CHICAGO, Aug. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Food and travel go together like Orbitz and Rewards. Orbitz.com and Rewards Network today introduced Orbitz Rewards Dining – a new dining program that allows Orbitz Rewards members to earn 5 percent in Orbucks® – the currency of the Orbitz Rewards loyalty program – when dining at more than 11,000 restaurants across North America, or 7 percent in Orbucks when using the Orbitz Rewards Visa card. Orbucks can be redeemed on the Orbitz app for iOS and Android or the Orbitz.com website when booking tens of thousands of hotels around the world.
Orbitz Rewards Dining is a free program and easy to join. Starting today, members can sign up at www.orbitzrewardsdining.com to begin dining their way to an incredible getaway and can register up to five major credit or debit cards to earn and track all dining purchases. Members can also use the Orbitz Rewards Dining website to search by location and find restaurants eligible for earning Orbucks. Orbitz Rewards Visa cardholders are automatically enrolled into Orbitz Rewards Dining and will always earn more when using their card while dining at participating restaurants.
"Dining is such a big part of the travel experience that it was a logical next step for us to offer Orbitz Rewards Dining to our members and give them the opportunity to earn travel rewards throughout their entire vacation," said Sarah Butterfass, senior director of loyalty for Orbitz Worldwide. "The best part is that our customers stay engaged with Orbitz Rewards and continue to earn Orbucks towards their next vacation not only when traveling but even when they are eating at their favorite restaurants near home."
Orbitz.com launched Orbitz Rewards Dining in partnership with Rewards Network – the leading dining rewards program in North America.
"We are thrilled to partner with Orbitz.com on our newest dining loyalty program, Orbitz Rewards Dining," said Kara Walsh, chief marketing officer for Rewards Network. "Their preeminent brand and our long track record of building dining programs with blue-chip partners creates a powerful combination. Orbitz Rewards Dining members will discover how easy it is to earn their Orbucks just by dining out at any of more than 11,000 great program restaurants throughout the country."
Orbitz Rewards launched in October 2013 and now has over 2 million members. The simple, fast, flexible and free loyalty program rewards travelers in Orbucks currency on air, hotel and vacation package purchases that can be instantly redeemed on tens of thousands of hotels. There are no complicated points to calculate – one Orbuck equals one U.S. dollar – and there are no blackout dates, no redemption hurdles and no restrictions on combining rewards with other offers.
In less than one year since the program's launch, Orbitz Rewards has been recognized by the 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) as the #1 Travel Rewards program among online travel companies.1 Orbitz Rewards outperformed all other online travel companies' rewards programs in areas that are most important to consumers: speed to earn, redeeming rewards instantly, ability to earn rewards on a variety of travel products and saving on travel.
For more information about Orbitz Rewards visit www.orbitz.com/rewards.
1The American Customer Satisfaction Index conducted a proprietary study commissioned by Orbitz May 5 – 20, 2014 that included 750 online travel agency customers who use online travel agency rewards programs. Expedia Rewards, Hotels.com and Orbitz Rewards were included within the study.
Orbitz.com is a leading travel website that enables consumers to search for and book a broad range of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and destination activities. Since launching in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the world's largest online travel sites. Orbitz.com now offers the groundbreaking Orbitz Rewards loyalty program—the only program where customers can earn rewards immediately on flights, hotels and packages, and redeem instantly on tens of thousands of hotels worldwide. Use the Orbitz Rewards Visa® Card to earn even more rewards. Orbitz.com is the #1 way to book travel on mobile devices, be it using our apps (get them at www.orbitz.com/mobile) or our smartphone-optimized website (m.orbitz.com), both of which are tailored for smartphones and tablets. The Orbitz app won the 2014 Appy Award for best travel app. Orbitz also ranks #1 in Online Travel Website Customer Satisfaction in the 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index. Follow Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and through the Orbitz Travel Blog. Orbitz.com is operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW).
About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel. Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com) and CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com). Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (www.orbitz.com/OPN) delivers private label travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the world`s largest airlines and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of all sizes. Orbitz Worldwide makes investor relations information available at investors.orbitz.com.
About Rewards Network
Rewards Network (rewardsnetwork.com) is a results-driven, measurable card-linked marketing platform that helps restaurants fill more tables and build a loyal customer base. Rewards Network provides access to millions of passionate diners, driving new and repeat visits by offering rewards such as airline miles, hotel points, charitable contributions, and more. The company promotes restaurants to diners via web, email, social media, and mobile marketing, and also provides valuable customer feedback and performance tracking to help restaurants improve service and increase profits.
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