Am I the Only Person Not Excited by Saving $50.00 Off of Hotels With Expedia?

Y es, I received the e-mail message from Expedia. Yes, it included that coupon valid only for today where I could save $50.00 of of a hotel stay of $200.00 or more — excluding taxes and fees — if I used coupon code EXPEDIA50SA at checkout when booking my hotel reservation. Yes, it was still good at the time I did a cursory search…

…so why am I not excited about this offer?

Am I the Only Person Not Excited by Saving $50.00 Off of Hotels With Expedia?

Well — for one thing — I rarely spend $200.00 or more on one night in a hotel room. That only happens either when I have no other choice; or when the room is at a hotel or resort property which is considered a destination where I will do more than just sleep and shower…

…and although the coupon appears to be good for a single booking which encompasses more than one night, I rarely stay at hotel or resort properties for more than one or two nights.

The second reason is that there is a long list of hotel properties which are excluded from this promotion — mostly those which are brands of lodging chains. Of course, one does not have to stay at a hotel or resort property which is part of a lodging chain.

I stayed for one night at Katse Lodge in Bokong, Lesotho. I booked my reservation through Expedia; and the views alone were worth every penny of the $40.82 I paid to stay there for one night — that included breakfast and taxes — but that would not have qualified for this coupon.

I stayed for one night at the Mantenga Lodge in Mbabane, Swaziland. I booked my reservation through Expedia; and it was worth every penny of the $46.96 I paid to stay there for one night — that included breakfast and taxes — but that would not have qualified for this coupon.

I stayed for one night at the Cresta President hotel in Gaborone, Botwana — I have yet to post a review of that hotel property — but the breakfast I had was at that hotel property. I booked my reservation through Expedia; and while I thought that $104.40 I paid to stay there for one night was a little rich — that included breakfast and taxes — it still would not have qualified for this coupon.

Having to pay for the room in advance can be a third reason which would dissuade some people from taking advantage of this offer.

If you are not staying at a hotel or resort property which qualifies for this offer prior to its expiration of Wednesday, November 30, 2016, that could be a fourth reason to not be excited about the coupon.

You can review the complete list of terms and conditions here.

Summary

Obviously, the best deal is if you find a qualifying hotel property with a room rate of $200.00 — or combined nights which total $200.00 — knocking $50.00 off would save you the maximum discount of 25 percent; and the more expensive is the room rate, the less of a percentage you enjoy as a discount.

If you prefer to stay at hotel or resort properties which are part of a lodging chain — or if you typically book accommodations at room rates significantly less expensive than $200.00 per night — then this coupon would have been virtually worthless to you.

If you missed the coupon this time around, chances are that another similar offer will eventually be available — and, of course, you have a better chance of knowing when the next offer is available if you are on the e-mail list of Expedia, which I am…

…and I will pass on this offer this time around…

One of the many views from Katse Lodge in Lesotho. Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “Am I the Only Person Not Excited by Saving $50.00 Off of Hotels With Expedia?”

  1. AnonCHI says:

    I agree with you. Most OTA deals are pretty dumb – there is the occasional one where you can really get some good value but generally I’m finding far better deals booking via Hotwire or Priceline Express. You know the neighborhood, the star rating, and the consumer rating (generally TripAdvisor score on Hotwire and Priceline rating on Priceline Express – as long as you’re booking 4/5+ on TA or 8/10+ on Priceline, you’re generally fine).

    Brand loyalty is either for (a) those who travel a lot or (b) idiots.

  2. Hari says:

    I’m not terribly excited about it, either. It seems easier to save money using free nights through AmEx Travel or fourth night free from the Citi Prestige, and you still earn points with the latter (especially when you can combine it with corporate booking codes and TripBAM).

  3. Marlene says:

    I’d do it except seems you have to stay by November 30. I have a trip to Italy next year, be great to apply this, but that won’t work.

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