Expedia.com said that U.S. members of its Expedia Rewards program earned more than 4 billion rewards points. Members of the program earn points on hotels, flights, resorts, vacation packages and other activities that they book on Expedia.com. Expedia said that 3.7 million travelers signed up for the program. One member of the program earned more than 940,000 points.
The program awards members up to two Expedia Rewards points per dollar spent on flights, hotels, activities and vacation packages that include a hotel. Points are maximized when hotels and flights are booked together as a package. The program is designed to complement rather than compete with airline rewards programs.
Expedia Rewards members who are part of an airline or eligible credit card loyalty program can continue to earn frequent flyer and credit card program points when they book through Expedia while at the same time earning Expedia Rewards points. And members are not limited to one hotel brand loyalty program. Expedia Rewards allows members to redeem points for coupons at more than 70,000 Expedia Special Rate hotels. Members can also vacation anywhere at any time, because Expedia Rewards have no blackout dates or capacity restrictions.
The Expedia Elite Plus program gives members exclusive perks at certain hotels. To qualify for that program, travelers need to stay 15 hotel nights or complete $10,000 worth of travel via Expedia in a calendar year. Once the traveler reaches either threshold they are automatically enrolled. Elite Plus travel benefits include free room upgrades, priority customer care and much more.