(EXPIRED) $75 back on Puerto Rico hotel booking (almost free nights after rewards)

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Orbitz is offering $75 back in Orbucks when you book select hotels in Puerto Rico. That stacks with promo code BOOKNOW and should also earn you portal cash back. The terms are very vague (though this does show on 1 night stays) and it will require some hunting around for a deal, but if you’re planning a trip to Puerto Rico or you find a place cheap enough, this could be a great deal.

The Deal

Key Terms

  • There is not yet a full terms & conditions page for this promo as of the time of writing. You must book by October 1st, but it is valid for bookings beyond that (unsure how far beyond)

Quick Thoughts

This is certainly only going to be applicable for some readers, but for those who can take advantage it looks like a terrific deal.

It takes some time to find the deal right now as the additional Orbucks do not show up in search results or on the hotel landing pages. You will only see (or not see) the bonus $75 on the checkout page. For example, here is the Tres Palmas Inn for November 6-7, 2018.

In the search results and as you can see above on the individual hotel page, it only showed $3.07 in Orbitz Rewards. However, when you click “reserve” and go through to the checkout page, you’ll see the additional Orbucks on qualifying hotels:

The total increased to $78.07 in Orbitz Rewards bucks with the promotion apparently valid at this property. Furthermore, 10% off via promo code BOOKNOW stacked. See CashBackMonitor.com for portal options to stack. The example above likely isn’t the best deal in all of Puerto Rico — it was just one quick example.

At the moment, the only way to know if a hotel qualifies is to test it out. I would expect that major chain properties will not qualify. Surely there will be some deals to be had for one night stays. It appears that this promotion is only valid one time per account. That said, if you’re traveling with multiple people, I imagine each person would be able to create his or her own account. I’m pretty surprised that this deal works on one night stays. Be sure to check the landing page again before booking in case terms get updated or changed.

H/T: ryandelmundo at Flyertalk via Extreme Hotel Deals

Last updated on October 6th, 2018

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Thanks. This is, at least theoretically, a very good deal. The problem, though, is finding participating properties, and then finding them at a good price. Surprisingly, chain hotels are NOT excluded. But a lot of these hotels have (at least to me). very high sticker prices, so getting $75 back in Orbucks is less attractive than, say, redeeming loyalty points to stay there. As you’ve noted, finding participating properties is hit or miss. I think you can exclude all properties that don’t show ANY Orbucks rewards on the landing page. Sadly, I don’t immediately see any hotel I’d want to stay at in the San Juan area. If you’re headed to Ponce, the HoJo and the Holiday Inn participate and aren’t bad deals — especially the HoJo. But do I really want to stay there? I’d have to think about it.

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So I did some digging and found a hotel I want to stay at this winter. I completed the booking and it credited me the extra $75 in Orbucks. But when I go to my “Orbucks Activity” page, the points are there, but don’t appear to be available for immediate use. That would be no problem (I assume they don’t want to give me the points until I actually use my reservation), but under the “history” chart displayed below my “Orbitz Rewards Puerto Rico September bonus” for $75 expires on 11/15/18. Yikes! Does this mean these points will expire before my trip, and therefore they will never be in my account to use?

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