New Orbitz Rewards program offers consumer-rich benefits for members and bonuses for booking via Orbitz.com mobile apps
"Zap That Bag Fee" launch promotion turns Orbitz Rewards members` checked-bag fees into a $25 travel reward, just in time for Thanksgiving travel
CHICAGO, October 21, 2013 - Orbitz.com today launched Orbitz Rewards - a simple, fast, flexible and unique loyalty program that rewards travelers instantly for a variety of bookings and bonus promotions that quickly add up to meaningful travel discounts. Customers who join Orbitz Rewards can immediately earn Orbucks - the currency of Orbitz Rewards - when booking Orbitz Rewards hotels, flights and vacation packages on the Orbitz.com mobile apps or website and then redeem them instantly on Orbitz Rewards hotels around the globe. The best part? There are no complicated points to calculate, no blackout dates, no unrealistic earn and redeem hurdles and no restrictions on combining rewards with other offers.
Orbitz Rewards is free and easy to join with just one click to become a member. Join now and get Instant Vacation Gratification at www.orbitz.com/rewards.
Orbitz Rewards members can earn up to 5 percent on transactions at Orbitz Rewards hotels (5 percent when booking through the Orbitz apps for iPhone, iPad and Android or 3 percent earn across all other booking channels) and 1 percent on standalone flights and vacation packages. Unlike other travel loyalty programs, customers earn immediately and can redeem instantly. For example, an Orbitz Rewards member can book a flight and have Orbucks in their account within milliseconds to instantly use on the booking of a Orbitz Rewards hotel for that same trip or a future stay. There are no complicated points to calculate - one Orbuck equals one U.S. dollar on Orbitz.com.
For even greater travel savings, travelers can stack promo codes and combine other offers on top of Orbucks, as well as double-dip by earning both airline frequent flyer miles and credit card points. Orbitz Rewards members can also refer friends to the program. Upon referral, when the friend joins Orbitz Rewards, they will get a special $25 promo code for their first hotel booking, and after completion of that hotel stay, the member who made the referral will receive a $25 Orbucks thank-you bonus. Members can earn up to $1000 in Orbucks referral bonuses per year if they recommend enough friends who book and stay.
Orbitz Rewards members can easily reach Star and SuperStar membership status for added travel perks. Members who stay four room nights in a calendar year at Orbitz Rewards hotels will be upgraded to the Star level and those who stay 12 room nights will be upgraded to the SuperStar level. Star and SuperStar members receive added benefits including a priority customer service line and access to exclusive perks which may include free Wi-Fi, room upgrades or complimentary breakfast at hundreds of participating "All Star Hotels." SuperStar members will have access to an exclusive concierge service for help with a wide range of items such as securing restaurant reservations, booking event tickets, arranging golf tee times and scheduling business meeting spaces.
"The Orbitz Rewards program launched in test mode this past March. Our research before and during the test made it clear that consumers are frustrated by other loyalty programs that are vague, hard to understand and set unrealistic earn and redeem hurdles, so we took that input and built a consumer-rich experience with perks and benefits that our customers will enjoy. We are very excited to have the full Orbitz Rewards program in the marketplace and open for all travelers to join, start earning rewards and saving on their travel costs just in time for the holidays," said Chris Orton, president of Orbitz.com. "We feel great about the initial results and are confident that we`ve built an easy and flexible program that consumers will love and keep them coming back to Orbitz."
Adding to the Orbitz Rewards benefits for consumers, opportunities to earn bonus Orbucks will provide consumers many ways to amp up their earning power. Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Orbitz Rewards members who book their air travel on Orbitz can use the "Zap that Bag Fee" feature in the Orbitz mobile app or on the desktop. With the new "Zap that Bag Fee" feature, customers can easily take a picture of their checked baggage fee receipt, send it to Orbitz and earn $25 in bonus Orbucks through November 30.
Orbitz Rewards has also incorporated bonuses and incentives for customers booking on Orbitz mobile apps. In addition to customers earning more on Orbitz mobile apps - 5 percent on hotels versus 3 percent on the desktop - Orbitz Rewards is also fully integrated into the Google Wallet app for both Android and iOS. The feature allows users to browse loyalty programs and join them right from the Google Wallet app as well as manage all their existing loyalty programs from a single app. Orbitz.com mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android are free and available at www.orbitz.com/mobile.
To celebrate the launch of Orbitz Rewards, members that book their trip on Orbitz now through November 22 will rack up Launch Bonus extras:
· An additional 1 percent in Orbucks on flights booked on Orbitz mobile apps (2 percent instead of 1 percent)
· An extra $10 in Orbucks for booking their next flight
· On top of earning Orbucks, an additional 15 percent off the best hotel prices at Orbitz Rewards hotels
To learn more about Orbitz Rewards, view the Orbitz Rewards video or Infographic. Click here for full details and terms and conditions of the program.
Orbitz.com is a leading travel website that enables consumers to search for and book a broad range of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and destination activities. Since launching in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the world`s largest online travel sites. Orbitz.com now offers the groundbreaking Orbitz Rewards loyalty program-the only program where customers can earn rewards immediately on flights, hotels and packages, and redeem instantly on tens of thousands of hotels worldwide. Customers can earn up to 5% towards future hotel stays when booking hotels and 1% towards future hotel stays when booking either standalone flights or eligible vacation packages. Orbitz.com is the #1 way to book travel on mobile devices, be it using our apps (get them at www.orbitz.com/mobile) or our smartphone-optimized website (m.orbitz.com), both of which are tailored for smartphones and tablets. The Orbitz app for iPhone is one of only 48 apps out of nearly 900,000 available apps chosen by Apple to be inducted into its App Store Hall of Fame. Orbitz members get exclusive access to Insider Stealshotel deals, promotions and other saving opportunities. Follow Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and through the Orbitz Travel Blog. Orbitz.com is operated by Orbitz Worldwide (OWW).
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