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In the grande finale of this year’s Daily Getaways, Expedia is offering +gold status and a $1,000 hotel coupon for $650. The offer is scheduled to go live tomorrow (Wednesday, April 22) at 1 pm ET. There are only 50 of these coupons available, so it won’t be easy to get your hands on, but I think there’s good value to be had here.
For starters, you’ll get Expedia +gold status for the remainder of 2015. Expedia+ Rewards isn’t as lucrative as your average hotel or airline loyalty program, but it does offer some decent benefits. Specifically, +gold members get a 30% bonus on points, as well as upgrades, spa treatments, or other amenities at over 1,400 +VIP Access hotels. I wouldn’t pay for +gold status, but it can be pretty lucrative if you use Expedia regularly.
The coupon is for a seemingly straightforward 35% off; however, there are several crucial restrictions:
- You must be an Expedia+ Rewards member to redeem your coupon
- Coupons can only be used to book a +VIP Access or Expedia Rate hotel.
- Coupons can only be used once. Any leftover value is void.
- Coupons can only be applied to one hotel room per booking.
In addition, coupon values only apply to the room rate, not to taxes and fees. Once a coupon is used, it can’t be refunded, and coupons can only be used on reservations paid for at the time of booking. The first restriction isn’t a problem; if you’re thinking about purchasing one of these coupons and you’re not already an Expedia+ Rewards member, just make sure you sign up before you buy.
The second and third restrictions are the most important ones. You can only use the coupon at select hotels. Granted, there are plenty of great properties on the list, but don’t mistakenly buy the coupon thinking you’ll be able to use it wherever you want. Since the coupon can only be redeemed once, you’ll need to use the full amount for one stay, so you can’t use it to hop from one city to another.
The best aspect of this deal is that you’ll book your hotel through Expedia, so you’ll be able to take advantage of whatever savings are available there on top of the $350 you’d save with the coupon. For example, Expedia is currently running a 35% off promotion at L’Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe in Paris. A long weekend in mid-May would cost you $338.27 per night before taxes, or $1014.81 for a three night stay. With the coupon, you’d end up paying about $665. Considering that the hotel normally costs $452 a night, you’d be saving roughly $692 between the Daily Getaways promo and the current Expedia discount (again, before taxes).
One other nice feature of this deal is that the coupon doesn’t expire, so you could consider buying speculatively for a future vacation. So long as you’re confident you’ll have a single hotel stay of close to $1,000 (or more) at one of the eligible properties, you should get good value out of this deal whenever you do redeem. On the other hand, the offer states that it may take up to ten days for the coupon to show up in your account, so take that into consideration if you’re making travel arrangements for the immediate future.
Which of the +VIP Access hotels would you most want to visit? Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.