(EXPIRED) Rakuten: Earn 10%/10x On IHG, Best Western Bookings

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Rakuten is once again offering increased cashback rates when booking stays with IHG and Best Western.

The Deal

  • Rakuten is offering the following rates for hotel stays:
    • IHG – 10%/10x
    • Best Western – 10%/10x
  • Direct link to offer.

If you’re new to Rakuten

At the time of writing, Rakuten is offering a $30 bonus for new customers who sign up and spend $30 or more within the first 90 days. If you’re new to Rakuten and you’d like to sign up, feel free to use the Frequent Miler referral link with our thanks:

Keep in mind that those who value American Express Membership Rewards points at greater than 1c per point will prefer to change their earning preference to Membership Rewards points.

Key Terms

  • Expiry date unknown

Quick Thoughts

Keep in mind that clicking through Rakuten still brings you to book directly with the hotel, so you’ll still get elite credit, hotel points, and any associated elite benefits since you will be booking direct. Clicking through Rakuten just increases your return on spend.

There’s no end date listed for these increased cashback/Membership Rewards rates, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended tonight and so it’d be worth making your reservation(s) ASAP if you want to take advantage of them.

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Any chance this stacks with the point buying offer? If I click through Rakuten to IHG, then to buy points, would it trigger?

Nick Reyes

No. If you’re looking to buy with the 100% bonus or whatever, those buy points transactions are processed by Points.com, not by IHG. You could click through a portal to Points.com to buy points (but the return is usually 1-2% on Points.com).


Word of Caution….I had a stay from last October through Rakuten and IHG still has not paid out. Rakuten kept telling me to wait the 3 month period. And now they are reaching out to IHG….


Thanks Stephen. Will IHG reservations made today for stays in June trigger this Rakuten 9x (i.e. not only for prepaid stays; post at time of hotel checkout, for an Aug 15 Big Fat Check payout)?