Rakuten: 4K Membership Rewards / $40 referral bonus for both sides


If you know someone who does not yet use shopping portal Rakuten, both you and they can receive $40 each (or 4,000 Membership Rewards points) when they sign up and spend at least $40 through the portal. That should be fairly easy to do over the next couple of months, so I definitely recommend taking advantage of this if you can. Note that the $40 bonus can obviously be triggered when the person you refer shops online, but it can also be triggered by spending $40 with in-store offers.

The Deal

  • Shopping portal Rakuten is currently offering a targeted referral bonus of $40 (or 4,000 Membership Rewards points) when you refer someone by November 30th and that person spends $40 or more within 90 days of signing up.

If you’re not a Rakuten Member and would like to use one of our referral links, you’ll find them below:

Nick’s Referral Link

Greg’s Referral Link

Tim’s Referral Link

Stephen’s Referral Link

Key Terms

  • Offer may be modified or cancelled anytime.

  • Qualify for a $40 Referral Bonus when anyone whom you refer (a “Referee”) signs up to become a new member using your referral link or other method supplied by Rakuten during the period beginning 9:01PM ET November 16, 2023 and ending 8:59PM ET November 30, 2023 (“Offer Period”) and makes Qualifying Purchase(s) totaling at least $40 within 90 days of signing up.

  • You may qualify for a Referral Bonus more than one time.

  • You and your Referee(s) must reside and be located in the 50 United States, District of Columbia, or Canada and comply with the Refer-A-Friend Program Terms.

  • Referral Bonus(es) will be added to your next Cash Back payment, provided that your Referee(s) are Qualified Referral(s) according to the Refer-A-Friend Program Terms.

  • A Referee will not be a Qualified Referral if they cancel, return, or exchange their Qualifying Purchase, if their Qualifying Purchase hasn’t earned Cash Back, or if their purchase is found to be fraudulent, abusive, unethical, suspicious, or otherwise inconsistent with our Refer-A-Friend Program Terms.

  • See promotion page for full terms

Quick Thoughts

This can be a great bonus as it means the person you refer can essentially get a $40 item for free after cash back…and you get $40 or 4,000 points for helping them do it. It looks like most, if not all, folks are targeted for this offer. If for some reason your referral link is still showing $30 instead of $40, try adding ?eeid=28187 after your ID in the referral URL.

When you sign up for Rakuten, your account preference is set to earn cash back by default. However, it’s possible to change your earning preference to Membership Rewards points. Rakuten will ask you to enter a name and address for Big Fat Check payments before setting a Membership Rewards earning preference even though you haven’t yet earned anything through Rakuten.

You can get around this by entering your name and address for check payments and then immediately switching your earning preference to Membership Rewards points. Some folks report that, by doing this before shopping, you can get 4,000 MR points. Others still end up with a $40 check for the referral bonus and find that all future purchases trigger Membership Rewards.

Regardless, you can’t be mad about getting $40 for a $40 purchase. That’s still a great deal overall, especially since this works whether you shop online or in-store with Rakuten In-Store Offers. That would make this easy to trigger for other family members as well.

Just make sure your referees sign up by November 30th. Then, they have 90 days to make $40 in purchases through Rakuten, which should be very easy at this time of year. Remember that they’ll also earn whatever the portal rate is for the store that they’re shopping at as well.

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