This post is probably absolutely pointless, as we probably won't end up going (so it's not your advice that's made us not go - honest!) - we agreed that we couldn't afford to go to WDW this year, having had a bit of a blowout last August and been to NYC in January.
I think we're both pretty gutted that we can't go this year and it's just pulling us back - I've tried looking at other places, but as you all know, nothing compares to Orlando :)
DH's birthday is at the end of June - I've been thinking about going July/August before due to time and cash, but it seems more doable money-wise in June. He thinks WDW is a definite no due to money, I would love to surprise him with a trip IF I can get it within our budget.
A few starter questions!
I was on VA last night and M+M is around £900ish for the 2 of us (7/10 day trip). Would companion fares be gone now? I finally have enough miles for one! Can I check anywhere else online for availability or do I have to call them? The earliest I can book is the start of April (ie. after payday!)
If I use M&M, can I then use my miles to upgrade to a reward seat (if avail) in PE? I'm guessing no, but it's worth an ask! Likewise, will there be any upgrades to PE available for miles left now? Without M+M, 2 economy seats are around £950ish so might be worth it.
Are the flights for June likely to come down the closer I leave it? We got a great deal in June for 2009 (M+M around £750 for both) and booked around a month or so in advance. Not sure if that was a fluke though.
Has anyone here rented Disney Vacation Club points before? Not sure if it's something for us yet, but it's an option - I'd probably be looking at AKV or BoardWalk Villas Resort at Walt Disney World Orlando if that were the case. Still a bit expensive though.
When do AP rates for June usually come out? That is one of the huge plusses of doing WDW - we both have APs at the moment and a TIW card (Thanks for the tip Alec ) to save a few bucks. Are they usually 10% values and 15% mods?
The £450 flight is great, and doable - but I was really, really hoping we could stay on site. I think I've gotten over the wanting to stay deluxe and I just want to GO. Ideally, I don't want to spend more than £1300 on flight and hotel as I think that's pushing my budget a bit even! So if I do go with the £900 flights (cheapest I've seen so far AND direct), my accommodation budget is £400 for 7/10 - hence the dilemma, not Disney friendly!
Like I said, this is definitely just an idea at the moment but I'd love for it to happen. We are both dying to go back and I would love to surprise him at the airport and say where we are going :) But it's very possible that it won't happen!
Any tips/advice appreciated!!
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03-25-2011, 07:36 AM #1
Not planning my non-trip
03-25-2011, 09:14 AM #2
03-25-2011, 09:36 AM #3
03-25-2011, 09:43 AM #4
This is the current AP offer - it came out about 3 weeks ago and is for dates up to 2nd June - it will probably be May before the next batch are released :
Stay dates: 4/25/11-6/2/11. Get a discount of 20%-40% off regular "Rack" rates. Pricing and percent off will vary by resort type and date. Use code L2H. Rates not available for all dates and resorts, but generally the discounts run as follows:
Save 20% at All Star Music
Save 25% at most Disney Value Resorts and Port Orleans - French Quarter
Save 30% at most Disney Moderate Resorts, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Polynesian Resort
Save 35% at most Disney Deluxe Resorts
Save 40% at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts
03-25-2011, 10:18 AM #5
How exciting making plans for a surprise non-trip . Els will be so excited if you can pull this off!!Countless times as a child, FWCabins (11/92), Off Property (07/95), ASMu~, (04/97), ASMo (08/02), ASMo (04/06), Day Trip to MK (12/06), PC (07/08), PC (06/09), PC (10/10), ASMu (08.09/12), PC (01/13)
03-25-2011, 10:58 AM #6
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Can't wait to see if you manage to get this in your budget!
03-25-2011, 01:28 PM #7
Seems I'm definitely looking at £900 for the flights then, unless I can find something a bit cheaper with another airline, but that was the cheapest I'd found so far (I've been looking a while It's an addiction!)
03-25-2011, 03:43 PM #8
A companion reward is only usually good value when coupled with an 'S' class PE fare. How many miles have you got between you Hayley ?
03-25-2011, 03:54 PM #9
Hayley ... Good Luck Hon ! that you can make it happen . Since you already have APs that a big part of the expense .
I'm working, caring for my mom 5 days a week . Should have the cruise paid off in no time . Thinking about free dining in August .
Yes I've rented points before from members from mouse owners forum .