We’re leaving for Disneyland on Thursday. We’ll be staying for a total of nine nights and visiting the parks for five days. Here are the eight ways we’re using credit card rewards for a nearly free Disneyland vacation.
1) Free Flights Using Chase Ultimate Rewards
We love the 60,000 point sign up bonus on the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Those points can be transferred to airlines like Southwest, JetBlue, and United. But, you can also use them to purchase flights through the Chase travel portal. We found some cheap flights on Alaska Airlines through Chase.
2) Discounted Uber Gift Cards
This is one area where we spent a little bit of money. We need to Uber to and from airports, and we’re planning to Uber down to Huntington Beach one day. This is probably are largest expense of the trip. But, we saved about 15% on Uber gift cards by using the same strategies we post about on our Disney gift cards page.
3) Free Nights Using Chase Ultimate Rewards
Remember when I mentioned that you could transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest, JetBlue, and United? Well, the most valuable transfer of all is Hyatt. We used 24,000 points for two nights at the Hyatt House Anaheim across the street from Cars Land. (Hyatt has recently increased this hotel to 15,000 a night, but it’s still a great deal.)
4) 2 Annual Free Night Awards
And, my wife and I each carry a World of Hyatt Credit Card which comes with a free night each year. We each used our free night for two more nights at the Hyatt House Anaheim.
We really like the World of Hyatt card because the points are valuable, you get the annual free night, and you get a second free night if you spend $15k a year on the card. Plus it has a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
5) Disney Visa Refer-a-Friend
The no annual fee Disney Visa offers a $200 rebate after you spend $500 in the first three months IF you use a referral link. It’s less otherwise. And, the person referring gets $100 in Disney Rewards.
We post our referral links for people to use. But, we also created a page where you can list yours or use someone else’s. You can find it HERE. By you all helping us out (thanks!), we’ll be able to pay for our food on this trip with Disney Rewards.
6) IHG Points (Not Our Favorite)
I’m going to be honest with you. I had a bad experience with IHG and don’t stay at their hotels anymore. Do I hold a grudge? Maybe. But, I had a cache of IHG points from their Premier Credit Card, and I didn’t want them to go to waste.
The Hotel Indigo Anaheim is actually quite a nice chain-boutique hotel. We’ve stayed there before and enjoyed it. For 35,000 points per night, this is actually a good way to use IHG points if you have them. And while I’ve sworn off IHG because of my awful experience, I’m actually looking forward to staying at this hotel again.
7) Marriott Points for a Water Park Stay
On our very last night, we’re moving to the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance. This is the nicest hotel not owned by Disney and directly across from the Matterhorn. For 50,000 points we got a 549 square foot room with a balcony and Disney view. Since they also have a water park, we’re staying here on a day we’re not actually going to the parks. We’re going to swim, go to Trader Sam’s and watch fireworks on our balcony at night.
8) Discounted Disney Gift Cards
Whenever we find a good deal on Disney gift cards, we view it a little bit like saving for our next vacation. It’s not uncommon to save 10% to 15% on Disney gift cards and that can start to add up. Ultimately, you can combine them at DisneyGiftCard.com up to $1,000 on each card, making it simple to use for a Disney vacation.
You can find our Disney Gift Card strategy page HERE.
P.S. If you sign up for a credit card, consider using one of these links. You get the same great deal and we get some points for pointing you in the right direction.