(EXPIRED) Rakuten Big Give Week: 15% cashback/15x MR and $40 for new members

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Today, Rakuten starts its annual “Big Give Week” promotion that runs until May 15th. Rakuten is offering up to 15% cash back (or 15x Membership Rewards) at a wide selection of merchants, many of which are interesting.

There are quite a few travel options, including Choice, Best Western, Hertz, and Viator. For those with Amex Platinum and Business Platinum credits to burn, Dell is listed at 15x, as is Saks 5th Avenue.

New members can also receive a $40 bonus via referral, a terrific offer for Rakuten and one of the best parts about Big Give Week. If you’re already a Rakuten member, you can get the same $40 bonus for referring others.

The Deal

  • Earn up to 15% cash back or 15x Membership Rewards on Rakuten from May 8th-May 15th on select merchants by clicking through the Rakuten portal.
  • Expires 5/15/22
  • If you don’t have a Rakuten account, there’s a $40 bonus referral bonus for new members who sign-up and spend at least $40 through the portal within the first 90 days. If you do have an account. If you’d like to use one of our referral links, you’ll find them below. We’ll get $40 as well.

Tim’s Referral Link

Greg’s Referral Link

Stephen’s Referral Link

Quick Thoughts.

While this is a very good deal for cashback, when you use Rakuten you can earn Membership Rewards instead of the cash, which I find much more valuable. At our current RRV’s, that makes the 15x bonus worth approximately 23% back when redeemed via Membership Rewards. That’s pretty good.

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