The Complete Guide to Saving on Expedia

By: Abby Ruffier

Expedia Savings GuideReady for your next vacation? No matter where you’re headed, you can always get great deals on Expedia. The trick is knowing where to find them. Luckily, the Groupon Coupons team did the hard work for you and uncovered every possible way to save on Expedia, including with our own collection of Expedia coupons. Read on for more savings tips.

When is the Best Time to Book on Expedia?

Who knows better about scoring deals on Expedia than the booking site itself? Expedia recommends booking hotels, flights, and car rentals the following ways:

  • Hotels: The cheapest average daily rates are found on Fridays. If you’re flexible with plans, you can save up to 15% by booking last-minute hotels. You can also book 21–30 days in advance to save up to 10%.
  • Flights: Expedia recommends booking flights on the weekend, especially Sundays, around 21–30 days ahead of time. Flights that take off on a Thursday or Friday can save you around 10%. 
  • Car Rentals: Book 14–20 days in advance of your trip to save about 5%.

Found a lower hotel rate on Expedia or another site? If you’re an Expedia Rewards member, you can complete a Hotel Price Guarantee and Expedia will refund the difference. 

For selected flights, you can purchase Price Match Promise and Expedia will automatically refund you the difference should your flight price drop. 

Earn Points with Expedia Rewards 

Expedia Rewards is a free, 3-tiered loyalty program that earns you 2 points with every $1 you spend on Expedia. You can then use those points to save an average of $35 per booking. You start at the Blue tier and graduate to the Silver and Gold tiers (which have more perks and higher discounts) by reaching a minimum spend or completed bookings. Learn more about the Expedia Rewards program here.

Expedia App-Exclusive Rewards

Download the Expedia App

Expedia Rewards members will definitely want to download the Expedia app, as it gets them double Rewards points on every booking. You’ll also be able to book app-exclusive deals on many popular destinations. Plus, you’ll have your entire itinerary in one convenient place. 

Expedia Seasonal Sales

You’ll want to bookmark the Expedia Black Friday Sale to get huge savings on flights, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages. You should also be on the lookout for deals around any major U.S. holiday, such as Labor Day and Christmas.

Expedia Vacation Packages 

Packages with Expedia are always a better deal than when you buy flights, hotels, or rental cars individually. With Expedia, you can book bundles as follows.

  • Flight + Hotel
  • Flight, Hotel + Rental Car 
  • Flight + Rental Car
  • Hotel + Rental Car

Certain deals may be subject to blackout dates, so make sure your desired travel dates are included in your package. 

Expedia Last-Minute Deals

It may pay to procrastinate. Hotels with last-minute cancellations are incentivized to offer some impressive deals to fill those rooms. If you’re flexible with your last-minute travel, you’ll likely find hotels up to 25% off the regular rate. Here are a few deals we found: 

Expedia Last-Minute Hotel Deals

AARP Expedia Discounts 

AARP members can take advantage of discounts on travel all year long. You’ll get 10% off select hotels, 30% off select rental cars, and a travel deal of the month.

Expedia Military Discount

Expedia isn’t currently running any military discounts, but you can find some on its sister site, CheapTickets. At the time of this article’s publication, CheapTickets was offering an 18% off promo code for members of the armed forces (verification required). 

Expedia Student Discount

Expedia occasionally runs discounts for students; you can find them here. You’ll also find discounts on CheapTickets, Expedia’s sister site. At the time of this article’s publication, CheapTickets was offering 18% off for students (verification required).