Did you know you can use Chase points to buy Disney World tickets? Instead of using cash, you can use your hard earned Ultimate Rewards points to save money on your Disney vacation!
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Quick Hits: Using the Chase Sapphire Reserve to buy Disney World Tickets with Ultimate Rewards Points

The common school of thought posits that you can’t use miles and points to offset your Disney World vacation. The advice lots of big blogs defer to generally revolves around cards like the Barclays Arrival+ or Capital One Venture where you get one cent per point. But as I’ve written elsewhere, you can save money on Disney tickets and hotels if you buy Disney World tickets with Ultimate Rewards points using your Chase Sapphire Reserve. So how do you use Chase points to buy Disney World tickets?

Did you know you can use Chase points to buy Disney World tickets? Instead of using cash, you can use your hard earned Ultimate Rewards points to save money on your Disney vacation!

Huzzah! You can pay for your Disney tickets with points!

Before we start, the common retort I’d expect to hear at this point is “you could get so much more value using your Ultimate Rewards points for hotel rooms (Hyatt) or for first class flights (Korean, United, etc.)! You’re dumb for this!” I’m not going to get into it, but suffice it to say, use points in a way that will make you happy. If you want to redeem for 1.5 cents per point (if you have the Reserve) for flights, hotels, cars, or Disney World tickets, you just do you.

Now I’ve confirmed this works with Chase Sapphire Reserve (1.5 cpp), Ink Plus (1.25 cpp), Freedom (1 cpp). I sort of assume it will as well with the Chase Sapphire Preferred at a rate of 1.25 cents per point but I cannot confirm this as I ditched my Preferred years ago. If you have any experience please let me know!

Anyway, here’s how to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points to buy Disney World Tickets if you have Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Did you know you can use Chase points to buy Disney World tickets? Instead of using cash, you can use your hard earned Ultimate Rewards points to save money on your Disney vacation!
You don’t need to use cash to be off to Neverland!

1. Call 1-855-234-2542

This is the Chase Sapphire Reserve travel agency number. You’ll need your card with you to input the number.

If you are using Ink or Freedom the number is 1-866-951-6592.

2. Select option “2” – Cruise or Vacation Package

Normal business hours are Mon-Fri 9 AM -9 PM EST and Sat 9 AM – 5 PM EST.

3. Tell the agent you are interested in booking Disney World tickets

You may have to clarify you are interested in tickets only. The agent should also ask you whether you are interested in Disney World (Florida) or Disneyland (California), make sure you know where you want to go! You can book room packages as well if you’d like, though I won’t go into that here (see this post for some details on that).

4. Figure out which type of ticket you’d like and confirm price is where you want it to be

One quirk is that you cannot buy one day tickets – Disney wants you to just buy those at the gate. Other than that, you can buy pretty much any ticket you’d like. The base Magic Your Way tickets allow you to visit one park per day. Add a Park Hopper option and you can visit multiple parks in one day. You can also add the Park Hopper Plus option which allows you to visit the water parks.

For some reason, the prices Chase quoted were a little bit off from what I saw on Disney’s website. (Don’t forget, you should be comparing the price to ticket discounters who usually knock a few bucks off).

You’ll need to decide whether you value the points more or cash, but these days I like to redeem points first. If you can earn Ultimate Rewards at a cost of 1 cent each (not too difficult overall), then you’re effectively getting a 33% discount on park tickets. That’s tough to beat.

Anyway, here are the prices from Chase Travel compared with Disney and Undercover Tourist as of Feb 2018 (including tax):

Ticket Type Chase Travel price Chase Travel price in points (w/ CSR) Disney World price Undercover Tourist price
2-Day Magic Your Way $222 14,800 $211.94 $217.76
4-Day Magic Your Way $373 24,866 $372.75 $356.95
5-Day Magic Your Way $395 26,333 $394.05 $373.95
6-Day Magic Your Way $416 27,733 $415.35 $394.35

As you can see, Chase Travel prices are basically the same as Disney rack rates, but you can pay for them with points! Easy peasy.

Final Thoughts

While Citi’s travel concierge won’t sell you Disney World tickets outside of a package, you can use your Ultimate Rewards points to buy tickets with your hard earned points from the Chase Sapphire Reserve. So don’t let anyone tell you you can’t use points to offset costs on your Disney vacation (if you want to). If you have any experience with this, I’d love to hear it, let me know in the comments!

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Did you know you can use Chase points to buy Disney World tickets? Instead of using cash, you can use your hard earned Ultimate Rewards points to save money on your Disney vacation!

Joe
Just an average joe trying to fly his family for less
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19 thoughts on “Quick Hits: Using the Chase Sapphire Reserve to buy Disney World Tickets with Ultimate Rewards Points”

    1. I just called. For some reason cruise and vacation only sells Disney tickets, but the regular airfare agents sell other tickets (so option “1”). I asked about Universal Orlando and sea world, they only had universal. Same points uplift. If you like around yourself please let me know!

        1. Weird. I just called and they didn’t give me any issues. Will they not even quote a price? What kind of card do you have? I’d suggest calling back and say your friend literally just did it today. Email me if you need to

          1. I have the CSR. Spoke to 2 reps. No both times (1 spoke to supervisor), without hotel. I’ll call again, and say my friend was able to.

          2. Did they price it out or you didn’t even get to that point? Because I didn’t actually buy today just asked. Disney world?

          3. WDW. I didn’t even get prices. We have reservations at the Dolphin, so just canceled the call when we they wouldn’t price just tickets.

          4. To be clear I called three times and they never said no though I was disconnected twice (they were looking up prices)

          5. One should confirm that they are actually speak g to the cruises and tours department. This method does work. Excellent info.

  1. I did this for Universal Studios Orlando last year. Used the CSR to get 1.5x. Some would scoff at that redemption but I got tickets for 5 with UR points–nothing out of pocket!

  2. I just came back from a Disney trip. I paid for airfare, hotel and car completely with UR points. I called — more than once — to try and secure theme park tickets with UR points and was told consistently that they do not offer Disney theme park tickets. I ended up taking a reimbursement on another credit card, but I would have much preferred using my UR points since I get 1.5 with my CSR. Asked a couple of other people who have tried and had the same response. NO Disney theme park tickets available. Only a couple of Disney higher end hotels as standalones.

  3. Just bought 2 day base tickets using UR and they matched Disney’s price. I linked them to mde account. Easy peasy.

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