My Orlando Hotel Booking Dilemma – Share Your Thoughts
My family has an upcoming Disney trip in a few weeks and I am having a hotel booking dilemma for the final night of the trip. Originally I was going to book us at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport for 12K Hyatt points. We had stayed there before and enjoyed the roof top pool plus it would be convenient for our early morning flight. All of that changed when my wife got that massive upgrade offer for the Aspire card. I decided I wanted to use her $250 resort credit for that final night.
Choosing A Hotel
In order to use the Aspire $250 resort credit you must book a hotel on the Hilton Resorts list. This limits your options some but there are quite a few Orlando based hotels on the list. I do not currently have any travel planned over the next year that involves a Hilton resort so I want to use it just to be safe. A perk is only worth something if you can use it so better to be safe than sorry in my opinion.
I went through each hotel on the list and checked for vacancies and the cash price. My plan was to find a hotel that came in at under $200 a night. That would leave us a little bit of money for food and drinks.
After checking all of the hotels it came down to the Hilton Orlando or Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. I am leaning towards Hilton Orlando since it looks to be 15 minutes closer to the airport and it seems to offer a little more variety for the kids. If you have stayed at either of these, or both, and have a recommendation let me know.
Even though I figured out which hotel we are going to stay at I am still running into a booking issue. The cash rate after including taxes and fees is $270. That would use the entire credit and nothing would be left over for food and drinks. I am not sure which way to lean at this point.
Here are my current options for the booking:
Pay Cash For The Room
This would use the entire $250 resort credit and would leave me with an out of pocket cost of $20. I would have to pay out of pocket for food and drinks though. The cash stay would earn points which would net me around 10,000 Hilton points with Hilton’s current promo, Diamond status, and the Aspire card.
Use Points for the Room and $250 on Food and Drinks
The points rate is 50K per night. That is a return of .54 cents per point which is an above average redemption rate. I could also look at this as me trading in 50,000 Hilton Honors points for 12,000 Hyatt points which is valuing Hyatt points at 1.8 cents each. That is about what people value Hyatt points at. So overall this is a pretty good redemption.
I am not sure we could use the full $250 in one night on food and beverage. We could always use the rest of it on another stay. I do prefer to use things in one shot and move on otherwise things can slip through the cracks.
Use A Free Night Certificate
This is another option since we recently earned a free night from the American Express Ascend card. But it is not something I am seriously considering because I would like to use it at a higher tier property that will save me more than 50K in points. My wife will also get a second free night from the Aspire card which could make for a luxurious weekend getaway.
You could say I am stuck at a crossroads. If it were for 2 or more nights then I would almost certainly book the room with points and eat and drink for free over the course of the trip. I wish it would have been around $175 for the stay so we could have done both.
You guys know how much I love truly free travel and booking the night on points would allow us to do that. But the stay would really end up costing me 60,000 Hilton points since I would leave the 10K I could have earned for the paid stay on the table. Although technically I would earn those back by charging $250 in food and beverage to my room. Arrrgghhh it is never easy is it?
That is why I am asking for your help. Let me know which way you think I should go and why in the comments section.