We just returned from Disneyland Paris and learned a lot about which credit cards you should use to maximize your travel points and limit your fees at Disneyland Paris. Here are some helpful tips:
Tip 1: Don’t use Disney gift cards
Really, this should say you can’t use Disney gift cards. Except for purchases made through Adventures by Disney, Disney gift cards aren’t accepted outside the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Since you can’t use Disney gift cards, using the right rewards credit cards at Disneyland Paris is really important.
Tip 2: Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees
Many travel cards have no foreign transaction fees. These include some of our favorites like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve, World of Hyatt Card, Barclaycard Arrival Plus, Capital One Venture, and even the Discover it Cash card.
But, other cards we love, like the Chase Freedom and Freedom Unlimited cards as well as both of the Disney Rewards cards do have foreign transaction fees. You’ll want to avoid using these on your Disneyland Paris trip.
Tip 3: Restaurants are NOT restaurants in the parks
None of our dining purchases inside the Disneyland Paris parks coded as dining purchases. Instead, they coded as entertainment. This means we did not earn bonus points for dining. This was true at sit down restaurants and snack carts alike… and it was a bummer.
Tip 4: But, they are at Disney Village
However, all of our dining purchases in the Disney Village did code as dining purchases. These included purchases at Starbucks, Five Guys, and Earl of Sandwich. We got bonus points for dining at each of these locations.
Tip 5: The Disneyland Paris trains code as travel
There’s a train station right next to the Disney Village. It’s extremely convenient for getting to Disneyland Paris from Charles de Gaulle airport, just a 10 minute TGV train ride. And, it’s at least an affordable train ride from Paris, although it will take you just over an hour on the RER. In both cases, the tickets we purchased on both trains coded as travel purchases so we got bonus points with our Sapphire Reserve card.