How to Save $2000 on my Disneyworld Trip

We’ll start with this: You can stay at this Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort for 3,000-4,000 Starwood points per night. Keep in mind that this hotel offers a free shuttle to Disneyworld, which saves you from the 30 mile hike from your car to Disneyworld.  What that means is that you can only stay 8-10 nights for free with the 25k SPG points you’ll have after applying for and receiving (10k) the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, meeting the spending requirement (5k) and getting the bonus (15k). The “catch” is that you do have to spend at least $5,000 on the card within the first six months of having it.

Maybe you’re warming up to the idea…after booking 18 free nights in various hotels over the past couple of years, I can tell you that we’re more than warmed up to it… we’re burning with the wanderlust.

Disneyworld Castle: Thx Wikipedia for the photo

Now, how will you get there? The best rates on flights we’re finding from Newark to Orlando are Southwest’s “Wanna Get Away” fares for $114 each way. Paying cash you’d be up to $1150 for the five of you. But we don’t like to pay cash.. it’s not enough to fly cheaply… we like to fly for free. Southwest lets you redeem their points on “Wanna Get Away” fares at a rate of 60:$1, so you’d need about 69,000 of them. We’d suggest that you get 43,000 of them from transferring the Chase Ultimate Reward Points you get as a bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (with a $3,000 minimum spend). You’re on your own for the other 26k unless you want to pick up the same card for your spouse. (Something we’ve made a habit out of). In that case, you could use the remaining points to book yourself a rental car, transfer them to Amtrak to complete your commute, or start planning your next free vacation.

If you’re not Disney-drooling yet, then we’re not doing our job. We don’t want to stop there, so we’d also recommend that you check in on the Orlando Craigslist to pick up some park-hopper passes at a nice discount (as always beware of scammers).

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4 Responses to How to Save $2000 on my Disneyworld Trip

  1. amanda says:

    we just returned from disney world about a month ago and had the BEST time. we have been a number of times, and have also found some great tricks. personally, i’ve always found it more advantageous to stay on disney property- you can’t beat the location, direct shuttles, boats, monorails, extra park hours, and all-around disney-feel. we scored free southwest tickets thanks to our cc’s. we actually had originally booked free hotels thanks to a radisson promo, but ended up cancelling our reservation and paying for an extension at our disney hotel, JUST to avoid moving off the parks- sure the shuttles are free, but most go “over the meadow and through the woods…” it wasn’t worth it in our books. i blogged about our adventure here- http://mikeandmandypetersen.blogspot.com/2012/02/our-travel-tricks-disney-world-edition.html

    hooray for disney! i love hearing the tips for travel. thank you for sharing, guys!

  2. amanda says:

    we just returned from disney world about a month ago and had the BEST time. we have been a number of times, and have also found some great tricks. personally, i’ve always found it more advantageous to stay on disney property- you can’t beat the location, direct shuttles, boats, monorails, extra park hours, and all-around disney-feel. we scored free southwest tickets thanks to our cc’s. we actually had originally booked free hotels thanks to a radisson promo, but ended up cancelling our reservation and paying for an extension at our disney hotel, JUST to avoid moving off the parks- sure the shuttles are free, but most go “over the meadow and through the woods…” it wasn’t worth it in our books. i blogged about our adventure here- http://mikeandmandypetersen.blogspot.com/2012/02/our-travel-tricks-disney-world-edition.html

    hooray for disney! i love hearing the tips for travel. thank you for sharing, guys!

    • Sheldon says:

      Amanda,

      Thanks for the heads up on the properties. Neither Brad nor I have been to Disneyworld, but these offers make it enticing. Maybe when my little Max is older than 9 months will it be considered. How great that you scored the free airfare and had a great time. Thanks for sharing and keep on wanderlusting!!

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