The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card already earns double points on all travel (2.14 points per dollar, really, with the 7% annual bonus).
This is in addition to the miles you would earn from flying (or the points from a hotel stay, or from renting a car).
Add onto that going through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall, where you earn 1 point per dollar for purchases made at Expedia or Orbitz (2 points per dollar for Travelocity).
And add onto that the programs of the online travel agencies themselves which offer you an additional level of points and rebate.
- Expedia Rewards points are credit towards hotels or airfare.
- Orbitz has a brand new rewards program too that gives up to 5% back on hotel bookings and 1% on flights (for your first $5000 in purchases in a year), currently higher for Alaska and LAN purchases and when booking through their mobile app.
The Orbitz program is new, joining gets you $25 off your first hotel booking (and a similar credit for the person who referred you).
For booking hotels, the Hotels.com Welcome Rewards program may be more lucrative than either Orbitz or Expedia (it gets you nothing of course for airfare purchases).
Booking hotels through an online travel agency usually means you forgo hotel points, and only some chains will honor elite status that you may have. But PointsHound has ‘double up’ rates at some properties that earn airline miles for mkaing the booking in addition to still letting you earn hotel points and both accrue elite status credit and have your status honored.
You can make this a quintuple dip by participating in an airline’s small business program.
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