How I Managed to Get Free Flights to Disney World

We, at Points to Neverland, are super excited to have Krystel from Planning the Magic as a guest contributor today explaining how she used Chase Ultimate Rewards to get free flights to Disney World.

Some would call me an expert in helping families create the perfect, economical Disney vacation.  Using credit card rewards to get free travel fits perfectly, but it isn’t something I am super familiar with.  For that reason it’s an honor to be writing for my good friends at Points To Neverland.

I know all about vacationing on a tight budget, and even more so as a working adult. I budget my money now more than ever.  I recently took a last minute trip to Disney and I am excited to tell you how 3 round trip flights cost me $0.

“It feels like winters are getting colder,” words from my girlfriend.  We’re native Jersey folk, but it seems like every year that passes, winters get harder to deal with. One night, we were trying to find a way to Disney World mid-winter to escape the cold.  I have a little sister a bit more than a decade younger and there was no way I was going to WDW without her.  I am a member of the Disney Vacation Club, so if I could find a way to cheaply swing the flights, this could definitely work.

“We can’t just irresponsibility purchase three round trip flights Krystel, Christmas is coming up”

“I know.”

So I went to work doing what I do best…finding cheap ways to Disney.

I found flights for $100 each way, but that’s $600…that’s not going to work.  How about $50 each way?  I’m still not comfortable dishing out $300 just for flights.  Now what?

And then it hit me.  Credit card points…silly me for taking so long to come to this conclusion.

We take one huge vacation a year and we try to only use our credit card points for that one trip to acquire completely free flights.  Usually these are international flights, so we need at least 50,000 points each.  Our card of choice is the Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP).

I set to work on the Ultimate Rewards website, where you can use your points from the CSP for travel (among other things).

I needed a “goal.”  And that was to find round trip flights for under 10,000 points each.  I can manage 30,000 points easily.  Remember, with the CSP reward system you’re getting 2x rewards on dining and travel, 3x when travel is booked through the ultimate rewards site. You get 1x point for everything else.  If you spend the right way, you can easily accrue 30,000 points. Another option to earn points quickly is the sign up bonus, which is up to 55,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Unfortunately my first option wasn’t working.  I was trying to book flights directly through the Chase Travel Center and getting quoted a little bit over 5,500 points each way.  I wasn’t budging on the plan I made.  But I couldn’t give up.

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Soon enough I found flights through Southwest for a little over 4,000 points each way.  But those weren’t coming up through the Chase Travel Center. What do I do now?

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In addition to booking travel directly through Chase, the CSP has a 1:1 point transfer option to  eleven participating travel partners and Southwest was one of them!  I transferred my points and got the three of us free flights for about 9,000 points each, 27,000 points total. (More on transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards HERE)

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A Disney vacation gets expensive very quickly.  Use the tools that you learn on this site to find your way to free flights and hotel stays to help that final cost.  If I can do it, so can you!

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Halfway through college Krystel decided to take her 10 year old little sister to Disney World on a shoestring budget.  In order to have the most magical vacation possible she had to find every tip, trick, and best kept secret to go to Disney on a budget. They had a great time! Learn everything she knows by visiting PlanningTheMagic.Net and checking out her eBook.

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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
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