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Use credit card points and cashback

Most people are familiar with its use Rewards points for travel elements like flights and hotels, but there are a few things Kerr suggests when it comes to Disney travel.

First, you might be able to use credit card points to buy park tickets, adding that you generally don’t want to buy them directly through Disney.

“Credit cards allow you to redeem points for a travel purchase. But Disney ticket purchases aren’t coded as trips, so you have to buy on the Undercover Tourist supply page,” he says. Tickets are also available through some online travel agencies such as Expedia. “Then you can use points that are typical [worth] a cent each to cover the cost of a Disney ticket.”

Cards that allow you to redeem in this manner and effectively “erase” your recent ticket purchases include the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card and the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card. Just be aware that these third-party websites sometimes charge slightly higher prices than if you buy tickets directly from Disney. For example, there is a 5% processing fee when purchasing tickets through Expedia.

Meanwhile, those with Citi cards, such as For example, Citi Premier redeem their points for Disney tickets by calling Citi’s third party travel agent, Connexions Travel.

Kerr also suggests using Marriott Bonvoy points to book rooms at the Swan, Dolphin, or Swan Reserve, which qualify as deluxe resorts on Disney properties and get early access to Lightning Lanes, extended park hours, and free transportation to and from from the hotel offer parks and to Disney Springs so you may not need to rent a car for additional savings.

“It’s the best place to be on property, get early access, and pay points for your hotel instead of crazy cash prices,” says Kerr.

Kerr’s tip for maximizing Marriott points: open a credit card with a welcome bonus. “There are several different Marriott cards, so my wife gets a card with a very large sign-up bonus and I get another card with a sign-up bonus. Then, with Marriott, you can combine up to 55,000 points per year between spouses.”

Here is a brief summary of the current Marriott credit card welcome offers:

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Eat cheaper

Dining is a big part of the Disney World experience — experts agree the biggest money-saving tip is to skip sit-down restaurants and go to quick-serve counters instead.

Skamarakas recommends the Japan Pavilion in EPCOT, while duBois recommends that in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Satu’li Canteen — “They have a bao fun burger that kids just go crazy for” — and Flame Tree Barbecue, where entrees range from $11 to $16.

You can also order cheaper adult-only kids’ meals at any Disney fast food restaurant, duBois says, which are kid-sized but suitable for an adult who isn’t too hungry. They cost around $6-$7 including an appetizer, a side, and a drink. “I’ve never had one [Disney worker] say, ‘Where’s the kid?’” she says.

Note that restaurants in the parks are also coded as restaurants. So make sure you use a credit card that rewards you and allows you to earn points for these types of expenses.

Another trick? Use pre-purchased Disney gift cards to pay for groceries and more – retailers like Target and BJs are selling them at 5% off.

For even bigger discounts on gift cards, Kerr recommends keeping an eye on Facebook groups like Disney Hacks, Disney Park Magic, and Ways to Save for Disney, which often have other invaluable tips to help you save money on your next Disney World trip .

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