Book thru travel agent or myself???

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  1. weHEARTmickey

    weHEARTmickey Dreamin' of Disney.......

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    Jcandherboys, I got your pm & replied :) I look forward to talking to you soon!
     
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  3. disneycruising

    disneycruising DIS Veteran

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    :thumbsup2You said this so perfectly!
     
  4. keltiesmom

    keltiesmom Mouseketeer

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    weHeartmickey I would love to talk to you about our up coming vacation. I'm obviously new here, this is my first post :)
     
  5. weHEARTmickey

    weHEARTmickey Dreamin' of Disney.......

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    Thank you :hug:

    Sent you a pm, keltiesmom! :)
     
  6. Montegut

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    We got a Triple A package, and I got no service from my agent. She said she was going to call me in April for my October trip to remind me about ADRs. She didn't. I was taking care of my dying FIL at the time and would have liked the reminder. She didn't tell me about booking the Triple A Fireworks until my final payment. Wish she had done it for me so I would have had that perk. We got NO perks from being Triple A members, and since we stayed at the Contemporary with a Magic Kingdom view, we only got a minimal Triple A discount. Never any notice about discounts being applied. I really feel like we paid a lot more for our trip than we should have, but we wanted to go with Triple A, as we've been members for years and I had a local agent to talk with. She also gave me so much wrong information about how my luggage would be handled with Magic Express, which I luckily learned the right process from other people staying at my resort who were Disney veterans. Also, the Contemporary staff was less than helpful, so I feel like I paid top dollar for a hotel that was not worth it. H insists on staying on the monorail and not skimping while on vacation, but I'm definitely going to be looking for Disney only travel experts for future trips. Also curious if anybody has ever used Southwest for vacation planning, particularly Disney. I get emails all the time from them, in fact, just recently, and I plugged in a trip for not just my husband and me, but also, my son, and the trip, including airfare, same length of days, was even cheaper than the Triple A package. Wish I had gone through them instead. Oh, well, live and learn. Friend is doing free dining at a moderate with her two kids and husband, and I think she just called Disney for the quote, and she's getting a great deal! We didn't use a single Triple A perk, so there was no benefit in going with them at all. I would shop around the different options, Triple A, Southwest, or whoever your airline rewards are with, and Disney specialists and compare prices. And then, do it yourself, and see if you can get a better deal!
     
  7. Sofiesmom

    Sofiesmom Earning My Ears

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    weHEARTmickey, I would love to talk to you too! I have 2 upcoming trips and today is my 45 day mark for the December trip. Please PM me your email address and I will send you an email. Thanks! :thumbsup2
     
  8. Bagheera23608

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    I posted nearly this same question a couple of weeks ago and the replies were overwhelming opposed to TA. Almost all said they prefer to do it themselves.

    I have no answer to your question - I just found it interesting that these were overwhelming in favor of TAs, but I posted on another board and got the opposite response!
     
  9. katla33

    katla33 Mouseketeer

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    I am also a Travel Agent that only books Disney vacations. I am always up on the discounts and truly try and find my clients the best deal. I didn't realize saving other people money and making them happy could be so much fun, but it is!
    I too got up at the crack of dawn to make BOG reservations for my clients.

    And yes, you are helping Disney fanatics go to Disney when you book through a TA. Because of all of the commission I am earning lately (the Stay, Play and Dine offer gave me a big boost), I am going to be able to take my kids to WDW in November 2013. They have been begging to go back since we left in April 2011.
     
  10. whitam08

    whitam08 Earning My Ears

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    WeHeartMickey - I am new here - first post - but I'd like to talk to you about quoting our WDW trip!
     
  11. gracer9977

    gracer9977 Happiness is Disney

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    The first time we went in 2006 we used Triple A and that was a mistake. Our travel agent was so unconcerned about anything and didn't look for any deals or specials and was completely disorganized. :furious: Thankfully my sister found these Disboards and also Allears.net and discovered all kinds of interesting info that our travel agent didn't tell us, like needing to book our ADR's 180 days in advance, Magical Express, and the free dining that was offered while we were going to be there that saved my family a couple of thousand dollars and allowed us to experience some great character meals that otherwise would have been completely out of our price range. She would call our agent every time she discovered something new and she would say Oh yes I just found out about that and I was going to call you. My sister and I ended up calling for ADR's ourselves because by the time Triple A opened we figured some of the meals we wanted would be gone. As it was between the 2 of us we couldn't get breakfast or lunch in the castle but thankfully got one for dinner. :cheer2: She also messed up my last name and I missed it :confused3 but she added an extra letter and when I got to the airport I actually got delayed because I couldn't get my ticket till my last name was changed and a manager had to do it and she was busy with an irate customer. After 15 minutes of waiting I was on my way to becoming the next irate customer when she finally came over. However we missed our flight :furious: (35 minutes at the counter and 40 minutes in the security line). The door was just closing as we ran to the gate and they wouldn't let us on. We did finally make it to WDW and had a great time pixiedust: but mostly due to my sister finding all the special deals not because of Triple A.

    In 2011 we used Ron from Dreams Unlimited and it was so EASY. He knew all about the deals and took care of everything. He even got up early and did all our ADR's. We got everything we wanted and he sent us an email with all the times and which meal. Was a much better experience and we will be using him when we go back in 2014. :cheer2:

    My opinion would be to go with a TA but also check the disboards, Disney site, allears and mousesavers to just see if there is anything you want to do that didn't get mentioned or to just confirm that you are getting the discounts/specials you are able to.

    Hope you have an awesome time at Disney. Already planning my trip and we are over a year away. :)
     
  12. danda22

    danda22 Earning My Ears

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    I have a question for you then if you don't mind. I was going to call AAA and ask this of them... because we are going for the first time, not a AAA member and staying offsite are we still able to use the services of a TA and what would the benefit be then? As much as I would LOVE to stay on property I was offered a deal of a century and it is helping us make our vacation a reality (my boss had a travel voucher she couldn't use before expiration. I booked an entire week stay at Silver Lake Resort for $159....oh yeah!). Currently I am monitoring airfare tickets & car rental (live in Ohio).
     

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