I’m heading back to Disney World for the first time since 1999 and I was looking at staying at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, managed by Starwood as Westin & Sheraton properties. The hotels are great in that you get all the benefits of staying in a Disney Resort, including the extra hours benefit and Disney transportation, but you earn SPG points as well. There’s even a boat directly from the hotel to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. While looking under the special rates section of the hotel’s website I noted the following:
Now, I’m used to SPG50 rates usually being ridiculous due to the rack requirement, but I decided to call SPG and price out the hotel using the code and hoping for some Disney magic. Well, Mickey and his pals would not be happy with this discount, $199 plus 1000 SPG points per night for my selected dates and a resort fee of $14 per night. This is compared to the best available rate of $189, the AAA rate of $177.65, or the pre-paid rate of $179. Once again, the SPG50 rate proves worthless. I think I’ll be keeping my points! Anyone know of any other offers for these properties? I did note a teacher and nurse discount offer:
PS – I am very excited to re-explore Epcot now that I’ve actually visited 65 other countries!!