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2 Cards = 5 Nights + 2 Air Tickets To Disney World!

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I wrote about Starwood hotel’s “Nights and Flights” awards, but wanted to show how a couple can get just 1 card each and use it for flights and a stay at the Walt Disney Dolphin or Walt Disney Swan hotel in Disney World!

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You Can See Mickey At Disney World Using Points!

Nights & Flights

Through September 3, 2013, you get an extra 5,000 points per card (compared to the normal offer of 25,000 points) with the Starwood 30,000 point personal and 30,000 point business card after spending $5,000 within 6 months.

Nights & Flights is a great redemption for long category 3 and 4 hotel stays.

5 free hotel nights AND 50,000 airline miles will cost you:

This may seem like a lot of Starwood points, but remember that you will get 35,000 Starwood points (30,000 from the sign-up bonus and 5,000 for the minimum spending) with either the personal or business Starwood card once you complete the minimum spending requirements.

Don’t forget that you can transfer Starwood points for free (as long as you share the same address), so your partner could apply for 1 card and you could apply for 1 card and you’d have 70,000 Starwood points!

How To Book

You have to book Nights & Flights awards on the phone because they can’t be booked online.

Just call Starwood hotels at 888-625-4988 and tell them that you want to book a “Nights & Flights” award.  They will book the hotel portion of your trip for 5 nights and transfer 50,000 miles to your selected airline.

You then have to use miles from your airline account to book your flights to get to DisneyWorld.

Starwood Nights And Flights

Link:  Nights & Flights

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Use 60,000 or 70,000 Starpoints For 5 Nights + Airfare For 2

Starwood has two hotels inside the Disney park –  the Walt Disney World Dolphin and the Walt Disney World Swan.

The Walt Disney World Dolphin and the Walt Disney World Swan are Category 4 hotels, so you can redeem 70,000 Starwood points for 5 nights AND get 50,000 airline miles.

50,000 American Airlines or US Air miles will get you 2 coach round-trip tickets within the US. The 50,000 air miles are deposited into your airline account and you can use them however you want.  Here’s a post on how to book awards within the US on American Airlines. 

Note that you can get another 50,000 miles with the Citi American Airlines card or 35,000 US Air miles with the Barclays US Air card, so just 3 cards should be enough for more than 2 people to fly tDisney World and stay there for 5 nights!

Flights

It costs $771 for 2 coach round-trip tickets from Kansas City to Orlando.  If you use the Nights and Flights option, you will get 50,000 miles deposited into your airline account.  And you use miles from your airline account to book your flights.

It costs 25,000 miles for a low-level round-trip award within the US.  It might be hard to find flights to Orlando during peak travel periods, so be flexible and plan ahead.

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$771 For 2 Coach Air Tickets to Orlando

Starwood Disney Hotels

The Walt Disney World Dolphin and Walt Disney World Swan are onsite hotels at Disney World which means that you save time when you visit.

Plus you get a few additional benefits such as:

1.  Walt Disney World Dolphin

Link:   Walt Disney World Dolphin

The Walt Disney World Dolphin is the larger of the two Starwood hotels on Disney with 27 floors and ~ 1,500 rooms.

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Use Your Starwood Points to Stay at the Walt Disney World Dolphin

You could stay 5 nights at the Walt Disney World Dolphin and would pay ~$252 a night or $1,261 for 5 nights including taxes.

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5 Nights At the Dolphin in Disney World Costs $1,261

The total retail cost of flights for 2 and 5 nights at the Dolphin in Disney World costs $2,032 ($771 for 2 coach tickets to Orlando + $1,261 for 5 Nights at the Dolphin Hotel).

Or you can use Nights and Flights and pay 70,000 Starwood points.

If you’re driving to Disney, you can just book the hotel on points for 10,000 points a night.  Don’t forget that you will get the 5th night free if you book a 4 night stay on points, so 5 nights will cost 40,000 points.

Dolphin Pros:

  • Has a view of the park
  • Can walk to Epcot
  • Can take boat to Epcot
  • Shuttle bus to Disney
  • Left corner rooms with large balconies for best views of the fireworks (East side)
  • Larger (so more rooms = better chances of free upgrades for Starwood Platinum elite members)

Dolphin Cons:

Check out this FlyerTalk thread for more details on the Dolphin in Disney World.

2.  Walt Disney World Swan

Link: Walt Disney World Swan

The Walt Disney World Swan hotel is the smaller of the two Starwood hotels with only 12 floors and ~ 750 rooms.

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Use Your Starwood Points to Stay at the Walt Disney World Swan

5 nights at the Walt Disney World Dolphin would cost ~$275 a night or $1,374 for 5 nights including taxes.

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5 Nights At the Swan in Disney World Costs $1,374

The total retail cost of flights for 2 and 5 nights at the Swan in Disney World costs $2,145 ($771 for 2 coach tickets to Orlando + $1,374 for 5 Nights at the Dolphin Hotel)

Or you can use Nights and Flights and pay 70,000 Starwood points.

If you’re driving to Disney, you can just book the hotel on points for 10,000 points a night.  Don’t forget that you will get the 5th night free if you book a 4 night stay on points.

Swan Pros:

  • Suites are nicer
  • Grand Suites have 1 King and 2 Queens

Swan Cons:

  • $17 resort fee
  • Smaller (less rooms = less chances of Platinum upgrades)
  • No upgrades during conventions
  • Buffet isn’t the best
  • Poor views

Check out this FlyerTalk thread for more details on the Swan in Disney World.

Bottom Line

Some folks don’t like signing-up for lots of credit cards, but just 2 cards can get you and your partner enough points for 2 flights to Disney World and 5 nights at the Swan or Dolphin hotel in Disney World!

Don’t forget that you can transfer Starwood hotel points for free to anyone who shares the same address with you.

If you’ve stayed at the Disney Swan or Dolphin, please comment with your experience!  Any tips for other readers?

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Daraius, I just wanted to thank you for going out of your way to put together scenarios like this. I was aware of the 30,000 point bonus, but never thought about using it at Disney. I also wasn’t aware of nights and flights. My family is now making plans for two exciting vacations and you have 4 commissions coming your way. Keep up the great work!

Inaccurate to advise that upgrade opportunities at the Swan are lower since the number of total rooms is lower at this property. Upgrade opportunities at both properties are about equal since the percentage of upgradeable rooms as a % to total inventory is about the same at each hotel. Neither location offers a better (or worse) shot at an upgrade.

We applied for and received our Starwood card before the 30K deal. Too bad we missed it. I cannot imagine us both getting Starwood cards.

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Thanks to everyone for the first-hand Disney tips!

@David – You sure can! You don’t have to use the miles transferred to your account to get to Disney and can use them however you want. You end up paying 30K points for 5 nights at Disney hotels.

Bit of a Disney World nerd here. I can clarify some things in some of the comments:

@Chris: You are correct you cannot get the dining plan. However, do the math. The dining plan is not that great of a deal…especially if you don’t have kids between the ages of 3 and 9.

@Jacki: I believe parking at the parks is free if you stay at the Swan or Dolphin. However, there is a fee for parking at the hotel. I don’t think a car is necessary anyway. You can take a cab to the resort from the hotel and get around on Disney transportation while on Disney property.

@Lisa: You need a reservation at a Disney hotel to be able to take Magical Express to and from the airport. If you wanted to extend your stay and didn’t mind hotel hopping, you could bookend your Swan or Dolphin stay with a stay at one of Disney’s value resorts and get the free airport transportation.

Seems to me you’d just take the Disney Express from the airport to one of the participating hotels, then on-property transport to your hotel. “Does the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin provide transportation to Disney attractions? Yes, Walt Disney World provides complimentary, scheduled transportation From the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort.”

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