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There’s a new targeted offer appearing on select Membership Rewards credit cards that’s offering 10% back on prepaid hotel purchases made through Expedia (the rebate is capped at $100) but while for some this will be a worthwhile deal to consider, I’ll discuss why for a lot of readers, this is an offer on which they should take a pass.
Get 10% back (up to $100) with Expedia prepaid hotels
Get 10% back as a statement credit by using your enrolled eligible Card to make purchases of prepaid hotel bookings (“pay now”) online at expedia.com/amex by 12/31/2023. Limit of $100 back in total statement credits.
- Enrollment limited.
- Must first add offer to Card and then use same Card to redeem.
- Limit 1 enrolled Card per Card Member across all American Express offer channels.
- Your enrollment of an eligible American Express Card for this offer extends only to that Card.
- Offer valid for pre-paid hotel purchases made online through the following link expedia.com/amex using the pre-paid option at checkout (“pay now”) only.
- Excludes “pay at property” purchases and purchases made over the phone.
- Excludes all other purchases not made at expedia.com/amex link using the pre-paid option at checkout.
- Excludes cruises, vacation packages, flights, car rental and activities, trip insurance and other 3rd party brands.
- Valid only on purchases made in US dollars.
- Limit of $100 in total statement credits per Card Member.
- Statement credit will appear on your billing statement within 90 days after 12/31/2023, provided that American Express receives information from the merchant about your qualifying purchase.
- Limit 1 enrolled Card per American Express Card online account.
See your targeted offer for full terms and conditions.
A rebate is always a nice thing to be offered but in the case of this deal, you may end up giving up more than you’re being given if you choose to use it.
Firstly, this offer only works on prepaid reservations which, for the most part, are not very flexible and so are not going to work for anyone whose plans aren’t 100% fixed.
Secondly, the rebate is going to be given in the form of an Expedia statement credit and not as cash back, so you’d have to be pretty sure that you’ll be using Expedia again in the near future for this offer to work for you.
Thirdly, and this will be the big one for most of this site’s readers, when you book a hotel through Expedia, it’s classified as a ‘3rd party’ booking and that comes with consequences.
- The booking will not earn you any points in that property’s rewards program
- The property will not have to honor any elite benefits that you may have been entitled to had you booked directly.
If you’re booking a boutique property or a property with whom you have no elite status, this probably won’t matter. But if you’re booking a property that’s affiliated with one of the big chains with whom you hold some kind of status (remember, you can enjoy Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG elite status just by holding a credit card – see here), the value of the benefits that you’re giving up may well outweigh the value of the statement credit on offer.
Amex has launched a new targeted offer that can save cardholders up to $100 on their next Expedia prepaid hotel stay. For some, this may be a good deal, but for most readers of this site I suspect that the payback on offer isn’t good enough to make this a worthwhile offer.