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Orbitz Rewards is two years old and they’re offering double ‘Orbucks’ on flights booked by October 25.
I don’t love booking hotels through online travel agencies like Expedia and Orbitz. But I do like booking flights. With hotel programs you generally won’t earn points in their loyalty programs (and in some cases, won’t get elite status benefits) if you book through third parties. Those restrictions don’t generally apply to airlines.
So you get the same benefits booking through an online agency as you do booking direct, and you can take advantage of the online agency’s rewards program in addition to earning frequent flyer miles (and possibly small business rewards points) from the airline.
And of course you also earn points with the credit card you use to pay for airfare — so with an online travel agency you can ‘quadruple dip’.
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns double points on travel.
- Citi Prestige Card earns triple points on airfare and hotels.
- Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express offers triple points on airfare.
Orbitz Rewards is my preferred online travel agency rewards program, largely because after Expedia introduced their program less than four years ago they devalued it and then they absolutely gutted it.
Since Expedia recently got the go ahead for its acquisition of Orbitz there’s some possibility the generosity of Orbitz Rewards will be short-lived, but I’ll take advantage of it while I can!
Normally you earn 5% back on eligible hotels booked through their mobile app and 3% back booked via desktop, plus 1% back on airfare. This promo gives you a 2% rebate on air. Orbucks then redeem like cash for prepaid hotel stays.
When you use my link to sign up for Orbitz Rewards, you get $25 in Orbucks to start. Feel free to leave your own refer a friend links in the comments.
(HT: Frequent Flyer Bonuses)