Podcast #16 Points & Pixie Dust: Using Points and Miles To A Dream Disney Vacation


Dust off your mouse ears and get ready for a Family Trip to Disney! Hey, it’s Alex and Jess here, your favorite travel moms! (Just kidding, Pam! We miss you! Pam is out traveling the world, so it’s just us two today.)

In this show we’re going to share some tips on how you can turn your dream trip to Disneyland into reality without breaking the bank. We’ll be covering how to save on flights, hotels, and park tickets, all with the help of points and miles. Plus, our own tips and tricks we have picked up after a few Disney trips! So, let’s dive right in!

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First things first, let’s talk about flights. We both prefer to fly Southwest, and our favorite airport to fly into is John Wayne, which is around 20-30 minutes away from Disneyland. It’s smaller and easier to navigate than LAX. (Which is a nightmare we try to avoid at all costs) Another good option if you can’t find direct flights to John Wayne is Long Beach, another smaller airport that’s easy to navigate.

One of the biggest differences between Disney World and Disneyland is that Disneyland has a ton of hotel options within walking distance, making it much easier to redeem points and miles. It’s also a great place to use your free night certificates from co-branded hotel credit cards like Hyatt, Marriott, or IHG.

We both had great experiences using our free night certificates at the Hyatt Place, which is perfect for families, as it can accommodate more than four people. It also offers a complimentary breakfast and is just a short walk from Disneyland. Other hotel options we’ve tried and loved include the Courtyard by Marriott and the Hilton Garden Inn, both of which are also within walking distance of the park.

As for park tickets, it’s not always easy to find discounts, but it’s definitely possible. In this show we share our #1 website which often has discounted park tickets! Additionally, keep an eye out for promotions from Disneyland and credit card rewards programs, as they may offer discounted or even free tickets from time to time.

Disneyland is a fantastic destination for a family vacation, and with the help of points and miles, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We hope our tips help you save money on your next trip to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Don’t forget to share your own tips and experiences in the comments below. Until next time, happy travels! If you wanna learn more about how to travel nearly free with your family, register for our free masterclass via the link below!


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Episode Minute By Minute:

  • 1:17 Unpopular Opinion: We like Disneyland over Disney World

  • 4:12 Our tips for options for flying to Disneyland

  • 7:12 The best hotel options for Disneyland

  • 8:45 Alex’s favorite part about staying Hyatt Disney

  • 14:38 Deals that still blow our minds

  • 24:17 The best ways to go about getting your park tickets

  • 26:14 Tips on how to earn Disney points quick

  • 30:00 Budgeting tips for your next Disney trip

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