If you’re a frequent traveler, road warrior, or only take trips once in a while, you’ve probably looked for ways to save on travel. Looking for deals early is one way to do it, but nothing beats earning rewards. during your vacation, and that’s where travel loyalty programs come into play. Today, Expedia Group announced the launch of One Keyits largest and most comprehensive rewards program with benefits to help you get the most out of your travels (even if you’re in the 83% of travelers who only take a few trips a year).
Here, we share everything you need to know about One Key, including where to stay to start earning now. Plus, TODAY readers have the added benefit of getting an extra 10% off select Expedia properties with code TODAY10. (Please note that you will need to click the links below to redeem.)
What is a key?
A key is a new travel loyalty and rewards program that allows you to earn OneKeyCash to use on future bookings through Expedia’s flagship brands (Expedia, vrbo and Hotels.com), plus offers additional member benefits at select properties, like room upgrades, food credits, or even a free bottle of wine upon arrival. Earning rewards on all three travel apps certainly gives you more choice, but One Key also offers travelers more flexibility and more value.
Does One Key cost anything to join?
Joining One Key is free, and it’s easy to earn and continue to qualify for status. Not a member? sign up here free.
How does One Key work?
Gone are the days of struggling to calculate point conversions. With OneKeyCash, Expedia Group’s new rewards currency, the value you can use for your next trip is clear. To earn OneKeyCash, please make sure you have registered as a member and logged in before making any reservations.
To give travelers more flexibility, you can earn and use rewards across the Expedia Group travel ecosystem, including flights, hotels, vacation rentals, cruises, activities, and more. These different parts of a trip are considered “trip elements”. So, for example, if a member books two nights at a hotel and a three-day car rental, they would earn five travel items.
Members will receive 2% OneKeyCash for every dollar spent on eligible hotels, vacation rentals, activities, packages, car rentals and cruises, and 0.2% OneKeyCash for every dollar spent on eligible flights. Depending on your tier status, you can also earn up to 3x OneKeyCash on VIP access properties.
One Key Membership Tiers
To bring more value to travelers, you’ll be immediately rewarded with instant member discounts that keep increasing; Just signing up will qualify you for Blue Tier status. Here’s what you need to reserve to qualify for each membership level and some of the benefits offered:
Blue: Just sign up, it’s free!
- Access savings of 10% with Partner Prices
Silver: 5 travel items within a year
- Access to savings of 15% or more with Member Pricing
- Perks like additional food and beverages at select VIP Access properties
- Earn 50% more OneKeyCash on VIP Access stays
Gold: 15 travel items in one year
- Access to savings of 20% or more with Member Pricing
- Benefits like additional food and beverages and room upgrades at select VIP Access properties and price drop protection on eligible flights
- Earn double OneKeyCash with VIP Access stays
Platinum: 30 travel items in one year
- Access to savings of 20% or more with Member Pricing
- Benefits like additional food and beverages and room upgrades at select VIP properties, price drop protection on eligible flights, and Platinum VIP support
- Earn 3x OneKeyCash on VIP Access stays
Plus, faster level progression means you can unlock greater travel perks as you progress through the status.
Does OneKeyCash expire?
To prevent your OneKeyCash rewards from expiring, all you have to do is earn or redeem points at least once every 18 months. Please note that OneKeyCash can only be used on participating US dollar ‘Pay Now’ reservations and vacation rentals across all three travel apps.
And don’t worry if you haven’t used all of your existing Expedia Rewards points yet: They’ll be converted to OneKeyCash and automatically transferred to your new One Key account, according to the company.
Reward Eligible Properties
Ready to start racking up rewards? Earn OneKeyCash for every dollar spent on reservations at these properties and more with a One Key membership.
Relax in a new boutique hotel after enjoying a day in New Orleans! Virgin Hotels New Orleans is located in the Central Business District, close to prominent landmarks such as Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. Travelers looking to shop should visit Canal Street, while foodies will love the on-site fine-dining restaurant. Amenities include modern rooms, suites, and a rooftop pool and bar. Gold and Platinum members will receive a 20% discount at this VIP Access hotel, plus a 20% discount on food and beverages and a room upgrade when available. This hotel is 17% off with the membership price and you can save an additional 10% with the code TODAY10.
Located near the White House, The Dupont Circle Hotel features spacious rooms and suites, exceptional dining, and 5-star amenities. Looking to catch an event or game while you’re in town? See what’s happening at Capital One Arena. Practice your golf swing at a nearby course or enjoy other outdoor activities like hiking and biking on area trails. Gold and Platinum members will receive a 20% discount at this VIP Access hotel, plus one free drink per person and one room upgrade when available. This hotel is 22% off with the membership price and you can save an additional 10% with the code TODAY10.
Located in downtown Miami, YOTEL Miami is within walking distance of many of the city’s top restaurants, luxury shops and entertainment venues. Offering two dining venues, guests will have the opportunity to experience a delicious meal with a side of Miami’s al fresco breeze. Expect everything from quick bites and coffee to small plates and tiki-style cocktails. This hotel is 24% off with the membership price, and you can save an additional 10% with the code TODAY10.
If resorts are more to your liking, check out La Casa del Zorro. Located in rural Borrego Springs, you can expect some peace and quiet during your stay, whether you’re lounging under a cabana or walking through the grounds. The property is equipped with a round-trip airport shuttle, an on-site spa, and five outdoor pools. Active travelers will enjoy nearby scenic hikes, free bike rentals, yoga classes in the fitness center, six tennis courts, and even 18 holes of golf. This resort is 11% off the membership price, and you can save an additional 10% with the code TODAY10.
Nestled in the 120-acre June Farms woods, this secluded cabin features a luxurious King bed, a wood-burning pellet stove, its own BBQ grill, and a large communal fire pit for guests to enjoy. TimberTown was built by Tanner Cornacchini, a builder previously featured on HGTV’s “Tiny House, Big Living.” Designed for people with an adventurous spirit, this glamping experience allows you to connect with nature off the grid while enjoying electricity, air conditioning, and heat. When I stayed at June Farms in 2021, I could have spent my entire time on the grounds meeting the animals, but you can easily get to Albany, Saratoga, and Troy during your stay.
This cozy cabin on Lake Sinclair in Sparta, GA is a great escape for couples and families ready to unplug and relax. There are beautiful views from all the main areas of the house, plus a large deck for grilling out and enjoying nature at its best. Arriving on a hot summer day? Cool off in the air-conditioned rooms or jump into “Georgia’s Cleanest Lake” from the dock. Guests also have access to any of the on-site kayaks and fishing poles.
You’ll be in a fantastic location at Placemakr Premier SoBro, just a 5-minute walk from Broadway and the Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. To get some exercise, you can visit the gym or swim in the outdoor pool. This “apart hotel” combines the best parts of a hotel with the comforts of an apartment, with bonuses like kitchens and washer/dryers. It’s also pet-friendly, both cats and dogs, so bring your furry friends to stay if you’d like. This stay is 10% off with the membership price!
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