One of the best ways to save on a Disney vacation is with Starwood & Marriott points. Now that Marriott owns Starwood, you can transfer points back and forth at a 3:1 rate (Marriott:Starwood). Here are our top 8 ways to use Marriott & Starwood points on a Disney vacation.
1) Disney’s Swan – Deluxe King Alcove Room
More than 500 square feet at Walt Disney World’s Swan Hotel for only 14,500 Starwood points per night. These rooms have a resort view and some even have a balcony.
Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin are right in the middle of all the action, so a great room like this on points is a fantastic deal. Plus, you’ll get Extra Magic Hours, the 60-day FastPass+ window, and all the great transportation options around Disney World.
The only downside is a $28 (plus tax) resort fee each day and no Magical Express from the airport.
2) Club Level Room at the Sheraton Park Anaheim
For only 11,000 Starwood points per night, you can get a Club Level room at the Sheraton Park Anaheim. This means a higher floor, special concierge service, and access to the club lounge. The biggest perks for the club lounge are a free continental breakfast and happy hour hors d’oeuvres. (We save a ton on food on our last trip.)
The Sheraton Park Anaheim is a short walk to Disneyland and one of our favorites.
3) Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance
1,304 feet away from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (we measured). That’s just under a quarter mile as the crow flies from the middle of Disneyland Park. The Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance is in a prime location just across the street from Disneyland.
PLUS, you get a room with two queen beds, two twin bunk beds, and a water park view on points. These rooms are 532 square feet. That’s literally twice the size of a room at Pop Century. Perfect for a family that needs a little extra space.
BUT, the Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance is 45,000 Marriott points per night (15,000 Starwood). That’s a lot of points. If you have them, it’s still actually a good value for a room that often costs more than $400 in the summer.
4) Fly to Aulani
Starwood partners with almost three dozen airlines. You can transfer your points to most of them at a 1:1 rate. Plus, if you transfer 20,000 Starwood points, they’ll give you a 5,000-point bonus, turning it into 25,000 airline miles. You can find the details on this program HERE.
There are several ways you can fly to Honolulu for your Aulani stay for relatively few points. We’ve highlighted how you can do it from the West Coast on Alaska or American using British Airways points HERE. We’ve also mapped out how you can use Korean Airlines points to fly on Delta to Hawaii HERE. Both of these options are only 25,000 miles roundtrip.
5) Marriott Cash + Points
Maybe you don’t have enough points for your full stay, but you want to use some of your points to reduce the cost. Marriott Cash + Points is the way to go. You can choose which nights you want to pay with points and which nights you want to pay with cash. The beauty of this program is that you can pay with cash on the cheapest nights and pay with points on the most expensive nights. One more way to save money…
6) Laylow Autograph Collection
Heading to Aulani? The Laylow Autograph Collection is the perfect place to spend a few days seeing Oahu before your Aulani stay begins. It’s in a prime location amongst the best shopping on Waikiki and just a few blocks from the beach.
This brand new hotel is getting great reviews. Plus, for 40,000 Marriott points (13,333 Starwood), you get a 2 King Room with a Balcony.
7) Family Room at the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort
The family rooms are more than 500 square feet and have a separate living room. Plus, you’ll get a pool view and a balcony. All of this is only 4,500-5,500 points per night. This is one of the best economical options for a Disney World vacation.
The only downsides are a $24 a night resort fee and the hotel is a little worn around the edges.
8) Flights to Orlando & Anaheim
In most cases, using Southwest or JetBlue will be the cheapest ways to fly domestically on points. Unfortunately, Starwood does haven’t either of those as an airline partner.
However, you can transfer points to British Airways and use them to book flights on American. Flights of 1,150 miles or less cost on 7,500 points. More on this strategy HERE. If you transfer miles to Alaska Airlines, you can take flights of up to 1,400 miles for as little as 7,500 points (award chart link). Delta is a final option to consider, but it’s rarely the best.
If you don’t already have a card that earns Marriott or Starwood points OR you need a boost in points, we recommend the Starwood Preferred Guest Card. You’ll get 25,000 Starwood points (75,000 Marriott) after spending $3,000 in the first three months. Plus, applying for the card with this link supports the website which we appreciate.