Use the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free at Disney to Save Big Money!

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Ken and his wife Emily write about using points and miles (and saving money) on Disney trips at Mousehacking.com.  So I’ve asked them to share their tips on booking Walt Disney World resorts with the Citi Prestige card to get the 4th night free benefit!

Ken and Emily:  You can book Walt Disney World stays with Starwood points or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, but some folks choose to save their points for other trips and instead put their Disney stay on a credit card.

For the 3 stays we’ve booked at Walt Disney World in the past year, we’ve used the Citi Prestige.  When you book a hotel stay of 4+ nights through the Citi Prestige Concierge, you’ll get a statement credit for the 4th night.  However, starting July 23, 2017, the 4th night free credit will be based on the average nightly cost of your stay, excluding taxes.

This a great perk, and a terrific way to save money on Walt Disney World resort stays.  We saved $1,165 on a split stay between Animal Kingdom Lodge and Beach Club on a recent trip to Disney from this benefit alone!

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A Free Night at Walt Disney World Means More Magical Views for Less!

Let’s see how to book Walt Disney World resorts using the Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit.

Be Prepared – Know Your Dates and Room Rate

Link:   Citi Prestige

Link:   Walt Disney World Resorts

Before calling the Citi Prestige Concierge, you’ll need to know the exact hotel, date, and room rate you want to book.

Picking a room rate at a Walt Disney World resort can be complicated because of the different room types and deals that Disney offers.  You should use the Walt Disney World website to find which rooms are available on your desired dates and if there are any deals available.  On the website, you’ll see 2 types of rates:

  • Room-only rates, that don’t include dining plans or tickets
  • Package rates, that include tickets and / or dining plans

Any room-only rate, including special offers, will be available to book through the Citi Prestige Concierge and eligible for 4th night free.

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Room-Only Offers Are Eligible for 4th Night Free, but Ask the Concierge About Packages

Packages are a bit more complicated, so check with the concierge to confirm you’ll get a 4th night free with your booking.

How to Book Walt Disney World Resorts Through the Citi Prestige Concierge

Once you’ve decided on your hotel, room type, and dates, you’re ready to book!

Step 1.   Call the Concierge

Call the Citi Prestige Concierge at 800-508-8930.

Have the following ready when you call:

  • Your Citi Prestige card
  • Your billing information
  • The name and address of the resort you’re interested in
  • The room types, rates, dates, and offers you want

Keep in mind, you can wind up being on hold for 30+ minutes during peak hours.

Step 2.   Give the Concierge Your Booking Request

If you’ve decided on everything, tell the concierge the resort, room type, dates, and room rate you’re looking for.

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Know Your Room Type and the Amount You’re Expecting to Pay per Night

If you have questions, start by narrowing down the dates and resorts so that the concierge can pull up the same rates as you.

Step 3.   Ask Questions About Packages and Discounts

Once you and the concierge are looking at the same information, you’ll want to ask about what packages and discounted rates can still get you 4th night free.

Step 4.   Confirm Your Rate and 4th Night Free Credit Amount

The concierge will be able to tell you the nightly rate for your stay.  Make sure it is the same rate you expect.  Even if it is lower, try to clarify why.  The concierge may be looking at the wrong dates.

We even once had a concierge book us at the wrong hotel!  Avoid these problems by making sure you’re talking about the exact same rate.  The concierge will also be able to tell you how much your 4th night free benefit will be.

Step 5.   Confirm, Book, and Receive Your Confirmation Email

Within 24 hours of booking, you’ll receive an email from the Citi Prestige Concierge outlining your booking details, including the 4th night free amount.

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Check Your Confirmation Email From the Concierge to Be Sure Everything Is Correct

Step 6.   Receive Your 4th Night Free Credit

You can expect your 4th night free credit within 1 to 2 billing cycles of checking-out (or within 1 to 2 billing cycles of booking if you fully pre-pay your room).

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We Received Our Credits for a January 4 Check-Out Within 5 Weeks and Saved $520!

Split Your Walt Disney World Stay to Use 4th Night Free Twice!

Folks often ask if you can use 4th night free benefit on an 8-night stay to get 2 free nights.  If you book 8 consecutive nights (meaning 2 back-to-back 4-night stays) at the same hotel, you’ll only get ONE free night.  

To get 2 nights refunded, you’ll have to split your stay:

  • If you split your stay, even with just a single night elsewhere in between 2 stays, you will get a credit for both stays at that same hotel
  • If you split the 8 nights over 2 hotels, you will get a credit for both stays.  This is ideal if you’d like to experience 2 Disney resorts in 1 trip!

Splitting a Walt Disney World Stay

Walt Disney World makes it easy to split an 8-night stay between 2 resorts.  There are 2 ways to do this.

Option 1.   Split a Stay Between Sister or Neighboring Resorts and Walk Your Luggage

Many Walt Disney World resorts come in pairs that are either physically connected or within walking distance.  If you split a stay between these resorts, you can check-out of one hotel and walk your bags over to your next resort, where you could check-in and leave your bags with bell services until your room is ready.  The entire process should take ~30 minutes.

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The Yacht & Beach Club Resorts Even Share a Pool – Stormalong Bay

Here are resorts to consider:

Option 2.   Split a Stay Between Any 2 Resorts and Transfer Your Luggage

Disney bell services will gladly arrange to move your bags between any 2 resorts.  When you check-out of your first hotel, take your bags to the bell services desk and tell them which resort you’ll be going to.

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You Can’t Walk Anywhere From Animal Kingdom Lodge, but With Help From Bell Services, a Split Stay Including a Savannah View Is Easy!

They’ll tag your bags with special, color-coded transfer tags, and they’ll arrive at your second resort’s bell desk in the late afternoon.

Bottom Line

The Citi Prestige 4th night free benefit can save you lots of money on hotel stays, including Walt Disney World resorts.

And by booking two 4-night stays at different resorts, you’ll can get the 4th night free twice and essentially get 8 nights for the price of six.

We personally used this approach to save ~$1,165 on a split stay between Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Beach Club Resort.

Have you saved money using the Citi Prestige 4th night free perk at Disney?

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7 responses to “Use the Citi Prestige 4th Night Free at Disney to Save Big Money!

  1. Does the 4th night free and airfare credit take effect immediately or do you have to wait 3 months like you do for the sign up bonus?

    • The 4th night free credit is posting much quicker than it used to. Most recently, for a stay ending 3/27 my credit posted 4/3.

      As for the airfare credit, I booked on July 19 and my credit posted near the end of my cycle on August 20.

      • Thank for the answer but I don’t think I worded the question very well. I mean are the 4th night free and airfare credit benefits available to use as soon as you get the card? Or do they become available after you meet the minimum spending requirement?

        • Oh sorry, got it. Those benefits are available immediately regardless of when (or if) you meet the minimum spend.

  2. Wouldn’t it be easier just to book the 5th night in someone else’s name, such as a spouse? Then the 4th night and the 9th night hold he free.

  3. How can you saved $2,025 for two free nights. Are those room $1,000 each night?

    • Thanks for your comment. The language has been corrected. The $2,025 figure was the total saved the first day we had the card, which included $1,165 for the two 4th night credits (and an airfare credit, and a signup bonus for hitting the minimum spend).