Whether you’re new to Disney Planning or you’ve been doing your research for awhile, you’ve probably heard about paying for your vacation with Gift Cards.
But, how does that work and what are the tricks to making them easier to work with?
Paying For Your Disney Vacation With Gift Cards
Can you pay for your entire vacation with Gift Cards?
Yes! Disney allows you to pay for everything from Park Tickets, to Vacation Packages, to Special Event Tickets using Gift Cards.
Paying for your Package is no different than purchasing something with a gift card through an online retailer.
Why Pay With Gift Cards?
There are many reasons Guests prefer to use Gift Cards to pay off their Vacations.
- Safety – Some people are hesitant to give out credit card information online. When I used a Travel Agent to book my first Disney Vacation as an adult, I paid off my balance with Gift Cards. Now do I think she would have done something fraudulently with my information? Absolutely not! But, it was the form of payment I was most comfortable giving out via phone and/or email.
- You may actually pay less for your vacation – Sounds crazy, right? If you purchase discounted Gift Cards from stores like Target, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club you will be saving money right off the bat. At an estimated 5% Savings, that could mean a savings of $200 if you booked a $4000 Package. That’s souvenir money!
- Keep track of how much you’ve saved – Because everything is in one place, it’s easier to see how much you’ve saved and how much you need to save to pay off your vacation.
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What do I do with multiple Gift Cards?
Once I purchase another Gift Card, I immediately combine the new cards onto my Primary Card, which is linked on the Disney Gift Card website.
Once I have a few hundred dollars on that Primary Card, I apply that dollar amount to my balance.
If you look under “Manage Cards”, you will see the tab labeled “Transfer Balance”.
Input the new card number and hit the transfer button.
It’s as simple as that.
And once my Balance is paid off, I keep earning and adding to this card to pay for my souvenirs. My credit card NEVER comes out during my trip! Everything is paid for with Gift Cards to stay on budget.
Always have access to your money
Accidentally leave your Gift Card at home?
The great thing about keeping your Gift Card on Disney Gift Card is that you can access your money from anywhere.
Purchase a separate card, of any denomination, and transfer the balance to the card in your possession.
Not sure if Gift Cards are the way to go?
No problem. Buying, transferring, and holding gift cards aren’t for everyone.
But, if you’re like me and you’re still uncomfortable just giving out your information, I do allow my clients to pay through Venmo and Paypal.
I can apply those payments for you without ever seeing your Credit Card information.
Proof of Payment will be sent to you via email whenever you make a payment.
An itinerary, including your Payment History, will also be sent to you via Snail Mail once your Package is paid in full.
You can also keep track of your payments with this printable chart
Place them in a binder with your Gift Cards to keep everything together. And don’t forget your Baseball Card Pages to hold all those Gift Cards!