Orbitz, which is merely a skin of Expedia nowadays, also has a Price Guarantee program that promises to match the lower price and throw in a $50 in Orbucks (Orbitz’ own loyalty program currency that can be used towards prepaid hotels).
There are several different rules depending if you are price matching hotel (must be 48 hours before scheduled check in), hotel and air package (must be within 48 hours of making the purchase) or in the case of a pure flight ticket purchase (within 24 hours). I have used the Orbitz guarantee a number of times for flights and it generally works as intended.
You can access Orbitz here.
I needed to book a flight last week from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro for this past Tuesday. There are several airlines operating these flights and I couldn’t really care less whether I would be on Latam, Gol or Azul.
So, I decided to purchase this Azul flight that was pricing at $49.13 on Orbitz.
And just 3 cents less on Travelocity which is also merely a skin of Expedia.
Filed the Best Price Guarantee form on the website.
After submitting the form, there was a note that someone would look at the claim within 48 hours.
Also received a confirmation by email.
Ten hours later, received a message that the claim had been deemed valid.
Things to note:
1. It is easiest to match various Expedia owned websites against each other (Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity & Cheaptickets)
2. Make sure that the flights and prices are both clearly shown on the screenshot that you include with the submission
3. Orbitz credits a maximum of 3 Best Price Guarantee $50 Orbucks to your account per calendar month. These are credited after the flights are flown. Be careful that you don’t exceed this.
I prefer the Orbitz and Cheaptickets Best Price Guarantee programs over Expedia’s and Travelocity’s because they deposit the award to your loyalty balance rather than issue a coupon like the latter two do.
Considering the number of flights that I purchase every year, it is easy to earn several hundreds of dollars in these guarantees and later use them towards hotel bookings where there are no chain hotels or independent hotels are better service, location, property or price wise.