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One Key – Hotels.com, Expedia & Vrbo – Rewards Overview

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One Key, unveiled in July of 2023, is a unified rewards program that brings together Expedia, Vrbo and Hotels.com as partners in rewards. This will replace Hotels.com Rewards and Expedia Rewards and adds a major rewards benefit to Vrbo. And unlike Hotels.com confusing stamps program or Expedia’s points accruals, the new OneKeyCash rewards are easy to quantify since their equivalent to the amount of cash you have to put towards future bookings.

One Key welcome screens on mobile. Images courtesy of Expedia

Basically, you earn 2% back in rewards with One Key with the exception of standalone flights. Purchases of hotels rooms, cruises, vacation packages, and activities through Expedia all earn 2%. All lodging through Hotels.com earns at a rate of 2% as well as all US-based Vrbo bookings. As I mentioned earlier, standalone flights booked through Expedia only earn at a 0.2% rate, but are bumped up to the standard 2% when booking as part of a vacation package.

Elite Tiers

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine how to achieve elite status within rewards programs. That’s not the case with One Key due to their simple method of counting “trip elements.” Each room in a hotel, each flight (roundtrip or one-way), each car rental day, cruise night, or activity booking. Each is a trip element and once you reach 5 total, you’re at the first elite level. Here’s an overview of the levels, earning requirements, and benefits.

Blue

  • Requires 0-4 trip elements earned in a calendar year.
  • Save 10 percent or more with Member pricing on 100,000+ hotels worldwide.
  • Earn and use OneKeyCash on eligible bookings across Expedia, Hotels.com, and Vrbo websites and apps.
  • Access to price tracking tools for flights on the Expedia App.

Silver

  • Accrue 5-14 trip elements earned in a calendar year.
  • Save 15% or more with Silver Member pricing at 10,000+ hotels.
  • Earn 50% more OneKeyCash on stays at VIP Access properties on Expedia and Hotels.com.
  • Priority traveler support.
  • Get an extra perk when you stay at select VIP Access properties (like room upgrades, free breakfast or parking credits).

Gold

  • Earn 15-29 trip elements in a calendar year.
  • Save 20% or more with Gold Member pricing on over 10,000 hotels.
  • Earn double OneKeyCash on stays at VIP Access properties on Expedia and Hotels.com.
  • Priority traveler support.
  • Get perks when you stay at select VIP Access properties (like free breakfast, drinks or parking credits).
  • Get room upgrades when available at VIP Access properties.
  • Price Drop Protection on eligible flight bookings made on the Expedia app.

Platinum

  • Save 20+ percent with Platinum Member pricing at over 10,000 participating hotels.
  • Earn 3x more OneKeyCash on stays at VIP Access properties on Expedia and Hotels.com.
  • Additional perks when you stay at select VIP Access properties (like free breakfast, drinks or parking credits).
  • Platinum VIP support.
  • Receive room upgrades when available at VIP Access properties.
  • Price Drop Protection on eligible flight bookings made on the Expedia app.
  • Receive up to $100 off hotels so you can upgrade your stay and celebrate the launch of One Key (using your one-time Expedia discount of 10%).
One Key Rewards
One Key Rewards

Final Thoughts

The new One Key program is straightforward and valuable for most travelers. It allows you to book travel for anyone, say your entire family, and earn rewards on all the bookings regardless of the names on the bookings themselves. It’s easy to climb the elite level ladder and gain some additional perks while getting even more attractive member’s only pricing at VIP Access properties.

Editorial Note: Information and opinions articulated in this article are solely those of the author’s, not those of a credit card company, bank, airline or hotel chain. This article has not been reviewed or approved by or otherwise endorsed by any of these companies or organizations.

Miles Junkie covers airline miles, hotel points and credit card earning program information and travel in general with an eye towards ethical & eco-conscious exploration.

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