It would be less on alcohol needed than that. The TiW discount is 20% on food, too, so 2x as good as the typical blue card or AP discount.Some really simple math on the alcohol front. It's $150, you save 20% on alcohol. So you'd need to spend at least $750 on Alcohol for it to break even.
Given you get an extra 5% off of food places you don't have to quite hit the $750, but it's a good baseline for estimating.
I haven't gotten it in a few years, but am looking into picking it up in 2021 when I travel with my whole family, a party of 13. Even with only getting the discount on 10 of us, it would pay for itself after only 2-3 meals.How many people do you travel with? With a big group (say 5+) it can pay for itself awfully quick. I usually travel in groups of 2-3 and I can't make the numbers work, even after factoring in the alcohol. I'd probably about break-even.
We are on our third as well. Most of our travel is just my wife and I. We do enjoy the lounges and if we do a signature dinner will indulge a bottle of wine. We are 1BR stayers, do a lot of our own food and will typically do one signature type dinner in a 4 night stay and a few lunches. Admittedly we tend to patronize locations that take TIW but not exclusively. I like keeping close track and so far for our newest card, purchased in May we have logged 13 transactions, average check $75.78, and accounting for where we would get a 10% deal with DVC/AP we are $14.69 ahead, with 14 nights planned before it expires. Our previous card ran 2/3/18-3/31/19 and we netted $210 over 36 transactions averaging $57.58. So not huge savings, but you take what you can get right? Oh, and we always “plus” the tip back to 20% or more and my math accounts that too. Enjoy!We have been getting TIW card for many years now and feel we get our money's worth. This year I will buy a new card in Jan so it will be good until Feb of 2021.
The only problem with buying over the phone is the effective date of the card is the day you make the purchase. It can take up to 3 weeks to get the card which eats up pretty much all of the extra month you get on the card.Yes. We have done so in person and on the phone. Side note, if you order by phone you get a plastic card - more durable.
Yeah, I figured that’s why it was 13 months in the first place. If you buy it on property it a bonus!The only problem with buying over the phone is the effective date of the card is the day you make the purchase. It can take up to 3 weeks to get the card which eats up pretty much all of the extra month you get on the card.
Yes, not to be forgotten. In essence, TIW is more or less prepaying your tips since it knocks off 20 but adds on 18 (even at buffets).One thing to remember when dining and using TIW card they add an 18% tip to the total bill. I made that mistake once at the Belle Vue Lounge so the person waiting on us got a 38% tip. Good deal for that person not so good for me. If I didn't have the card I would be tipping 20% so I also save a little in the tip. Of course you can always leave extra if you want.
We have been getting TIW card for many years now and feel we get our money's worth. This year I will buy a new card in Jan so it will be good until end of Feb of 2021. We will get 14 days this Jan and we are traveling with DD, DSI and 2 DGC for the first 6 days. Next year we will get another 14 days and we may again be traveling with family so there is no doubt it will be worth it for us.
That's how I see it........but it's $150 now. If it has gone up again, then I am out.......Yes, not to be forgotten. In essence, TIW is more or less prepaying your tips since it knocks off 20 but adds on 18 (even at buffets).
Also, AP tends to be only 10 percent discount on food but it does vary.
So, it would be less the 750 in alcohol needed to make it work while.
I am often up in the air about it at times, but then I think, whats the worst case, I only save enough that justifies a purchase price of 125? Ok, so I spent 50 bucks I didn't need to. And if thats the worst case scenario.....Oddly, my food budget at DIS is always underestimated