Ok, so let’s dive right in. An important part of being able to enjoy Disney World is to get there. Of course, driving is the cheapest but for some that just isn’t reality. For others it’s a reality but they simply don’t want to do it. So I’m going to show you how to fly your family there for next to nothing. The secret is airline miles and you can get them for free by signing up for a credit card or two. My good friend Chuck, who happens to be a plumber Palatine, IL. residents love, used this strategy late last year and raved about it. Now if you can go in off-season, do it for numerous reasons: 1. It’s not so doggone hot, humid and uncomfortable. 2. Crowds are a lot less so you can see more and wait in long lines less. 3. Everything’s cheaper in off-season. My family and I just got back from Disney (It’s mid February, 2017). It was 75-80 degrees and sunny everyday and we never waited in line for over 30 minutes (and only that once per day). It was a great experience but it would have looked a lot different in July.
My favorite airlines for domestic travel is Southwest Airlines. You can find some great values, especially if you have a flexible schedule for travel. Let’s say, for example, your family of four lives in Chicago and wanted to go to Disney World in April. Check out this schedule:
It would cost you 47,012 southwest points and $44.80. Now you can go other times but since this is off peak the points required are lower. You can get the Southwest credit card which comes with 50,000 points. Sometimes it drops to 30,000 points so make sure you get the 50,000 point offer. As you can see with just one credit card signup you could take your family of 4 to Disney roundtrip while just paying $11/person in airlines taxes. If you need more points just sign up for more credit cards. Each person can get the premier card and the plus card (total of 100,000 points). If mom and dad each got one they could have 200,000 points to use for the family.
You can also use other airline miles such as Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines, Frontier Airlines and British Airways. My second favorite also offering fantastic value is British Airways. They calculate how many miles (they call them avios) they charge you by the distance you are flying. If Southwest doesn’t work for you for some reason, check out British Airways. You can get 50,000 avios (British Airways miles) by signing up for their credit card.
For a wealth of information about travel, my favorite website is the travel channel. Check it out here.