Shopping portals can be a great way to earn cash back for purchases you’d make anyway. While shopping portals offer bonuses for all kinds of retailers, sometimes they even offer bonuses for airlines and hotels.
We’re seeing shopping portals offering an increased number of bonuses for hotel stays, and now we’re seeing yet another one.
At the moment you can get 15% cash back for stays at all IHG brands booked through Ebates (this includes InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, etc.). We’ve sometimes seen 10% cash back through Ebates, though this is by far the best I ever recall seeing.
Ebates simply redirects you to IHG’s website, so you’d be eligible to earn points and receive elite benefits as usual. The cash back for eligible stays should post to your Ebates account within six weeks of your stay. Obviously, if you cancel any bookings you wouldn’t receive the reward.
The terms state that specially negotiated rates (such as IHG friends & family) are not eligible for this offer.
If you’re not yet an Ebates member, you can receive an extra $10 after you make your first eligible purchase by signing up (and I’ll receive a payout as well after your successful first purchase).
I’m not sure how long this promotion is available (generally these are just for one day), so you’ll want to book ASAP if you have any bookings to make. You can always make refundable bookings now and then cancel them later. As a point of comparison, the payout before this was just 4%.
15% cash back really is exceptional. Happy booking!
(Tip of the hat to Frequent Miler)