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Old 08-07-2013, 12:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tips on a disney gift card instead of cash/credit?

I am pretty sure this can be done, but I wanted to make sure. We were thinking of preloading a disney gift card to use just for our dining tips. We have the dining plan so we figured instead of carrying cash or having a ton of charges on our debit/credit card, we could just put a certain amount on the gift card and use that. We can use a gift card for tips, right?
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes you can! We have done this for the past couple of trips. When you get your check just fill in the tip amount, give them your KTTW card and your gift card for the tip. Works great, we love to do this. I try to estimate what our average tip would be for good service and go from there. The great thing is you can put more on the card if you need to while you are there.
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This is a great idea!!
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If you are a Disney resort guest, you could also put the money down as a "cash balance," and use the Keys to the Word resort key card (or wristband) to pay for the tips.

That way, you have a little bit of protection (requiring a PIN code) between you and a gift card that could be lost or stolen.

(A lost GC can be replaced, but you have to have the original purchase receipt for that GC when you go to Guest Services to report it lost.)
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WOW! I never knew this was a option! I am SO doing this! Thanks!!!
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Thanks everyone! I am just not fond of the idea of putting charging privelages on our room keys with having two little ones who can easily snag our key cards and lose them! I would rather put money onto a gift card, write on it TIPS and stick it in my wallet with our other shopping gift cards. Since there are so many of us and on our receipt it would be my parents and then us, this is so much easier than taking turns paying the tips, having cash or putting a ton of charges on debit cards. I like the idea of separating that money!! I also love the idea of simplifying and after years and years of going to disney, always discovering a new way to do something!!
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I have done this and am doing it again in March. I still carry a bit of cash with me just in case though.
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Also if you have a smart phone, there is a Disney Gift card App that lets you keep track of the card numbers and balances. I loved this on our recent trip!
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if you have a group of 6 of more, you're stuck with the automatic 18% tip. we always explained that we were under two dining plans and did our bills and tips separately.
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we are a party of 14 separated onto 3 bills, 2 rooms have dining plans (both parties of 5 and a baby) and then a party of 3 that will be paying out of pocket for meals. We have always gotten the automatic 18% on our bills even with separating. But we were already used to that with using tables in wonderland too.

I had no idea there is an app to keep track of your disney gift cards, wow, learn something new every day! Will definately look into that since I have accumulated several cards as gifts!
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yes, should have clarified that we still each had to pay 18% tip even with separating our bills. not so bad. at times they cheat themselves though because we would've tipped more!
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Yes -- the policy is that it's the "table size" not the individual parties that make up that table that determine the 6-person auto-gratuity.

And I totally agree. We typically tip 20% in my family, so the 18% auto-grat is actually less. But auto-grats are done because *so* many people don't tip even 15%, especially if they are traveling from countries where gratuities are handled very differently than in the US.
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Am I the only person who still adds a tip on top of an auto 18% for amazing service? I normally tip 20-25% at home so it doesn't make a big difference to me to add a few more $$ onto the bill. That way they know I really appreciated them and went above what I had no choice on.
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I always make sure we tip in Florida. In the UK we tip as a recognition for good service - so tips are never automatically assumed. I tipped about 20% when we went on our last visit (just the two of us).
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yes, this is something we've only learned in recent years - that Americans tend to tip around 20%. the standard in Canada is 15% and it is very, very rude not to tip unless the service is deplorable - but even then, you'd still tip at least 10%. A big difference in Canada is that our minimum wage in most provinces is at least $10/hr. not the case in the U.S., which I find shocking. However, cost of living has a lot to do with it.
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