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REWARDS INFORMATION: TRAVEL CATEGORIES

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TRAVEL CATEGORIES
Category Definition What does this mean for you? Cards
Airfare

To earn additional rewards, airfare must be for a scheduled flight on a passenger carrier and purchased directly from the airline.

(Charter flights and private jet flights are excluded)

Airfare FAQs
You will earn additional rewards if you purchase your flight directly from a passenger airline that accepts the Card, such as Delta, JetBlue or British Airways.

You will NOT earn additional rewards on airfare purchased as part of a vacation package.

You may not earn additional rewards if you purchase airfare with a third party
  • Premier Rewards Gold Card
  • Only select Business Gold Rewards Cards (Please call the number on the back of your Card for more information)
  • Only select SimplyCash® Business Credit Cards (Please visit the URL on the back of your Card or call the number on the back of your Card for additional information.)
Hotels

To earn additional rewards on hotels, the purchase must be for a hotel stay and must be made directly with the hotel.

(Timeshares, banquets, events, and vacation packages are NOT included. Hotel rooms paid in advance to a travel agent or travel website are NOT included.)

Hotel FAQs
You will earn additional rewards on hotels if you purchase your hotel stay directly from a hotel that accepts the Card, such as Sheraton or Westin.

You will earn additional rewards when you pay the hotel directly (e.g., upon check-in or check-out) for a hotel stay that was reserved with a third party, such as an online travel agent.

You will NOT earn additional rewards if you prepay for your hotel with a third party, such as an online travel agent, or prepay the hotel as part of a vacation package.

You may not earn additional rewards for meeting room bookings within a hotel.
  • Blue Sky Preferred® Card
  • Only select SimplyCash® Business Credit Cards (Please visit the URL on the back of your Card or call the number on the back of your Card for additional information.)
Car Rentals

To earn additional rewards on car rentals, the purchase must be made at a car rental company that is included on our list of "select major car rental companies."

Car Rental FAQs

You will earn additional rewards ONLY when you purchase directly from a company on this list of select car rental companies that accept the Card:
  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Enterprise
  • E-Z
  • Fox
  • Hertz
  • National
  • Payless
  • Thrifty

You will NOT earn additional rewards if a car rental is purchased as part of a vacation package or purchased with a third party.
  • Blue Sky Preferred®
  • JetBlue® Business Card
  • Only select SimplyCash® Business Credit Cards (Please visit the URL on the back of your Card or call the number on the back of your Card for additional information.)
The TrueEarnings® Card Travel Purchases

With the TrueEarnings® Card from Costco and American Express, you can earn additional rewards on eligible travel purchases.

Eligible travel purchases include airfare, hotel stays, car rentals and cruise purchases made as part of a vacation package or with a third party.
You will earn additional rewards on eligible travel purchases including:

  • Airfare on a scheduled passenger carrier (charter flights and private jet flights are NOT included).

  • Hotel stays (timeshares, banquets and events are NOT included).

  • Car rentals purchased from Costco Travel or from the list of select major car rental companies that accept the Card (see car rentals category above).

  • Other travel purchases from Costco Travel, cruise lines, travel agencies, and tour operators.
  • TrueEarnings® Card from Costco and American Express
  • TrueEarnings® Business Card from Costco and American Express
Starwood Purchases

To earn additional Starpoints®, the purchase must be made directly with a participating Starwood property, Starwood retail establishments, and Starwood online stores.

(Banquets, events and vacation packages are NOT included. Hotel rooms paid in advance to a travel agent or travel website are NOT included.)
You will earn additional Starpoints® when you pay the Starwood hotel property directly (e.g. upon check-in or check-out) for a hotel stay that was reserved with a third party, such as an online travel agent.

You will NOT earn additional rewards if you prepay for your hotel stay with a third party, such as a tour operator or an online travel channel, or prepay the hotel as part of a vacation package.

For more details on Starpoints you can earn as an SPG member, please visit spg.com.
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card
  • Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card
JetBlue Purchases

To earn additional TrueBlue® points the purchase must be made directly with JetBlue.
You will earn additional TrueBlue points when you purchase directly from JetBlue or JetBlue.com. This includes JetBlue Getaways vacation packages purchased from JetBlue.

You will NOT earn additional TrueBlue points on JetBlue airfare purchased as part of a vacation package with a third party.

You may not earn additional TrueBlue points if you purchase JetBlue airfare with a third party.
  • JetBlue Credit Card from American Express
  • JetBlue® Business Card from American Express
Hilton Purchases

To earn additional Hilton HHonorsTM Bonus Points the purchase must be made directly with a participating property within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio.

(Banquets, events, and vacation packages are NOT included. Hotel rooms paid in advance to a travel agent or travel website are NOT included.)
You will earn additional Hilton HHonors Bonus Points when you pay the Hilton Worldwide hotel property directly (e.g., upon check-in or check-out) for a hotel stay that was reserved with a third party, such as an online travel agent.

You will NOT earn additional rewards if you prepay for your hotel with a third party, such as an online travel agent, or prepay the hotel as part of a vacation package.
  • Hilton HHonorsTM Card
  • HiltonTM Surpass® Card
Delta Purchases

To earn additional SkyMiles® or SkyPoints® the purchase must be made directly with Delta or Delta.com.
You will earn additional Delta SkyMiles or SkyPoints when you purchase directly from Delta or Delta.com. This includes Delta vacation packages purchased from Delta.

You will NOT earn additional SkyMiles or SkyPoints on Delta airfare purchased as part of a vacation package with a third party.

You may not earn additional SkyMiles or SkyPoints if you purchase airfare with a third party.
  • Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card
  • Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card
  • Delta Reserve Credit Card
  • Classic Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card
  • SkyPoints® Credit Card from Delta and American Express
  • Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card
  • Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card
  • Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card

This website is only a summary of certain information about rewards programs. All rewards programs, base rewards and additional rewards, are subject to and governed by the terms of the applicable Card Member Agreement or the Membership Rewards® program terms and conditions, as the case may be. Those terms will govern if they conflict in any way with this website. The information on this website is subject to change without notice.