Earning status with Expedia comes with a range of benefits including discounted prices, additional perks at select hotels, and bonus points. It can be earned relatively easy booking through expedia.com or you can earn complimentary status with Expedia's credit cards.
How To Qualify For Status
Expedia Rewards status levels are based on how many nights you spend at hotels booked through Expedia or how much money you spend with Expedia.
Once you earn status with Expedia, it will be valid from the day it is earned, for the following full calendar year, and will expire on the next February 28th.
Eligible hotel nights are nights booked directly through Expedia. A night is considered to be a night-day cycle spent at a hotel. If you were to check in on a Monday and check out that following Friday, you would earn 4 nights.
This would be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night. You would not earn credit for Friday since you would be checking out and not actually spending Friday night (going into Saturday morning) at the hotel.
Your hotel booking must cost more than USD $50 in order to count towards earning status.
Eligible spend with Expedia includes general spend through expedia.com including Expedia fees but not third-party taxes/fees.
Expedia Blue Status
Expedia Blue Status is obtained when you sign up for a free Expedia Rewards account. This level offers a solid amount of benefits that can make it worthwhile if you plan on booking travel through Expedia. It comes with the following benefits:
Ability To Earn and Redeem Points
Expedia Blue members will be able to earn points from booking through Expedia as well as the ability to redeem points. Blue members will earn at the base rate of 1 point per $5 spent on airlines and 2 points per $1 on all other booked travel.
Bookings made at VIP Access hotels will earn 3X points.
Expedia Blue members will have access to member pricing. This can save you 10% or more on top of the great rates that Expedia already offers. Members will also receive access to select sales and other exclusive member offers to save even more money.
Earn Points and Airline Miles
Expedia Blue members will earn both Expedia Points and airline miles when booking flights through Expedia. This allows you to still build Frequent Flyer Miles with your favorite airlines and not miss out on miles you would normally earn from flying.
Hotel Price Guarantee
Expedia Blue members will be eligible for Expedia's Hotel Price Guarantee. This means that if you find a cheaper rate on your hotel reservation up until the midnight before your stay, Expedia will refund the difference. This can help you save money if cheaper rates pop up elsewhere.
Expedia Silver Status
Expedia Silver Status is obtained after booking 7 nights at hotels through Expedia or after spending $5,000 through expedia.com. You can also earn status complimentary by having the Expedia Rewards Credit Card by Citi.
Once you've obtained Expedia Silver Status, you'll enjoy the benefits of Expedia Blue Status along with these additional benefits:
Free Perks at VIP Hotels
Expedia Silver members will earn additional perks when staying at Expedia VIP Access hotels. This includes Wi-Fi, free breakfast, spa credits, and exclusive amenities specific to the VIP Access hotel you're staying at.
10% Bonus Points
Expedia Silver members will earn an additional 10% bonus on top of points earned booking travel through Expedia. On top of that, Silver members will also receive an additional 250 Expedia Points when booking VIP Access hotels.
Expedited Customer Service
Expedia Silver members will receive 24/7 expedited customer service via the Silver member number.
Expedia Gold Status
Expedia Gold Status is the highest tier in the Expedia Rewards program and is earned after 15 nights at hotels booked through Expedia or after spending $10,000 through expedia.com. You can also obtain Gold Status complimentary by having the Expedia Rewards Voyager Credit Card by Citi.
Once you obtain Gold Status, you'll enjoy the benefits of all lower status levels along with the following additional benefits:
30% Bonus Points
Expedia Gold members will earn the highest point bonus of 30%. Gold members also receive the bonus 250 points for booking Expedia VIP Access hotels.
Expedia Gold members will receive complimentary room upgrades at VIP Access hotels when available. This can be an upgrade in room category to one of greater value or quality, to a preferred floor, or to a preferred location on a floor, such as away from the elevators or ice machine.
Expedited Customer Service
Similar to Silver members, Expedia Gold members will receive 24/7 expedited customer service via the Gold member number.
Maximize Your Expedia Spend
If you're looking to get the most out of your Expedia spending, I recommend picking up the no-annual fee Citi Custom Cash℠ Card. This card earns 5% back on up to $500 every cycle in the select category you spend the most in monthly with travel being one of the available categories.
If you use the card strickly for travel, you can easily rake up some serious cash back that you can use towards just about anything, including Expedia bookings.
- Earn $200 in cash back after you spend $750 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. This bonus offer will be fulfilled as 20,000 ThankYou® Points, which can be redeemed for $200 cash back.
- 0% Intro APR on balance transfers and purchases for 15 months. After that, the variable APR will be 13.99% - 23.99%, based on your creditworthiness.
- Earn 5% cash back on purchases in your top eligible spend category each billing cycle, up to the first $500 spent, 1% cash back thereafter. Also, earn unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases.
- No rotating bonus categories to sign up for – as your spending changes each billing cycle, your earn adjusts automatically when you spend in any of the eligible categories.
- No Annual Fee
- Citi will only issue one Citi Custom Cash℠ Card account per person.