- What it takes: Hilton HHonors Surpass Amex Sign Up Bonus and $3,000 spending
- Value: $876
Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando-South Lake Buena Vista
The Hampton Inn & Suites, located in Kissimmee, which is 10-15 minutes away from Disney World, is probably our favorite hotel for budget-conscious families who are driving to Orlando. Perennially in the top 10 out of more than 150 hotels in Kissimmee on TripAdvisor, the hotel includes free breakfast and parking. It’s a standard Hampton Inn, nothing flashy, but clean and well kept. It’s also one of the easiest hotels for racking up many free nights as we’ll explore in this post.
The Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando-South Lake Buena Vista is part of Hilton Worldwide, which offers a points program called Hilton HHonors. Like most hotel chains, Hilton offers a tiered rewards program, where, by and large, more expensive properties require more points per night. In this case, our Hampton Inn is a Category 4 which ranges from 20,000 to 30,000 points and it’s running 20,000 points per night for eight of the twelve months this year.
For more information about Hilton HHonors, take a look at our post “Hilton HHonors Explained.”
Hilton HHonors Surpass Credit Card from American Express
The Surpass card from Amex is currently offering a 100,000 point sign up bonus when you spend $3,000 in the first three months. It also comes with automatic Hilton HHonors Gold status, which gives you the ability to get a 5th Night Free when you’re redeeming points, a pretty awesome perk!
For an in-depth look at this card, see our “Hilton HHonors Surpass Amex Review.”
|Sign Up Bonus ($3,000 in first three months)||100,000|
|Points per $ spent on paid Hilton hotel stays||12|
|Points per $ spent on supermarkets, restaurants, and gas stations||6|
|Points per $ on all other spending||3|
|Value of one HHonors point on Disney travel (approximate)||0.6 cents|
What to Do
During most months this year, this Hampton Inn is running 20,000 points per night. With this card and the gold status you’ll receive, you get your fifth night free. To get six free nights, you’ll need 100,000 points. So, how do you get the 100,000 points and book your stay on points? Here are the steps:
- Apply for the Hilton HHonors Surpass Credit Card from American Express
- After spending $3,000 in the first three months, you’ll receive 100,000 points (plus the points you earned by spending $3,000)
- Click “Advanced Search” when you visit Hilton.com and select “Use HHonors Points” when you search for the Hampton Inn in Kissimmee.
While this isn’t a flashy property, based on the sample bookings we tested, the hotel averages $146 a night with tax. So, the six nights you’ll receive for 100,000 points are worth about $876. That’s a pretty great opportunity to save money on a trip to Disney World!
Should you keep this card long-term? We really like the value you can get at some Hilton properties from this card. For instance, if you average four points per dollar spent on this card, you’d get a free night at a property like this one for every $5,000 you spend (or less if you factor in the 5th free night). Since the property averages $146 per night, you’d be getting 2.9% back on every dollar you spend toward a hotel like this one.