Disney Gift Cards

As you may have read, the Disney Vacation Account is no more.  On July 25 2017, Disney announced that they would be shutting down the Disney Vacation Account program.  Future contributions were suspended and owners with existing funds were offered 4 options for their accounts.  We are going to focus on how to liquidate your account using Option 1, which offers owners the opportunity to buy a Disney Gift Card using funds in their account.  The gift card is distributed via email.  As an added loyalty bonus, Disney offered to increase the amount on the gift card by 5%.… Read the rest

Disney Gift Cards

We just received the following email:

Here are the four options:

I think we are going to go with Option 1, since it provides the largest bonus.  Obviously, this is another hit to our plan to maximize our savings on Disney Vacations.  We still like saving 5% or more by buying Disney Gift Cards, but loosing this 2% bonus (plus the ability to organize the money) is going to be another hit on the way.… Read the rest

Planning, Travel

TripIt

One of our favorite travel tools is TripIt.  TripIt is a web site (with associated mobile apps) that gathers details of your travel, including hotel reservations, airline tickets, cruise itineraries, rental cars, and other travel information.  TripIt then presents you with a comprehensive itinerary in a simplified format that allows you to easily view the information.  (Note: some information on these screen shots is hidden, so they may look a little strange)

TripIt Dashboard
TripIt Dashboard

 

Features

TripIt has two kinds of accounts, free and pro.… Read the rest

Credit Cards, Hotel Cost, Travel, Travel Cost

One of the best ways to earn Hilton Honors points (which can give you free rooms at the Hilton Hotels and Resorts) is to to sign up for one of the two types of Hilton-sponsored credit cards.
 
Hilton Family
Hilton Family
American Express Hilton Surpass card
Credit card rewards with the Hilton Honors Surpass Card from American Express
 
One Hilton-sponsored card is the American Express Hilton Surpass card.  It has a $75 annual fee.  There is usually a sign up bonus offered with the card; the bonus varies from 60,000-100,000 Honors points, which are credited to your account after you spend a certain amount within the first 3 months of card membership.
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Credit Cards, Hotel Cost, Travel, Travel Cost

One of our favorite hotel credit cards is the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card from Chase, which is affiliated with the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) family of hotels including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites, and other hotel brands.  If you do a lot of paid travel with stays at IHG properties, you can really enhance your paid and free stays with this card.  The card is currently issued as a MasterCard, with a $49 annual fee (the fee for which is currently waived for the first year).… Read the rest

Disney Cruise

During our recent Star Wars At Sea Cruise onboard the Disney Fantasy, we got to experience the Chocolate and Liquor Tasting.

Chocolate and Liquor Tasting Description
Chocolate and Liquor Tasting Description

We signed up for the Chocolate and Liquor Tasting at the same time that we signed up for the mixology class.  I don’t remember the exact price of the tasting, but it wasn’t much more than the mixology class.  The class was held in Ooh La La Lounge, which is the champagne bar , so we headed there at 12:15 pm for our class. 

Oh La La
Oh La La

We had gotten to the club a few minutes before the tasting so we could look around.  We had never been in Ooh La La, so this was new for us.  I don’t know how to describe the club other than to say it was very French.  We took some pictures of the club prior to the tasting.  I don’t know if I would return to the club to get a drink, mainly because I’m not a huge fan of champagne

Oh La La
Oh La La
Oh La La
Oh La La

The bartender leading the class came around to collect our tickets for the tasting.  Each table had two complete setups for the class already prepared.  There were four glasses along with an assortment of chocolate and/or cheese.… Read the rest