Expedia Rewards Review
This is the 5 second Expedia Rewards Review! Basically you earn Expedia Rewards Points for all of your flights, hotels, packages and activities.
- Ability to use the program for other people (i.e. their bookings)
- Wide range and variety of properties/flights/activities available to book
- No blackout dates on redemptions.
- Ability to earn points on flights is potentially a big bonus
- Extra benefits at VIP hotels – especially for Silver and Gold members
Earning Expedia Rewards Points
Earning Expedia Rewards at the following rates for the following types of bookings for Singapore and Malaysia:
- Singapore – 1.33 Points per $S1 for hotel, package and activities.
- Singapore – 0.13 Points per $S1 for flights
- Malaysia – 0.4 Points per RM hotel, package and activities.
- Malaysia – 0.04 Points per RM on flights
Points will post into your account 30 days after you’ve completed your travel for all bookings unless you pay at the hotel (35 days)
Note that Insurance, Car Hire and Cruises are exclusions to earning Expedia Rewards Points. You can find out more details about earning Expedia Rewards Points here:
Spending Expedia Rewards
Expedia Rewards can be redeemed in vouchers or as part payment towards hotels at the following rates:
- Standard hotels; flight + hotel packages = 0.7 cents or 2.2 Sen
- +VIP Access hotels = 1.4 cents or 4.23 Sen
You’ll note that for +VIP hotels the value is doubled – you can see these when booking as they’ll have a +VIP symbol. You can also find the full list via these links:
Expedia Rewards Status Levels and Benefits
Expedia Rewards has three status levels – Member, Silver and Gold. You can see the following table for the benefits:
The main differences being on the Points earning – Silver and Gold members get an additional 10% and 30% respectively. They’ll also receive 250 Bonus Points (or $S1.78/5.38RM worth of value) at VIP hotels as well as other benefits including free gifts and room upgrades for Gold members.
Status with Hotels and Airlines on Expedia Bookings
As with Hotels.com any status you have with the hotel chains won’t usually be honored when booking through Expedia (although some do). In addition any Expedia bookings at hotels won’t allow you to collect your usual hotel points with that chain either.
However for flight bookings your status will always be honored when booking through Expedia. As Expedia prices usually match those available through the airlines it might be worth booking through Expedia in order to get some extra back on your flights.
Maximising Expedia Rewards
As with the Hotels.com Rewards Program which I reviewed last week there are some ways that you can start to maximise your earnings:
- Book trips for others – whether business or leisure you can book for others and earn Expedia Rewards – but note that you can’t pool or transfer points so you have to do this at booking.
- Flight bookings will earn the usual status and frequent flyer points when booked through Expedia – my only word of warning would be to check the fare class on offer as you might end up with a discounted rate
- As with Hotels.com Expedia offers a wide range of properties so its a good idea to use the program where you can’t find one of your usual hotel chains.
- Triple Dip your points earning on flights, with Expedia and on your Credit Card