As you saw earlier I booked our family trip to Walt Disney World WDW for October. I have been saving for this trip since September through garage sales, couponing, etc. First of all I can’t believe how much stuff I have in my house. It seems to have only gotten worse since we had Row. Through my organizing adventures I have purged and sold and saved.
Disney is not cheap….but it’s worth it. There are many ways you can save money when booking your WDW trip. Let’s start with airfare.
I first heard about this tactic from my cousin Mariah. I did a bit of research and the skeptic in me was on board.
Southwest Airlines goes to Orlando. They also have a credit card that earns you miles with purchases. Every now and again they run a special where if you sign up for the card and spend $3,000 in three months you will earn 50,000 points. Now I don’t get reimbursed or paid for this post-so you know I actually used it!
These points can be redeemed for flights. Like I said I’m a skeptic. There is a $100 annual fee. However, if the flights are covered it’s worth it. So we got a card and my mother got a card and we basically paid all of our bills using the card and racked up all the bonus points in a month.
Now we got these cards way before I could even book my flight for WDW so I held my breath.
You can generally book flights 6 months in advance. I logged into the site and easily got our two tickets. I paid the fees which were $11 a piece-wahoo-oh and they don’t charge baggage fees on Southwest-oh and you get two checked bags per person!
Then I jumped back on the computer and booked Grandma and Row’s tickets on our flight. Since Southwest does not have assigned seating it was awesome.
We all got our tickets for a whopping $44 total. One round trip flight was just under 25,ooo points.
Well that just saved us a bunch of money! I do recommend watching their site and when they run the 50,000 bonus points sign on promotion to sign up then. Each adult in your family can get a separate card if needed.
Stayed tuned for more booking Disney tips and tricks! I’m so excited!