Save Up to 25% at Universal with Gift Cards

The very best benefit at any Disney or Universal hotel is free Universal Express Unlimited. It’s like an automatic FastPass to most of the Universal rides. And it’s free when you stay at Universal’s three top-end hotels: Royal Pacific, Hard Rock, and Portofino Bay.

If you’re thinking about a relatively short trip to Universal, a couple days or less, we would strongly recommend one of these hotels for the Express Pass benefit. You’ll save a ton of time bypassing the lines.

But, these are also expensive hotels, so it’s important to save where you can. Buying discounted gift cards is a great option. You can book almost any hotel at This includes Universal Orlando hotels. In this post, we’re going to outline how you can save up to 20%-30% by purchasing discounted gift cards.

We like the Royal Pacific because it’s the least expensive of the properties that comes with Express Pass and early entry.

Step 1: Save 10%-15% on Gift Cards

We outline great ways to save on Disney Gift Cards. Almost anywhere you can buy Disney gift cards, you can buy gift cards. Some of these strategies will help you save 10%-15% on gift cards.

Combine Gift Cards

You can also combine all the gift cards into one “super” gift card HERE. You can only use one gift card when you book a stay, so this is not only convenient but an important part of fully utilizing this strategy.

Step 2: Save 10% More with Rewards

Gift card redemptions are also eligible for the Rewards program. Earn a free night for every 10 you complete. Your free night works almost like a gift card for the average cost of the 10 nights you stayed.

This means you’re getting an additional 10% on the amount you spend. The only catch is that you have to wait until you’ve stayed 10 total nights to get it.

When you book your room, make sure you’re logged into your account. This will help make sure each night you book counts toward your total.

You need a stay at least once a year to keep your rewards progress active.

Example: Save Up to 25% on Universal Vacations with

Let’s say you purchased $1,000 in gift cards for an upcoming Universal Orlando vacation. If you purchased them at a 15% discount, you paid $850. Although this example is unrealistic, let’s say you stayed 10 nights at $100 each. You’ll get an additional $100 voucher to use toward your next booking.

  • Purchased $1,000 in gift cards for $850
  • Received bonus voucher of $100

This means you’ll have ultimately paid $850 for $1,100 in value, saving $250.