Everything You Need to Know About Booking Travel With Orbitz
There are a ton of online travel agencies out there, each competing hard for your business. With such a saturated market, many of them try to offer something unique to attract customers.
What Orbitz offers is an in-house loyalty program, strong search functionality, regularly published low prices, and occasional discounts. It also features a wide range of services, letting you book flights, hotels, packages, activities, cruises, rental cars, and more.
In the grand scheme of things, They offers consistency. So if you choose to use an OTA, then they can be the best option, particularly when there isn’t a specific deal for what you want being offered elsewhere.
Let’s dive in and take a closer look at how to use Orbitz, how it compares to other OTAs, and cases when you might want to choose them over the competition.
Orbitz Rewards, Insider Pricing, and Credit Cards
This rewards system is relatively simple. Each travel purchase made through the site earns “Orbucks.” Each Orbuck is worth $1 and can be redeemed for hotel purchases with no blackout dates.
Any time you book travel, you’ll see an earning rate next to your itinerary. Typically, it’s an even 1% return on airline purchases and vacation packages, and 3% back on eligible hotels (or 5% on hotels if you book through the Orbitz app). In other words, if a flight costs $650, you’ll earn 6.5 Orbucks.
The next time you book a hotel through Orbitz while you’re logged in, you’ll have the option to apply your Orbucks balance to the purchase.
Orbitz offers discounted member pricing on certain hotels, with discounts usually around 10% but sometimes as high as 50%. When searching for hotels (more on that below), just look for the “Insider Price” marking.
rbitz actually offers 3 tiers of rewards, which basically serve as its own form of elite status.
The first tier, Silver, is the most basic level and applies to everyone. You’ll reach Gold status after staying 4+ nights per year in hotels booked through Orbitz and Platinum status after 12+ nights per year.
Perks for all members include access to Insider Prices, Orbucks earning, and a low price guarantee. At the Gold level, you get access to a priority customer service line and perks at certain hotels, such as free in-room premium Wi-Fi or breakfast.
At the Platinum level, you’ll be eligible for upgrades at participating hotels (“Orbitz Rewards VIP Hotels”) and a reimbursement of $50 Orbucks if you pay for 2 or more checked bags on flights booked through Orbitz.