Road Trip to Disney World

credit card rewards, travel points

Driving to Disney can be a great way to save money, but it can also be a great way for your family to experience the heritage of our country and spend time together. Whether you’re a road warrior or a family that loves stopping at historical markers, you can get great hotels for free using points on your road trip to Disney World.

Map: Road Trip to Disney World

We’ve created a map with hotels from major chains like Hyatt, Starwood, Hilton, Marriott, and Wyndham that require very few points per night along routes from many major cities. With these hotels you’ll have plenty of points left over for the rest of your trip or wherever your travels may take you in the future.

Disney World Road Trip Legend

We’ve color coded the hotels by brand.

Road Trip Key

For each hotel, we’ve included the name, points per night you’ll need, and the credit card that we recommend to get those points. You can find more information on all these cards on our Popular Cards page.

Value in Perspective

Just to give you a sense of what a great deal these hotels can be, take a look at this chart that compares the range of points you’ll pay for these hotels in relation to the sign up bonus for the card.

Hotel Recommended Card Sign Up Bonus Points per Night
Hyatt Chase Sapphire Preferred 55,000 5,000-8,000
Starwood Starwood Amex 25,000 3,000-7,000
Hilton Hilton HHonors Surpass 75,000 10,000-20,000
Marriott Marriott Rewards Premier 87,500 7,500-10,000

Free Hotels at Disney Too

Each one of these hotels has some great options at Disney World as well. If you like maps, our Hotel Maps page has a Disney World map as well. If not, you’re probably not still reading, but check out our Top 10 page for some our very favorite uses of points around Disney World and Disneyland, many of them are hotels.

For instance, you can get free nights at the Swan & Dolphin with the Starwood card, or free nights at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress with the Chase Sapphire Preferred just to name a couple. While you can cover hotels on your road trip with these cards, you can pretty easily cover the cost of your hotel at Disney World as well.

Starwood Preferred Guest Card from American Express

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  • What kind of points: Hotel and Airline
  • Sign Up Bonus: 25,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first three months
  • Annual Fee: $95 (waived the first year)
  • How to Earn Points: 2x at Starwood, 1x on everything else
  • Value of a Point: 2.4 cents
  • How to Spend Points: Redeem for hotels and transfer to airlines for flights
  • Our favorite Use: Stay at the Walt Disney World Dolphin