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Old 01-07-2013, 07:22 PM   #16
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One more question. If I transfer my registration will I still have access to my registration through the Disney cruise website to purchase excursions, massage, cooking class, etc. or will these have to be arranged through the TA?
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:39 PM   #17
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One more question. If I transfer my registration will I still have access to my registration through the Disney cruise website to purchase excursions, massage, cooking class, etc. or will these have to be arranged through the TA?
No, you do it yourself. Only difference is you make final payments through Costco by phone or web. I guess they are technically not a travel agent but a booking agent.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:31 PM   #18
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We have been using Costco for a while now. You get a cash card that is equal to 8 to 10 percent of your cruise cost.

The way to get the maximum card is to book with DCL but name Costco as your travel agent. We set up the reservation but make the deposit through Costco.

You will fill out a form naming them as the travel agent so they get control of the reservation number you got.

I thought if you transferred a res from another agent (DCL if you paid them as the agent) then you idnt get the cash card???
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I have a trip coming up and have never heard of transferring my registration for a credit or gift card. Is there a thread on this? What are the other commonly used TAs? Is Costco currently the best option to do this?
Many TAs offer a "thanks for booking with us" gift. Some are onboard credits, some gift cards, some gifts delivered to your stateroom, etc.

If you booked directly with DCL rather than using an agent, you can transfer your reservation to an agent IF you have not fully paid for the cruise. If you transfer, the agency gets a lower commission than if you had booked with them originally. To reflect this reduced commission, some decrease the amount of the "perk" they offer. Other agencies will give their usual amount in hopes of gaining your future business.

Remember that you are buying their service as well as shopping for the best "perk". Costco gives a Costco gift card--if you typically shop there, this can be a good deal. On the other hand, make sure the agent knows what he/she is doing!

Differences among agencies include:
Hours--9-5 or are they available weekends and evenings? Do they have an emergency number for REAL emergencies while traveling?
Experience--have the agents been on the ships? Have they attended Disney training? How long have they been working in the travel business?
Communication--800 number? e-mail? your choice or their dictate?

You get the picture. There is MUCH more to the choice than just "how much of a perk can I get?"
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:23 AM   #20
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Remember that you are buying their service as well as shopping for the best "perk". Costco gives a Costco gift card--if you typically shop there, this can be a good deal. On the other hand, make sure the agent knows what he/she is doing!

Differences among agencies include:
Hours--9-5 or are they available weekends and evenings? Do they have an emergency number for REAL emergencies while traveling?
Experience--have the agents been on the ships? Have they attended Disney training? How long have they been working in the travel business?
Communication--800 number? e-mail? your choice or their dictate? You get the picture. There is MUCH more to the choice than just "how much of a perk can I get?"
I am new to DCL and am planning on just booking the trip myself, so any perk offered above what I receive directly through the DCL website sounds great to me. Since I selected my rooms and plan on selecting my own excursions based upon feedback from this forum, how important is it that my agent attend Disney training or agency hours? Given the factors that you recommend that I consider, is Costco a good choice to transfer my reservation to since I do shop there and I plan on managing the details of the cruise myself?
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I am new to DCL and am planning on just booking the trip myself, so any perk offered above what I receive directly through the DCL website sounds great to me. Since I selected my rooms and plan on selecting my own excursions based upon feedback from this forum, how important is it that my agent attend Disney training or agency hours? Given the factors that you recommend that I consider, is Costco a good choice to transfer my reservation to since I do shop there and I plan on managing the details of the cruise myself?
Just remember, there's the potential for an un-knowledgeable TA to mess up or ruin your reservation. You've turned over control of that reservation to them. I'd want to know they're at least familiar with how DCL works. A lot of TA's will also keep their eyes out for price reductions and other deals that may end up saving you money down the line. Again, I'd want someone who was familiar with DCL for that.

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Just remember, there's the potential for an un-knowledgeable TA to mess up or ruin your reservation. You've turned over control of that reservation to them. I'd want to know they're at least familiar with how DCL works. A lot of TA's will also keep their eyes out for price reductions and other deals that may end up saving you money down the line. Again, I'd want someone who was familiar with DCL for that.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:42 AM   #23
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I guess it depends on what you need. For me, all I needed was the perks. I already knew why I wanted and how much it was. I HAD planned to book myself until I saw the OBC deals. So other than needing someone reputable with OBC, I had no other needs. It's great to have a TA who is available 24/7 with a Disney degree, lol, but that may not be for everyone.

I've been happy with DU. Beth had been great and answered any questions I've had in a reasonable time an the OBC was nice. That's all I needed.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:43 AM   #24
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Sorry for typos. Can you not edit on the ap?
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:46 PM   #26
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I recently transferred our 2 cabins to Costco. I booked while on board to receive the 10% discount and OBC. I waited until about 3 weeks from final payment to transfer over the reservations.

I asked and was told that there is not difference in the cash card price for booking directly with Costco or transferring it over. The one thing I will warn everyone is that at first they were not going to transfer over the reservations even though I had about $50 left on each to pay. They stated that if the full cruise fare is paid in full, then they will not transfer the reservation. So make sure to subtract off port fees and taxes to know how much to leave before transferring.

One last thing to save some money you can buy Disney gift cards from Target with a RED card and get 5% off. If you use the pharmacy you get another 5% off after 5 filled prescription and these can be added together. So you can save just about 10% off your cruise. You will need to input each card in online which takes some time, but well worth the roughly $1600 savings for the gift cards and transferring to Costco.
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I think that booking directly with DCL was brought up because there are some TAs who no longer accept transfers due to the reduced commission paid to them by DCL. I thought that Costco was one of those...but their policy may have changed.
I recently spoke with a rep at Costco Travel as well. I was told that Costco would give the same cash card amount whether the cruise is booked directly through Costco or through DCL and then transferred.

I'm in the same boat as the OP as I learned about this right after I had paid in full! I will not make the same mistake again.

For the person who asked to be pointed to a thread with more info, search "Questions about using Costco Travel." I started that thread a week or so ago.
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Thanks for your reply. Yes, I did book directly thru Disney (am I the only one to do this? What is it that I don't know? ).
I did the same thing! Stinks. Not sure it will help you but you are not alone! Sorry though.
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I am new to DCL and am planning on just booking the trip myself, so any perk offered above what I receive directly through the DCL website sounds great to me. Since I selected my rooms and plan on selecting my own excursions based upon feedback from this forum, how important is it that my agent attend Disney training or agency hours? Given the factors that you recommend that I consider, is Costco a good choice to transfer my reservation to since I do shop there and I plan on managing the details of the cruise myself?
Whether extended hours matters to you or not is sort of up to you. Whether your TA knows what they are doing is another matter. Someone posted on the boards tonight that she booked a cruise thru Costco and a WDW stay thru DVC. She was trying to add DCL transfers.

Costco refused to do it because they hadn't booked the WDW stay and DVC said it had to be done on the cruise booking....so OP was stuck and seeking help on the boards. The correct answer is that transfers are part of the cruise booking and must be booked thru the agency that has the cruise booking. SO...how much frustration has this OP endured at the hands of an agent who doesn't know Disney procedure?

I'm not saying Costco is bad or that this agent is bad; just that they didn't know what they were doing.

Most of the time, we can book and never need to call the TA again...but then there are "those" times....
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