Online Travel Agencies (OTAs)

Get the details on earning and redeeming rewards with Online Travel Agencies. Includes OTA credit cards, reviews, and side by side comparisons.


Online travel agencies (OTAs) allow you to book hotels, car rentals, cruises, and just about any other type of transportation. They usually allow you to book multiple pieces of a trip in one spot such as air + hotel or air + hotel + car. Some of the positives of booking through an OTA includes:

  • Earning OTA reward points across entire booking
  • Saving money (it's generally cheaper than booking separate)
  • Take care of everything in one spot

And of course, booking through OTAs have some drawbacks which includes:

  • Problems with bookings will have to go through the OTA
  • Bookings will usually not count towards earning elite status credit
  • Elite status will usually not be honored

It's always worth pricing out the total cost of a trip through an OTA versus booking direct. You'll also want to consider reward points and miles that you would or would not be earning. Most hotels, airlines, and other reward programs features a price match of some sort, so while you can save money booking through an OTA, you can usually get close to the same price booking pieces of your trip separately.

OTA Rewards Programs

Listed below are the online travel agency rewards programs covered on this site for those based in Canada.

Expedia

Expedia is one of the top online travel agencies around the world. You can book airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages. Expedia has it's own rewards point program in which you can earn points booking travel and using Expedia credit cards. Earned points can be redeemed for hotels, car rentals, flights, and attractions through the Expedia website.

Expedia
Expedia Rewards Point Calculators
Expedia Rewards Point Value Calculator
Expedia Status Levels

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