Changed my ressie 5 times - here's my savings

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by CuteKatCar, Apr 26, 2003.

  1. CuteKatCar

    CuteKatCar DIS Veteran

    Jun 27, 2002
    I am obsessed with what I have saved since placing my ressie back in 8/02. Our trip is May 30 to June 7, 2003. I'd like to share it with all of you.

    Booked 4 nights CBR with 15% off AAA discount: $543.00
    Booked 4 nights Poly with 10% off AAA Discount: $1372.00

    Total: $1915.00

    Saved $249.00 off rack rate

    2/17/03 changed ressie to Code AXA discount:
    3 nights CBR with AXA = $348.00
    5 nights Poly with AXA = $1416.00

    Total: $1764.00

    Now saved another $151.00 off last ressie and changed to one more night at deluxe (and still saved)

    Now thinking - with great codes let's move entire trip up to MONORAIL resorts
    2/18 changed ressie with code AXA
    4 nights Cont. = $776.00
    4 nights Poly = $1133.00

    Total $1909. Now, have saved only $20.00 since original AAA discount, but NOW WE ARE AT DELUXE FOR ENTIRE TRIP.
    Doing a happy dance.

    3/15 New code came out..........(it's not on ressie)
    4 nights Cont. = $731.00
    4 nights Poly = $1088.00

    Total: $1819. Saved $100.00 from original ressie. Doing ok:D

    4/24 AP rates came out
    4 nights Cont = $665.00
    4 nights Poly = $888.00

    Total $1553.00, add'l cost of AP $66.00, water park $26.00

    Total savings from original ressie: $270.00

    Here's the kicker: If I had booked these two resorts (Cont. and Poly at rack rates), it would have cost $2,698.00 vs. $1,553.00 that I am paying. An absolute ludicrous amount!!! And a difference of $1,145.00.
    I am doing a happy, happy dance.

    :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc :Pinkbounc

  2. BethR

    BethR <font color=red>On Thread Killer Patrol<br><font c

    Aug 19, 1999
    Sounds like you are a real DIS Budgeteer, Anna!

    Good for you!!!
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  4. patsal

    patsal <font color=FF3399>I've discovered I don't need to

    Jul 10, 2001
    Great Job! I hope to do so well for my big 4-0 Birthday celebrateion in a few years!
  5. frannn

    frannn <font color=blue>please stop the madnesssss alread

    Nov 2, 1999
    Let's hope I can do as well in Oct...
  6. CuteKatCar

    CuteKatCar DIS Veteran

    Jun 27, 2002
    Keep watching these boards..........the savings just keep coming............:D :D :D :D

    A great big hug of thanks to everyone on these boards for all your help...I would never have done it without this website.:sunny:

  7. Pink Flamingo

    Pink Flamingo <font color=FF66FF>Think Pink!!!<br><font color=CC

    May 9, 2001
    WOW - that's awesome! I agree with you - these boards & the wonderful people on them are the best! I booked a trip at Dixie Landings in 1998 with a local travel agent (didn't know about the DIS then :( ). In 2002, thanks to the DIS & DISers I booked a trip at the Polynesian for one more day than our original trip & it only cost me a little over $100 more than my first trip. I did use Dreams Unlimited for the 2002 trip for my own piece of mind, so I'll give them a little plug too. Hopefully I'll do as well for my June 2004 trip.

    Have a wonderful trip - you don't have long to wait now!
  8. disneysteve

    disneysteve DIS meet junkie

    Sep 29, 2002
    That's a good reminder to anyone traveling anywhere, not just Disney, to keep checking rates after you make a reservation. I constantly do this and almost every time, I end up finding a lower rate sometime after the original reservation. I took my wife to NYC last summer for our anniversary and I rebooked the room 4 times due to rate drops. I ended up saving about $70 just on the 1 nite stay.

    All that said, of course, I can't help but mention that for what you are paying to stay onsite for 8 nites, you could stay in a decent 1-bedroom suite offsite for nearly a month. Personally, we'd rather take the offsite hotel and just go visit the Contemp and Poly and have lots of extra money to spend on other things, like another trip to WDW.

    Have a great trip.


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