We love our Chase Sapphire Preferred. It’s the #1 card we recommend for someone who’s just getting into credit card rewards. It has a great sign up bonus (up to 55,000 points) worth around $1,000 and lots of ways to use it. Plus, they waive the annual fee in the first year. Since there are so many great options, we wanted to write up a post on the top ways to use Chase Sapphire Preferred for a Disney Vacation.
For this ranking, we looked at three criteria. 1) How much value will you get for your points. 2) How easy it is to book this strategy. 3) How convenient is it for your Disney vacation.
1) Hyatt House Anaheim
12,000 Points Per Night
The Hyatt House in Anaheim is a short a walk to Disneyland, runs almost $250 a night after tax on average (if you paid cash), and comes with a free breakfast.
It only costs 12,000 Hyatt points per night, which can be transferred at a 1:1 rate directly from your Chase Ultimate Rewards account. And, you’ll get a value of around two cents each for them.
2) Flights on Southwest
Southwest Airlines is another transfer partner for the Chase Sapphire Preferred. Southwest ties the cost of the flight to the number of points they require. If it’s a cheap flight, it’ll be cheap on points. Each Southwest point is worth about 1.6 cents each. So, 10,000 points will get you a $160 flight, which is often enough for roundtrip airfare into Orlando.
3) Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
15,000 Points per Night
A beautiful resort near Disney Springs, this is our favorite way to do a 4-star luxury stay at Disney World on points. The rooms often run $300 a night after tax at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. So, 15,000 points transferred directly from your Chase Ultimate Rewards account is a great way to save.
The only reasons it doesn’t rate #1 on our list is that you won’t get the 60-day FastPass window or Extra Magic Hours like you can get with some off-site hotels. Plus, the shuttle transportation to and from Disney World is less frequent than we’d like (we’re afternoon nappers).
4) Fly Delta to Aulani
25,000 Points Roundtrip
You can fly on Delta from places as far away as Atlanta to Honolulu for only 25,000 points roundtrip. These can be flights which are often pushing $1,000, which means you’re getting 3-4 cents per point, an insane amount.
Here’s the catch. The availability of these flights is limited to a relatively small selection of off-peak days. Plus, you have to transfer points to Korean Air who is a Delta partner. It’s a bit like getting a reservation at Be Our Guest, it’s only for the hardcore.
5) Hyatt Place Waikiki
12,000 Points Per Night
We always recommend people stay in Waikiki for a couple days before heading out to Aulani. Your body is adjusting to the time zone change and there’s no reason to pay $500 a night (or more) for Aulani if you’re waking up at 4 am every day and asleep by 7 pm unless you enjoy sharing the same sleep schedule as my grandma.
The Hyatt Place Waikiki is just a couple blocks off the beach and at 12,000 points per night is a total steal in that part of town.
6) Disney Vacation Package
Book your Disney Vacation Package directly through Chase and you’ll be able to cover both your hotel and park tickets on points. While this is a huge benefit and a great way to cover your park tickets, you’ll only get 1.25 cents per point in value which is the lowest of these options.
7) West Coast Flights to Aulani
25,000 Points Roundtrip
This option is less complicated than the Delta strategy listed above, and there’s more flights available. But, it’s limited to flights originating on the West Coast to Honolulu. Ultimately, you’ll be transferring points to British Airways which partners with both American Airlines and Alaska Airlines for these flights. You’ll typically get about two cents per point in value.
Chase Sapphire Preferred
You earn a 50,000 point sign-up bonus after spending $4,000 in the first three months. Plus, you earn 5,000 more points if you add an authorized user. As you can see, 55,000 points can go a long way toward a Disney vacation.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred earns two points on travel and dining purchases and one point on everything else. Just as important, if you or someone in your household has other cards that earn Ultimate Rewards, you can combine them together. This is one of our favorite parts of our Chase Ultimate Rewards Strategy.
Finally, the card waives the annual fee for the first year. Even if you decide to take the sign up bonus and cancel the card at the end of the first year, you could pretty easily use it to save $1,000 on your Disney vacation.
If you apply Chase will give us some points as well if you use our referral link. We’re super addicted to Disney vacations, so we’d really appreciate it.