Update: This offer is back again today, and probably won’t last for long (tip of the hat to DoC).
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 an especially noteworthy deal.
Marriott offered this same deal in October, and they’ve just brought it back for one day (which is why I’m updating the previous post).
You can get 12% cash back for Marriott hotel stays made with 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. Obviously if you cancel any bookings you wouldn’t receive the reward.
If you’re not yet an Ebates member, you can receive an extra $10 after you make your first eligible purchase by signing up through this link (and I’ll receive a payout as well after your successful first purchase).
This promotion is only valid today, 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 1.5%.
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: ExecuStay, Ritz Carlton, Edition, BVLGARI, Grand Residences; and at the following properties: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Autograph Collection, Riyadh Marriott, Saudi Arabia, Aspen Wye River Conference Center (Maryland), The Marriott Ranch Bed and Breakfast (Virginia), AC Hotel Lisboa, AC Hotel Carlton Madrid, AC Hotel Som, AC Hotel Nuevo Portil Golf.