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Old 10-24-2012, 09:33 AM   #106
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What TA would you recommend? TIA
You can't request a specific TA at Costco. I think of them as discount brokers. You have to take who you get on the phone when you call the 800 number. They're definitely not Disney experts, but will call and ask any question you have. It works for me because I know what I want and am just transferring to them for the cash card.

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Old 10-24-2012, 12:02 PM   #107
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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!
We have gas cans in order to get the full 30 gallons (often free)! Now, if there was some way to combine OBB, Target red card discount, along with those stores with fuel GC discounts, then Costco GC, we'd be all giddy (beyond normal) once onboard from our RIDICULOUS savings!!!
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:28 PM   #108
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We have gas cans in order to get the full 30 gallons (often free)! Now, if there was some way to combine OBB, Target red card discount, along with those stores with fuel GC discounts, then Costco GC, we'd be all giddy (beyond normal) once onboard from our RIDICULOUS savings!!!
You take gas cans??? really??? I hadn't thought of doing that, but I will now! Kroger website says the max is 35 gallons. That comes out to a 14% savings, which is better than the Target discount.

How many gallons of gasoline can someone stockpile before needing some sort of license?

I can see the headline now . . . "Obsession with Disney Cruise burns down town . . ."

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Old 10-24-2012, 03:09 PM   #109
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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.
Excellent info, everyone! (although very overwhelming)

Okay, so please confirm:

1) I book my cruise on DCL (just got off the Wonder and didn't book a dummy cruise - want to kick myself).

2) Add gratuities, make requests, blah blah blah

3) Get a Target Redcard and buy GCs for 5% off (if I do 5 prescriptions, I can get another 5% one time for a total of 9.75%). Pay down the balance with these, but still keep a balance.

4) Transfer to Costco about one month before final payment.

Right?

How do you transfer? Online or on the phone?

Thank you!
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:09 PM   #110
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We use a travel agent.
We get a great obc and we're helping out a work from home mom.
win win.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:47 PM   #111
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Excellent info, everyone! (although very overwhelming)

Okay, so please confirm:

1) I book my cruise on DCL (just got off the Wonder and didn't book a dummy cruise - want to kick myself).

2) Add gratuities, make requests, blah blah blah

3) Get a Target Redcard and buy GCs for 5% off (if I do 5 prescriptions, I can get another 5% one time for a total of 9.75%). Pay down the balance with these, but still keep a balance.

4) Transfer to Costco about one month before final payment.

Right?

How do you transfer? Online or on the phone?

Thank you!
Yep thats it. To transfer, you print out and fax a transfer request form (on DCL website) to DCL, and they move your cruise to Costco. Then you call Costco and have them find your cruise and attach your membership #. Very easy.

Another option someone pointed out earlier (instead of Target) is to take advantage of the Kroger 4x fuel points program. If you can put 25 gallons or more in your car at a time (or use fuel cans, etc. for the excess), it works out better than the Target 9.75% discount.
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You take gas cans??? really??? I hadn't thought of doing that, but I will now! Kroger website says the max is 35 gallons. That comes out to a 14% savings, which is better than the Target discount.

How many gallons of gasoline can someone stockpile before needing some sort of license?

I can see the headline now . . . "Obsession with Disney Cruise burns down town . . ."

Jodie
We have 6 cans... no pressure to run the car down to empty. We then have gas for SOME TIME. Our local gas station, that honors the discount, put up a sign saying "No double pumping" elaborating that you can't fill one car, move it up, and fill car two. They can't say anything about gas cans. We use it for other things than the car.... lawn mower, trimmer. DCL gift cards are, in a sense, fueling our lives!!

Your "headline" made me laugh!! I must comment, though, Pillow.... You have this DOWN!!!
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:22 PM   #113
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Your "headline" made me laugh!! I must comment, though, Pillow.... You have this DOWN!!!
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:06 PM   #114
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Yep thats it. To transfer, you print out and fax a transfer request form (on DCL website) to DCL, and they move your cruise to Costco. Then you call Costco and have them find your cruise and attach your membership #. Very easy.

Another option someone pointed out earlier (instead of Target) is to take advantage of the Kroger 4x fuel points program. If you can put 25 gallons or more in your car at a time (or use fuel cans, etc. for the excess), it works out better than the Target 9.75% discount.
Thank you!!! Two double bummers are: 1) We pay cash for prescriptions so we go to my best friend's family pharmacy for cost (I don't think Target will extend us that same courtesy haha); and 2) No Kroger in Hawaii (but hey, at least we live in Hawaii!)

The 5% off will work for me though! And my parents can get the 10%!

"Fueling our lives"???? AWESOME!
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:53 AM   #115
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Thanks for sharing all these great information.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:25 PM   #116
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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 is my understanding, too. Or at least ... when I called a year or so ago, this was the story I got from DCL (that the alotted time had expired in order for me to transfer to Costco - they said 30 days, I think).

But you know ... ask 3 Disney employees a question ... get 5 different answers!
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:49 PM   #117
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This is my understanding, too. Or at least ... when I called a year or so ago, this was the story I got from DCL (that the alotted time had expired in order for me to transfer to Costco - they said 30 days, I think).

But you know ... ask 3 Disney employees a question ... get 5 different answers!
I have heard that DCL cuts commissions to TA's when reservations are transferred versus named on board. But its up to each individual TA what they want to credit to a customer. Costco doesn't seem to care that their commissions have been cut. They still offer the full cash card value.
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We booked thru Costco and had no problems at all. I was able to call and move things around and book super easy. I was able to book dinners online thru Dis as well. $190 costco cash card is WAY better than $25 OBC IMO.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:56 PM   #119
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Great Info. Thanks!

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I read in other thread mentioned to book a placeholder that do not need a specific date or lots of deposit. Does anyone know how this works and what’s the difference? Are we going to be able to transfer to Costco later on? TIA.
If you are talking about making an on board reservation to get the on board booking benefits then you will be booking a certain date and you will be paying a 10% deposit.
Only Costco will be able to tell you if you can transfer the reservation to them at the time you will want to do that.
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