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I’ve never been to Universal Studios Orlando and have only been to Universal Studios Hollywood once as a kid many decades ago. In contrast, I’ve been lucky enough to make it to Disney World a decent number of times. So, while I consider myself fairly knowledgeable on most things Disney, it is fair to say that I am a Universal newbie. However, I am the mom of a Harry Potter-loving second grader who is the perfect candidate for a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
Since we are going to Orlando this summer, I’ve been studying up on Universal Orlando as much as possible, and I’ve learned one very key lesson very quickly. Universal Studios is very expensive, even more expensive than Disney World if you can believe it. Not only is it expensive, but during peak seasons you need to pay up even more than a base ticket price to avoid wasting a huge chunk of the day in lines.
You can do this by paying for Express Passes, a VIP tour, or by staying at one of the higher end onsite properties such as the Loews Royal Pacific hotel that conveys unlimited express pass access which otherwise would cost a family hundreds of dollars. I honestly have no clue which of those paths we are taking for our summer trip, but with a pretty impatient husband, Florida’s July heat, and a two-year-old in our group, you can guarantee we will be taking some pathway towards shorter lines.
Earn Tons of Bonus Points at Universal Orlando With New Amex Offer
Today an Amex Offer appeared that may offer the best possible solution outside of losing my mind and splurging on the Universal Orlando VIP package coming up in the Daily Getaways sale. The Amex Offer available in my account provides 10,000 bonus Membership Reward points for $500+ spent on a Universal Orlando Resort package. The package must include a minimum of hotel accommodations and theme park tickets and it can include additional items such as photo packages, dining plans, VIP experiences, shows, and event tickets as long as it also includes hotel and theme park tickets.
I value 10,000 Membership Reward points between $150 – $200 when redeemed with their Membership Rewards partners, so that is a very decent return on a $500 purchase. However, let’s be real. A Universal Orlando theme park package for a family of four can very, very easily cost way more than $500. In fact, the one I am looking at will cost right at $1,000. Ouch.
The plus side of that extremely ridiculous total is that they seem to allow you to split the charge between up to four different credit cards. If you load the Amex Offer to two different Amex cards and split a $1,000 package between the cards, then you should be able to earn 20,000 Membership Reward points on your $1,000 expense. That may be about as good as it gets for peak summer travel to visit Mr. Potter.
The offer is valid until July 7, 2018, so you will want to be sure the charge has been made by that date. Also note that the terms of the Amex Offer indicate the charge must be made in a single purchase, so not a cumulative total of a deposit and then final charge.
As an added perk of paying for the vacation package with your American Express Card, you should also be eligible for admission to the American Express Lounge in Universal Studios Florida if you select a Multi-Park ticket or Annual Pass. I’m all ears if anyone has Universal Orlando money and time-saving tips to go along with this pretty stellar Amex Offer!
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