Although MouseSavers.com has no banner ads and no pop-ups, the site does receive compensation from some of the companies mentioned on MouseSavers.com.
Affiliate (Referral) Links
Next time you’re shopping for anything Disney online, please consider using a link on MouseSavers.com (there’s a shopping mall on the site). Some of the shopping links (as well as links to rental car companies, hotel chains, online travel agencies, etc.) are “referral links” that track the source of the purchase back to MouseSavers.com through an affiliate program. When you use one of those links and buy something, MouseSavers gets a small commission from the linked site for referring you.
For instance, if you read a review we wrote for a Disney guidebook and then decide to use the link in the review and buy the book, MouseSavers may earn a few cents from the sale. This does not affect the price you pay. Affiliate links are one way we keep MouseSavers.com going financially.
Some companies mentioned on this site (including the MouseSavers Preferred Hotels, travel agencies, ticket agencies, etc.) compensate MouseSavers financially. There are also companies and services recommended on MouseSavers.com that do not pay compensation.
When it comes to accepting compensation, we follow the following ethical guidelines:
- We do not let compensation dictate the companies we recommend. If we don’t like it, we don’t recommend it. Period. We have turned away literally dozens of companies that were willing to pay us large sums to appear on MouseSavers.com.
- We always make a good-faith effort to find the best deals we can for our readers. We make it a goal to recommend only quality, dependable companies. We love to buy wonderful things at the best possible price, and it gives us great pleasure to help our readers find the same kind of bargains.
- The compensation received by MouseSavers does not increase the price our readers pay, and in fact, we have often negotiated a better deal for our readers than they can find elsewhere. For instance, the MouseSavers Preferred Hotels are supposed to offer our readers at least their lowest refundable/changeable rate (also known as the “Best Available Rate” in the hospitality industry). But in the vast majority of cases, they go far beyond that basic requirement, offering MouseSavers.com readers exclusive deals that are not available anywhere else.
- If we feel the quality, price or reliability of a recommended company’s product or service is no longer acceptable, we will not hesitate to remove that company from MouseSavers.com, even if it means a loss of revenue. This has happened in the past, though we’re happy to say it has been a rare occurrence.
“Freebies” from Disney
We typically visit Disney resorts, theme parks and/or cruise ships several times a year. We almost always pay our own way for airfare, hotel, admission tickets, souvenirs, meals, etc. Over the years Disney has invited us to some media preview events and familiarization tours, which included free food, behind-the-scenes tours and entertainment. At those events we have also received some “swag” (free merchandise), which we have usually given away to MouseSavers.com readers or charities.
Generally when we receive a free preview of a new Disney destination or attraction, we also do a separate, later trip on our own dime, in order to provide more in-depth and fair coverage.