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Old 05-10-2013, 01:28 AM   #1
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Paying at checkout w/ gift cards

Wondering if this is possible... can we give our credit card as the security for room charges but then at the end of the trip pay with Disney gift cards? It'd be nice to save the 5% if I can use the ones from Target.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:31 AM   #2
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Yep. Just make sure you don't go over the charging limit or the CC you put down will get charged.

Value = $500
Moderate = $1000
Deluxe = $1500

Just to be safe, I go to the front desk every couple days and use gift cards to pay what we've charged so far.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:47 AM   #3
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Yep. Just make sure you don't go over the charging limit or the CC you put down will get charged.

Value = $500
Moderate = $1000
Deluxe = $1500

Just to be safe, I go to the front desk every couple days and use gift cards to pay what we've charged so far.
Thanks! Looks like it's time to go back to Target (after purchasing 80+ to pay for the WDW package!) We're on the dining plan, so I don't think/hope we'll have too many charges
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:44 AM   #4
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This is what Im doing as well! Both to pay off our trip and to pay our charges during the trip!
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:29 AM   #5
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From what I understand you have to take the gift cards down and pay the night before you leave. Otherwise they will run your credit card and you will be too late.
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:07 AM   #6
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From what I understand you have to take the gift cards down and pay the night before you leave. Otherwise they will run your credit card and you will be too late.
This is a true story!! Don't forget to do this. I always pay in the late afternoon the day before I check out, and then when I go to the parks for the last evening I take whatever gift card I have left and use that instead of my KTTW card.
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Yep. Just make sure you don't go over the charging limit or the CC you put down will get charged.

Just to be safe, I go to the front desk every couple days and use gift cards to pay what we've charged so far.
I would definitely recommend that you do this. On our last 2 visits we intended to use cash to pay off our room charges. When DH went to the desk the night before our departure, both times they had already charged our credit card. And we had not yet reached our limit. In future we will definitely be making a couple of trips to the desk to pay off our charges DURING our stay to avoid this.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:49 PM   #8
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From what I understand you have to take the gift cards down and pay the night before you leave. Otherwise they will run your credit card and you will be too late.
Definitely.


Then again, if I had giftcards in hand I'd just use those to pay for things, rather than put the extra step of charging to the room then paying the front desk.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:58 PM   #9
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yep - this is what I have done..bought the cards using the 5% off
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:26 PM   #10
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Definitely.


Then again, if I had giftcards in hand I'd just use those to pay for things, rather than put the extra step of charging to the room then paying the front desk.
I don't know. I was on the dining plan last trip, and tried to use gift cards to pay for the tip portion of the bill. It caused a lot of confusion at a few places. So much so that I'm not sure I will go that route again.

At one place they even put the bill on the gift card, even though I had told the waiter we were on the dining plan, and put my room key in the bill folder first. I was told it would take a week to 10 days to get the money credited back to my gift card, at which point I would have been home. Kind of frustrating, as it was one of my more expensive meals that trip.
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I don't know. I was on the dining plan last trip, and tried to use gift cards to pay for the tip portion of the bill. It caused a lot of confusion at a few places. So much so that I'm not sure I will go that route again.

At one place they even put the bill on the gift card, even though I had told the waiter we were on the dining plan, and put my room key in the bill folder first. I was told it would take a week to 10 days to get the money credited back to my gift card, at which point I would have been home. Kind of frustrating, as it was one of my more expensive meals that trip.
Not only that, but my Target has only $50 and $25 gift cards. We'll spend $200 on a meal and I don't want to be carrying around 8 gift cards in addition to my room key, etc. I like that all of the charges are on one folio.

I'm with the group that suggests going to the front desk every 2 or 3 days to apply the cards. I typically go at a slow time -- like 6:30 in the morning or 10:00 at night. The CMs are often looking for something to do at those times and I don't feel like I'm holding up a line.

I also wanted to mention that you can apply your gift cards to a package or room only reservation in advance of arrival. Just call WDTC and they'll take the numbers off your card. Don't toss your cards, though. If you need to cancel your trip, the refund will be made to the original form of payment, so you'll want your gift cards.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:42 PM   #12
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Thanks for posting this/asking the question! I was going to ask the same thing. And thanks for all the advice on using the gift cards! Our next trip is for my birthday, so I'm just going to ask for Disney gift cards and that will pay for our tips and gifts!
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I also wanted to mention that you can apply your gift cards to a package or room only reservation in advance of arrival. Just call WDTC and they'll take the numbers off your card. Don't toss your cards, though. If you need to cancel your trip, the refund will be made to the original form of payment, so you'll want your gift cards.
Is there a limit to the number of gift cards you can use?
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Is there a limit to the number of gift cards you can use?
Not sure if there is a limit, but I can tell you that last time I was there I had 7 gift cards total of varying values, and had no issues at all.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:57 PM   #15
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It's my understanding you can roll the gift cards all into one but a $1000 limit per card that's what I plan on doing before calling to pay off my package!

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