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In the past, Expedia.com customers had to turn their points into a coupon to apply them to a hotel booking. But Expedia.com has announced today that Expedia+ rewards members now can redeem earned points directly toward hotel stays.
Expedia+ membership is free and automatically gives you +blue status, followed by +silver status after $5,000 in eligible bookings or 7 qualifying hotel room nights, and +gold status after $10,000 in eligible bookings or 15 qualifying hotel room nights.
When customers arrive at the checkout page, they’ll see qualifying points that can be applied directly to their transaction. Because there’s no limit to the number of points you can use on a given transaction, you could wind up getting your stay for free. And there are no blackout dates!
David Doctorow, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for Expedia.com, hinted that additional redemption options may be coming soon: “Today customers can ‘stay with points,’ and we look forward to expanding this capability so they can ‘fly with points,’ ‘go on excursions with points,’ and a range of other options in the future.”
Expedia+ rewards benefits remain valid when traveling with points, so travelers can still earn double the value for their points when redeemed at +VIP Access hotels.
Expedia+ Rewards members must have at least 3,500 points in their account before points will be applied to the transaction. Points are earned as follows:
- 2 points for every $1 spent on hotels, hotel packages, cars, activities, and cruises
- 1 point for every $5 spent on flights
- 1 point for every $1 spent on Flight + Car packages
If you want to get a jump start on your Expedia+ points, you can earn 15,000 Expedia+bonus points after $1,000 in purchases within three months of account opening with the Expedia+ Card from Citi.