Comparison: Expedia®+ Card and Expedia®+ Voyager Card
If you have ever booked your travel plans through an online travel agency, there is a good chance it was with Expedia. Expedia is one of the leading travel booking websites available and have been for over a decade. In 2014 the company revamped their loyalty program to be more competitive within the market. Not long after they announced a partnership with Citi to release two new consumer credit cards.
To better understand your options, we are going to walk through each card and show the benefits they have as well as the differences between the two cards.
Expedia®+ Card from Citi
Not everyone wants to pay an annual fee for their credit card, even if the reward potential is exceeds the fee. Because of that, Expedia launched the no annual fee Expedia®+ Card from Citi, a Credit Cards House advertiser.
Many times, the cards that don’t have an annual fee also lack an exciting signup bonus. That’s not the case for the Expedia®+ Card. You can earn 15,000 Expedia+ points after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months of being a cardmember. These points would be redeemable towards $200 off your stay at a +VIP Access™ hotel.
Each time you use the Expedia®+ Card to make a booking on Expedia.com, you will receive 3x points per dollar spent. The points that you earn with your credit card are on top of the Expedia+ points that you receive just for being a member. In addition to Expedia.com purchases, you will earn 1x points on everything else.
Each year that you are an Expedia®+ Card member you will receive Expedia+ Silver status. This will give you spa discounts and free drinks at +VIP Access™ hotels, exclusive concierge benefits, and bonus Expedia+ point earning potential. As an Expedia+ Silver status holder, you will receive 10% more base points and 250 bonus points for each +VIP Access™ hotel booking.
You will also have the chance to earn Expedia+ Gold status quicker. Between January and December you will receive one elite qualifying night for each $2,500 you spend with your card. It takes 15 qualifying nights to receive gold status.
If you frequently travel outside of the United States, then one downside to the Expedia®+ Card is that it charges a 3% foreign transaction fee, which can significantly increase vacation costs.
Expedia®+ Voyager Card from Citi
The second credit card that Expedia offers is the Expedia®+ Voyager Card from Citi, a Credit Cards House advertiser. This card comes with a $95 annual fee, but it also has a larger list of benefits, which for some will make the annual fee well worth it.
When you sign up for the Expedia®+ Voyager Card, you will receive 25,000 Expedia+ bonus points after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months. This is redeemable for $350 off a stay at any +VIP Access™ hotel.
When you use your Expedia®+ Voyager Card for eligible Expedia.com purchases, you will receive 4x points per dollar spent. You will also receive 2x points for all purchases made at restaurants and on entertainment. With all other purchases you will receive 1x points.
As an Expedia®+ Voyager Card member, you will automatically receive Expedia+ Gold status. Gold members earn a 30% bonus above the base rate. That means if you were to earn 5,000 Expedia+ points for a hotel booking, gold members would actually receive 6,500 points.
Each year that you are a cardmember, you will receive a $100 air travel fee credit. This can be used on airline incidental fees like baggage fees, or it could be used towards inflight food and beverage or even entertainment. It can also be used to pay for Global Entry or TSA Precheck. This benefit alone makes up for the annual fee that comes with the card.
Each year that you spend $10,000 or more with your Expedia®+ Voyager Card you will receive a 5,000 Expedia+ point bonus as an anniversary gift. And if you travel outside the United States frequently, this is a credit card that can stay in your wallet because it charges no foreign transaction fees.
The Bottom Line
Anyone that frequently books travel using Expedia.com should give either the Expedia®+ Card or the Expedia®+ Voyager Card a long look. While the Expedia®+ Voyager Card has a $95 annual fee, it has several added perks compared to the no annual fee Expedia®+ Card. Not only will you receive a $100 air travel fee credit, but you will receive a higher signup bonus and more points on purchases through Expedia.com and at restaurants or for entertainment. Either way, these are a couple of solid credit cards for a frequent Expedia.com user.
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