Travel How Capital One just made it much easier to earn and use miles on Disney trips
How to use points to buy Disney tickets
Editor’s note: This guide has been updated with the latest information. A Disney family vacation is almost as classic of an American pastime as baseball games and July Fourth fireworks. It’s an escape from reality and can be a fun dose of magic and happiness. But along with all that joy and anticipation can come …A Disney family vacation is almost as classic of an American pastime as baseball games and July Fourth fireworks. It’s an escape from reality and can be a fun dose of magic and happiness. But along with all that joy and anticipation can come sticker shock at the cost of a Disney vacation. Disney can be done on a budget, but it’s never going to be inexpensive.
It’s no secret I love Disney., , it doesn’t really matter – I love it all.
My wallet, however, isn’t always as thrilled with my vacation choices. Disney is a lot of things, butto categorize the experience. While there are ways to , the options are a bit more limited than other types of travel.
However, Capital One may have just changed the game a bit.
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Officialand are available in the relaunched . This means two things: You can either book directly and use your Capital One miles for the charges or you can now earn up to 10 miles per dollar on your Disney hotel bookings with the .
Here’s what you need to know.
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Redeem Capital One miles for Disney hotels
With Disney hotels available in the, you can now easily use your Capital One miles at 1 cent per mile towards these bookings.
For example, a $1,160 (including tax) two-night stay at the(with its insane pool complex and waterslide) will cost you 116,000 Capital One miles.
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Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. After many years of building a solid portfolio of fixed-value and cash-back credit cards, Capital One took a big step forward by adding airline and hotel transfer partners to its popular lineup of cards under the Venture and Spark brands. Although this was big …After many years of building a solid portfolio of fixed-value and cash-back credit cards, Capital One took a big step forward by adding airline and hotel transfer partners to its popular lineup of cards under the Venture and Spark brands.
In comparing pricing and availability directly with Disney’s website I found that while this was often similar, it wasn’t always identical – so make sure to compare pricing and room types.
The good news is that while it’s really cool you can use your Capital One miles in this way, this really isn’t the biggest news. That’s because you can always use them at the same redemption rate to simply wipe away whatever travel charge from your statement you want. That means you can still book your Disney hotels with a, directly with Disney or however else you want, and then .
What I think is the bigger news is actually on the earning side.
Earn up to 10 miles per dollar on Disney hotel bookings
With the brand-new Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, you can earn up to 10 miles per dollar on hotels booked through the Capital One travel site.
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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. As you drive under the gateway that welcomes you to Walt Disney World, you pass under a sign that reads “Walt Disney World — The Most Magical Place on Earth.” And when you stay in one of the resort’s more than two dozen on-site hotels, …As you drive under the gateway that welcomes you to Walt Disney World, you pass under a sign that reads “Walt Disney World — The Most Magical Place on Earth.” And when you stay in one of the resort’s more than two dozen on-site hotels, that magic spills over into your time outside of Disney World’s theme parks, as well.
Say you want to book that same two-night stay at the Yacht Club. It may cost you a painful $1,160, but at 10 miles per dollar with the Venture X card you are also picking up 11,600 Capital One miles in the process.
Official application link: Capital One Venture X with 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $10,000 on purchases in the first six months from account opening, plus up to $200 in statement credits for vacation rental purchases (e.g., Airbnb and Vrbo) charged to the card in the first cardholder year.
If those miles are maximized with Capital One’s transfer partners, TPG values them at 1.85 cents each, which means you just picked up a nice $214 in rewards on that booking. That’s 18.5% back in rewards if you value these rewards similar to TPG.
The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card also pays out a bonus in the Capital One travel site to the tune of 5 miles per dollar, which is still a 9.25% back in rewards – not bad at all for Disney bookings.
How long do Capital One miles transfers take?
Editor’s note: This guide is regularly refreshed with updated information. In 2018, Capital One announced big changes to its rewards program by offering cardholders the option to transfer their miles to airline and hotel partners. This announcement had the positive effect of catapulting TPG’s valuations for Capital One Rewards miles from 1 cent to 1.4 …In 2018, Capital One announced big changes to its rewards program by offering cardholders the option to transfer their miles to airline and hotel partners. This announcement had the positive effect of catapulting TPG’s valuations for Capital One Rewards miles from 1 cent to 1.
But wait, there’s more
Last but not least, the new Venture X comes with up to– though that comes with a catch.
The catch is that it can only be used via the Capital One travel portal. If you are booking a Hyatt or Marriott sort of hotel, that stipulation can be a bummer, since booking via a third party (i.e. the portal) will negate the guarantee of earning points or getting status perks since you didn’t book direct.
However, if you are a Disney fan, there’s really no downside to using that $300 in credit to offset a Disney hotel booking (such as one in the just-redone) since there were no points or status nights to be earned with Disney anyway.
It’s an extra challenge to get a great deal with points or miles for a Disney vacation, but Capital One is making it pretty easy to not only redeem miles for a Disney stay, but also now earn up to 10 miles per dollar on your Disney resort hotel booking. That’s an unmatched return that can turn one Disney vacation into a running head start on the next.
Feature photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.
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Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.
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