(EXPIRED) Get 4K Membership Rewards or $40 with new Rakuten sign up

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Update 11/6/20: The bonus is now 4,000 Membership Rewards points or $40 for both the new member and the person referring them. That’s a great deal! (H/T: Doctor of Credit).

Update 7/24/20: Quite a few blogs have reported the “return” of this deal. Actually, it never went away: Stephen maintains our Last Chance Deals post every week and meticulously checks the deals listed in that post to make sure they are still alive. He tells me that he has checked this weekly and it has been active since we posted it more than a month ago. What is potentially new is that some people are now targeted to also earn $30 / 3,000 Membership Rewards points for referring new members rather than the standard referral of $25 / 2,500 points. This is nonetheless a great deal if you are new to Rakuten as the points are a very nice bonus as outlined in the original post to follow.


Shopping portal Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is offering 3,000 4,000 Membership Rewards points (or $40 cash back) for new members who join and make qualifying purchases totaling $25 (now $40 or more) within 90 days of becoming a new member. That’s a great deal as the points will easily be worth more than the $40 purchase itself and would be a great way to jump-start your Rakuten earnings.

a screenshot of a credit cardThe Deal

Key Details

  • Must make a qualifying purchase of $40 or more within 90 days of joining

Quick Thoughts

Rakuten traditionally offers cash back, but the key strength of the shopping portal is that you can alternatively take the rewards as Membership Rewards points — earning 10x Membership Rewards points in place of 10% back (as an example). If you have previously earned cash back from Rakuten, you can convert to earning Membership Rewards points.

However, if you are new to Rakuten, you can snag this bonus.

Again, this is a great deal for new Rakuten customers as the points are easily worth more than the $40 required minimum purchase and Rakuten has become a favorite shopping portal for many given the high Membership Rewards returns.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

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Joined last week through your link. I’m after AmEx miles period. So got sign-up, but initially you must either go with cashback through a Big Fat check or PayPal before you can switch to AmEx. Had trouble switching to AmEx but found out with Firefox browser, AmEx works. According to Rakuten AmEx has problems with Chrome or Explorer. So I thought all’s well as I’m switched and now make my first over $40 purchase. Posting next day, I see $40 cashback and points on my purchase. No 4,000 AmEx points as I expected! Currently going back’n’forth with Rakuten, but doubt they will change. Not Happy and told them so as I don’t trust you and I don’t like that! Now on 2nd account via my company using your link again. Same process all over again, but no purchase for awhile. Let’s see how that works? What am I missing! Thanks

Greg The Frequent Miler

Wow, I’m not sure what happened there. I haven’t personally used one of these links to sign up since I’ve had an account with Rakuten (previously Ebates) for a long time. You could alternatively use this link to sign up but for only 3,000 points: https://www.rakuten.com/american-express. At least you would be 100% sure to get Membership Rewards points


Thanks for the reply. I’m getting membership miles now. It’s the sign-up I am disputing. It’ll work out. Just wanted sign-up miles as there are worth more than a cent.


same for me – if you sign up with $40 referral deal, it is CASH ONLY they tell you at Rakuten customer service when you question it – 3k Membership Rewards points is a different referral link – you pick cash at $40 level or you pick points at the 3k level it seems (contrary to the headlines in this post). Afterwards, you can of course earn MR points versus cash but that doesn’t help with the signup offer. It is cash only at $40 per their customer service.

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I’m only seeing the $10 sign up bonus now. Did i miss out on the $30?


I’m a current Rakuten member earning AMEX MR points. If I signed up with a new email linked to the same AMEX MR account will I be eligible for the bonus?


New Rakuten member. Just signed up and used your referral link first. I can see from my end that the registration for the 3K membership rewards went through, so whoever’s link that was should see the credit come through if that trick works (I’ve already made a purchase). Thanks guys!


All, I get is “oops, something went wrong”


Any idea how you know if you are “registered” I signed up / logged in using my AMEX login but no mention “now you are registered” or anything like that.


If you go to “My Account” and check the “Earnings Balance” section you should see the offer as “Pending” regardless of whether you have made a purchase yet.


I did… and it said pending.


Does anyone know if you previously had an ebates account if you would qualify for this? I had used ebates long ago, but mostly use mileage and topcashback portals now so I’m curious if I would be considered a new customer.