ABD newbie questions

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  1. anna08

    anna08 DIS Veteran

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    I have been researching ABD on the Disboards today, and have come up with a few questions that I haven't found answers too. If anyone could help with answers, that would be great!!

    1. Are there benefits to booking airfare through ABD? It appears that you do not have to do that immediately, correct?

    2. Better to buy ABD trip insurance or on your own?

    3. Is there a way to know if a trip is full by looking online or do you just have to call?

    4. When booking, there is a $300 per person deposit, and then you must pay in full by ?90 days prior?

    5. Do you advise arriving more than one day in advance?

    Thanks much!
     
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  3. abbyjt

    abbyjt Mouseketeer

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    We have booked our air through Disney and on our own. When Egypt was canceled and we had booked it on our own, Disney said they would pay any change fees to change the flights even if we used those flights some other time, not for an ABD. We all lucked out and the flight was canceled too, so the money was refunded to us.
    You can book your air any time. We try to use Disney, but if they can't get the same price we have found ourselves, we don't use them. No problem either way.
    Insurance, we always buy our own. Disney's is sort of expensive and you can get your kids for free and cancel for any reason if you buy your insurance on line within 14 days of initial trip deposit. Sometimes you have to estimate the cost without having purchased your air yet. We have never needed the insurance, so I can't say if Disney's would be better. WELoveABD had his backpack stolen with all the passports. The Disney insurance took care of everything.
    Generally the price goes up as the trip fills. It's easiest to call to find out how many are booked (or call Dreams Unlimited, they are the travel agency that hosts these boards). If a date is no longer available, I think they remove it from the list of dates and rates, but not sure about that.
    You have the deposit and payment correct.
    We usually go at least a day before, but that depends on where you are going and how you like to travel. We like to get over jet lag as much as possible and see a few of the sites that are not included in the trip. We are going 2 days early to Vietnam.
     
  4. tufbuf

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    1. The benefit of booking airfare through ABD is it lessens the hassle for you in case the trip is canceled. They are very good in helping you out if the trip is canceled and you booked your airfare yourself though, which happened to us. They will cover the penalty cost.

    2. I usually get insurance on our own.

    3. You can tell if certain dates are filling up by the increase in price. The more popular, the faster the increase in cost of booking.

    4. Yes, and you can pay in increments any time before the PIF date.

    5. If you will travel overseas, it would be nice to arrive a day or two in advance to overcome jet lag. Most trips are really active and you will be on the go most of the time. It is also nice to explore the city on your own and cover the places ABD will not take you.

    If you do decide to take one, it will be so worth it!!!
     
  5. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel Moderator

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    Hope that answers some of your questions! Feel free to ask more!

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  6. familygoboston

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    Good luck with your research!
     
  7. anna08

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    Many thanks for all your answers! I'm really excited to try ABD and this info helps a ton. :)
     
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    On the flights, we fully intended to use ABD to book them and bought the expensive insurance, but when we decided to go via Icelandair and spend 2 days in Iceland beforehand, they could not help us and we then had to purchase additional insurance to cover the flights. Took forever to figure this out, with many calls by our helpful DU agent, but because of the delay our flights went up and the one day we wanted to go from Iceland to Paris was booked. Just a caution based on our experience.
     
  10. abdgeek

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    1. I always book my own airfares when I do ABD, but have thought about letting them book it for me. One of the upsides should be no hassles if the trip is cancelled.

    2. I always buy my own trip insurance whenever I do an ABD. So far I haven't needed to file a claim, but I feel comfortable that if something happened I would be in good hands.

    5. I always arrive at least one day before my ABD and stay one day after so that I can see some of the sights that ABD won't see(museums, etc.). I always stay in the ABD hotel because I know it will be centrally located and up to par. To me, most of the ABD trips are once in a lifetime trips. I want to see everything on my list in case I don't go back.
     
  11. AquamarineSteph

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    I know this is going to sound a bit silly, but I didn't realize there was an option when it came to buying the trip insurance. We bought ours through ABD, but if I am reading this correctly, you can buy trip insurance elsewhere? Is that correct?
     
  12. Bobo912

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    Yes, you can buy trip insurance from other sources. You can purchase it directly from the provider. Or you can go to insuremytrip.com and compare policies/prices offered by different companies. ABD's insurance provider (for this year at least) was Access America.
     
  13. carpenta

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    ....on the trip insurance their is usually a "window" of time in which you need to purchase from the date of when you book your reservation. Also if you need "pre-existing conditions" clause you should read what is included in each policy.
     
  14. sayhello

    sayhello Have Camera, Will Travel Moderator

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    I have found that, especially on the more expensive trips, ABD's insurance has been a really good deal for me. Of course, I'm of an age where the outside insurance companies have started to charge me a premium for being old... :rolleyes:

    The other good thing about ABD's insurance (as compared to DCL's, for instance) is that they *do* offer a pre-existing condition waiver. (I can get into an explanation of all that if anyone would like). And you do have to purchase the insurance within 14 days of paying your deposit to ABD in order to get that waiver. I'm not sure if there's a limit on when you can add it if you don't care about the pre-existing condition waiver.

    But definitely do check out www.insuremytrip.com or www.tripinsurancestore.com and see if you can get a better policy for a better price.

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  15. AquamarineSteph

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    Thanks for the information!

    Having said that, I generally like to buy all my stuff in one place. I love convenience, but it is good to know that there may be options for future trips!
     
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  17. Bobo912

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    I've always let ABD book my flights, but I've discovered that there is one disadvantage. If you have an airline credit card that gives you extra miles when you book a flight with them (like my Delta Amex that gives you double miles for booking a flight with them), you will not get the double miles because the charge shows up as ABD Travel Services on your statement. Next time, if I'm flying Delta, I'll just book the flight myself.
     
  18. west&east

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    Question about booking trip insurance independently- it's too early to book airfare for next June 2014 now. How does that work with the trip insurance if I book the ABD trip right now?
     
  19. sayhello

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    You guestimate how much you think the airfare will cost and pay for that. Once you actually book the airfare, you can call the insurance company and make any adjustments up or down if necessary. (Note that most trip insurance, the premium goes up as the price jumps in $500 increments. So play around with the amount on one of the insurance websites.)

    Sayhello
     
  20. west&east

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    Thanks! That makes sense
     

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