I was thinking about the costs of the various components of a WDW vacation, and was wondering where you can get “no brainer” savings. By “no brainer” I mean savings that do not lock you in to a price - i.e if you see a better deal then you can take advantage of it with no loss. I also mean savings that do not require you to wait and hope that they come on offer, like the periodic room and package deals that WDW offers.
The first that comes to mind is car rental. By using sites like http://carrentalsavers.com/ you can get great deals on rentals, and because you do not pay any money or put a credit card on file you are not on the hook for anything. Just keep checking them regularly, and every time you see a better deal book it and cancel the other one. Note that this does not apply to sites like PriceLine or Hotwire, as with their deals you pay up front and are locked in.
Another “no brainer” that I know of is discounted Disney Gift Cards at Target - with the Target Red Card (Debit or Credit) you get 5% off. Use them to pay for any direct from WDW purchases, like room reservations, park tickets, and even paying off your room charge balance. The major drawback with this is that you are tying up your money for Disney-only purchases, so if your plans change and you are not going to Disney you can’t use this money for something else - however with this group I do not think that this is a big risk. A minor inconvenience is that Target only sells the $50 GCs, so when you are paying for anything substantial you have to use a lot of them (and I believe that you are still limited in the number of GCs you can use on-line, so you need to call WDW and talk to a CM if you want to use more than the limit).
One “sort-of no brainer” is Southwest airline tickets. If you have already booked and then see a better deal on SW, then you can re-book and get the savings credited to your SW account. However, I really don’t think of this as a true “no brainer” as you are locked in to SW, so if you see a great deal with another airline you can’t take it, and because you do not actually get the cash savings back then and there.
What “no brainer” savings can you folks think of?