If I purchase gift cards online for email delivery can I link them as a form of payment attached to a Magic Band If you link multiple gift cards will the balance combine or do you have to go through the gift card transfer process on the website then link
This was so helpful, thanks! My Q is - if I have more than $1,000 in gift cards, how can I pay for my resort package The disney website only allows you to use one gift card for payment (up to $1,000). Thanks!
Hi Kate! You may have to call to apply multiple gift cards to your package. Ir you could reserve with one then use the link in My Disney Experience to make payments with the other cards after booking.
I use the AMEX Blue Cash and buy gift cards at grocery stores. It's best to buy other items in tandem so AMEX doesn't track that you're buying gift cards, but with that card you get 6% back at grocery stores.
Disney gift cards are pretty much exactly what you think they are, little plastic cards that hold money to be spent on Disney products. Once Disney gift cards are purchased and activated there are no fees and they never expire.
The actual definition of a discounted Disney gift card is pretty easy. It is simply a Disney gift card that is purchased in such a way that the cost of the card is less than the face value of the card. For example, a $100 Disney gift card which actually costs $95.
As I mentioned above, you can use Disney gift cards to pay for any aspect of your Disney vacation. However, there are some pieces of the vacation you *might* be able to find cheaper in other ways than using discounted Disney gift cards.
Some of this simply depends on how much of a savings you are able to manage on your discounted gift cards. If you average 5-6%, odds are you can find a greater discount at places like Undercover Tourist.
But there are some great uses of discounted Disney gift cards regardless of how much of a discount you bought them at. Any purchases made during your trip when you are a captive audience fall under that heading.
One more very important thing before we get down to business. I mentioned this briefly a moment ago, but stacking deals is a very in depth and often complicated part of buying discounted Disney gift cards.
If any of the categories listed sell Disney gift cards, you can now get an additional 5% off your purchase. This opens up options for you at grocery stores or Target for an easy 5% discount in the form of earning cash back.
As an added bonus, Discover will match all of your 5% cash back earnings in the first 12 months of spending. That means if you use your Discover It card to buy your Disney gift cards during that 12 month period you actually save 10% on those cards. Score!
In previous years, the bonus quarters for Chase Freedom cardholders are gas stations, grocery stores, home improvement stores, and PayPal. These options open up grocery stores and home improvement stores as discounted gift card options.
This little section is more a discussion on how to get a little more savings towards your Disney vacation as opposed to stacking for gift cards, but sometimes these options will also give you cash back towards your gift card purchases.
Once you activate the cashback you simply shop like normal. A few times a year they send you a check for your earnings for that time period. I have a check for $114 in the mail as we speak. That money will go directly into my vacation savings account, which will then go towards buying discounted Disney gift cards.
BJs offers Disney gift cards in a number of denominations, including $25, $50, $100, $150 (3x$50), and $500. Typically, these max out at a 4% discount with the $100 and $500 gift cards as your best options.
The Kroger line of supermarkets is well known to offer 4x gas points as rewards on gift card purchases during promotions. My local ShopRite has offered deals that give me a $10 off coupon for buying $50 in gift cards.
In addition to this, Chase Offers occasionally offers an increased discount at purchases made at Staples. I currently have an offer for 20% off. You better believe I plan on buying Disney gift cards with that!
There are a couple of different ways you can use your discounted Disney gift cards during your trip. The easiest way is to use the gift cards directly at the point of sale. Simply hand over your gift card to the Cast Member and they take care of the rest.
I use the discounted Disney gift cards to pay down the balance every couple of days. But if you forget, a Cast Member can easily take the charge off your card and use the gift cards instead. It just takes a little more work and time.
I highly recommend that you mark the 5 gift cards with the money on them clearly with permanent marker matching the labels you give them on the website (i.e. Dining, November Trip, Resort, etc.) and put them in a safe place.
Mostly everyone enjoys saving money, especially when it comes to a Disney Vacation which can get very expensive! With discounted Disney gift cards, you might be able to save a little money if you plan it right.
If you are able to purchase a $50 Disney gift card for only $45, you are saving 10% off the cost of what you would pay on your Disney trip. (Most discounted gift cards will not save you this much, but this is just an example.)
You can see how this can multiply with larger dollar amounts. Most families care about saving money, and the savings attributed to the purchase of discounted Disney gift cards can be the difference between enjoying a little additional shopping or an extra meal with the family.
So just where can you use these discount gift cards and take advantage of all the savings Here is a list of places, on and off Disney property where you can use them and some examples of things you can buy with them.
Prior to your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, you can use gift cards to purchase your resort package and your theme park tickets. Keep in mind that this is only the case if you are purchasing directly through Disney, not most authorized 3rd party resellers.
Once arriving at Disney World, your gift cards can be used in a number of different ways. They can be applied to a room balance to pay for whatever you charge to your room, upgrade your park tickets, spa experiences, pay for merchandise within the parks and even most of the Disney Springs stores, pay for food, and more!
Upon arrival, you can use your gift cards to shop, get food in the parks or more places on Disney property, or for any additional incidentals that are attributed to your Disneyland hotel room bill. You can also choose to upgrade your tickets with a gift card.
You can use your Disney gift cards for the booking of a Disney Cruise when booked through Disney. You can also use it for any additional costs that are added to your room, including onboard merchandise, spa treatments, excursions and activities, alcohol and food, and whatever else you choose to purchase on board the Disney Boat.
Many guests are surprised to know that Disney also owns resorts in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Vero Beach, Florida. Visitors that stay at these two Disney Resorts can utilize Disney gift cards for the purchase of their hotel stay.
They can also use their Disney gift cards for all purchases of merchandise, food and drinks, and any on-site activities while staying at the resort. Simply go to the front desk and have them apply your Disney gift cards to your room balance.
Many stores offer incentives to purchase gift cards, such as coupons or gas points. Some well-known grocery chains have given significant savings in the way of coupons, oftentimes allowing you to save in excess of 20% off the purchase of your Disney gift cards.
Both the Chase Ink Business Cash credit card and the American Express SimplyCash Plus Business cards offer 5% cashback on any purchases at office supply stores. You can purchase the Disney gift cards in person or you can also buy them online at Staples here.
For example, The Chase Freedom card for the 1st Quarter of 2023 is offering 5% cash back on purchases made at Grocery stores, Target, and Fitness Clubs up to a combined $1,500 in combined bonuses category spend. So if you had a Chase Freedom credit card you can in essence buy Disney gift cards at Target while receiving 5% back.
For instance, the American Express Blue Cash Preferred allows you to get 6% cash back for purchases made at grocery stores on the first $6,000 spent. With most grocery stores having loads of Disney credit cards, could this be an easy way to save 6% on Disney gift cards Of course!
I often use my Chase Ink Cash card to receive my 5% cash back on purchases made at office supply stores anyway, so by purchasing my Disney gift cards at Staples, I can receive significant savings for my Disney trips too!
Many grocery stores such as Safeway, Albertsons, Stop and Shop, Giant, and many others offer additional fuel rewards through the purchase of gift cards, including Disney ones. This bonus can be anywhere between 4 or 5x the number of points accrued with the purchase.
Just choose one card to be the main card that you use and transfer the balance of the other gift cards to the main card. Then you can throw out all the other cards, which makes it much easier to keep everything organized.
By stacking gift cards with other discounts, you can receive even greater discounts on your Disney gift card purchases. As mentioned with the example of the gas savings, by stacking (or using multiple methods or savings), you can get the absolute best value!
The best way to combine discounts typically involves using a credit card bonus. By taking advantage of credit card bonus categories, you can receive additional savings on top of the already discounted Disney gift cards.
We usually recommend you avoid using your gift cards on the ticket or hotel portion of your Disney trip. By purchasing these things through authorized Disney resellers, you can often get better deals than purchasing directly through Di