Although less known, Expedia has its own rewards scheme called “Expedia Rewards”. Elite members can earn bonus points, and enjoy some special perks when booking through Expedia.
In cooperation with HSBC, HSBC Premier account holders enjoy INSTANT gold status with Expedia Rewards. You just need to sign up here, with your credentials and the first six digits of your card number.
My account turned Gold instantaneously:
Look for the VIP Access sign when you search for hotels:
Click through and you’ll see the benefits you can expect. This various by hotel, but usually includes: welcome drink, F&B discount, room upgrade and early check-in / late check-out.
I’m not sure how the benefits are fulfilled in general. I’d thought that it’d be ignored by most hotels, since they have no reason to help build Expedia’s member loyalty at their own cost.
I could be very wrong though. A friend stayed at Strand Palace Hotel in London recently – he got a bottle of wine, room upgrade and free breakfast for the five nights!