Orbitz Introduces Orbitz Rewards + Launch Promotions

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Orbitz has launched Orbitz Rewards to reward those that book travel on Orbitz’s website at orbitz.com or via their mobile apps. You earn Orbucks (valued at $1) for bookings that you can redeem instantaneously on subsequent orders.

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Orbitz had a number of launch offers for $10 Orbucks for your first flight booking, extra rewards for flights, hotel discounts and $25 bag fee credit. If you join the Orbitz Rewards using this link, you will also receive a $25 coupon for your first hotel purchase of $100 or more.

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You can become Star member after booking 4 nights with Orbitz and Super Star after 12 nights. You will get more Orbucks if you find a lower price elsewhere and some other hotel related benefits.

The best price guarantee looks overly generous . It wouldn’t surprise me if they change the terms and conditions of this program very soon.

Reward Structure:

– 3% on hotels + additional 2% when booked using iOS or Android apps

You will earn a percentage of the amount paid to Orbitz for Your Eligible Hotel booking, excluding taxes and fees. You will not earn Orbucks on any charges collected directly by the hotel, i.e., Resort fees, room service

– 1% on flights

You will earn a percentage of the cost of Your flight booking, excluding taxes and fees up to $5,000 ($50 in Orbucks) annually per member. You will only earn Orbucks on the amount paid.

– 1% on packages

You will earn a percentage of the cost of Your Package booking, collected by Orbitz for Your entire Package booking. You can earn for the price difference due to an exchange. For example: member adds a room night to the reservation, so they earn an additional amount in Orbucks. You will not earn for any fees associated with a post-purchase update to the itinerary (change, cancel, etc.). Also, You will not earn Orbucks on any additional charges collected by the hotel i.e., Resort fees, room service. You will earn a percentage of the cost of Your Hotel booking.

Launch Offers

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Save an extra 15% off our best hotel deals

Save 15% instantly on tens of thousands of hotels worldwide when you book by November 22, 2013 and travel by March 31, 2014 with promo code REWARDME. Vacationing over the holidays? No problem! This extra member perk has no blackout dates. Plus, you can stack your savings–only members earn and redeem rewards on top of special promo code savings too.

Enter promo code: REWARDME

15% Promotion Code Terms & Conditions

Book a qualifying hotel between October 19, 2013 12:01AM CST and November 22, 2013 11:59PM CST, for 1 or more nights for travel between October 19, 2013 and March 31, 2014, via Orbitz and instantly receive 15% off through the use of the promotion code. Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per booking. Discount may not be used toward the booking of a vacation package. Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non-transferable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. Most major chains are excluded, to find participating hotels look for the “PROMO CODE ELIGIBLE” message.

Fly right with an extra $10 in rewards on your first flight

Turn your current vacation into yet another vacation: Orbitz Rewards members now instantly earn an extra $10 in Orbucks on your first flight. As always, any rewards earned can immediately be redeemed on tens of thousands of hotels. Just roam, redeem and repeat! Book now through November 22, 2013, to earn an extra $10 in promotional Orbucks, which give you a month to book and a year to travel.

$10 in Orbucks on your first air booking Terms & Conditions

Eligible to all Orbitz Rewards members with stand-alone flight bookings (or flight bookings made in the flight path with car add-on or hotel add-on), made on Orbitz.com between October 17, 2013 12:01AM CST and November 22, 2013 11:59PM CST. Orbitz will issue you $10 in Promotional Orbucks when you book your first eligible flight booking made as a member of Orbitz Rewards (logged in to your Orbitz Rewards account at time of booking).  Valid one per member only during this promotional period.  These Promotional Orbucks will expire if not redeemed within 30 days of issuance. Offer is non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash. Maximum value $10 in Orbucks. $10 in Promotional Orbucks will be deposited in your Orbitz Rewards account within approximately 5 business days from the time of booking.  Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. See Orbitz Rewards Terms and Conditions for additional applicable terms and conditions on Orbitz Rewards.

Flight rewards that are twice as nice

What’s better than rewards? Twice the rewards! Now, Orbitz Rewards members can earn an additional 1% on flights booked on select carriers (2% instead of 1% in Orbucks—or 3% when you book on our mobile apps!). Spin the globe and point your finger—participating airlines have the world covered, with airberlin, Qatar Airways, Alaska Airlines, Asiana Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and LAN Airlines all offering an extra 1% in rewards on flights. Book now through November 22, 2013 (book Alaska Airlines through October 31, 2013).

Eligible to all Orbitz Rewards members with stand-alone flight bookings (or flight bookings made in the flight path with car add-on or hotel add-on), made on Orbitz.com between October 17, 2013 12:01AM CST and November 22, 2013 11:59PM CST, where the validating carrier is airberlin, Qatar Airways, Asiana Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, or LAN Airline, or made on Orbitz.com between October 17, 2013 12:01AM CST and October 31, 2013 11:59PM CST, where the validating carrier is Alaska Airlines..  Eligible flights can be identified by the “2X Orbucks” in the search results of each eligible flight option.

Orbitz will issue an extra 1 percent amount earned in Orbucks for each eligible flight booking made as a member of Orbitz Rewards (logged in to your Orbitz Rewards account at time of booking). If you have already hit the annual air cap on earn, you will not earn the base 1% but you will earn the Bonus Orbucks.  These Orbucks will expire if not redeemed within 12 months of issuance. Offer is non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash.  The Bonus Orbucks will be deposited in your Orbitz Rewards account within approximately 5 business days from the time of booking.  Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. See Orbitz Rewards Terms and Conditions for additional applicable terms and conditions on Orbitz Rewards.

Zap your first bag fee

Would you rather spend your vacation money on bag fees, or put it towards a hotel room with a fantastic beachfront view? Yeah, that’s what we thought. To celebrate the launch of the amazing new Orbitz Rewards program, we’re going to zap that bag fee, and turn it into Orbucks that can be used on tens of thousands of hotels. How’s that for some Instant Vacation Gratification? Send your bag-fee receipt by December 3, 2013, to zap that bag fee into promotional Orbucks, which give you a month to book and a year to travel.

Eligible to all Orbitz Rewards Members with stand-alone air bookings made on Orbitz.com on or after October 17, 2013 12:01AM CST. Orbitz will issue you Orbucks for the first checked bag fee by depositing $25 in Promotional Orbucks into your Member account upon successful validation of a claim. You can submit your claim by downloading the Orbitz app, logging in to your Orbitz Rewards account in the app, and following the instructions on the “Bag Fee Zapper” from your My Orbitz Rewards page to take a photo of the bag fee receipt and submit.  You may also submit a claim directly to Zapthatbagfee@orbitz.com and must include your first name, last name, Orbitz Rewards email address, record locator number of the flight booked through Orbitz.com, and attach a photo of your paid bag fee receipt with your email.  Deadline to submit all claims is November 30, 2013 11:59PM CST.

Valid one per Member only during this promotional period.  Valid for one-checked bag only regardless of number of bags checked or segments in your flight itinerary. These promotional Orbucks will expire if not redeemed within 30 days of issuance, or by 12/31/2013, whichever occurs first. Offer is non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash. Maximum value $25 in Orbucks. Expect a response to your claim within 24 hours. Once verified, $25 in Promotional Orbucks will be deposited in your Orbitz Rewards account within approximately 5 business days.  Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion. See Orbitz Rewards Terms and Conditions for additional applicable terms and conditions on Orbitz Rewards.

Combine Orbitz Rewards With Cashback

I read through the terms and conditions and couldn’t find stipulations, why you couldn’t combine these with cashback offers from MrRebates, Ebates, or TopCashback US.

MrRebates :

* Purchases of Flights are rewarded at $3 cash back per ticket purchased.
* Purchases of Car Rentals are rewarded at $3 cash back per reservation purchased.
* All other Orbitz purchases rewarded 3% cash back of the purchase price minus fees.
* Usage of any Promo Code will void cash back.

Ebates :

10.0% Cash Back per Activity reservation; 1.0% Cash Back on Activities Package

3.0% Cash Back on Retail Hotel reservation

1.0% Cash Back on Prepaid Hotels, Prepaid Hotel Package, Air Package, Car Package, Activities Package

$25.00 Cash Back per Cruise reservation

$3.60 Cash Back per Car reservation

$1.80 Cash Back per Air ticket

TopCashback US

Merchant Hotel 11.25%

Retail Hotel 6%

Package 5.75%

Merchant Hotel with Promo Code 2.25%

Package Hotel with Promo Code 2.25%

Cruise $45.00

Air Purchase $5.00

Car Rental $5.00

Activities 8%

Activities Package 5.75%

You can use the three above US based cash back sites regardless of your location. They all pay out using PayPal.

Conclusion

It is great hat Orbitz has now launched their own rewards program to compete with Expedia that recently devalued their program. If you are going to pay a bag fee and purchase a flight for holiday travel, it would be a good time to give Orbitz a try and collect the rewards.

I will try to best price guarantee later this week and will write up an article about it next week.

If you join the Orbitz Rewards, MrRebates, Ebates, or TopCashback using the link above, you will support LoyaltyLobby at the same time.

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