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

Credit Cards, Disney Cruise, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Parks, Flight Cost, Food Cost, Hotel Cost, Planning, Ticket Cost, Travel Cost

I had the great privilege and honor to be invited back on my favorite podcast, Rope Drop Radio, to discuss various ways to take Disney vacations for less money. 

Derek and Doug, the hosts of Rope Drop Radio, are two dads who love Disney.  Their goal is helping you navigate the Disney Parks and never missing a rope drop!  They want to share tips and tricks, travel plans, and must sees to help you have an amazing Disney trip! 

You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.Read the rest

Disney Gift Cards, Grocery Store, Target

What does grocery shopping have to do with Disney vacation planning? It’s simple: the less you spend on groceries, the more you will have available for your vacation! There are many ways to maximize your discounts when shopping at the grocery store.  I won’t go into the many ways of using coupons to lower your overall bill; although couponing is a great strategy to take advantage of, it’s not our area of expertise.  I’m talking more about the methods of using credit cards or purchasing particular items to save money that you can later apply to a Disney trip.… Read the rest

Disney Gift Cards

Sadly, Disney announced the closing of the Disney Vacation Account program on July 25, 2017.  They are no longer available for use. 

In another twist to gathering your dollars for the mouse, Disney has established the Disney Vacation Account (DVA).  The Disney Vacation Account is a savings account offered by Disney that allows you to pool your money while you accumulate the full amount.  The money that you save in your DVA is easily used to pay for upfront costs (such as Magic Your Way packages, rooms, tickets, cruises, etc).  The downsides are that the money you save is captured for use at Disney (it can’t be directed to a different vacation if plans change) and doesn’t accrue interest.… Read the rest

Disney Gift Cards

Sadly, Disney announced the closing of the Disney Vacation Account program on July 25, 2017.  They are no longer available for use. 

Disney Vacation Account
Disney Vacation Account

As we have discussed in a previous post, one of our favorite ways to accumulate additional savings for our Disney vacations is to collect gift cards at reduced prices and then deposit them into a Disney Vacation Account.  For each $1000 you put into the account, you will receive $20 on a gift card for your trip.  It is a 2% discount for each $1000 increment you add to the account, so $2500 gives you the same benefit as $2000: a $40 gift card. 

Request Your Bonus Via the Link
Request Your Bonus Via the Link

Once you are ready to apply your Disney Vacation Account savings to your trip, you will need to request your bonus: a Disney gift card.  Enter in your travel dates and the gift card will be processed and sent.  Note that to receive the gift card benefit, your account must have been created more than 120 days before you spend the money in your account; Disney recommends requesting the gift card 4-6 weeks in advance of your trip to make sure you receive it on time. 

Request Your Bonus
Request Your Bonus

Your Disney gift card will come in the mail.  Here is what the envelope looks like:

DVA Envelope
DVA Envelope

Inside the envelope is a card carrier that contains the gift card. 

Card Inside Envelope
Card Inside Envelope

The card carrier has the gift card attached on the inside.  This gift card was from a $4037 account that we had saved for a cruise.… Read the rest

Credit Cards, Disney Gift Cards

One of our favorite ways to pay for our trips is through the use of Disney Gift Cards.  We always try to buy these at a discount using various strategies.  We used to heavily use the Target Gift Card Stacking Strategy until it died over the summer.  Since that time, we’ve been reduced to getting just a 5% discount, either through cash back (with the Target Red Card) or with Chase Ultimate Reward Points that we can use for free airline flights or hotel rooms. 

Luckily, we follow Shawn Coomer at Miles To Memories.  Shawn is always posting great American Express offer links.  American Express offers are special deals that you can link to your American Express cards.  The deals are like coupons, but they are electronic and are triggered when you purchase a certain amount from select merchants. 

On October 29th, Shawn posted that there was a Sam’s Club deal that was valid on gift card purchases.  With this deal, you could get a 20% credit on any purchase up to $1250 (up to $250 in savings).   Since most of the gift cards at Sam’s Club are already discounted by about 5%, this additional credit could provide a huge savings!  I quickly loaded up the American Express mobile app on my phone to see if I had the offer linked to any of my cards.  I found it linked to my SPG card.… Read the rest