The cheapest flights usually have the worst schedules. You’re either flying into Orlando late at night or you have that 6 am departure time out of Orlando. When you booked it for your family, you decided that saving a few hundred dollars for the early morning flight was worth having to get up early. Then, you realized that the Magical Express leaves three hours early which means you’ll be leaving your resort at 3 am. We’ve done this. Since you only get a few hours of sleep, it makes your last night at your resort feel really expensive.
Instead of spending a partial night at your Disney resort, we recommend a night on points at the Orlando airport, more specifically the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. It’s the hotel IN the airport and you can book it for a reasonably small amount of points, only 12,000.
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
You can use either your World of Hyatt credit card or transfer points from Chase Ultimate Rewards if you have a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred. For your 12,000 points you can get either a King or Two Queen room.
Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport usually go for around $250 to $300 per night, so 12,000 points is a great value. Plus, rather than walking out of your Disney resort at 3 am, you can just walk downstairs around 5 am for your 6 am flight. Conversely, if you’re landing late at night, you can just walk up to your hotel room rather than paying for an extra night in your Disney hotel.
Earning the Points
In this situation, we recommend Chase Ultimate Rewards. You can transfer them to Southwest or JetBlue for your flight. And, you can also transfer them to Hyatt for a stay at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred has a 50,000 sign up bonus after you spend $4,000 in the first three months. Plus, they waive the $95 annual fee in the first year. After you spend 12,000 of those points on your Hyatt stay, you’ll still have over $500 worth of points for flights on Southwest or JetBlue. It’s a great deal for those of us who fly in and out of Orlando.