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Is USAA Travel a "Third Party Booking Site" ?

Is USAA Travel a "Third Party Booking Site" ?

Old Jul 5, 19, 2:11 pm
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Is USAA Travel a "Third Party Booking Site" ?

I just joined USAA and stumbled upon their travel booking site, branded as Member Travel Privileges. Checking one reservation in September in a relatively expensive area, I found their rate to be a bit cheaper (and you earn points in USAA's program), so I canceled my Hilton-direct reservation and booked through USAA for the same dates (about 5% cheaper). The new reservation has a confirmation # that 'is not found' on the Honors reservation page when you "find existing reservation" (several hours after the new reservation) - a fact that has me wondering if this agency is considered a "third party booking site" (and therefore ineligible for Honors points).

Does anyone have experience in booking Hilton rooms through USAA Travel, and did you receive Honors points / elite credit?

I still have time to reverse my actions, as the stay isn't until September.

(I will call them and ask, but that information is not as valuable to me as the anecdotal what actually happens information available here...)
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Old Jul 6, 19, 7:47 pm
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Pretty much anything thatís not booking with Hilton direct is a third-party site

Iím curious why you think there would be an exception to this site? Itís not a Hilton website right?
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Old Jul 6, 19, 8:00 pm
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It sounds like it's not prepaid and is somewhat different from an OLTA. Perhaps the OP is thinking that with USAA membership, it would be similar to booking a AAA rate for example.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 10:39 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
It sounds like it's not prepaid and is somewhat different from an OLTA. Perhaps the OP is thinking that with USAA membership, it would be similar to booking a AAA rate for example.
My understanding is that normal travel agency bookings typically earn credit, but 'resellers' do not. (That's always been the case for me anyway... booking through Acendas, Concur, Amex earn, booking a stay through Priceline or Expedia do not - essentially the difference between them - at least as I thought I understood it - was that Priceline / Expedia / etc. are reselling prepurchased / prearranged inventory and traditional travel agencies are simply selling Hilton's inventory...)
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