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DVCNews Debates: Discounted Cash Trip – 11-23-2008,10:02 PM
Due to declining reservation numbers projected for calendar year 2009, Disney recently announced a slew of promtional offers including a "Buy 4 (nights), get 3 free" package. Of course, this is not the first time that discounts have been offered. Room discounts for Annual Passholders are commonplace, as are things like the "free dining" promotions in the fall.
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Topic: Since becoming a DVC member, have you ever booked a trip that did not use any points because of the discount package offered? If so, explain.
DVCNews Debates: Discounted Cash Trip
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I am not sure if this "counts" as it's not really a whole trip, but here goes anyway. I frequently use the AP discount and stay at a value or a mod on Saturday night to save the weekend points. I've stayed at Pop for as little as $49/night. I "splurged" for a moderate (POR) for January at $89/night.
But I am way too addicted to BWV (as many of my DVC pals know). For me it's just not a WDW trip if I am not staying at there for the majority of the trip. So no matter how good the deal may be elsewhere I still prefer staying at my DVC "home". (the one Saturday night elsewhere i can deal with )
Yes! Definetely taking advantage of the offers out there. My trip coming up in a few days consists of us stay at the Sports.....including dining.....we are on a Friends/Family rate......We are paying approx $400 for 5 nights/2ad/1ch. Pretty good right? We'd rather save our points for when we want to do something bigger like a cruise/or perhaps Hawaii?
Our last trip was just DH and I and although we wanted to be at The Boardwalk for the Food & Wine Festival, I wanted maid service and we didn't need the extra room since the kiddies were not coming. I was able to get a king size bed with a boardwalk view at a decent AP rate at the Boardwalk Inn and we really enjoyed it!
Starting to think of using DVC points when we are traveling with kids / family, but when it is just DH & I; I enjoy a little pampering from the mousekeepers as well as the other perks of staying a the hotel.
I hope to be able to in August, if they have an AP rate. I'd like to go to WDW for my B-day, and really don't have enough points to stay during that time on points. I was looking at staying at a Value, and looking at this year's discounted rates, could possibly stay at a Value for 4 nights for $250 or less!
The 7 nights for the price of 4 is a great deal--unless you have an AP. I know not all DVC members do (I don't currently), but given the number of times I will be going next year, I will be getting one.Sophia: “The race was underway. I start off slow. I’m cagey, like a panther, but when the time is right I pounce! The crowd is on its feet: ‘Sophia! Sophia!’ I could see the finish line; it was only 200-300 yds away. And then, it happened—what every runner dreads. I hit the wall.”
Dorothy: “Ah, ma, you ran out of steam?”
Sophia: “No, I actually hit a wall. They put up a new Wendy’s on Collins Ave.”
-The Golden Girls, Season 2
We have APs, and we are staying at Port Orleans French Quarter in May, as of now, getting a AAA discount. We are still $48 dollars under, doing it as originally planned. We'll save even more if a good AP rate comes out.
Of course, if you can go within the period that they are offering the $200 gift card, it may be worth it. But check out the AP discounts 1st.
Last edited by newjerseynick; 11-24-2008 at 03:29 PM.
When staying on cash, we either stay AP discount or DVC Villa discounted cash rate. We do this quite often, actually. We should just buy more points!!!ºOº Melody ºOº