Aside from the free upgrades, if rooms are available, membership benefits include a "hotel price guarantee." It basically says if you find a cheaper rate than what you booked through Expedia, the company will honor the lower price.
You'll also receive late checkout; early access to sales; priority customer service; and dedicated concierge service for Orlando, Hawaii and Vegas. Plus, hotels will dole out their own individual rewards, like a bottle of bubbly at check-in.
One downside is that not all hotels listed on Expedia qualify. When Expedia launched the program in October, it started with 84 hotels in Florida. But December marks a bigger roll-out of the program, with added hotels in Atlanta; Charleston, S.C.; Denver; Los Angeles; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; San Francisco; San Jose; and Seattle. You can spot member hotels by a "VIP Access" logo on the Expedia listings.
We'll be keeping an eye on Expedia Elite Plus but if you are a member or are trying to be one, keep us updated on how the program is doing? Send us your thoughts!