We get asked a lot from our Guests on how they can save money on their Disney vacation. This tip has two parts, which can be used together or separately. The first part is to open a Disney Vacation Account (DVA). Disney has a website where you create an account and it will help you determine what kind of budget you will need for your vacation (we recommend contacting us for a quote so you will have a more accurate price for your vacation). You then see how much you need to deposit into your DVA on a weekly or monthly interval to save up enough for your vacation. The real perk is you get a $20 Disney gift card for every $1,000 you spend on your vacation. While this is not 10% off your vacation, every little bit helps. The DVA can be used to pay for your Disney vacation booked through your favorite travel agent (I-4 Travel of course!) so there are no draw backs to using it.
The second part to this tip is many warehouse clubs sell Disney gift cards at a slight discount. Sam’s Club usually has $500 Disney gift cards for $479. That’s almost a 5% discount! Compound this with using a credit card that give you 2% cash back and the small discounts can start to add up.
Let’s use an example of a Disney vacation with a price of $2,500. We can buy five $500 gift cards for $2,395 (saving $105). If we use a credit card that gives 2% cash back, then we will get $47.90. So far we have saved $152.90 on the vacation. If we use the gift cards to fund our Disney Vacation Account, we will get $20 for every $1,000 we spend on the vacation. So we will get $40 from the DVA. We are now at $192.90 saved which is 8% off our vacation.
This doesn’t count any credit card exclusives (an example would be the Discover card gives extra cash back for certain categories quarterly) or signing up for a new credit card where if you purchase a certain amount within the first three months you get $200 to $500 cash back.
There are definitely ways to save money on your Disney vacation if you are willing to be resourceful and don’t mind spending some time to save money.
What tips do you have on saving money for or on your Disney Vacation?