For those looking to stay at the Walt Disney Swan or Dolphin, Starwood Hotels (which is who owns the Swan and the Dolphin) is offering a great deal for those who are Starwood Preferred Guests!
According to their website, right now, members of the program who buy 5000+ Starpoints now through March 16, 2018, will be able to purchase them for 35% off the regular price.
One of our readers, Phil C. alerted us to this and showcased how he saved money for his trip in June. According to him, for his trip in June (June 9-16), the price of the Dolphin is $1892.70, including all taxes and resort fees. To use points, it would cost 50,000 points, but if you use this perk and take advantage of the 35% off, 50,000 points only ends up costing $1137.50. When you add in the resort fee of $189 (which still must be paid if you’re using points), the total out of pocket cost is only $1326.50. For his trip in June, he’s saving $566.20 by purchasing the Starpoints.
Phil mentioned though that the huge savings could be for those looking to stay at the Walt Disney World Resort over a busy time period when hotel prices skyrocket….like around the holidays. Say we test the Dolphin with the dates of December 22-29. The cost would be $3170.33 total if paying out of pocket. Currently, to stay at the resort during this time frame, it’s still only 50,000 points. This means when factoring everything in, you could save a whipping $1843.83! (If you’re looking to stay at the Swan, it actually costs 60,000 points, so add an additional $227.50, which makes the cost to stay over the holidays $1365 with points.
Of course, keep in mind that you will have a few additional costs added with staying at the Swan or the Dolphin. You’ll need to either use a ride sharing service or rent a car. Oh and if you rent a car, you’ll need to pay for parking, which is $28 a day. One thing is for certain though. With this deal, staying “on property” at the Walt Disney World Resort just got a little bit more economical, if you can take advantage of it.