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If Orbitz is your go-to when it’s time to get out of town, you might want to enroll in Orbitz Rewards Dining. You’ll earn Orbucks® when you eat in or carry out at over 10,000 participating restaurants, bars and clubs, and you can redeem those Orbucks for stays at tens of thousands of hotels.
The best thing about the dining program? You don’t need to sign up for a rewards credit card to participate. As long as you have a valid credit or debit card, you can become an Orbitz Rewards Dining member and begin earning those Orbucks!
What is Orbitz Rewards Dining?
It’s a loyalty program created by travel booking site Orbitz. Dining program members earn 5% back when they dine at one of over 10,000 participating restaurants, bars or clubs. That 5% back gets rewarded in the form of Orbucks, which can be redeemed through Orbitz for hotel stays.
How do you sign up for the dining program?
To sign up, you’ll need a valid Orbitz Rewards account. This is where you’ll manage and redeem your Orbucks.
Once you’re set up with a rewards account, visit Orbitz Rewards Dining and follow the instructions under “Join Now!” Orbitz will ask you to link a credit or debit card to your dining account. Choose the card you most often use while dining out — or add multiple cards!
Whenever you use one of your linked credit or debit cards at a participating restaurant, bar or club, Orbitz will automatically track the Orbucks you earn and deposit them in your rewards account. Remember, you earn 5% back on the total cost of your meal, including tax and tip.
You can earn additional Orbucks by participating in the dining program’s signup bonus: simply spend $25 at a participating restaurant in the first 30 days of membership, and you’ll get a bonus $5 in Orbucks.
You can also earn bonus Orbucks by writing restaurant reviews. After you dine at a participating restaurant, the Orbitz Rewards Network® will email you instructions on how to complete your review. To write a successful review, be enthusiastic about what you enjoyed and honest about what you didn’t. Avoid insulting or accusatory language, and be careful not to exaggerate your experience.
Joining is free, and membership only expires after 36 consecutive months of no dining activity.
Which credit cards should you link to your account?
You can link any credit or debit card you choose to your dining account. In fact, it’s a smart move to link multiple credit and debit cards. That way, you won’t accidentally miss out on Orbucks if you visit a participating restaurant and pay with a credit card that isn’t linked to your account. Remember: If you eat at a participating restaurant but don’t use a linked credit card, you won’t earn any Orbucks!
When it comes to linking multiple cards to your account, bear in mind that there are two types of credit cards that pair especially well with the dining program: cards that reward dining and cards that let you earn even more Orbucks.
If you sign up for one of the best restaurant rewards cards, you’ll get to enjoy both the 5% back you earn from the Orbitz dining program and the reward you earn from the credit card. With the Capital One® Savor® Cash Rewards Credit Card, for example, you’ll earn 4% cash back and 5% back in Orbucks every time you dine at a participating restaurant.
If you want to earn even more Orbucks, sign up for the Orbitz Rewards® Visa Card. This travel credit card comes with the following rewards:
- 10% back in Orbucks when you book hotels through the Orbitz mobile app
- 8% back when you book hotels through Orbitz.com
- 6% back on all flights purchased through Orbitz (whether you purchase through the mobile app or Orbitz.com)
- 2% back on all other purchases
- $100 statement credit if you spend $1,500 in your first 90 days as a cardmember
This means that when you dine at one of the participating restaurants, you earn 5% back on the total cost of your purchase plus 2% back for using your Orbitz Rewards Visa Card, for a total of 7% back.
Using the card is a great way to rack up Orbucks and redeem them for hotel stays. Plus, you don’t need to worry about creating a dining account when you apply for the card — if you get accepted, Orbitz will create your account and link your new card automatically.
How much are Orbucks worth?
One Orbuck is worth one dollar. Since you earn 5% back when you dine at one of the restaurants, bars or clubs participating in the dining program, you’ll earn $5 in Orbucks for every $100 you spend. If you pay with the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card, you’ll earn $7 in Orbucks for every $100 you spend.
How can you maximize your Orbucks?
The best way to maximize your Orbucks through the dining program is to dine at as many participating restaurants as possible and leave as many reviews as possible. Use the search function on the Orbitz Rewards Dining site to find participating restaurants, bars and clubs near you.
Don’t forget about that signup bonus — make sure you spend $25 at a participating restaurant within 30 days of signing up to get $5 in bonus Orbucks.
You might even want to apply for the Orbitz Rewards Visa Card, since you’ll earn 7% back through the dining program instead of 5%.
Lastly, make sure you participate in the rest of the Orbitz Rewards program. It comes with its own bonuses and promotions that can help you earn Orbucks quickly. Regularly logging into your rewards account will also remind you of how many Orbucks you’ve collected — and whether it’s time to think about redeeming those Orbucks for your next hotel stay.
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