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Expedia Launches Expedia+ Rewards

by on July 10, 2014 · 13 comments

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Expedia has had a rewards program for a few years now, where members can earn up to 2 points per dollar on flights, hotels, activities and vacation packages. These points can then be redeemed for travel with no blackout dates, or can be used to bid on special redemption offers.

The original Expedia Rewards program earning model.

The original Expedia Rewards program earning model. Now you can also earn points on cruise bookings.

This week Expedia announced that they have enhanced their rewards program and created the new Expedia+ Rewards. The new program includes tiered memberships levels (+blue, +silver, and +gold), and even more opportunities to earn and redeem points. Current Expedia Rewards members will keep their points and history intact, and will be able to track their progress toward elite status on their Expedia+ rewards page.

Similar to how members earned points in the past, with Expedia+ Rewards you’ll earn 2 points for every $1 spent when booking hotels, activities and packages, and 1 point for every $5 spent on flights. An added benefit is that customers can now also earn 2 points per $1 spent on cruise bookings with most major cruise lines. Members can still redeem points on travel (including flights and hotels), exclusive local experiences (for a limited time only) and charity redemptions.

Here are the new membership tier levels and what they include:

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As an Expedia+ member you’ll receive the Expedia Hotel Price Guarantee that ensures extended price match up until midnight before check-in, access to member exclusive offers, and (through December 31, 2014) double value on +VIP Access hotel coupons. When you enroll in the free program, you’ll automatically be entered into the +blue level.

+silver status will be earned after booking 7 qualifying nights or spending $5,000 annually, and includes 10% bonus points on point eligible purchases, 250 extra points when booking one of more than 1,400 +VIP Access hotels, and exclusive amenities at over 700 +VIP Access hotels. Amenities vary by hotel and could include a bottle of wine, an upgrade, or a spa treatment voucher. Finally, members at the Expedia+ silver level will receive priority service from a dedicated group of customer service agents.

The highest tier, +gold will be earned after booking 15 qualifying nights or spending $10,000 annually. This tier is the same as the old Expedia Elite Plus; members get 30% bonus points on top of base earnings, receive all of the perks that +silver members get, and get room upgrades whenever available at more than 1,400 +VIP Access hotels worldwide. 

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Personally, I’m tempted to start booking flights through Expedia more often, because not only do you earn Expedia+ Rewards points, but also you get points on whatever credit card you use for the purchase, the shopping portal you click through to get to Expedia.com (like Chase Ultimate Rewards, which gives you an extra point per dollar spent), and through Expedia’s Business Rewards program that is exclusively for Chase Ink Plus, Bold or Cash cardholders. I never like to leave points on the table, so this is a great way to quadruple dip!

Hotel loyalty programs tend to be more fickle about offering points for stays booked on third party sites, so you’ll have to compare the extra points you’d earn on Expedia to the points you sacrifice by not booking on the hotel website. For airfare, however, you may as well take advantage of the extra rewards so long as the price on Expedia is lower (or equal).

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  • tigermark82

    How much are these points worth? $0.01 per point?

  • dd

    I have the AA executive Citi card but I’m wondering if I book a flight through expedia using my AA number using my CSP will i still get the the perks of the AA card or would you even get the perks if you used your AA card thru expedia? If so, seems to be a better option than booking directly with an airline

  • Redpanda

    Won’t it still be more valuable to book hotels through the CSP portal as it offers 3-5 (currently 5) extra UR points per dollar, so the total can come up to 7 points per dollar while double dipping with hotels.com rewards? I could see using expedia for flights as a good option as it’s only 1 extra point on The CSP portal

  • Douglas Levin

    The perks of the Executive Citi card are linked to your frequent flyer account. I’ve booked through an OTA with a separate credit card and still received the checked bags and Admirals club benefits.

  • dd

    Thank you! Better way to maximize points!

  • matt

    This vs orbucks please?

  • Justin

    We’re also NPP members and get an additional 5 percent off hotels if we book through Expedia but I’ve never even thought to use them just due to using points and miles directly with the vendors. Might be worth exploring Expedia now especially with Ink.

  • http://everything-everywhere.com Gary Arndt

    I tend to always book on Hotels.com. How does this compare? I honestly think getting every 10th night free is simpler and better than a points system.

  • Eugene

    For Orbitz Rewards, the 5% back using app is nice, but then you lose the chance of shopping portal double dip (e.g., 5% from ShopDiscover if you pay with a Discover credit card) booking on their website. Am I right? Only if this shopping portal thing also works on mobile device …

  • thepointsguy

    Agree that hotels.com is simple and valuable. 10% back is hard to beat! Make sure you book through a portal too- if you’ve got a Chase Ultimate Rewards card you can get an additional 5(!) Chase points per dollar spent

  • CS

    Expedia points are garbage.

  • Ken

    It used to be 1 point per dollar on flights, then it turned into 1 point per $2. Now 1 point per $5. They keep devaluing this program and it’s only a couple years old. It’s just a mild bonus to book through expedia if you have a CC rewards portal that gives you bonus points for booking there as you can earn the CC points +bonus, airline miles, and Expedia points.

  • Kyle

    For hotel stays, often times you can find a room for half of the public on-going price at hotwire/priceline. So, credit card bonus and reimbursed biz trips aside, almost none of the hotel rewards programs (possibly including this expedia program) are worth doing (i.e. paying out of pocket to accumulate points) cuz they are NEVER going to reward you with ~50% of what you pay.

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