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Expedia is Now Expediting Ways to Earn Points With Their Updated Rewards Program

July 10, 2014 at 4:48 PM | by | ()

A little more than three years after relaunching their Expedia+ Rewards Program, the online booking site announced some minor but meaningful changes today.

All Expedia+ Rewards members will continue to earn 2 points for every $1 spent when booking hotels, activities and packages and 1 point for every $5 spent on flights. But now, members will also earn 2 points for every $1 spent on cruise bookings with most major cruise lines.

Expedia also introduced a new membership level, the +silver tier which comes when you spend $5,000 on Expedia or when you book 15 eligible hotel nights. Benefits of this new level include10% bonus points on point eligible purchases, 250 extra points when booking one of more than 1,400 +VIP Access hotels and exclusive amenities at over 700 +VIP Access hotels. Those amenities range from a bottle of wine, an upgrade or a spa treatment voucher.

Anpve is the completebreakdown of the membership tiers, including the basic level +blue and the top, +gold (formerly Elite Plus.)

David Doctorow, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Global Marketing of Expedia.com, gave this explanation for the program overhaul:

“Over the last 18 months, we’ve incorporated real traveler feedback to improve the program by making it easier to earn points faster on nearly all parts of your trip regardless of which hotel you stay at or airline you fly. From there we’ve made accessing travel rewards better, so Expedia customers can get upgrades and amenities at more top hotels, redeem points for more parts of their trip and get the level of priority service and freedom of choice that great travelers crave.”

Expedia's new program does make it tempting for non-loyal travelers like us who rarely stick to one airline or one hotel brand. At the same time, we hear over and over and over again, that you should book your hotel room through the hotel, not just for the customer service but also for the best rate, especially since so many hotels will match their booking site competitors. So following that advice, Expedia might be a better booking tool for your flights and not your hotels.

What say you--Do you use Expedia to book your hotel rooms? Or are you booking like a boss directly through the hotel? Sound off in comments below!

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