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Unread 6 Nov 19, 06:59 PM  
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I wanted to ask others about their experiences in purchasing Disney gift cards at a discount. Members clubs in the US such as BJs and Sams Club routinely sell gift cards at around 5% off, which is a significant savings given how much Disney costs! Additionally, US citizens can use Cashback credit cards at eligible stores with bonus categories to save further.

The issue is that none of these methods are that welcoming to UK residents. They either require a US shipping address, or a US billing address.

I just wondered if others had strategies for buying discount Disney US gift cards (from a U.K. perspective) that theyd share.

Thanks!
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Unread 8 Nov 19, 09:29 AM  
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Hi, we purchased Disney gift cards from Sams club in September to use towards our annual pass renewals. We got 2 $500 gift cards and used them without a problem - we will definitely purchase more in the future.
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Hi Jen,

Thats really interesting! I wasnt able to purchase $500 eGift cards from Sams Club because they require a US billing address for the card used for payment. Did you visit a physical store - or some other method?

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Have you paid to be members of Sam's club? whenever I try to see the prices of disney cards it says you have to be a member to see the prices so I can never work out if it would be worth my while to join. Is it cheeky to ask how much the cards are so I can work out if the saving would be worth the joining fee?
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Hi Jen,

Thats really interesting! I wasnt able to purchase $500 eGift cards from Sams Club because they require a US billing address for the card used for payment. Did you visit a physical store - or some other method?

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Hi Chris, I've bought Disney eGift cards online from Target (sadly not discounted as can't get their discounter Red Card without a US address)
I had US dollars in my PayPal account and everything went through quickly and smoothly.
Please bear in mind that if your PayPal balance is in sterling you'll get charged a fee for conversion.
I had a plastic Disney gift card with no balance on it and wanted to transfer several e-cards to the physical card.
Here's what I did once the eCards arrived in my inbox:

Go to disneygiftcard/ and register.
Go to manage my cards
Add the empty or low balance card details - number and EAN
Then add the new e-card details
Then transfer e-card balance to the physical card.
You can top up to a total of $1000
Your new balance will show immediately on the plastic card and e-card will be empty.

If you have a couple of cards registered on the site and you lose or misplace the card you have in your wallet you can then transfer the balance onto the other card.
Hope this is helpful
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Hi,

Thanks for the replies! @SnowWhite, you can also buy Disney e-gift cards via the ShopDisney web site. Theyre very convenient (especially for use at F&W), but not discounted.

The furthest Ive got is in determining that, if you can be bothered to physically drive to a Sams Club and pay $49 membership fees, you can buy the physical cards there using a U.K. based payment card. The discount is around 4%, whether online or in store. $49/0.04 = $1225, IE the break even point for a Sams Club membership buying Disney gift cards.

The issue is that spending valuable holiday time driving to Sams Club and messing around with gift cards soon erodes the discount down to almost nothing.

The other options are BJs (accepts U.K. payment methods, but only ships to US addresses), and Raise (only accepts US payment methods, and offers reduced discounts anyway). I spent a while looking for a US-issued prepaid credit card sign up to Sams Club, but they all require a Social Security Number.

So unless anyone else has been down this rabbit hole and found a method (hence this thread!), I guess Ill put my dreams of Disney discounts behind me.
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Not a solution exactly to your problem but target are offering a 5% discount on their own giftcards up to $500 at the moment. As we always end up in target at least once I was going to try buying one of these for $100. They are delivered by email and then when in store I will try and use some/all of it to buy a disney card. Seems like work but I am curious to see if this is an option and like I said we will spend at least $100 in store over a few trips so there is nothing to be lost.

Very interesting thread, thanks everyone for the info.
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Originally Posted by Merryweather17 View Post
Not a solution exactly to your problem but target are offering a 5% discount on their own giftcards up to $500 at the moment. As we always end up in target at least once I was going to try buying one of these for $100. They are delivered by email and then when in store I will try and use some/all of it to buy a disney card. Seems like work but I am curious to see if this is an option and like I said we will spend at least $100 in store over a few trips so there is nothing to be lost.

Very interesting thread, thanks everyone for the info.
I'd be very interested to hear how you get on @Merryweather17 and would appreciate if you could post an update if you do manage to do this. Thanks in advance
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