Expedia has been fiddling (mainly devaluation of points and the program as a whole) with its Expedia Rewards since the launch few years ago and has now decided to rename it as Expedia+ rewards.
Expedia+ rewards now has new Silver status that requires $5000 in eligible bookings or 7 qualifying hotels nights. The Gold status continues to require $10,000 in bookings or 15 hotel nights.
You can access Expedia+ rewards home page here.
Expedia is now offering 30% bonus for Gold member hotel bookings and 10% for Silvers + 250 extra points for bookings made at Vip Access hotels for both.
Expedia+ rewards benefits:
The benefits for Silver or Gold members beyond some extra points at all hotels and the 250 bonus at Vip Access hotels are insignificant. The priority customer service could be beneficial.
Vip Access Hotels:
Expedia is pushing rewards members to book these Vip Access hotels, although the number of them is very limited and the extras sometimes non-existent.
Here’s look at the Expedia+ rewards Gold benefits at four Hong Kong hotels:
20% discount on F&B expenses or other hotel is offering 15% FB& and 10% SPA discount? Why even bother if the benefits are this bad?
Why even bother having a rewards program when you need to spend
$2,500 $1,750 to get a $25 hotel coupon that cannot be stacked with other coupon discounts that Expedia might be offering?
Personally, I currently prefer Orbitz Rewards for independent hotel bookings that is paying out 5% back when booked using app and 3% when booked on their website and these are combinable with their percentage off coupons.
I do like, however, booking flights on Expedia and using their Best Price Guarantee for hotel bookings.