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$40 Off Expedia Hotel Booking of $75 or More

by on March 30, 2011 · 15 comments

in Expedia, Hotel Industry

Several readers have emailed me about this deal and after vetting it, it seems like a pretty good buy.

Basically, you can purchase a $75 Expedia hotel voucher for $35.

Key considerations:
1) You probably won’t earn points/stays on reservations booked through this program (though $40 in savings should outweigh the value of any points you would have earned)
2) It looks like they will email you the voucher within 24 hours, so if you need to use it ASAP, you may have to wait
3) You can only use one voucher per stay and it looks like most hotels will have a two night minimum
4) Voucher expires March 30, 2012
5) No blackout dates

Still have questions?

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  • R

    Do you have to book on TheHotelCard.com? That’s what it looks like… I tried a few dates in various places, and couldn’t find any availability on the site. It might just require you to enter your certificate number before it starts listing availability.

    Also, from the FAQ you linked to, it looks like it requires a two-night minimum stay per card:

    Q: Is there a minimum night stay?
    A: Cards with denominations under $75 can require a two night stay, and most cards $75 and higher require a minimum two night stay. To see your specific minimum nights, click on the My Account link, and enter in your email, login, and card number.

  • Mia

    From the website:

    Q: Is there a minimum night stay?
    A: Cards with denominations under $75 can require a two night stay, and most cards $75 and higher require a minimum two night stay. To see your specific minimum nights, click on the My Account link, and enter in your email, login, and card number.

    I’m wondering if this will apply to this deal…

  • Jim

    The FAQs (linked to above) state that “most cards $75 and higher require a minimum two night stay”. Can you confirm that one voucher per night can be used with the $75 card being offered? The specific minimum nights for this card can be checked once you receive it as you need the actual card number to check it, but the cards will not be emailed out until “within 24 hours after the deal closes” making this moot. Thanks.

  • Arun

    The hotelcard.com site only works for US hotels

  • The Points Guy

    Arun- not true- I was able to pull up Copenhagen hotels.

    All others- I edited the post to notate the 2 night minimum.

    Overall, this deal is just so-so. I’m tempted to pull it, but I do think some people can get value from it.

  • mark

    I didn’t see the two night minimum. This really reduces the value of the deal for me. $40 off a two night stay (with no elite benefits) = yawn.

  • mark

    A big THANK YOU to the folks that pointed out the two night minimum. I would have purchased the card and missed that big nugget.

  • Jon

    You can pull up hotels internationally if you are using Internet Explorer. The site seems to have trouble if you are using Google Chrome.

  • Plinko

    @Mark – HUH?! You’d still get elite benefits – you just wouldn’t earn points. For a $70/night rate, this would yield a $40 savings ($100 instead of $140). Would you really pay $40 more for the 2,000 points you might have earned otherwise? Probably not. Not a superb deal, but a deal.

  • Mark

    I thought if you booked via a third party, Starwood wouldn’t give you elite benefits. I can check on this…

  • Mark

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/8923051-post6.html

    Starwood Lurker: “As far as the Asia Pacific properties are concerned, any reservation booked through a third-party site is ineligible. Elsewhere, if you book the RACK, COR, SET, or BAR rates through Travelocity or Expedia, then it may be eligible, but unless there is a place to enter your SPG number, you may have to go through some hoops to get stay/night credit or in-hotel benefits. If it is a pre-paid rate at any third-party web site, then it is just plain ineligible.”

  • Plinko

    @Mark -

    Of course, Starwood is just one – not the only – hotel chain. Marriott, Hilton, and many others honor elite perks when you stay, regardless of how you booked.

    Relative to Starwood: In my experience, that’s simply not true regarding Starwood benefits. Starwood Lurker mentions both stay/night credit OR in-hotel benefits. Any time I’ve booked via a third-party site, my points don’t post but I still get everything else. YMMV.

  • Moibm

    I was wondering, the deal is listed for New York, but couldn’t it be used to get a hotel room anywhere in US via Expedia? or does it have to be New York?

  • The Points Guy

    You can use these at non-US properties but there were browser issues so try using explorer. No longer impressed with this deal- double check it’ll save you money before purchasing

  • The Points Guy

    FYI it looks like these coupons were indeed eligible for 1 night stays. Ugh- I hate sloppily worded T&Cs!

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