After its launch in Ireland last year, Expedia has now introduced its loyalty scheme Expedia+ to the UK market.
But don’t get too excited…
Though you can collect points on flights and car rentals as well as hotel stays, the actual rewards aren’t that great.
What is Expedia +?
There are three tier levels: +blue, +silver (£5,000 spend or 7 hotel nights) and +gold (£10,000 spend or 15 hotel nights):
You earn 2 points per £1 spent on hotels, flight and hotel packages, excursions and most car hire
You earn 1 point per £5 spent on flights
You earn 1 point per £1 on flight and car packages
+silver members get a 10% point bonus, +gold members get a 30% bonus. Status members also get special benefits at selected hotels. +gold members receive room upgrades at selected hotels and flexible check-in and check-out times.
You can earn points for ALL travel booked through your Expedia account, irrespective of whether you travel yourself
For every 3,500 points you get an Expedia gift voucher worth £25 off a hotel
This is pretty underwhelming. You would need to spend £1,750 on hotels to get £25 back which is a rebate of a little under 1.5%.
The most attractive part of the scheme may be the hotel benefits, but these are only valid at a selection of hotels branded +VIP.
Bearing in mind that Hotels.com and Expedia share the same ownership, it is a bit surprising that Expedia+ isn’t anywhere near as generous as Hotels.com Rewards. This is why we like Hotels.com Rewards so much.
Despite this loyalty scheme not being very attractive, it is still more rewarding than no loyalty scheme. As Expedia+ does not interfere with any other programmes and you still earn Nectar points with your bookings, you might as well join.
PS. It is worth noting that HSBC is currently giving out Expedia+ gold level membership when you take out either the free or paid version of the HSBC Premier MasterCard
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)