"The concept is that we want to allow our Expedia+ rewards members to Travel with Points," said David Doctorow, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for Expedia.com. "We introduced this first in our hotel checkout, so our rewards members shopping for a standalone hotel have the opportunity to apply their points directly to their hotel balance. Travelers tell us they want booking, earning, and redeeming travel to be simple. This new functionality embraces that notion. Today customers can 'stay with points,' and we look forward to expanding this capability so they can 'fly with points,' 'go on excursions with points,' and a range of other options in the future. For Expedia+ rewards members, travelling with points has never been easier." Expedia+ rewards benefits remain valid when traveling with points, so travelers can still earn double the value for their points when redeemed at +VIP Access™ hotels. And unlike other online travel agency rewards redemption programs, customers paying for travel with points are also able to apply Expedia.com promotional coupons. Previously, Expedia.com customers had to turn their points into a coupon before applying the coupon to their hotel price. Expedia has since made the process easier: when customers arrive at the checkout page, they will see qualifying points* that can be applied directly to their transaction. Members can use as many of their earned Expedia+ rewards points as they desire for a given merchant hotel transaction, potentially bring the cost of their purchase down to $0. All travelers are eligible to join Expedia's free rewards program. Logged-in members will earn points on any type of product they book with Expedia. Related Link: Expedia+ rewards