Booking.com Refer a Friend Program terms

If you received your referral link before or during September 2016, you are subject to the previous referral terms and conditions.

Under the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program, customers of Booking.com who made a booking (the “Advocate”) are invited to earn Referral Bonuses by inviting Referees (as described below) to make use of the Booking.com online reservation services. The following Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms apply to the Advocate and Referees (together referred to as the “Participants”) participating in the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program.

Booking.com may suspend, terminate or change the terms and requirements of the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms at any time and for any reason. A Referral Bonus already earned in accordance with the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms before such change, suspension or termination, will be honored.

Information about the Referee:

By taking part in the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program, the Referee acknowledges that Booking.com may at its sole discretion, share the Referee’s first name, and status of the Eligible Reservation in the Advocates user account setting to inform the Advocate about the status of the earned Referral Bonus. Booking.com will not share the accommodation name or specific check in/check out dates. If you do not want the Advocate to receive the information about you, please do not finalize the reservation after having clicked on the Referral Link. Your participation in the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program will be stopped.

1. Eligibility

Participants, meaning Advocate and Referee, must be 18 years of age and older. Persons from the states of New Mexico and Hawaii, staff members of Booking Holdings Inc., and its affiliates, as well as participants (including their representatives and staff members) of the Booking.com Affiliate Partner Program are excluded from participation. Participants must be natural persons.

2. Referral bonus

  • A Referral Bonus can be earned as follows:
    • The Advocate shares the referral link as provided on the Booking.com website (the “Referral Link”). The Advocate is not entitled to use the Referral Link in or for paid promotions, including online advertising;
    • A person, receiving the link (the “Referee”), creates an Eligible Reservation through the Booking.com website by clicking on the Referral Link; and
    • The stay of the Referee as part of the Eligible Reservation is confirmed by the booked accommodation to Booking.com; and
    • The Advocate and the Referee have created, within a reasonable time after the stay, a user account and saved a valid credit card in the account settings to obtain the reward to be charged to this credit card.
    • Advocates and Referees must at all times be different persons.
  • A reservation is considered an “Eligible Reservation” when it has been made by clicking on the Referral Link and the total costs of the reservation as made via Booking.com (excluding any costs incurred in addition during the stay directly at the acommodation) is minimum two times the value of the Referral Bonus to be earned by the Referee. Booking.com will only recognize one Eligible Reservation per Referee to count for a Referral Bonus.
  • The Advocate may only earn the Advocate’s Referral Bonus 10 times in total. Each Referee may only make use once of a Referral Link to create an Eligible Reservation, regardless if the Referee received or had access to separate Referral Links from different Advocates. Per credit card, a maximum of 11 Referral Bonuses can be earned (one as Referee, 10 as Advocate).
  • The Booking.com Refer a Friend Program can only be used for personal, non commercial purposes.
  • Booking.com will, if it has determined in its sole discretion, that Advocate and Referee have complied with and fulfilled the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms, confirm that the Advocate and the Referee have earned the bonus (the “Referral Bonus”) as described in the invitation to participate in the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program. The Participants will automatically receive the Referral Bonus as a credit to the credit card saved in the user account setting for the purpose of the Refer a Friend Program. Booking.com may send an email to either the Advocate or the Referee as necessary to remind that the creation of the user account and the storage of a valid credit card is needed to obtain the Referral Bonus.
  • A Referral Bonus not redeemed within 6 months after its confirmation by Booking.com will automatically expire. The Referral Bonus cannot be transferred, exchanged for any cash or money or sold. Note: this is valid for all Referral Bonuses that have been confirmed after April 10, 2018. All Referral Bonuses that have been confirmed before that date will automatically expire after 12 months.
  • The Advocate may only earn the Advocate’s Referral Bonus 10 times in total.
  • Each Referee may only make use once of a Referral Link, also if the Referee received or had access to separate Referral Links from different Advocates.
  • The Participants will be responsible for any taxes or charges, that may be arise due to the earning and payout of the Referral Bonus.
  • The calculation of the Referral Bonus is an automatic procedure based on the use of the Referral Links and the creation of Eligible Reservations through the Booking.com online reservation services. Booking.com retains the right to, at its sole discretion, review the compliance with the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program terms.

3. Displaying Referral Links

The Advocate shall not share or publish the Referral Links where there is no reasonable basis for believing that recipients are genuine travelers and appreciate the invitation stated through the Referral Link and not in violation of applicable anti-spam laws. The Advocate shall indemnify and hold Booking.com, its directors, officers, employees, shareholders, agents and successors harmless, from and against any claims that may arise from any unlawful forwarding or sharing of the Referral Link.

4. Anti Bribery

By sharing the Referral Link, creating an Eligible Reservation and in order to be eligible for the Referral Bonus, each Participant agrees and accepts the following anti-bribery terms: You are not a government official. “Government officials” include any government employee; candidate for public office; and any employee of (wholly or partly) government-owned or government-controlled companies, public international organizations and political parties (including any official or representative thereof). Government officials are not eligible for the referral bonus. You shall immediately inform us if you are a government official. In respect of (or as an award for) the referral activities (including the solicitation of new users, accommodations and/or the promotion and marketing of Booking.com) and the Referral Bonus, you shall (i) not directly or indirectly (a) offer, promise or give to any third party (including any governmental official or political party('s official, representative or candidate)), or (b) seek, accept or get promised for itself of for another party, any gift, payment, reward, consideration or benefit of any kind which would or could be construed as bribery or an illegal or corrupt practice, and (ii) comply with all applicable laws governing anti-bribery and corrupt gifts and practices (including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Anti-Bribery Act).

5. Miscellaneous

  • Booking.com retains the right to investigate the participation in the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program for any fraudulent activities and take any measures to end them. These measures may comprise, that Booking.com at its own discretion cancels an Eligible Reservation. Referral Bonus earned through fraudulent activities or activities in violation of these Booking.com Refer a Friend Program terms will be null and void and repayment may be requested by Booking.com.
  • Booking.com may suspend, terminate or change the terms and requirements of the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms at any time and for any reason.
  • The original English version of this Agreement may have been translated into other languages. The translated version of this Agreement is a courtesy and office translation only and the Participants cannot derive any rights from the translated version. In the event of a dispute about the contents or interpretation of these terms and conditions of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict, ambiguity, inconsistency or discrepancy between the English version and any other language version of this Agreement, the English language version shall apply and prevail and be conclusive and binding. The English version shall be used in legal proceedings.
  • If any provision of these terms is or becomes invalid, unenforceable or non-binding, you shall remain bound by all other provisions hereof. In such event, such invalid provision shall nonetheless be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and each participant will at least agree to accept a similar effect as the invalid, unenforceable or non-binding provision, given the contents and purpose of these terms and conditions.
  • To the extent permitted by law, these Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands. Any disputes arising out or in connection with these terms shall exclusively be submitted to and dealt with by the competent court in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • The Booking.com Refer a Friend Program is organized by Booking.com B.V., Herengracht 597, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms (Pre October 2016)

If you received your referral link during or after October 2016, you are subject to the current referral terms and conditions.

Under the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program, customers of Booking.com who made a booking (the “Advocate”) are invited to earn Referral Bonuses by inviting Referees (as described below) to make use of the Booking.com online reservation services. The following Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms apply to the Advocate and Referees (together referred to as the “Participants”) participating in the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program.

1. Eligibility

Participants, meaning Advocate and Referee, must be 18 years of age and older and be located in the United States of America or the United Kingdom. Persons from the states of New Mexico and Hawaii, as well as employees of The Priceline Group Inc. and its affiliates, are excluded from participation.

2. Referral Bonus

  • A Referral Bonus can be earned as follows:

    1. The Advocate shares the referral link as provided on the Booking.com website (the “Referral Link”);
    2. A person, receiving the link (the “Referee”), creates an Eligible Reservation through the Booking.com website by clicking on the Referral Link; and
    3. The stay of the Referee as part of the Eligible Reservation is confirmed by the booked accommodation to Booking.com.
  • Booking.com will, if it has determined in its sole discretion, that Advocate and Referee have complied with and fulfilled the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms, credit the Advocate and the Referee with the bonus (the “Referral Bonus”) as described in the invitation to participate in the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program. The Participants will receive an email confirmation from Booking.com about their earned and credited Referral Bonus including instructions about how to obtain their Referral Bonus.

  • The Referral Bonus will be provided in form of a prepaid virtual debit card (the “Booking.com Debit Card”). The Booking.com Debit Card can be shipped to the address entered upon request of the Booking.com Debit Card. The Participants acknowledge, that the Booking.com Debit Card cannot be shipped without having provided a valid address and Booking.com will not be held liable for the loss or destruction of the Booking.com Debit Card during shipping or delayed receipt.The Booking.com Debit Card may contain an expiration date for the use of the prepaid credit.

  • Referral Bonus not redeemed within 6 months after first confirmation by Booking.com will automatically expire. The Referral Bonus cannot be transferred, exchanged for any cash or money or sold.

  • The total amount of Referral Bonus to be earned by the Referee is 15 USD or 15 GBP, during the term of this Booking.com Refer a Friend Program. The total amount of Referral Bonus to be earned by the Advocate is 150 USD or 150 GBP during the term of this Booking.com Refer a Friend Program.

  • Each Referee may only make use once of a Referral Link, also if the Referee received or had access to separate Referral Links from different Advocates.

  • The Participants will be responsible for any taxes or charges, that may be arise due to the earning and payout of the Referral Bonus.

  • A reservation is considered an Eligible Reservation when it has been made by clicking on the Referral Link, and with check out before the campaign end date (indicated on the website or email you received), as confirmed by the booked accommodation to Booking.com. Booking.com will only recognize one Eligible Reservation per Referee to count for a Referral Bonus.

3. Displaying Referral Links

The Advocate shall not publish the Referral Links where there is no reasonable basis for believing that recipients are genuine travelers and appreciate the invitation stated through the Referral Link and not in violation of applicable anti-spam laws. The Advocate shall indemnify and hold Booking.com, its directors, officers, employees, shareholders, agents and successors harmless, from and against any claims that may arise from any unlawful forwarding of the Referral Link.

4. Information about Referees

Booking.com will not provide information about the identity of Referees to the Advocates. The Advocate will obtain an automatically updated overview via email. The calculation of the Referral Bonus is an automatic procedure based on the use of the Referral Links and the creation of Eligible Reservations through the Booking.com online reservation services. Booking.com retains the right to, at its sole discretion, review the compliance with the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program terms.

5. Anti Bribery

By sharing the Referral Link, creating an Eligible Reservation and in order to be eligible for the Referral Bonus, each Participant agrees and accepts the following anti-bribery terms: You are not a government official. “Government officials” include any government employee; candidate for public office; and any employee of (wholly or partly) government-owned or government-controlled companies, public international organizations and political parties (including any official or representative thereof). Government officials are not eligible for the referral bonus. You shall immediately inform us if you are a government official. In respect of (or as an award for) the referral activities (including the solicitation of new users, accommodations and/or the promotion and marketing of Booking.com) and the Referral Bonus, you shall (i) not directly or indirectly (a) offer, promise or give to any third party (including any governmental official or political party('s official, representative or candidate)), or (b) seek, accept or get promised for itself of for another party, any gift, payment, reward, consideration or benefit of any kind which would or could be construed as bribery or an illegal or corrupt practice, and (ii) comply with all applicable laws governing anti-bribery and corrupt gifts and practices (including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Anti-Bribery Act).

6. Miscellaneous

  • Booking.com retains the right to investigate the participation in the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program for any fraudulent activities and take any measures to end them. These measures may comprise, that Booking.com cancels an Eligible Reservation. Referral Bonus earned through fraudulent activities or activities in violation of these Booking.com Refer a Friend Bonus terms will be null and void.

  • Booking.com may suspend, terminate or change the terms and requirements of the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms at any time and for any reason. A Referral Bonus already earned in accordance with the Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms before such change, suspension or termination, will be honored.

  • The original English version of this Agreement may have been translated into other languages. The translated version of this Agreement is a courtesy and office translation only and the Participants cannot derive any rights from the translated version. In the event of a dispute about the contents or interpretation of these terms and conditions of this Agreement or in the event of a conflict, ambiguity, inconsistency or discrepancy between the English version and any other language version of this Agreement, the English language version shall apply and prevail and be conclusive and binding. The English version shall be used in legal proceedings.

  • If any provision of these terms is or becomes invalid, unenforceable or non-binding, you shall remain bound by all other provisions hereof. In such event, such invalid provision shall nonetheless be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, and each participant will at least agree to accept a similar effect as the invalid, unenforceable or non-binding provision, given the contents and purpose of these terms and conditions.

  • To the extent permitted by law, these Booking.com Refer a Friend Program Terms shall be exclusively governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands. Any disputes arising out or in connection with these terms shall exclusively be submitted to and dealt with by the competent court in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

  • The Booking.com Refer a Friend Program is organized by Booking.com B.V., Herengracht 597, 1017 CE Amsterdam, The Netherlands.