Some people will want to be on-site, others will like the value of Lake Buena Vista.
Or maybe the best solution is to split your stay at both hotels.
So even if things look significantly more expensive, it’s mostly due to the conversion rate.
First, you’ll choose between two main hotel options: one that costs very few points, and one that’s more “expensive” in terms of how many points are required.
As a general rule, if you have Starpoints, you should go ahead and book your room before Aug 1, 2018 if possible.
If not, don’t worry, you’ll still be able to use this plan for free rooms under the new program.
Then, you can book four nights with points, and take advantage of Marriott’s “fifth night free” promotion. If you want something more luxurious, the Swan and Dolphin are currently Starwood Category 5 properties, which means that they cost 12,000 points per night in the off-season and 16,000 per night during peak season.
After August 1, they will be exclusively booked through Marriott.
So 10,000 Starpoints will become 30,000 Marriott points.They will each cost 50,000 Marriott points per night and be category 6 properties.Here’s the thing, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer.Since we pay these cards off every month, this didn’t cost us anything at all.We are both CPAs, so being financially responsible is essential to us and we thoroughly researched this before getting started.If you each open this card and fulfill all the requirements as stated above you will now have at least 108,000 points and you have two main redemption options for your flights to Orlando: Southwest has no blackout dates and the award tickets are based on how much the flights cost, so this was the choice we made.We know many people who booked through the portal for simplicity and convenience, as it couldn’t be easier to book that way.Nothing beats a free room, and we’re going to show you exactly how to get free lodging with points.But one disclaimer up front…the points programs mentioned here are in flux because of the Marriott/Starwood merger. So, this guide references both how things are now (before Aug 1), and how things will be later (after Aug 1).You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to your Marriott account.One great trick is to transfer just enough points to give you 100,000 Marriott points.