Hundreds Off the Top Five Universal Orlando Hotels – A Guide

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Today’s post was written by friends over at Points to Neverland, a blog about maximizing credit cards points of all types to gain otherwise expensive freebies during your vacation.  

Universal Orlando Hotel Discounts – A Guide

We love theme park vacations but can’t afford to go as often as we want. In order to cut the cost of our trips, we use points and rarely pay more than a few hundred dollars out of pocket. One of the best ways to save using points is on your hotel. We think these are the top five Universal Orlando hotel discounts, using points.

1) Hyatt Place Orlando / Universal

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A one-mile walk or free shuttle ride to Universal Orlando, the Hyatt Place Orlando / Universal is our top pick. This property wins on value alone. It’s a great combination of a crisp, clean, comfortable hotel at a really low price. It’s only 8,000 Hyatt points per night. These can be earned through either The Hyatt Card, which comes with a 40,000 point sign up bonus or through a Chase Ultimate Rewards Strategy.

For your 8,000 points, you get a King (or Two Double) with Sofa Bed. The rooms range from 375 to 450 square feet, which is quite large for a standard hotel room. You also get a free continental breakfast with hot options.

2) Loews Royal Pacific Resort

One of Universal’s hotels, the Loews Royal Pacific Resort ranks second on our list because of the extraordinary perks. You get Universal Express Unlimited passes for everyone in the room, both the day you check in and the day you check out. This perk is good at both theme parks (not Volcano Bay). It’s worth between $90 and $200 per person per day, depending on the season. This can easily be worth more than the cost of staying in the hotel.

Not only that, but you get early admission to the parks. When you combine early entry and Universal Express Unlimited, you’ll be able to experience the parks, even during some of the busiest seasons, without much time spent in lines.

The best way to stay at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort on points is with a flexible rewards program. Many programs allow you to redeem “miles” or points for travel. These include programs like Discover it Miles, Capital One Venture, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Barclaycard Arrival, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou among others. In these types of programs, your points will be used to cover the cost at the going rate of the hotel.

3) Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive

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This hotel ranks third on our list because of how shockingly cheap it is. You’ll pay 3,000 Starwood points per night on the weekend and 4,000 per night during the week. You can also transfer Marriott points (3:1 rate). In Marriott points you’ll pay 9,000 and 12,000 points respectively. This is unbelievably affordable.

The Starwood Card has a sign up bonus of 25,000 points and the Marriott Premier Card is offering up to 87,500 points. With either card, you could stay over a week at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive on the sign up bonus alone.

Why doesn’t this hotel rank higher? Although it’s a 3-star hotel just over a mile from Universal, it’s in need of a refurbishment. The rooms are spacious and clean, but the hotel feels older. We recommend this hotel when saving points is your number one priority.

4) Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando-Nearest to Univ Studios

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Get a one bedroom suite with a king sized bed, sofa bed, and full kitchen for 30,000 Hilton points per night. This is a great option for families who want a little more space and a chance to save money by eating in the room. Located just over a mile from Universal, Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando-Nearest to Univ Studios has a free shuttle and a really great free breakfast (something we love about all Homewood Suites).

5) Residence Inn Near Universal Orlando

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Opening February 2018, the new Residence Inn Near Universal Orlando is another great option for families. For 30,000 Marriott points per night, you’ll get a 539 square foot studio with two queen beds, a sofa bed, and full kitchen. Add a free breakfast and shuttle to the parks to boot. With Marriott, you get a 5th Night Free on points, so you’ll save some points on longer stays.

Honorable Mention

The perks at the Universal hotels outweigh the cost relative to other hotels in our opinion. If you have a flexible rewards system, and can use points to stay at any of their hotels, it’s worth it. We chose the Loews Royal Pacific Resort for this list, but could have easily included some other Universal hotels as well.

Also in the hunt were the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando and the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando International Drive North. Both consistently cost around 30,000 points per night and offer great value.

 

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32 thoughts on “Hundreds Off the Top Five Universal Orlando Hotels – A Guide

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    Such great info! We are planning on going to Universal this year, but we stay at Shades of Green because of the huge military discount we get there.

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    We went to Universal a few years back but these ideas for lodging are great savings ideas. If we go back we will try and consider these and try and save.

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    My husband and I are saving our points for this exact reason! I hope that in a few years we’ll be able to go and use the points to help us out! It’s such a great place to go and it makes it so much nicer not having to put all your money towards lodgings!

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    As someone who is on a budget, the idea of a using points to help me be able to go to Orlando would be I kid you not a dream come true. I have wanted to go to Universal and Disney ever since I was a kid and not much has changed as an adult!

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    My kids really want to go to Universal and these look like some pretty awesome hotel options. Will have to keep these in mind!

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      I have to head back there too, it’s been awhile for me and I love Harry Potter

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    It’s so much better to stay near the parks in case you need some rest in the middle of the day! I think these places are perfect for that and they’re all worth checking out.

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    Thanks for the information i will forward it to my friend who is planning to visit Orlando and Disney this year!

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    I definitely like staying close to the park so you can go back and forth. I am also totally hooked on the beds in the Hyatts.

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    I wish I had come across your blog post earlier, we were JUST in Orlando and this would have come in handy!

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    Such a great list of hotels. Great for people that haven’t been before and are looking for economical spots to stay that are close to the park.

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    This is so helpful! Airline tickets to Orlando are so cheap right now, it’s great to be able to save on both airfare and hotels and have a great vacation!

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    What an amazing list of Hotels and discounts. This is great that they are all listed in one place and makes travel planning to Florida SO much easier.

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    I have a number of neighbors planning a trip this year. I am going to share your post because I think it is really what these people want to do. Universal is the top spot on their list.

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    It’s been my dream to visit Universal Orlando, will definitely keep all these options in mind when i’m planning to visit!

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    WE have been wanting to do a Universal trip this year. I like getting a hotel even though we live pretty close too because I don’t feel like driving an hour ish after spending a day at a park!

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    Sounds like a great way to save some money. We have not planned a trip to Universal yet. I hope we can take the kids soon.

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    I love seeing options like these! I’m really hoping to go to Harry Potter World at Universal sooner rather than later, so I’ll definitely be keeping these tips in mind!

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    Our neighbors go yearly. They aren’t always looking for ways to save. I’m passing this along to them

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    I really want to take the kids to Orlando and to all the parks. These hotels look great and what a nice way to save some money.

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    I love Orlando, but I have never been to Universal Studios. Our kids are small so we stick to Magic Kingdom. I will definitely keep these tips in mind for our next vacation there.

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    oh my heck this looks like so much fun! I think I need an vacation!

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    These all look like excellent hotels! We were recently in Orlando for a week but just didn’t have the time to make it over to Universal. We definitely want to plan a week back so we can visit more!

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