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Old 09-26-2013, 08:42 AM   #1
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I keep reading on here about making reservation on board and then transferring it to a TA for a better OBC, how exactly does that work? We've finished 2 cruises so far and are going to be on the Fantasy next June, we are completely hooked on cruising now, so any way to save money would be great.

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You want to name your TA when you make your OBB in order to get the most OBC from the TA. You could transfer your reservation within 30 days, but some agencies cut the OBC when you do that.
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I keep reading on here about making reservation on board and then transferring it to a TA for a better OBC, how exactly does that work? We've finished 2 cruises so far and are going to be on the Fantasy next June, we are completely hooked on cruising now, so any way to save money would be great.

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If you know going in that you want to use a TA, and you've decided which one, it's generally better to just designate them when you make the onboard booking. You simply tell the CM at the future cruise desk that you want to designate "x" TA. You may need to provide the TA's phone number and the city and state they are based out of. If the cruise you are on at the time was booked through that TA, DCL will have the necessary info already.

If you do transfer, you must do it within 30 days. Aside from a little bit of extra paperwork and hassle, some TAs offer a reduced OBC for transferred reservations. One exception is Costco. They offer a cash card instead of an OBC, and it is the same amount regardless of whether you designate them when you book onboard (or book through them on land) or transfer later. But again, you must transfer within 30 days.
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There's no reason to transfer it, just name your TA when you make the reservation onboard.

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One exception is Costco. They offer a cash card instead of an OBC, and it is the same amount regardless of whether you designate them when you book onboard (or book through them on land) or transfer later.
How can I find out more about this and what amount they put on the cash card?
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How can I find out more about this and what amount they put on the cash card?
The cash card is about 9% of the total cruise fare (so not including taxes and port charges), so the amount is generally much more than you would get with an OBC from a traditional TA. One downside is that you get the card in the mail about a week after the cruise, so you don't have the money to spend during the cruise. The way I look at it, though, is the money is all coming from the same pot, so I'd rather have a bigger cash card!

If you're already a Costco member, you can go on Costco Travel's site and go through the motions of booking a cruise. You will be asked to enter your membership number and will then be able to see the exact amount of the cash card. It will vary depending on the category of room you select.
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The cash card is about 9% of the total cruise fare (so not including taxes and port charges), so the amount is generally much more than you would get with an OBC from a traditional TA. One downside is that you get the card in the mail about a week after the cruise, so you don't have the money to spend during the cruise. The way I look at it, though, is the money is all coming from the same pot, so I'd rather have a bigger cash card!

If you're already a Costco member, you can go on Costco Travel's site and go through the motions of booking a cruise. You will be asked to enter your membership number and will then be able to see the exact amount of the cash card. It will vary depending on the category of room you select.
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There's no reason to transfer it, just name your TA when you make the reservation onboard.

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I just want to get this right. When I'm on my cruise next June, I go to desk to make another reservation, tell them I want to make it with Costco as my TA, and then I'll get a 9% cash card back after the future cruise??? In the meantime, do I have to do anything else with Costco, or does it just automatically happen?

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Carrie, what part of AZ are you in? I'm in South Chandler.

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I just want to get this right. When I'm on my cruise next June, I go to desk to make another reservation, tell them I want to make it with Costco as my TA, and then I'll get a 9% cash card back after the future cruise??? In the meantime, do I have to do anything else with Costco, or does it just automatically happen?
That's right. Here is the info you'll need to give them for Costco Travel:

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When you get back from the cruise in June, call Costco Travel. They will ask you for your DCL reservation number. They will then be able to locate the reservation and pull it over into their system. They'll send you an e-mail confirmation with a Costco booking number. That e-mail will spell out all the details of the future cruise, including confirmation of the cash card amount.
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Can I designate my local AAA office as the TA, or does it have to be a specific person in that office?
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Can I designate my local AAA office as the TA, or does it have to be a specific person in that office?
Sorry, I don't know the answer to your question, but I want to point out that you should be sure that whoever gets your reservation at AAA is Disney-trained. I've read many reports of AAA travel reps not really knowing anything about how Disney cruising goes.

I think you should go and talk to several of the AAA travel reps and find out who knows what he/she is talking about. Rather than just putting your reservation into a pool for "next available representative".

We had a AAA travel rep for one of our previous cruises (not DCL) and she was really worthless.
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So then if I put it into the Costco system, if I need to make changes would that have to be through Costco and not DCL?
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Can I designate my local AAA office as the TA, or does it have to be a specific person in that office?
Yes. And that goes for any travel agency. My last OBB was for DU but I didn't have an actual TA yet.


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Sorry, I don't know the answer to your question, but I want to point out that you should be sure that whoever gets your reservation at AAA is Disney-trained. I've read many reports of AAA travel reps not really knowing anything about how Disney cruising goes.

I think you should go and talk to several of the AAA travel reps and find out who knows what he/she is talking about. Rather than just putting your reservation into a pool for "next available representative".

We had a AAA travel rep for one of our previous cruises (not DCL) and she was really worthless.
Agree. My current AAA TA is a disaster - she is in the central reservation office. Since I didn't feel comfortable giving her GC via email she suggested I go to the local office to pay. At the office, they told me they couldn't really help me as they could not pull my reservation - only a TA from the central office could.

I had a couple of excellent TAs thru the years at AAA. But they both moved up the ranks to non TA work. What's left is either older reps who only have experience in Carnival or senior oriented cruises, or other younger ones that don't have an actual clue and promise you anything to get you to book.

Also, AAA has gone south with their promotions. They used to offer Visa Gift Cards with bookings. Today, they give you a AAA GC good only on their useless crap they sell. And they require full payment up front. So I will book a cruise for a year and a half away to get a $100 AAA GC if I pay in full at the time of booking??? Who's bright idea was that?

Oh wait - we also get the $50 or $100 value photo package that they insist is worth twice as that...
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Sorry, I don't know the answer to your question, but I want to point out that you should be sure that whoever gets your reservation at AAA is Disney-trained. I've read many reports of AAA travel reps not really knowing anything about how Disney cruising goes.

I think you should go and talk to several of the AAA travel reps and find out who knows what he/she is talking about. Rather than just putting your reservation into a pool for "next available representative".

We had a AAA travel rep for one of our previous cruises (not DCL) and she was really worthless.
I agree, AAA is totally useless!
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I use AAA and love my agent but I did not go though central I walked into the office two towns over and meet with my TA I liked her so much I had her book my trips.usually I do all my planning and booking for vacations due to an OCD condition, luckily my TA knows her stuff and has made my planning simple and stress free.
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