Disney Vacation Account - first hand report

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
That's how I use it. I don't buy packages, so I won't use the DVA to pay off a vacation package balance (bummer, since that would count towards the Bonus Gift Card promo). This last trip I requested and received the $1,000 GC, which I used throughout the week, as I was staying offsite. I'd love to do this again, as we're going to DLR in mid-July, but I think I'll be inside my every-90-days limit. What I might do is call VGC and see if they can apply a GC (actually my DVA number) to my currently non-existent balance (I'm using points for that stay), so that room charges will be paid off as a legal-for-Bonus-Giftcard-purposes spend. I'll keep you posted.
I thought I'd update this. I was unable to use my DVA account number to have the front desk apply payment to my folio, either before (via a phone call to the front desk of GCH/VGC) or after check-in. I asked several CMs with well-fitted costumes, and was told each time they needed the physical card. I'm now 87.9% convinced that this cannot be done at this time. The DVA is specifically designed pay off package balances and to make deposits. To that end, I think it would work to apply a larger "deposit" (i.e, any amount between one night's room and tax up to the full cost of the room) from the DVA before check-in over the phone, preferably at the time the reservation is made,* but you'd still be unable to use the DVA for post-check-in room charges. On a DVC reservation where no deposit is required, the DVA couldn't be used at all.

*I can't say for sure if reservations will allow a subsequent payment on a room-only reservation after the initial deposit is collected.
 

Micah008

Well-known member
Thanks for the update George. Too bad they haven't found a better way to accommodate this... but it confirms my experience at OKW back in January.
 

George

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Another thing I was able to do:

Purchase SoA tickets. You can't do this online, as there's no GC option to pay. When you call, just tell the agent you'd like to use a GC to pay. They won't ask for a PIN; there is no PIN on a DVA account. I assume this will also work with HDDR, CRT, and other dining experiences which require payment upfront. If you have a TiW card, and book an eligible show/category, the box office will refund the 20% to the DVA when you check in.

I'm going to test the DVA shortly when I renew our APs. Again, this will have to be done over the phone, as there's no GC option at checkout.

These purchases count towards the DVA GC promotion, so every bit helps.
 

Mrs. Potts

Member
I skimmed this thread, so I apologize if I missed the answer to my question, but how long did it take for you to receive your reward card? I'm wondering if I made a mistake with entering in my actual check in date and if I should have made it a week earlier to make sure I have my reward before I leave.
 

Antimony1019

New member
I put our vacation date in there 2 weeks before our actual date but I got my card I would say 2 weeks ago and within 2 weeks of putting in the request so I think you should be all set :)
 

nursepaula

New member
This is a great thread, but a lot to digest! Does anyone care to let me know if I can make the following work for me? I plan on opening a DVA to help store discounted GCs to use to pay for a package. I only want to enter my GCs. Then, at 120 days I get a bonus (in GCs) based on whatever package I'm paying off?
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
This is a great thread, but a lot to digest! Does anyone care to let me know if I can make the following work for me? I plan on opening a DVA to help store discounted GCs to use to pay for a package. I only want to enter my GCs. Then, at 120 days I get a bonus (in GCs) based on whatever package I'm paying off?
Close. It doesn't matter what you're paying off, the bonus is the same. Tickets, resort deposits, packages, it's all the same to DVA. You'll get a $20 GC for every $1,000 spent. I think the expiration date of the "special offer" is 12/31/16, but it's likely that will be extended.
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
I noticed, while purchasing MNSSHP tickets, that there are GC and DVA options for payment now! What I usually do is purchase discounted GCs, transfer however much I need to my DVA, then use the DVA to pay. That way I get the DVA spend credit, towards the bonus GCs. In the past, I had to call to pay with a DVA (or GC, for that matter).

It's the little things that excite me these days.
 

threadcrapper

New member
I did this -- bought discounted GCs from Target, used them to by discounted Disney GCs, put them into the vacation account, then earned a $100 GC from the vacation account for depositing $5000 ($20 per $1000). Saved an average of 8% doing that
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
I did this -- bought discounted GCs from Target, used them to by discounted Disney GCs, put them into the vacation account, then earned a $100 GC from the vacation account for depositing $5000 ($20 per $1000). Saved an average of 8% doing that
You don't actually earn the bonus GC until you spend the dollars in your DVA.

The DVA is a great way to pay annual dues on a DVC contract. since you won't get a discount on dues anywhere else.
 

mgarbowski

Well-known member
You don't actually earn the bonus GC until you spend the dollars in your DVA.

The DVA is a great way to pay annual dues on a DVC contract. since you won't get a discount on dues anywhere else.
I thought DVC dues were not qualified purchases for purposes of the bonus.
 

George

wishes he had a pink frolicing llama under his tag
I thought DVC dues were not qualified purchases for purposes of the bonus.
They're not "officially" qualified, but if you call Member Services and tell them you want to pay with a "Gift Card," they'll take the DVA number that you give them. I've done this the past two Januarys.
 

Micah008

Well-known member
...It's the little things that excite me these days.
They're not "officially" qualified, but if you call Member Services and tell them you want to pay with a "Gift Card," they'll take the DVA number that you give them. I've done this the past two Januarys.
I have done this the last 2 years also for my DVC Dues too, worked great.

Glad to see they are starting to more widely support DVA, but I will truly get excited when we can find a good way to use the DVA for purchases we made in the parks and billed back to the room. Also, if they let me pay my DVC Dues online with DVA (or even just with gift cards) rather than having to call.
 
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