How To Get Your Free Orlando Vacation
Did you know that the average American worker only uses about 50% of their vacation days each year? See most people don’t use all their vacation days because the cost of a family vacation can be outrageous! That’s probably why you’re here. I’ll show you how you can get your FREE Orlando Vacation!
Fortunately, I’ve got an easy way to drastically reduce, or even eliminate, the majority of the costs of a top notch family vacation to Orlando, Florida that your family will remember for years to come.
Here’s what the biggest vacation expenses are:
- Plane Tickets
- Car Rental
By the end of this article you’ll have a basic outline that you’ll be able to use that will show you exactly how you can drastically cut or eliminate most of those expenses.
How to get your Free Orlando Vacation
Use Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses
Most people just think of their credit cards as a simple way to pay for their everyday bills, but they are missing something. Credit card companies are competing with each other for YOUR business! Several of the top credit cards offer huge sign-up bonuses if you’ll sign up for their card. I’ll show you which cards offer you the best deals that will provide you with what you need to get your free Orlando vacation.
Chase Freedom and Chase Sapphire Preferred
Start off with the Chase Freedom card. It comes with a sign-up bonus of 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points. By itself, those points are only worth a measly $150, but when you also have the Chase Sapphire Preferred card you open up a whole other realm of possibilities. The Chase Sapphire Preferred comes with a 50,000 point sign-up bonus. If you have both cards, you’re able to transfer your points from the Freedom card to the Sapphire Preferred card. The Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of Chase’s top of the line cards and has one of the best rewards systems out their. You’re able to redeem those points for travel expenses directly through chase OR you can transfer your points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred to any one of the following 10 travel partners:
- British Airways Executive Club
- Korean Air SKYPASS
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards (my 2nd favorite)
- United MileagePlus
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Hyatt Gold Passport (my favorite)
- IHG Rewards Club
- Marriott Rewards
- The Ritz-Carlton Rewards
Transferring to travel partners to get a free Orlando Vacation
Transferring your points to these transfer partners is where the real value is at.
For example, with just the sign-up bonuses and the points you would have earned meeting the minimum spend requirements on those cards, you’ll have about 70,000 points.
You’d be able to transfer 35,000 points to Hyatt and get 7 nights absolutely FREE at the Hyatt Place in Orlando on Forbes Pl. You’ll get a free breakfast too!
You’d then be able to transfer 35,000 points to Southwest Airlines and on most days this summer, you’d be able to book 3 round trip tickets from Milwaukee to Orlando absolutely FREE! Obviously if you’re not in Orlando you’ll want to look on Southwest’s website to find out how many points you’d need per ticket to fly out of your city. If you select the ‘flexible dates’ calendar you’ll be able to plan your trip when it costs the least amount of points.
You can also look at the other transfer partner airlines websites in your city to see how many points it would be for you. I’m in Milwaukee and this will be the 2nd year in a row that we travel to Orlando for free and both times it’s been best using Southwest.
The savings on just the hotel and the plane tickets will be nearly $2000. You’re now well on your way to your FREE Orlando Vacation!
Barclay Arrival and the Capital One Venture
Saving money on entertainment will be a little trickier.
Both the Barclay Arrival and the Capital One Venture cards have a sign-up bonus of about $400 that you can use for travel expenses. There rewards system is a little bit different, and not as valuable, than that of Chase. You charge your travel expenses on their card and then you’re able to login to your account and you’re able to reduce the purchase price by the value of the points you have. So if you have $400 worth of points and make $400 in travel expenses, you wont have to pay for those expenses.
So how does that help with entertainment since entertainment wont post as a travel expense?
If you bought tickets to a theme park directly from the theme park it won’t post as a travel expense so you wouldn’t be able to redeem those purchases for your points. BUT, Expedia purchases will post as a travel expense. On Expedia you’re able to purchase tickets for most of the theme parks and different activities in Orlando. Often at a discount, those purchases will post as a travel expense. Because of that you’re able to redeem those purchases for your Barclay and Capital One Venture points. If you’re planning on Disney World be careful about getting discount tickets at most places online, most of them are fake! Instead only buy from authorized Disney resellers. My favorite is Undercover Tourist. They offer discounted tickets and they will also post as a travel expense on your credit card. They also have crowd calendars and lots of other extremely valuable Disney World advice for absolutely free.
Stay tuned for more, I’ll be continually updating this article with new ways to get your FREE Orlando vacation.
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