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. At the moment there’s a noteworthy deal, which will likely only be available today (though lately we seem to see this offer about once per week).
You can get 10% cash back for Marriott hotel stays booked through Ebates. Ebates simply redirects you to Marriott’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.
As mentioned above, we’re now seeing this promotion from Ebates just about every week, so it’s not exactly rare, but it is worth being aware of if you’re booking hotel stays. Also note that we’re now sometimes seeing opportunities to earn 10x airline miles using shopping portals, so some may prefer that offer, assuming they value miles at more than a penny each.
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 (in the past it has typically only been available for a 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 2%.
Here’s what the promotion lists as the exclusions (as you can see, some brands are excluded, not all rates apply, etc.):
Cash Back is available only on completed hotel stay. Cash Back is not available on airfare, car rentals, vacation packages, gift cards, rooms offered at specially negotiated rates, where the customer is required to be affiliated with or employed by a particular company or organization to receive the special rate (e.g., government rate or the Marriott employee rate) and rooms that are booked and paid for using Marriott Rewards Points. Cash Back is not available at the following brands: Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, Design Hotels, Bulgari, W Hotels; and at the following properties: Atlantis, Autograph Collection, Bulgari Hotel, London, Joshua G.E. Medical Corp. Conference Center, Jesse Jones Rotary Conference Center, Marriott Ranch, Protea Hotel Amani Beach, Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, The Ritz-Carlton London, U.S. Postal Service Conference Center, Four Points by Sheraton Havana, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Autograph Collection.