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Old 06-11-2013, 08:49 PM   #16
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Personally, I do a TA for the onboard credit. I love free money.
There is no cost to you for their services. As a matter of fact, they are your personal valet whe things go wrong or you need changes.
I was iffy about using a TA, but I think I love mine (Jo @ Small World Vacations). She really is great!
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I decided to go with a TA because of the OBC and in room gift. Can't beat free money. I'm in South Florida and she is in Texas (Small World Vacations).
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Also, it is against the guidelines to post/advertise that you are a TA unless you have prior permission from the webmasters. Anyone mentioning they are a TA and does not have permission to do so will have their post removed and given and infraction.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:52 PM   #17
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:49 PM   #18
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We are cursing the Med in two weeks; we are flying from San Diego to London and then to Barcelona. We are flying British Airways and they have changed the plane, itinerary, and flight times four times. Each time a change was made BA wanted us to repay for our seat assignments because it was a new flight or a different plane. Our TA is the one who stayed diligent and on the phones to make sure we didn't incur any additional fees.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:52 PM   #19
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I also went through Dreams Unlimited due to the on board credit.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:03 PM   #20
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The "cost" of a TA is you lose control over your reservation - if you call Disney they won't talk to you. Want soemthing special? As your TA, wait for them to ask Disney, then wait for the answer. Some feel that inconvenience is worth the OBC. We've done it both ways, and now we find that dealing directly with Disney is priceless.

However, some do like TAs. As long as they'll talk to you on the phone, that should work well for you, and you can spend time chatting with a knowledgeable agent if you have questions or concerns. We used one once that would not give us a phone number, made us only use emails, that was for the birds. And back-and-forth discussion can take forever, one email at a time!

Lots of choices. Some big agencies specialize in Disney, and bring a lot of experience to the interaction. Or, you may have have a hometown favorite agent you want to deal with because you have the personal assurance they really do have your best interest at heart. And Costco seems to get a lot of praise here.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:38 PM   #21
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The "cost" of a TA is you lose control over your reservation - if you call Disney they won't talk to you. Want soemthing special? As your TA, wait for them to ask Disney, then wait for the answer. Some feel that inconvenience is worth the OBC. We've done it both ways, and now we find that dealing directly with Disney is priceless.

However, some do like TAs. As long as they'll talk to you on the phone, that should work well for you, and you can spend time chatting with a knowledgeable agent if you have questions or concerns. We used one once that would not give us a phone number, made us only use emails, that was for the birds. And back-and-forth discussion can take forever, one email at a time!

Lots of choices. Some big agencies specialize in Disney, and bring a lot of experience to the interaction. Or, you may have have a hometown favorite agent you want to deal with because you have the personal assurance they really do have your best interest at heart. And Costco seems to get a lot of praise here.
I've not had that experience. I've called Disney previously and have gotten direct responses. Had to have the reservation number, but that's it. I do like the TA having the ability to change things so I don't have the hassle though!
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:05 PM   #22
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Can you tell me about the Costco deals? How did you get so much off?
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:26 AM   #23
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Can you tell me about the Costco deals? How did you get so much off?
They give you back about 9% of your cruise fare back in the form of a Costco cash card when you return.
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:41 AM   #24
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They give you back about 9% of your cruise fare back in the form of a Costco cash card when you return.
Any OBC?
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:12 AM   #25
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The "cost" of a TA is you lose control over your reservation - if you call Disney they won't talk to you. Want soemthing special? As your TA, wait for them to ask Disney, then wait for the answer. Some feel that inconvenience is worth the OBC. We've done it both ways, and now we find that dealing directly with Disney is priceless.
This is the reason I was hesitant to use a TA -- giving up that all important "control" over the reservation. In the end, the incentive offered by Costco was enough to make me willing to give them a try. Even though their reps don't know all the ins and outs of DCL, I like that they are accessible by phone. A few weeks after I booked our 2014 Med cruise, a secret verandah room opened up (I had been checking daily). I was nervous because I knew that it could get snapped up quickly. I got right on the phone to Costco and explained the situation. The room was not showing as available in Costco's system, so the rep called DCL. Initially it was not showing at DCL's end either, but after going back and forth a few times it popped into inventory and they were able to snag it for me. This is a great example of a time-sensitive issue that required cooperation between a TA and DCL -- and the bottom line is that it got done!

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Any OBC?
The cash card is instead of an OBC. Some prefer an OBC so they will have extra money to spend while on the cruise. Personally, the total dollar amount is more important to me. The money is all coming out of the same pot in the end. Some here have reported that they were able to take their cash card to customer service at Costco and redeem it for cash.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:38 AM   #26
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I have to say that Beth at DU was invaluable to me this time around. We had to make changes to who was going in the last few weeks and she was able to work with Disney and answer all my questions about options so that there was minimal cost and headache for us. (there's more to it, but I think if I didn't have her we would've had to pay much more). The OBC is definitely an incentive, but my peace of mind is worth a lot also!
I did use Costco for a Princess to Alaska cruise 2 years ago and was able to save about $600 over any other offer I could find - well worth it, but DU has my business for anything Disney!

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Old 06-12-2013, 09:28 AM   #27
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:17 AM   #28
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I wanted to book my cruise through my Disney TA but due to Ontario travel regulations they cannot offer any sweetening of the offer, so no OBC.

I ended up straddling the line, going with Travelocity and getting both a very decent OBC and a hotel credit while dealing with a human being.

Still booking my WDW stay through the Disney agent and will book all my future stays through her agency as well as they do offer a great service, but I can't turn down hundreds of dollars -- I'M ONLY HUMAN!
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Travel Agents - What are the Benefits?

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