Disney to Replace Buses With World’s Busiest Aerial Gondola System — Use Miles to Fly There for Free
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Exciting news for Disney World fans! According to Orlando Weekly, Disney World is less than two months from completing its new Skyliner transit system – expected to be one of the busiest aerial gondola systems in the world.
The Skyliner will connect 6,700 hotel rooms with two theme parks and help alleviate Disney World’s overloaded bus system. It’s expected to have a similar schedule to the existing Monorail that starts running 30 minutes prior to park opening and stops an hour after park closing.
What does this news mean for you? It could be a great reason to plan a trip to Disney World and its ever-popular parks, including Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.
If this phase of the project is successful, it’s expected that they’ll extend the Skyliner to connect the Wide World of Sports, All-Star resorts, and possibly Blizzard Beach, Animal Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom Lodge. And like nearly all other transit in the park, the Skyliner will be free of charge for guests.
Want to plan a trip to Disney World? Don’t forget, the best credit cards for Disney aren’t the official Disney cards. Our top picks are the:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card – Earn 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening the account.
- Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card – Earn 50,000 Capital One Venture miles (worth $500 in travel) after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months.
That’s because both of these cards earn flexible rewards points. So, for example, you could use 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book up to four free nights at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress (one of the BEST Disney hotels) starting at 15,000 points a night. You could also transfer your Ultimate Rewards to several airlines for award flights to Orlando. Or use the Chase Travel Portal to book flights, hotels, and car rentals.
Or you could use the welcome bonus from the Capital One Venture card to “erase” the cost of expenses like the theme park tickets themselves, hotels, or airfare. Capital One Venture miles are worth 1 cent each and you can use your miles for nearly any travel purchase. To redeem your miles for travel, just buy travel like you normally would with your card. Then, you have 90 days to sign in to your online account, find the travel purchase, and “erase” it with your miles.
Regardless of how you use the rewards you earn with either of these cards, you’ll most certainly be able to offset a portion of the cost of your trip. For more tips to saving at theme parks, be sure to check out our guide to discount amusement park tickets.
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