You’ve been staying at home for a while. You deserve some time away as soon as you can safely do so.
This, at least, is the message from online travel platform Orbtiz, which is offering $100 toward future hotel stays for rewards program members who have moved their lives to their living rooms. Beginning Tuesday, May 5, at 12:01 Central Time, Orbitz rewards members can log on to the site, fill out a short questionnaire about how much they’ve stayed at home, and get $100 in “Orbucks” towards a hotel booking later this year.
It may be the first time a rewards program has rewarded customers for intentionally not buying anything.
“While we’d normally reward our members for going places, this extraordinary situation calls for us all to stay home as much as we can,” says Carey Malloy, Orbitz Brand Director. “So… we’re rewarding you for going nowhere.”
Cashing in is pretty simple. Just log into Orbitz using your Orbitz account (or sign up for one if you don’t have it), go to Orbitz.com/stayhome, and open up the questionnaire. You’ll be asked about how often you did stuff like virtual happy hours, worked out at home, binged TV shows, and how many days you’ve stayed home completely.
Once you’ve finished the survey, you’ll be rewarded with $100 “Orbucks” — like the Disney Dollars of Orbitz — to use toward a hotel stay between now and November 5, 2020.
“I’m looking forward to the day we can all travel again,” says Malloy. “But since no one knows exactly when and where that will be just yet, we’re giving people time to plan. [But] I also recommend investing that $100 Orbucks in hotels with free cancellation just in case.”
The catch, of course, is that it’s only open to the first 1,000 people to log on. And the fun kicks off at 12:01 AM Central Time Tuesday morning. So that means 10:00 PM Monday night for you West Coast people, and remember to pause your 1:00 AM binge of Waco if you’re on the East Coast. If you’re in Hawaii, you’ll be booking at sunset.
So get your survey-answering fingers ready, America. Time it right and you just might earn a free night or two away from home after spending so much time in yours.