a change fee. Thats why I would get your res finalized while still with DCL, and then do the transfer. Also, Costco does not take gift cards, so if you're paying down with those, do it before you transfer.
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Good news pillow
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:18 PM   #101
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I do the Target Red Card 10%. How much do you get w/ fuel points? I did buy some GC's when Kroger did the 4x promo, but when I crunched the numbers, the Target deal worked out better (of course it only works if you have the pharmacy coupon).

Be careful how much you pay down before transferring. I left a $42 balance on mine, and then I noticed a couple days later that the balance due was only $12. My fare had been reduced by a lower fuel surcharge or taxes or something. You must have SOME balance due in order to transfer.

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I have never priced out the Target discount but for us fuel points savings is huge. We paid for our Disney trip last Sept using Gift Cards. We always buy our GCs when the fuel points are 4x(happens about 5 times a year). We ended up with 16000 fuel points just for that one trip. We always use the full 35 gallons when we fillup because we always fill up two cars or bring our gas cans. So we ended up saving $560 on gas just for buying gift cards to pay for a trip we were going to pay for anyway. Also if you buy your gift cards using your Disney VISA you can get the rewards also.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:42 AM   #102
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I have never priced out the Target discount but for us fuel points savings is huge. We paid for our Disney trip last Sept using Gift Cards. We always buy our GCs when the fuel points are 4x(happens about 5 times a year). We ended up with 16000 fuel points just for that one trip. We always use the full 35 gallons when we fillup because we always fill up two cars or bring our gas cans. So we ended up saving $560 on gas just for buying gift cards to pay for a trip we were going to pay for anyway. Also if you buy your gift cards using your Disney VISA you can get the rewards also.
The more gas you put in at the discount, the better. I ran the numbers using 20 gallons (my minivan), and it came out to an 8% discount. So for me, the Target 10% is better. 35 gallons at a time equates to a 14% discount, which is huge! Way to go!
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Not quite. You book the dummy date while onboard to get the 10% discount. When you find a cruise you want, then transfer your dummy cruise over to that one. At this point your res is still with DCL. Pay your cruise down w/ gift cards purchased from Target at the 10% discount. Then before final payment is due, transfer to Costco to get the cash card.
I'm so proud to see how much you've learned... you've surpassed me BY FAR!! I only contributed one part of that equation, to you.
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I'm so proud to see how much you've learned... you've surpassed me BY FAR!! I only contributed one part of that equation, to you.
Funny - I was already doing the onboard rebooking and the Target gift cards. Your Costco advice was icing on the cake. Thanks so much!

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