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What is the Expedia+ Card From Citi?
The Expedia+ Card from Citi is a travel rewards card for those with excellent credit. (Full Disclosure: Citibank advertises on Credit.com, but that results in no preferential editorial treatment.) As a signup bonus, cardmembers earn 15,000 Expedia+ bonus points after spending $1,000 in the first three months of account opening. They can also earn three points for every dollar spent on flights, hotels, activities, and travel packages. All other purchases earn one point.
Cardmembers automatically receive +silver status each year, and every $2,500 in purchases can help them earn one Elite Qualifying Hotel Night toward Expedia +gold status. This card has $0 annual fee and an APR of 16.74% – 24.74%* (Variable), based on your credit when you apply.
Pros & Cons of the Expedia+ Card From Citi
For frequent domestic travelers, this card offers a high rate of return. Though benefits can be discontinued at any time, the ability to earn Expedia+ points, particularly if you use the site often, is an enticing feature. Cardmembers can easily receive +silver benefits, and each billing cycle, their account will be credited for the Elite Qualifying Hotel Nights earned during the previous period.
In terms of negatives, this card charges a 3% fee for foreign transactions, so it’s not ideal for international use. In addition, you only receive rewards when you book on Expedia and not on other travel websites or directly with airlines and hotels.
Who Should Get This Card?
Applicants should have a Excellent credit score for the best chance of getting approved. This card is also ideal for those who book exclusively on Expedia. If you tend to travel domestically and rarely go abroad, you will have a better ability to earn rewards from this card.
Before You Apply
You’ll want to make sure your credit is in great shape, as this card is for those with excellent credit. If you’re not sure where you stand, we recommend viewing two of your credit scores for free on Credit.com. Checking your scores will not harm them in any way and can help you keep track of your progress if you’re working to rebuild your credit.
If you find you’re able to meet the issuer’s credit requirements, understand the card’s terms, and think you can put the benefits to good use while making payments on time, this card may be the right fit. But if your credit doesn’t meet the card issuer’s requirements, it may best to focus on building your credit and apply when your scores have improved.
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This article has been updated. It was originally published March 11, 2015.