MagicofMiles reported that Expedia is offering $50 off $200 hotel bookings in 2014.
What's the catch? You have to give them your mobile #, download and book using their mobile app, and book by July 7, 2014.
Remember that when you book through Expedia or similar website, you won't get credit towards elite status because you need need, for example, book directly with Starwood Hotels to get credit towards Platinum status. BUT, since I will be going to Asia and probably staying in some non-chain hotels, the $50 will come in handy. Sign up yourself and your traveling partner, and you have $100 off $400. If you can use this, get the coupon and book in the next week, otherwise, I wouldnt do this for just $25 off.
I don't usually use these travel booking sites because I'm usually using points, but seems many people don't like Expedia – check this out: Expedia Scam. In the few times I've used them I havent had problems but I do make sure that my hotel reservations have free cancellation. I hate prepaid non-cancellable room reservations.
How to get it
Step 1: Click here
Step 2: Enter your mobile number and you will get a discount code. I didnt want to give them my mobile so I tried a google voice number and it didnt work so I entered my real number. They sent a text with a $25 discount code, ugh. But I kept going and downloaded their app, applied the coupon for a stay in NYC > $200 and got a $50 discount. I hate to put my mobile number online and may regret it in the future but I like to make sure deals work before I post them.
Step 3: Click the link in the text message to download the app.
Step 4: Redeem the coupon by July 7th 2014 and get $50. Even though it says $25, you should get $50. See the screen shot below which shows the $50 discount being applied.
On the Expedia page, there is a See Details link and a Terms and Conditions link which link to different offers which makes it nice and confusing but I think I figured it out.
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Terms and Conditions for $50 offer – Click here (If you redeem by July 7, 2014)
Terms and Conditions for $25 offer – Click Here (if you redeem after July 7, 2014)
Terms and Conditions
Offer: Receive an instant $50 mobile coupon discount off a hotel stay using the Expedia® hotels app on a smart phone or tablet. The price of the qualifying booking must be at least $200 before taxes and fees.
How to redeem: Access the mobile app on your smart phone or tablet and select a qualifying hotel stay. On the checkout page, click on “Enter a coupon or promotion code”, and enter the 16-digit code that you received via text message
Restrictions: Coupon must be redeemed on Expedia.com by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) on July 7, 2014, for travel between June 27, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Limited time offer: subject to change. Limit one (1) coupon per user account and per qualifying hotel booking.
This offer is from Expedia.com and is valid for Expedia.com U.S. customers only. Customers affiliated with Expedia’s Travel Agent Affiliate Program are not eligible for offer. Coupon valid for eligible Expedia Rate Hotels only. Bookings subject to availability and all applicable terms and conditions. Coupon may not be used with other coupons, promotions or special offers. Coupon discount cannot be applied against taxes, supplier-charged fees, cancellation or change penalties, administrative fees or other miscellaneous charges, which are the sole responsibility of the customer. A coupon will be deemed fully used once a qualifying booking has been made and may not be reused. In the event that you change or cancel any part of your booking, the coupon will not apply to the changed travel schedule.
Terms and conditions of this coupon are as written and cannot be changed by any representation of any unauthorized person, including employees of Expedia, Inc. Coupon is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash. Expedia, Inc. may revoke or change this offer at any time. Void where prohibited by law.