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Disney tickets are EXPENSIVE. Basically armed robbery. But people still go and people still pay the exorbitant prices. But what if I told you there was a way to use credit card rewards to pay for your Disney tickets? More specifically, the CapitalOne VentureOneCapitalOne Venture and/or Barclay’s Arrival Plus credit cards are great for this because they allow you to “erase” travel charges.

Here’s how I do it

When you make a purchase and swipe your credit card, the merchant classifies the purchase into a specific category. For example, if you use your card to buy a flight on American Airlines, the airline codes the purchase as travel.

Why do I bring this up?

I bring this up because, unfortunately, you can’t take one of these three cards and buy Disney tickets direct from the source because Disney classifies ticket purchases as entertainment and not travel. Thus, you won’t be able to use your miles to wipe away the charges.

But don’t fret, there’s a way around this…

Undercover Tourist is a very reputable website that sells vacation packages to most of the top theme parks, shows, etc. Luckily for us, they sell Disney Tickets and they code these tickets as travel.

All you have to do is go to Undercover Tourist and buy tickets using your CapitalOne Venture or VentureOne card or your Barclay’s Arrival Plus card and you’ll be able to apply those bonus miles directly to your purchase.

Say you have a family of two adults and two children. If you book a 9-day park hopper pass to Disney World through Undercover Tourist, your price comes out to $2,046.26…

Now say you open up both the CapitalOne Venture and CapitalOne VentureOne card and earn 70,000 miles. This equates to $700 in travel. You can apply this $700 directly to that $2,046 and bring your cost down significantly!

Another option

If Undercover Tourist isn’t your thing, you may be able to purchase Disney tickets from your hotel concierge. This won’t work for everyone, but recently I stayed at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Palace in Orlando and the hotel concierge codes Disney tickets as travel charges.

Are you planning a trip to Disney any time soon? 

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