Drive to Orlando – Free Hotels

You’re thinking about making the drive to Orlando. After a long day of travel, the last thing you want to do is pay for an expensive hotel when you’ll be too tired to enjoy it. You’d rather find a nice economic option and check into your expensive hotel when you’ve got a full day to enjoy it. Even better than a cheap hotel is a free hotel. We’re going to show you how to get your hotel free on points. You can also find our post on how to cover hotels throughout your road trip on your drive to Orlando HERE.

1) Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando-North

The Hyatt Place Lake Mary is about 40 minutes north of Disney World on I-4. The hotel only costs 5,000 points per night. That’s the lowest category for any Hyatt hotel. It’s a three-star with spacious rooms and great reviews on TripAdvisor. This hotel is economical, but it’s not the kind of hotel where you close your eyes to forget where you’re sleeping. It’s really nice. Plus, it comes with free breakfast, so you can load up before you head to the parks in the morning.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred comes with a sign up bonus up to 55,000 points. These points can be transferred directly to Hyatt. This means you could stay at this hotel 11 nights on just the credit card sign up bonus! What you might do instead is stay here one night on your way into town. Then, do four nights at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress (15,000 points per night), a super luxurious resort. Finally, stay one more night here on your way out of town. You could do all that for 70,000 points, getting a six night vacation. Those six nights are worth about $1,500.

Read our full Chase Sapphire Preferred Review and how to get Four Free Nights at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

Our room at the Hyatt Place Orlando Universal

Our room at the Hyatt Place Orlando Universal

2) Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive

We’re staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando on our upcoming trip to Universal Studios. Located just off I-4, this Category 2 Starwood hotel only costs 3,000-4,000 points per night.

This would be a great hotel to stay at in combination with a stay at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, also a Starwood hotel. We’ve talked about how you can get Five Free Nights at Disney’s Dolphin. You could add this hotel on the front end or back end of a trip for just a relatively small number of additional points.

Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive

3) Hampton Inn Orlando Near Universal Blvd/International Drive

A couple blocks away from the Four Points is this Hampton Inn. This is your standard Hampton Inn in the Hilton family of hotels. It’s nothing fancy, but it is clean and well kept. It’s also a Category 3 Hilton HHonors hotel, which means it costs 20,000 points per night. Hilton points are much easier to earn than Hyatt or Starwood points, so this isn’t as much of a jump as it may seem.

The credit card we recommend for earning free Hilton hotel stays is the Hilton HHonors Surpass card. It is currently offering a 75,000 point sign up bonus. The card earns six points per dollar spent on groceries, gas, and dining. So, you can earn a lot of points quickly.

Also In Consideration

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando East/UCF Area is a Category 2 Marriott hotel, which means it only costs 10,000 points per night. Marriott points are harder to earn on a credit card unless you stay at Marriotts regularly, so this isn’t as high on our list. Also, the Holiday Inn Express Clermont is a Category 2 IHG property, which means it runs 15,000 points a night. Similar to Marriott, IHG’s credit card is designed primarily for those who stay at their hotels regularly.

We’ve added each of these hotels to our Road Trip to Disney World Map to help on your drive to Orlando. You can also find all the other maps with hotels we recommend on points for you next Disney vacation on our Hotel Maps page.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred

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  • What kind of points: Hotels, Airlines, General Travel, and Cash
  • Sign Up Bonus: 50,000 after spending $4,000 in three months and another 5,000 after adding an authorized user
  • Annual Fee: $95 (waived first year)
  • How to Earn Points: 2x points on travel and dining, 1 point on everything else
  • Value of a Point: 2.0 cents
  • How to Spend Points: Redeem for cash, spend through Chase travel center, transfer to airlines or hotels
  • Our favorite Use: Stays at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress