Hotels.com, following the lead of sites like Orbitz and Luxury Link, has started a referral program. Tracked by email, Hotels.com offers $40 off your 1st purchase of $300 or more. Your friend has to not only have never booked, but have never received an email from hotels.com.
This offer could have some use, especially because the invite credit appears to be stackable with other promo codes and nights would count towards Hotels.com generous “one free night every 10” policy which lets you earn rewards even if you aren’t chain loyal or at staying at independent hotels. You could also enter through ebates once you’ve gotten the invite credit for additional cash back.
I still think Orbitz’s offer is the best out there, since it offers $25 off with only a min. $50 booking and is also stackable with promo codes. I used Orbitz for my recent Disney stays as I could both use Orbucks and a promo code, but also earned 2% in Orbucks and 4% from ebates. Jamison at Points Summary did a nice roundup of Orbitz’s Best Rate Guarantee policy, but I’ll add a couple of additional notes:
- Once you stay 4 nights with Orbitz, you get “gold” status which gives you a whopping $200 Orbucks for a Best Rate Guarantee.
- Orbitz makes you pay the entire non-discounted amount of the reservation, then refunds the difference in Orbucks. This has discouraged me from using Orbitz on reservations that were significantly different in price or that were months away. For instance: the Hilton Tokyo Bay was $100/night cheaper on Hilton.com for my dates, but I’m not staying until June. For a 2 night stay $200 in cash would have been tied up and been refunded in Orbucks once I completed the stay. Not worth it for me.
Any use for Hotels.com program? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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