Saturday Selection: Two bank mistakes to avoid, saving on Disney resorts with Disney+, and more

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This weekend’s Saturday Selection of posts from around the web that are worth a read brings us a good tip to avoid a costly bank mistake, eight dollars well spent if your Disney+ subscription can score you a big discount on your Disney stay, hope for booking Swiss First Class awards and more.

Weekend Wisdom: Avoid Looking Like a Kiter

Hacked Hyatt Gift Card

Miles Earn and Burn gives a great tip that’s really wrapped in a more general piece of advice for those engaging in manufactured spending techniques: ramp up slowly and understand what can go wrong before you make mistakes. Beyond the inconvenience of a checking account shut down, you could be risking credit card and investment account shut downs from the associated bank and a longer-than-you-want hassle to get it all straightened out. The race is long; pace yourself.

How Chrome Autofill Made A Mess Of My Recent Application

While we’re on mistakes to avoid, watch out for Chrome autofill. Mark at Miles to Memories covers a mistake that I have nearly made at least a dozen times: letting Chrome autofill the address (and then not checking to make sure it didn’t replace the name of the applicant). Nowadays, I usually go field-by-field when filling in credit card and bank account applications and I save the autofill for shopping carts, but even despite that I’ve accidentally touched the wrong place and had it autofill and replace stuff, so I can totally see how this happened. The end result is interesting, but I’d probably avoid getting names and SSNs commingled.

SWISS FIRST CLASS AWARDS BOOKABLE AGAIN WITH UNITED AIRLINES?

Flyertalk user cfischer uncovered some award space that is reported here by Matthew Klint at Live and Let’s Fly for a redemption that could be of interest: Swiss first class award space has shown up on United.com on at least a few dates. That’s notable because Swiss typically does not release first class award space to partner airlines. Live and Let’s Fly found this space very close to departure. I don’t think the pattern has held up, but if you have flexibility and a desire to fly a first class fare that many award enthusiasts covet but can’t book, it’s worth keeping an eye out in case this history repeats itself in the future.

Sometimes It’s Better To Just Say No When Other Passengers Ask To Switch Seats

This post from View from the Wing caught my eye because just last week I found myself on the asking end of this equation. My family was flying home from visiting family. We had originally booked on Southwest (we usually fly Southwest domestically), but I had meant to book Wanna Get Away Plus for a free same-day change to a not-7am-departure only to realize late in the game that I had booked Wanna Get Away. I found that American Airlines had a very well-timed 3pm departure for 12.5K miles per person, but I couldn’t get the three seats together than we needed. I kept a close eye on the seating chart, checking each day during the week before departure until I finally got a window and middle seat and the aisle seat on the opposite side of the aisle. I hoped that whomever had the aisle seat on our side would be OK with switching to the opposite side of the aisle (and since I had a lap infant on my lap in the middle seat, I figured that they would probably be happy not to have to sit next to me). The young woman with the seat to my left was happy to switch with my wife — as long as she was still getting an aisle seat out of the deal. That’s exactly what I was counting on and it has to be the central part of your strategy if you’re hoping to nicely ask someone to do you a favor and switch — either having something identical or better to trade. In this case, I had both: an aisle seat in the same row of the plane was an identical product for her purposes and it was better in the sense that it wasn’t next to an infant. I doubt she’d have been willing to switch if she would have been stuck with a window or middle seat — and ultimately, I was prepared to offer her a few bucks if she was reluctant to switch to see if that could have persuaded her.

Disney+ is becoming essential for trips to the Disney parks — here’s why

Summer Hull at The Points Guy covers why you might want to pick up Disney+ before you book a trip to a Disney resort: you could score a pretty sizable discount on your stay (at least through September 30th). I am not a Disney expert myself, but I believe that there are some other options to save at a Disney resort, so don’t forget to shop around. Still, Disney discounts are often pretty limited, so if you’re planning to visit the House of the Mouse, it might be worth spending eight bucks on a month of Disney+ to compare the discount against whatever else you can find.

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Cavedweller

What card will help u IF you have the Disney Timeshare ($25K) thing ??

Melissa

I have DVC as well. I have a wyndam biz earner card with 8x fuel. I buy disney gift cards at the gas station for fuel perks and the 8x and use these giftcards for dining, annual dues etc. I then use the Wyndam points earned for VACASA at hilton head which is wayyyy nicer than the Disney Hilton DVC! If you are not into Vacasa I would focus on a card that maximizes you at the gas station and use the gift card strategy.

Cavedweller

Thank You my buddy has that which he hates now as in Bored of Disney.

Melissa

So he is looking to sell his DVC? I guess I wasn’t sure what you are asking? If so he can do very very well. Resale crazy on the contracts

Cavedweller

A Card to Help make Disney Less costly like I stated.No the Wife doesn’t want to sell and I’ve been to Paris Disney 3x myself.I told him Keep it years ago, IT”S SAFE to go there.I had a Great America diamond pass for same reason Safe but the virus+cost dumped it.
THANKs

Melissa

Oh ok then use using gift cards to me makes disney wayyy less costly when you combine gas perks and credit card gas bonuses. I can usually get around 20% in savings . I also have an annual pass so that is savings on tickets, dining too as well as the DVC disount which is usually the same amount…But bottom line you can save upwards of 30% stacking AP discount, gas savings and credit card rewards

Cavedweller

Switched many times and got a free drink on SW from the FA for the one too. v bernie

Last edited 3 months ago by Cavedweller
DaninMCI

You can get Disney+ with Amex Platinum for free 🙂

askmrlee

Only through the end of 2022.

DaninMCI

I haven’t seen an ending date or that it wouldn’t be extended into 2023?