$40 back on $80 at Booking.com – works for existing users


American Airlines is offering a link for $40 back on a booking of $80 or more at Booking.com. This offer has no listed expiration date that I can see, so I’m not sure how long it will be around, but it could be a good way to save a few bucks.

a screenshot of a travel login

The Deal

  • $40 back on $80 or more at Booking.com
  • No exclusion for existing accounts

Key Terms

  • To obtain the reward as a credit to their credit card, the Participant has, within a reasonable time after the stay, either created a user account and saved a valid credit card in the account settings or provided a valid credit card on the provided digital form. American Express is not currently an accepted credit card.
  • Booking.com will only recognize one Eligible Reservation per Participant, per campaign to count for an Incentive Bonus. Participants may only receive Incentive Bonuses from a maximum of 3 different campaigns per year, including Refer-a-Friend campaigns.
  • Valid one time only per user.
  • Not available for residents of Hawaii or New Mexico (thanks Gary K)

Quick Thoughts

This promotion is very simple — just go to aa.com and click on the link under “news and offers” as pictured at the top of this post. That’s it — at some point after you make your stay, you should get $40 refunded back to your credit card (note that the terms state that you can not pay via American Express — I assume Booking.com does not accept Amex). Once you click through AA.com, you should see the green banner shown in the screenshot below confirming that you’ll get $40 back with a minimum booking cost of $80.

a screenshot of a website

While I generally prefer to book direct in order to ensure that I get benefits like free wi-fi, elite credit/points, breakfast, etc, there are surely situations in which the $40 rebate might outweigh those benefits. I find Booking.com to be most useful when looking for guesthouses or accommodations in areas without many chain properties.

a white buildings with a body of water in the background
We had a great stay at a small locally-run place in Santorini that we booked via Booking.com.

As The Deal Mommy points out, this promotion appears to “stack” with a refer-a-friend bonus in the sense that you can sign up via a referral link in order to get $25 back on your first booking of $50 or more and then use this $40 back on $80 link. If you have two bookings to make (or two back-to-back nights and don’t mind making them on separate reservations in the hopes that the hotel will combine them on arrival), you could save $65. Keep in mind that the terms state you can only receive incentive bonuses from a maximum of three campaigns per year — including the refer-a-friend bonus. This means that if you are referred and then you also use the $40 back on $80, you will only be able to take advantage of one more incentive bonus from Booking.com this year.

If you only have one night to book, you’ll definitely want to book the $40 back on $80 offer. If you’ve got two or more nights to book and you would like a referral, you can feel free to use my referral link with my thanks or check the comments for referral links from other readers. Regardless, this is a nice promotion from American to save you a few dollars.

H/t: The Deal Mommy

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Thanks Cathy, I used your referal link!

I had already used the AA 40$ bonus, i already received the amount in my credit card statement (i can not copy/paste the image sadly)

Once again, If anyone needs a referral, you get $25 more off as the author stated:


Most Recent Referral Link:
You will get $25 back directly to your credit card for completed stay over $50 when booking with this referral link:


(10 vacancies, updated on 18 July 2017)


Most Recent Referral Link:
You will get $25 back directly to your credit card for completed stays over $50 when booking with this referral link:
(Updated on July 14 2017)


Most Recent Referral Link:
You will get $25 back directly to your credit card for completed stay over $50 when booking with this referral link:
(Updated on July 15 2017)


Most recent referral link (spend $50+, get $25 back):
(updated on 7 July)

[…] back on a booking of €225 or more (about $256 today). If you previously participated in the $40 back on $80 promo, you may still be eligible. Terms indicate that you can participate in a maximum of three cash […]

Captain Pan

I have experienced similar steps, receiving the email asking me to claim my rewards without any clickable link. Nothing happens till now. Did anyone receive the rewards with this deal?



Here is the instructions:

To claim your cash rewards:
1. Simply add your credit card details below.
2. Click on the card you would like to receive the reward.
3. Tick the Use this card for my cash rewards box.
We can only issue your reward money on MasterCard or Visa.

Once again, If anyone needs a referral, you get $25 more off as the author stated: https://www.booking.com/s/ebaa3a01 – cheers!


Hmm. Already have a card added – I dont see eligible for rewards anywhere on the page.


I got the email asking me to claim my reward.

Welcome back!
We hope you enjoyed your trip! Now that you’ve stayed, it’s time to cash in on the reward we promised.

I had the green banner when i booked – but this email doesnt have a clickable link to obtain my reward. Is this more Booking.com bait and switch?

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