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SouthFayetteFan

Saving Money on Disney Vacations since 2006
Joined
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Jhoannam here! Hi :wave2:

I'm trying to figure out how to change my signature to match my previous account, but I'm guessing I need to post more to have those privileges.

Does anyone have a favorite marriott hotel at Marriott Village at WDW? SpringHill & Courtyard are both $95/night, Fairfield is $140/night.
Yeah - you need to make 10 comments to free up some of the better features. You’ll also be spam limited on your comments initially. That should all fix itself in a few days.
 

SouthFayetteFan

Saving Money on Disney Vacations since 2006
Joined
Sep 6, 2014
Hi Y'all!

I am looking at rebooting my points earning and am interested to hear some thoughts about what I might best go after next.

Here is what I have open currently:
08-08 AMEX Blue Cash (downgraded from Preferred)
12-08 AMEX Hilton NAF
09-12 CHASE IHG (old version)
11-12 AMEX Hilton NAF (auth user on P2)
12-12 AMEX Bonvoy Business (fmr SPG Business)
12-12 CHASE CSP
10-13 TD BANK Nordstrom Store Card
12-13 BARCLAYS Arrival (downgraded from A+)
12-13 CHASE Freedom
12-13 CHASE CSR (auth user on P2)
05-15 CHASE Ink Cash
05-16 CITI Diamond Preferred
08-16 DISCOVER It
*Last 24 Months*
01-18 CHASE Freedom Unlimited
04-18 CHASE IHG (new version)
08-18 CITI AA Gold
08-18 BARCLAYS AAviator Red
03-19 CHASE Disney NAF (auth user on P2)
11-19 SYNCHRONY Art Van Store Card

I want to go after CIP next but I'm unclear if my store card will count against me or not.

P2 has the same last 24 months (she has her own 2 AAs and IHG) except she's not on the Synchrony card; her next move is 2 cards for the SW CP (one during the current 75K offer, a business one after she is 5/24 free and clear in May)

About me
We have $2K in daycare a month that currently goes on CFU
We have probably $3K in other expenses going through a variety of other CCs to maximize points
We fly out of CMH which has a lot of AA, SW, and DL, and a little United, Frontier and Air Canada. No Jet Blue in Ohio at all.
I rack up Marriott points at work, but my personal preference is Hyatt. I've actually never had a Hyatt CC somehow.
Generally speaking we travel as a family, me, my wife, and 3YO and 2YO,
2020 goal is a 4 day 3 night weekend trip to Disney World late this year. This would almost certainly be on SW who has the direct flights to Orlando from here.
2021 goal is a few more long weekend trips to WDW and then a ~10 day trip to somewhere not in the US, probably Ireland and Scotland. Goal is to minimize out of pocket cash.

I've been playing softball on the CC thing for a while and I'd love some thoughts!

Thanks!
Regarding the SW CP - might be worth checking out the thread about that on DISchurners. 😊

A CIP is a great move if you’re under 5/24. If not you’re going to want to focus on Amex OR citi biz cards until you can get back under 5/24.
 
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  • first*toright

    The poster formerly known as 1st*toright
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    Jan 2, 2020
    Jhoannam here! Hi :wave2:

    I'm trying to figure out how to change my signature to match my previous account, but I'm guessing I need to post more to have those privileges.

    Does anyone have a favorite marriott hotel at Marriott Village at WDW? SpringHill & Courtyard are both $95/night, Fairfield is $140/night.
    Welcome back :rotfl:

    I forgot - it took a few days/posts before I could change my avatar etc., and it told me to stop spamming if I posted too often for a couple of days, but then it all went back to normal.

    I haven't stayed at any of those Marriotts except the Fairfield. I thought it was a little bit tired, but it was fine. In general, I would pick a SpringHill or Courtyard over a Fairfield. I'm Marriott Platinum, so my thoughts about the different chains also have to do with status, and my preference between the brands has a lot to do with traveling with kids, .

    Fairfield - breakfast is free and OK, rooms tend to be smaller. The one in the Marriott village had a room with a bunkbed (LO loved this). The room was small and dark, but reasonably clean.
    SpringHill - standard room layout is good for the family - can usually get 2 doubles (or queens) plus a pullout in a standard room. Sometimes they have other room layouts which are even better (family suites) and I've had decent luck getting upgraded to those. I think their free breakfast is worse than Fairfield, actually, but will still get you fed in the morning for free.
    Courtyard - no free breakfast. Rooms are just regular hotel rooms - kids have to share a queen sized bed (my kids really do not like sharing a bed). With Platinum status can get 2 vouchers for $10 each per night. This just about covers a breakfast sandwich + coffee most places. Not crazy about the breakfast sandwiches. Can also be used for snacks/other items at the Bistro (even booze), so if we aren't breakfasting at the hotel, this is sometimes a good thing.

    Based on the prices you quoted, I'd pick the SpringHill suites, personally.
     

    mmmears

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Nov 30, 2005
    Yup, same here. If the choice is fly in coach or don't go, PlanePrincess is team don't go. The only economy flight longer than 3 hours I think I could get him to agree to do is going from the east coast to LAX or SNA for a DLR trip. Even that would be a struggle and some complaining. I also agree that I'm not too far off his thinking. I've got my own tiara at this point :laughing:
    Exact same, but in reverse. MCO is the one that DH will still consider, but even then it doesn't make him happy. I'm going to blame this on our getting older, not spoiled. 😉

    :offtopic:

    Thinking about changing my user name, which means I have to get a new account. Any downsides? The reason is that I signed up with my real name because I never thought I would be this active.
    And you did it! If I had known I'd be posting here 15 years after that initial time, I would have taken much more care in choosing a DIS name, and it wouldn't be anything like what I have. I think I'm in too deep to start over though.
     

    pinkxray

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Sep 4, 2009
    We are back from our quick WDW. We had one night at Yacht Club booked on AAmiles (plus one night in cash) and one night at GF booked on AA miles.
    YC was ok for us. Loved the rooms, pool is great but really wish their quick service had more options. It was a pain to walk to BC marketplace or Hurricand Hannah’s when we wanted food.
    We finally stayed at GF which has been a dream of mine since watching full house in the 80s.Dh always said no bc he hates it there but since it was a last minute trip he had to suffer through it.
    It was as beautiful as I imagined. Loved every minute of being there.

    I also put my new SW performance to work by upgrading Dh and the kids to A3-A5 for the flight down and used the WiFi credits.

    I need to get to work on rebuilding our points for our Nov trip!
     
  • jaysraptor

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    May 17, 2017
    DW also got approved for CIP last week and also $6000 CL - I have the same question re: paying-off mid-cycle. Any chance of Chase getting upset by this? It would only be the one time.
    @georgina My P2 had a $5,000 CL CIP. We paid it off somewhere around $3,500 and didn't have any issues with Chase. We had all organic spend going to that one card and needed to clear up some room for upcoming bills.
     

    pinkxray

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Sep 4, 2009
    How do I link URs between Dh and myself? I need to move his CIP rewards to my CSR. Do I put my full CSR credit number where it asks for acct #?
     
  • StephPlum

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Feb 1, 2011
    Not usually more than a couple months, I think. For me my anniversary on the plain Jane SPG/Bonvoy AmEx isn't until Feb, then gotta wait till the FNC posts since that was the whole point in picking it up, then have to wait 30 days after I cancel it. I suspect it won't be around after all that :laughing:

    I'm hoping DoCs wish for a higher offer comes through later for us!
    My DP on FNC - I don't remember when mine posted but DH's anniversary is Oct and his FNC posted in December.
    I have the SPG Biz card that I will be keeping. Just need to be past 24 months from last SUB. I need to see when that was, probably April. It will probably be gone when I am able to go for it.😢
     

    alryan

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 13, 2011
    soooo could this work booking offsite...like the one across the street,not checking in,and doing it just for the ticket? or is that too much unused things on a booking? I wouldn't use the car either
    Haven't done it, but that is what I will attempt to do in a few weeks. If the tickets come separately I don't see why it wouldn't work. I will book the cheapest hotel option and car rental for one night and then buy tickets. Like @bernina said even with the throwaway it will still come to about 1ccp, which I'd be pretty happy with to get rid of my AA points
     

    wendow

    We create happiness.
    Joined
    Feb 11, 2012
    Welcome back :rotfl:

    I forgot - it took a few days/posts before I could change my avatar etc., and it told me to stop spamming if I posted too often for a couple of days, but then it all went back to normal.

    I haven't stayed at any of those Marriotts except the Fairfield. I thought it was a little bit tired, but it was fine. In general, I would pick a SpringHill or Courtyard over a Fairfield. I'm Marriott Platinum, so my thoughts about the different chains also have to do with status, and my preference between the brands has a lot to do with traveling with kids, .

    Fairfield - breakfast is free and OK, rooms tend to be smaller. The one in the Marriott village had a room with a bunkbed (LO loved this). The room was small and dark, but reasonably clean.
    SpringHill - standard room layout is good for the family - can usually get 2 doubles (or queens) plus a pullout in a standard room. Sometimes they have other room layouts which are even better (family suites) and I've had decent luck getting upgraded to those. I think their free breakfast is worse than Fairfield, actually, but will still get you fed in the morning for free.
    Courtyard - no free breakfast. Rooms are just regular hotel rooms - kids have to share a queen sized bed (my kids really do not like sharing a bed). With Platinum status can get 2 vouchers for $10 each per night. This just about covers a breakfast sandwich + coffee most places. Not crazy about the breakfast sandwiches. Can also be used for snacks/other items at the Bistro (even booze), so if we aren't breakfasting at the hotel, this is sometimes a good thing.

    Based on the prices you quoted, I'd pick the SpringHill suites, personally.
    Does the Springhill still have a free breakfast? I've been looking for rooms for early Feb and had that Springhill booked and then cancelled. I thought I was going to have to pay for parking and also not get free breakfast, which seemed a bit inconsistent with other hotels in that area. The marriott village is a perfect location for us though. I should go back and look.

    ETA: I must have been looking at a different Springhill Suites. The Marriott village does have a free breakfast but the reviews are not as good as the one I was looking at.
     

    hsmamato2

    <font color=magenta>Tink in Training-Good Girl,Bad
    Joined
    Mar 28, 2005
    Haven't done it, but that is what I will attempt to do in a few weeks. If the tickets come separately I don't see why it wouldn't work. I will book the cheapest hotel option and car rental for one night and then buy tickets. Like @bernina said even with the throwaway it will still come to about 1ccp, which I'd be pretty happy with to get rid of my AA points
    let me know how it goes for you!
     

    Alexle2007

    DIS Veteran
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    Apr 15, 2013
    Does the Springhill still have a free breakfast? I've been looking for rooms for early Feb and had that Springhill booked and then cancelled. I thought I was going to have to pay for parking and also not get free breakfast, which seemed a bit inconsistent with other hotels in that area. The marriott village is a perfect location for us though. I should go back and look.

    ETA: I must have been looking at a different Springhill Suites. The Marriott village does have a free breakfast but the reviews are not as good as the one I was looking at.
    Yes, Fairfield and Springfield (along Residence Inn) all have free breakfast.
     

    CastAStone

    Model Citizen. Reformed Mathlete.
    Joined
    Jun 25, 2019
    Store cards count if they show up on your credit report. You can check on Credit Karma (that covers Transunion and Equifax). Good to have a free Experian account too.
    That came right off my credit Experian report so boo. Guess I'll wait til May on that.

    If not you’re going to want to focus on Amex it citi biz cards
    By it I am assuming you are referring to Discover?
     



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