Last updated: 1/2/17
Six (ALMOST) Free Disney Hotel Nights in Orlando for a Family of Six
In this article, I’m going to show you the ridiculously easy, completely legit way that my husband and I were able to get SIX NIGHTS at one of Orlando’s best hotels, Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek.
This is a hotel that is ranked 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor… and six nights would regularly cost you approximately $2000.
Today I’m going to show you how to get SIX NIGHTS…
For just $150!
First…About This Hotel…
A few things you should know. This hotel:
By following my steps, I estimate you will save approximately $2000.
Here’s the Secret that Makes This Possible
The method I used is a well-kept secret within the travel community. I’m sure I’m not the first to use it, but I had to discover it on my own.
The Secret to Get Free Hotel Nights is to Sign Up for One Credit Card
The key here is to apply for one particular credit card – the Wyndham Rewards Visa Signature card.
The FREE travel bonuses that come with this card that make this deal possible. And it’s one of the best deals in all of travel.
As you read on, I will tell you:
I’m Working Off These Assumptions
For my recommendation of how to get six nights free in Orlando to work, I am assuming the following:
Two Adults in Family
There are two adults in your family with good credit scores (probably you and your significant other)
Spend $2000 in 3 Months
Both adults can spend $2000 in 3 months on everyday stuff (groceries, cable, utilities, etc) on a credit card — without going into debt
Six People or Less
The maximum number of people in a room is six
Note: Even if there is only ONE adult, this recommendation will still work to get you three free hotel nights in Orlando. Either way, you’ll save a lot of money.
How To Get (Basically) Free Disneyworld Hotel Nights
Step 1: Apply for Wyndham Rewards Visa Signature
Why this credit card?
The Wyndham Rewards Visa Signature currently has a very lucrative sign-up bonus that will help you get free Wyndham hotel points fast. You will be able to redeem Wyndham points for free hotel stays at their properties.
What is the reward?
The card has a signup bonus of 30,000 Wyndham points when you make your first purchase.
Then, when you spend $2000 on the card within the first 3 months of account opening, you will receive another 15,000 Wyndham points.
This will total to 45,000 Wyndham points when you get these things done.
What this reward will get you
15,000 Wyndham points is worth a free night at any Wyndham property, anywhere, anytime.
Your 45,000 Wyndham points will be worth 3 free nights!
Notice I keep saying “almost” free? This is why.
This card has an annual fee of $75, but I feel it is totally worth the savings you’ll enjoy. The average room rate at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is $250 or more per night!
Step 2: Spend $2000 in 3 Months
The minimum spending requirement to receive the Wyndham points being offered as the signup bonus is $2000 in the first three months after applying for the card.
You’re probably already using a credit card, debit card, check or cash to pay for groceries, Netflix, restaurants, and the water bill. To get to $2000, simply put your everyday spending on this new credit card.
Important: I DO NOT encourage going into debt or spending outside your normal pattern.
Step 3: Book 3 Free Nights with Your Reward
After you complete your minimum spending requirements, you simply need to wait 2-4 weeks for your points to post to your Wyndham account.
Once they have posted, you can redeem them for free hotel nights. It is all done online fairly easily through Wyndham’s system, but here are more details from Wyndham’s site if you need them.
Wait…That’s Only 3 Nights!
Here’s How to Get Six Nights Free
To get six free nights, simply have your spouse/significant other apply for the same card at the same time. Genius!
As he/she follows the same steps above, you’ll BOTH receive the 45,000 points, enabling you to reserve 3 nights each, for a TOTAL OF SIX.
If, between the two of you, you can manage a $4000 spend in 3 months (without going into debt), then apply at the same time. Or, simply have one of you complete the minimum spend and then have the other apply for the card and repeat the process.
Book your rooms on separate accounts, with the dates spanning six nights in a row. Then call the hotel and tell them you’d like to stay in the same room. In my experience, they will accommodate you if they can, so you won’t have to move rooms in the middle of your stay.
The Hotel: Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
Wyndham points can be used on any Wyndham property.
Wyndham brands include Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Tryp, Howard Johnson, Travelodge and Wyndham Grand.
Why the Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek?
This particular hotel has huge beautiful rooms, big enough for a family of six.
It is a high-rated luxury resort.
It is minutes from the Walt Disney World parks.
It has a free shuttle service that can save you money on parking at Disney.
AND the onsite amenities are modern and fun for families.
Regular Price: $250-300 per Night
Nightly rates of the Wyndham Orlando Bonnet Creek vary depending on season, so I took a sampling of some rates:
For 2 Queen Beds + Twin Size Bunk Bed in October, the rate is regularly $255 per night.
For the same room in April, the rate is over $300 per night.
Rooms Types: Big Rooms
Rooms are large enough for a family of six. Anyone with a large family knows this is extremely rare.
The hotel has several options for a family of six. Each of these room types require the same 15,000 points (if they’re available).
- 2 Queen Beds and Twin Size Bunk Bed
- 2 Queen Beds in Bedroom and Murphy Bed or Sleeper Sofa
- Grand Presidential Suite, 2 Rooms, 1 King Bed And 2 Queen Beds, Kitchen, Balcony (limited availability)
My Video Review: a Full Walk-through of the Hotel
Don’t Take My Word For It … Read the Reviews
You don’t need to take my word for it.
There are plenty of other people talking about the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek.
Check the travel sites below and you’ll discover a lot of people saying good things in their Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek reviews.
|SITE||# OF REVIEWS||RATING|
|TripAdvisor||4600||4.5 out of 5|
|Expedia||1200||4.4 out of 5|
|Booking.com||2100||8.6 out of 10|
|Hotels.com||1700||4.4 out of 5|
So Close to the Parks
You want to get to the parks quick every day, right?
The proximity of the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek to all of Orlando’s Disney properties makes it a very convenient location.
Take a look at how close it is to the Disney Parks. The hotel is the purple star:
Distances to Disney Attractions:
- Typhoon Lagoon: 2.3 miles, 5 minutes (map / directions)
- Disney Springs: 2.5 miles, 8 minutes (map / directions)
- Blizzard Beach: 3.9 miles, 10 minutes (map / directions)
- Epcot: 4.4 miles, 9 minutes (map / directions)
- Animal Kingdom: 5.3 miles, 11 minutes (map / directions)
- Magic Kingdom: 5.3 miles, 12 minutes (map / directions)
- Hollywood Studios: 8.5 miles, 15 minutes (map / directions)
Distances to Other Attractions:
- SeaWorld Orlando: 8.3 miles, 15 minutes (map / directions)
- Universal Studios: 11.8 miles, 21 minutes (map / directions)
- Islands of Adventure: 12.6 miles, 28 minutes (map / directions)
- Orlando International Airport: 21.5 miles, 28 minutes (map / directions)
- LegoLand Florida: 36.6 miles, 47 minutes (map / directions)
- Kennedy Space Center: 60.3 miles, 1 hour 2 minutes (map / directions)
You’ll Save $127.80 in Resort Fees
Normally, the Resort Service Fee for Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek is $20 per room + $1.30 tax per day.
This covers Disney transportation, health club access, Internet access, complimentary in room local telephone calls, and access to additional Bonnet Creek Resort amenities.
The best part? They waive the resort fee when you use Wyndham points to book your room.
So for a stay of six days, you just saved another $127.80!
Wyndham Grand Orlando Bonnet Creek understands that catering to families is where the money is, especially when you’re located just miles from the Walt Disney World parks.
They have a gym, mini golf, video arcade and spa.
The highlight for the kids, however, are the pools:
- Outdoor swimming pools
- Outdoor hot tubs
- Lazy river
- Water slides
- A pirate ship
- Splash zones
So, there’s your secret method for getting a great, basically free Disney hotel for your family in Orlando.
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Bonus Tip: Save on Rental Car & Parking
Instead of getting a rental car for the week, use the Wyndham Grand’s shuttles and save even more money.
Take the Shuttle & Save $100
Use hotel shuttle for five days & save $20 per day parking.
The cost to park a car at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme parks is $20 per day.
Wyndham Grand’s Free Shuttle
The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the Disney parks that can save you both the cost a rental car and the daily parking fees.
Note: There is a per person charge to take the shuttle to other further-out destinations like Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Orlando Premium Outlets. My guess, however, is that you’ll save greatly by getting yourself an Uber or Lyft.
And if you’ve never tried Lyft, you can use this link to get a free $50 in ride credits. If you have two adults in your party that haven’t used Lyft before, create separate accounts and install the app separately and you can both enjoy the Lyft credits. Use one on the way to Universal and one on the way back. More saving!
And about that parking…
To park your own car, the resort will charge $20 + $1.30 tax per day. Valet is $24 per day.
With No Car to Park, You’ll Save $127.80!
No car for six days means no $21.30 daily fee for parking. Bam!