(EXPIRED) Disney Plus subscription deal: Stack it while you still can

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Disney Plus, the streaming service Disney launched at just the right moment to capture a lot of traffic during the pandemic, is set to increase in price next week. A reader named Derek pointed out that both new and current subscribers may be able to lock in a great deal now by stacking a streaming bonus or the Platinum PayPal credit with the Wyndham Rewards portal for either a new subscription or a gift subscription that could be sent at a later date. (Update: Reader burktech points out in the comments that the non-gift subscription requires a Hulu / ESPN bundle. Therefore, a gift subscription to yourself is the way to go.)

How to stack for a deal on Disney Plus

The first thing to know is that Disney+ is too new for me to know for sure that the option for existing subscribers is going to work as we hope it does. More on that in a second.

For new subscribers, this is very straightforward:

Update: See the gift subscription information that follows as the new subscriber bundle above requires Hulu and ESP, whereas the gift subscription only requires Disney+ and it could be gifted to yourself.

While Wyndham Rewards may not be the most exciting currency out there, there is value in diversification. I needed a night near the start line of a road race a couple of years ago and the local Days Inn was going for $250 or 15K Wyndham points. I wasn’t excited with either option, but letting go of 15K Wyndham points was less painful that spending $250 on a Days Inn and less of a pain that staying farther out of town and having a hassle getting to the starting line.

For existing both new and subscribers, it might still be possible to lock in the current pricing with a gift subscription and an alternate email address. That’s because the Wyndham Rewards portal is also currently offering 5,000 Wyndham Rewards points for a Disney Plus gift subscription. Disney Plus will not allow a current subscriber to redeem a gift subscription, so you can’t stack this on to the end of your current subscription if you have one already (which will be a game-breaker for some).

However, if someone else in your household has not subscribed to Disney Plus, you may be able to gift a subscription to them. Interestingly, Disney will let you choose a future delivery date for the gift subscription.

There are several things I don’t know here:

  • I don’t know how far in the future you can set delivery. I stopped hitting the “next” button when I got to a 2030 delivery date.
  • I don’t know whether Disney will give you a full year subscription from that future starting date or whether they will simply give you $69.99 off of whatever the price is on that future date (the value that you pay today)
  • I don’t know whether the Gmail trick will work here. If you don’t know what I mean, you can Google it.

There would be obvious downsides to the gift subscription method. While I could imagine gifting a future subscription today to my wife and each of my sons to lock in the current price for a few years, we’d then lose any subscriber preferences / watch history which might be an issue for some. There is also the time cost of money — is it worth pre-paying 3 or 4 years now to lock in a $10 discount per year for a service that could change completely and be less desirable? Probably not. In fact, definitely not in my case. I might gift a year to a family member for when our current subscription is set to end since I could use up the $30 Platinum PayPal credit now and I’d consider the year very close to a wash with the value of the Wyndham points. I probably won’t go beyond that.

Whether you’re a new subscriber or you are ultimately able to take advantage of the Gift Subscription, this is a pretty good deal given the ability to stack the Wyndham points and PayPal credit (or still decent with a streaming bonus).

Note that Doctor of Credit also posted an Ibotta deal for “75% cash back”, but that’s capped at $17.50 back (Ibotta is misleading in advertising that as 75% back in my opinion). Unless you value Wyndham points at about a third of a penny per point, the Wyndham points are a better deal.

H/T: Reader Derek

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