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  1. kmlb81

    kmlb81 Earning My Ears

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    We are about to go on our second cruise and I am considering using a TA for our third. My question is- is it the best deal to book our cruise while onboard (either specific date or placeholder) and then transfer it to a TA? It seems most people do this? If you already have a TA do you just book all your cruises through them or do you take advantage of the onboard booking deals?

    Second question, if I don't have a TA I've used, can I just give Disney the name of the one I would like to use when I book on board? I have asked for quotes from two companies and I'm not clear on the logistics of getting my reservation switched to them. Is transferring it after the cruise just the way to go?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. OKW Lover

    OKW Lover Retired and living 2 miles from The Castle. DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    If you rebook onboard just give them the name of the TA. That handles it all.
    Yes. For example, have them list Dreams Unlimited Travel (sponsor of these boards) as your TA when you book on board.
     
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  4. rammh

    rammh Mouseketeer

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    If you find a TA later, you must transfer your reservation or placeholder within 30 days or it cant be transferred.
     
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  5. kmlb81

    kmlb81 Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the tips!
     
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  6. DrLolo

    DrLolo Earning My Ears

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    To transfer a placeholder, must the specific voyage be booked within the 30 day window to preserve the 10% and OBC, or just request the transfer within 30 days?
     
  7. diznymom

    diznymom DIS Veteran

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    Just the transfer to the TA must be done before 30 days.
     
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  8. pixiedustedme

    pixiedustedme Planning is half the fun

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    We use Costco as our TA, and they allow you to transfer a DCL booking to them within 30 days. You get full onboard booking benefits from Disney, then on top of that, after the cruise you get a cash card from Costco worth 8.5% of the base cost of the cruise. Many Costco customer service departments will allow you to cash out the Costco cash card outright, which translates to big savings (18.5% in all) when it's combined with the 10% OBB discount. And if you're an executive member, at the end of the year you get a check for an additional 2% of the base cruise cost, which brings your total savings on the cruise to 20.5%.
     
  9. DrLolo

    DrLolo Earning My Ears

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    Thank you, I was stressing trying to figure out a booking!

    This is exactly what I plan to do. Thank you for breaking down the discounts, it really is a significant savings. I didn't realize that I might be able to cash out the Costco cash card. I just did that with my Costco Visa Rewards certificate. They converted it to a check in store. I'd use the cash card since we shop at Costco frequently, but I prefer the option to put it directly toward the cruise costs!
     
  10. lilsonicfan

    lilsonicfan <font color=teal>The TF knows Canada VERY well!!<b

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    Technically the savings is a bit less than that, because it’s 10% off and then a percentage for the gift card so adding percentages doesn’t work out mathematically. But that is close. Costco also (for me at least) doesn’t use the same
    Base fares as DCL. The total fare is the same but on my itinerary from Costco the taxes are higher than DCL had them.
     
  11. kmlb81

    kmlb81 Earning My Ears

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    We just got home so I thought I would update. If you did not book your current cruise with a TA, you can not give them a name of a TA when booking your next cruise on board. The only way is to transfer it (within 30 days) after the cruise. They said they used to let people do this in the past but no longer do. So if you booked your current cruise with the TA you plan to use for your next, they will use it but if not you must transfer it afterwards.
     
  12. T & R

    T & R More cowbell !!!

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    We booked onboard on 03/09/19, so I was considering doing this. The only thing that makes me hesitant is that we pay for our cruises using Disney Gift Cards we get at BJ's for 4%-8% discount (amount of discount varies from at least 4% to as much as 8% when they are on sale). I was worried that if we move it to Costco we must pay Costco to pay off the cruise and obviously Costco would not accept Disney Gift Cards as payment. Any info on this would be helpful in my decision. Thanks in advance
     
  13. lilsonicfan

    lilsonicfan <font color=teal>The TF knows Canada VERY well!!<b

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    You can still pay with disney gift cards as I understand it, you'd have to call Costco who would then get DCL on the line in order to process your gift cards. You don't technically pay Costco anyway, even when making payments online on their website, the payment is processed by DCL.
     
  14. PrincessArlena'sDad

    PrincessArlena'sDad DIS Veteran

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    Costco takes Disney gift cards to pay for DCL cruises. Has to be done over the phone, however. It can't be done online.
     
  15. n2mm

    n2mm aka WALTSGIRL

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    Keep in mind that most TA accept Disney payments. I use Dreams Unlimited and they accept Disney gift cards and Disney rewards. They are just the liaison for you. You give them the card info online or by phone and they apply it for you. My daughter uses Disney gift cards that she gets at target, combines them and forwards the info to DU.
     

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