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Today, Rakuten is advertising 10% back at many stores both online and in-store (which can alternatively be 10 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent), some of which could make for very good deals. There are quite a few interesting retails including Saks (for those of us that haven’t used our $50 Amex Platinum credits yet), Belk, Walmart, Vrbo and Expedia. There are also a ton of retailers, including Nike, Adidas and Wine.com (which you can stack with your $10 monthly credit from the Amex Gold card).
- Rakuten is offering increased cash back rates at many retailers today only (including 10% / 10x Membership Rewards points at many popular retailers)
- Direct link to this promotion
If you’re new to Rakuten
If you’re new to Rakuten, there is a current referral promotion to get $30 back when you sign up and spend $30 or more within 90 days. Feel free to use one of our referral links with our thanks.
- Be sure to read terms for individual retailers for full exclusions
Vrbo is an interesting addition to this 10x day as it seems to apply to all vacations rentals on the site. The nice thing about booking through a shopping portal is that you’re taken directly to the retailer’s website to complete your booking, so you can use your favorite rewards credit card to earn points as you would ordinarily would on a direct travel booking. Note that you do not need to make a prepaid booking. You can book a flexible rate paid later and you should receive your 10x or 10% back within a few weeks after completing your stay.
Unfortunately, there is no way to apply this to a previous booking; you would need to cancel your existing booking and re-book by first clicking through the shopping portal today (though you’ll of course want to check to make sure rates haven’t increased).
As for other retailers, just be sure that you’re comparing payouts against other portals. For example, Rakuten is offering 10% back at Macy’s, but Topcashback and RebatesMe are both offering 12% back today. Cashbackmontior.com is a great tool for finding the best rates.
If you’re shopping in-store, don’t forget to link your credit card to Rakuten and look for opportunities to stack with other card-linked offers like Amex Offers or Chase Offers or maybe even other card-linked programs (see Stephen’s post about which may stack).
The fine print excludes many things,
Exclusions: Cash Back is not available on Apple products, Beats products, Household Essentials, Diapers, Gift cards, Groceries, Orders deemed by Walmart to be for reselling purposes, Pharmacy, Precious Metals, Tires, Video Game Consoles, or Walmart+ Memberships.
Cash Back is only available on Arts, Crafts, Cricut & Sewing, Automotive, Baby & Kids Apparel, Baby Gear & Nursery, Beauty, Books & Magazines, Electronics, Furniture, Hardware & Tools, Home, Jewelry, Shoes & Accessories, Kitchen & Dining, Office Supplies, Patio & Garden, Party & Celebration, Personal Care, PetRX first-time purchases over $35, Pet Supplies, Shoes, Sports & Fitness, Toys, Video Games, Women’s & Men’s Apparel.
Items purchased for In-Store pick up or Curbside will only be eligible for Cash Back on Walmart.com.
10X AMEX MRs (Rakuten)
5X Chase URs (Freedom/Flex quarterly)
Walgreens is showing 10% at Rakuten, can combine with the recent Chase 20% off offer
What do you think about purchase in store gift cards?
If I sign up for the AA instant status upgrade, do I lose my eligibility in the AA loyalty games.
In other words, I am currently an Explorist with Hyatt and I can qualify to become Platinum with the upgrade promo.
However, I currently hold Gold status with AA and need another 22000 LPs to hit platinum.
If request an instant status upgrade and receive Platinum status, does this negate all my efforts and require me now to maintain my Platinum status only? Please let me know.
Combine with even 4x base points promo