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There is a new targeted Amex Offer out today that’s good for 20% back on prepaid hotel bookings made via Expedia (up to $150 back, enrollment required). This could be a solid deal for anyone looking to book a property that costs the same in various booking channels.
- Get 20% back (up to $150 back) on prepaid hotel bookings at Expedia with a new targeted Amex Offer (enrollment required)
- Expires 12/19/22
- Can be used in one or more purchases
- Only valid on prepaid hotel bookings, not on bookings paid at the hotel or flights, cruises, or other things booked through Expedia
- See offer for full terms
Keep in mind that prepaid is not the same as nonrefundable. During our 3 Cards 3 Continents challenge, I looked at a number of hotels bookable through Expedia that could be prepaid but were still cancellable for a refund (up until a deadline). You’ll want to check the cancellation policy of any hotel you’re considering.
While I don’t generally like to book hotels through Online Travel Agencies since those bookings ordinarily do not qualify for hotel points or elite night credit or qualify for elite benefits, I ran into a number of situations during the 3 Cards 3 Continents challenge where my best hotel booking option was via an OTA. I could see a deal like this potentially being useful if you wanted to stay at Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland for example (and I’ll probably return there next holiday season).
You should still consider all of your options. For instance, you may find better pricing via other OTAs or you may be able to stack a discounted gift card with a shopping portal reward and an OTA loyalty program (which is sometimes possible through Hotels.com). Still, if Expedia works out to be the best bet, getting 20% back will certainly be nice. It’s furthermore nice to see the large cap here — being able to get up to $150 back on $750 is a nice return.
Unfortunately, this offer seems to be pretty highly targeted as we did not have it on any of the cards in my household. However, if you’ve got the offer, it’s worth syncing it up.