Top Five Tips to Earn More Travel Rewards

Trip.com
5 Mar 2021

Want to know how to get the most loyalty rewards and discounts by booking your next trip with Trip.com?

Contents

1. Earn redeemable 'cash' on bookings
2. Earn bonus Trip Coins for app bookings
3. Score special discounts and value-adds
4. Take advantage of special and seasonal promotions
5. Make a free member account for access to further disounts, tiered benefits and presales
Conclusion

Read on for our top 5 secrets to find out how you can earn rewards on every flight and hotel booking plus score additional discounts and benefits while you're at it.

1. Earn redeemable 'cash' on bookings

Trip Coins are the basis of the Trip.com Rewards Program, the free member loyalty program of Trip.com. Similar to earning points that you may be familiar with other travel loyalty programs, the Trip.com Rewards program comes with a big difference: you can redeem the coins like cash currency up to 100% of the total booking. Yup, the total value of your holiday can be paid in Trip Coins which means you could end up not paying a cent! You can use your Trip Coins to book all travel products, that includes accommodation, flights, car hire, trains, tours and attractions, plus even gift cards!

As a general rule, 100 Trip Coins = $1USD, which at time of publication is approximately $1.27AUD.

So how do you earn Trip Coins?

By simply booking your hotel and/or flights you can earn Trip Coins but what's even better is that you can also earn coins a number of other ways such as buying a gift card, writing a hotel review, sharing an attraction review or posting pics of your last trips on the community platform called 'Trip Moments'.

For a breakdown on what you can earn, use this quick reference table:

1. Hotel Bookings Earn up to 80 Trip Coins for every $100 (or currency equivalent) spent on hotels
2. Flight Bookings Earn up to 25 Trip Coins for every $100 (or currency equivalent) spent on flights
3. Gift Card Purchases Earn 50 Trip Coins for $100 (or currency equivalent) spent on gift card purchases
4. Hotel Reviews Earn up to 120 Trip Coins by writing hotel reviews
5. Attraction Reviews Earn up to 200 Trip Coins
6. Sharing Your Trip on Trip Moments Earn up to 400 Trip Coins per month when you post, like, share, or comment in the Trip Moments community

2. Earn bonus Trip Coins for app bookings

As you may be reading this on your laptop or mobile, you might not know that while the Trip.com website is great for planning your trip, there some key advantages of bookings your next trip with the Trip.com app. One of the major benefits of booking in the app is that you can earn an extra 30% more Trip Coins when booking hotels and flights.

To put that into perspective, if you made a flight booking on the website worth $1000USD ($1281AUD^), you can earn 25 Trip Coins for every $100USD, which is 250 Trip Coins. By booking the same flight on the app you earn 250 coins plus 30% extra = 325 Trip Coins.

The app is also the easiest way to manage your bookings on the go with 24/7 customer service, manage your itinerary, view your booking confirmation, share hotel and attraction reviews, and post Trip Moments.. that's three of five benefits that also earn you Trip Coins!

If you don't yet have the app, get it here.

Top Five Tips to Earn More Travel Rewards

3. Score special discounts and value-adds

Another thing you can do to ensure you get the most out of your next travel booking is to look for complimentary value-adds that come with your booking at no extra cost to you. Think early check-in, late check-out, spa vouchers, wine on arrival, meal vouchers - these are some amazing examples that are dependent on the property. At Trip.com, we let you know when there is a value-add on your booking by display a gift box tag that says 'Free Gift' (shown below).

Top Five Tips to Earn More Travel Rewards

4. Take advantage of special and seasonal promotions

If you are looking for that perfect travel deal then you're in luck! At Trip.com we are no stranger to special and seasonal promotions! Seasonal promotions include special offers and discounts held throughout the year that link to specific events or times of the year. If you're a deal hunter, you may be quite familiar with a few of them. Some of the most commonly seen seasonal promotions include Easter Sale, Winter/Ski Sale, EOFY, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day Sales, just to name a few held by various companies in Australia and around the world.

We also often get access to exclusive deals you won't get anywhere else. A travel voucher for $50 off hotels or $30 off flights are just some examples of special offers that we provide to our members for specific travel destinations.

To be in the know of our latest promotions, be sure to sign up and subscribe to our newsletter and you can always keep an eye on our latest top deals here. Also, remember if booking for a holiday period to book well in advance as there is higher demand during these times and accommodation tends to sell out quickly. Use a long weekend and public holiday guide to help plan your holidays. Click here for our 2021 Long Weekend and Public Holiday Guide.

5. Make a free member account for access to further disounts, tiered benefits and presales

Last but not least, one of the quickest and easiest ways you can make sure you get the most travel rewards and benefits is to make a free Trip.com member account.

By doing so, you are able to start collecting Trip Coins in your account, and with multiple member tier levels, you are increasingly rewarded for the more you travel.

When you first join you become a silver member but it's the next level (Gold) where you will not only start earning a bonus 10% more Trip Coins but you will also enjoy 10% off hotel bookings too. The highest level is a Diamond Member which is a whopping 30% more Trip Coins per booking PLUS 15% off eligible hotel bookings!

Top Five Tips to Earn More Travel Rewards

Conclusion

It's easy to make the most of your money and get rewarded for travelling with Trip.com! Just follow the steps below!

Depending on where you plan to travel and the lead time, don't forget to look out for the ‘flexibooking’ tag and related cancellation policies as many properties have free cancellation until a certain date. When booking your flight, always check airline cancellation policies which may have changed since covid-19 as well as the respective baggage policies viewable upon checkout.

Top Five Tips to Earn More Travel Rewards

*Values are given in USD. Trip.com uses a real-time exchange an open source to convert Trip Coins to AUD at the time of transaction.

^ Based on an exchange rate of 1 USD = 1.28117 AUD on xe.com on 4 March 2021.

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