Book an Orbitz Flight and Get a $100 Hotel Promo Code

From now through November 23, 2014, when you book a round-trip flight through Orbitz using Visa Checkout as your payment method, you’ll receive a promo code for a $100 discount on an Orbitz hotel stay completed between now and June 30, 2015. To participate in this promotion, you’ll have to sign up through Orbitz for Visa Checkout, an encrypted digital wallet service…

What Are The Best Sites To Book Hotel Rooms?

TPG reader Denise tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “When booking a hotel stay, is it  better to go directly through SPG, or should I book on a third party website like Orbitz or Expedia? Will I earn elite benefits if I book through a third party site?” Just like with airfare, there are plenty of options…

Hyatt 50% Off in China, Bonus Southwest Rapid Rewards & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Get a $50 Visa Gift Card For Holiday Inn Stays: If you stay three nights or more at a Holiday Inn Resort, you can get a $50 Visa Gift card via the Hold On To Summer promotion from IHG. You…

DOT Considers Cell Phone Ban, Orbitz Dining Rewards & More

Here’s a rundown of points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed this week: Department of Transportation Considers Ban on In-Flight Cell Calls: In response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s December 2013 proposal to overturn technical rules barring in-flight cellphone use (as well as a general public outcry about the potential annoyance of other passengers gabbing away for hours…

Online Travel Agency Loyalty Programs – the Basics

Lately, there have been quite a few changes in the world of online travel agencies (OTAs), including the launch of Expedia + Rewards, a new credit card from Orbitz, and the end of Chase Ultimate Rewards’ online shopping portal bonuses at a number of sites like Travelocity and Priceline. With all that in mind, I thought…

Maximizing Points and Miles on Summer Road Trips

Summer is in full swing, and that means Americans are on the move. According to surveys by both Orbitz and Trip Advisor, nearly 90% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year, hardly surprising given the Arctic conditions that had a death grip on much of the country this winter. Over 40% traveled…

Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall Drops Travelocity and More

Online shopping portals are a no-brainer. Never, ever shop online by directly going to a retailer (whether that be Neiman Marcus or American Airlines). Always go through a portal so you get extra miles or cash back. American Express shut their earning portal down last year, but luckily Chase has a pretty generous portal (Ultimaterewards.com…

Can I Earn Points For Booking Travel On Sites Like Orbitz While Also Earning Airline Miles?

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. TPG follower Asia Boca Raton asks: “@thepointsguy can I earn points for booking on Orbitz, Travelocity, etc through their programs while also earning airline mileage?” The quick answer is…

Thursday Giveaway: $1,000 in Orbucks + Free Flights and the Winners of 18,000 Avios

Last week Orbitz announced the launch of its new loyalty program, Orbitz Rewards creating a welcome addition to the travel-booking sphere that should help consumers earn even more value back on their travel spending. Members of Orbitz Rewards will earn “Orbucks” based on the kind of travel they purchase.  Flight bookings earn 1% of the…