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Cashback Monitor Adds Card Specific Portal Payouts

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Shopping portal comparison website Cashback Monitor has now added card specific portal payouts. Currently the United portal has different payouts at some merchants for co-branded cardholders and non-cardholders. Also, the Ultimate Rewards Mall has different rates at times for the Freedom, Sapphire Preferred and Freedom cards. All of these rates now show separately when you search for a merchant. As you can see in the screenshot above, there are now two entries for the United portal…

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CashBackMonitor adds configurable point values

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CashBackMonitor has unveiled yet another groundbreaking new feature.  They now let you set your own point values within their system.  Here’s why I’m excited… Background Online shopping portals are a great way to increase rewards for purchases you plan to make anyway.  The idea is to log into a portal and, from there, click through to an online store to make your purchase.  Portals generally offer either bonus points (or miles) or cash back.  Usually…

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CashBackMonitor adds an awesome new feature. Here’s why you should care.

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Over the weekend, CashBackMonitor unveiled a new feature called “Best Rate History”.  Here’s why that’s awesome… Background Online shopping portals are a great way to increase rewards for purchases you plan to make anyway.  The idea is to log into a portal and, from there, click through to an online store to make your purchase.  Portals generally offer either bonus points (or miles) or cash back.  Usually the bonus is based on the purchase price…

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Help friends, earn cash

In yesterday’s post, “Help friends, earn points,” I showed a number of ways in which you can be rewarded by helping friends earn points, miles and travel credits.  Today’s post has a similar theme, but the focus is on earning cash.  First I’ll show the basics of referring friends for cash back, and then I’ll show ways to earn cash back from portals without spending money. Online shopping portals Shopping portals are websites that pay…

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CashBackMonitor gets even better with My Alerts

One of the best ways to earn extra points, miles, or cash back for things you plan to buy anyway, is to shop online through shopping portals (they’re great for manufacturing spend too, by the way).  Depending upon the portal, you may earn bank points (e.g. through Chase’s Ultimate Rewards Mall), or airline miles (e.g. through the United MileagePlus Shopping portal), or hotel points (e.g. through the Marriott Shop My Way portal), or Amtrak points…

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Re-Plinking Sears

In my July post, “Plinking Sears,” I introduced the idea of double-dipping when buying Sears gift cards by earning both Plink points and online shopping portal points for the same purchase.  That approach works well, but it is slow and cumbersome. You have to wait for gift cards to arrive via mail and you end up with many separate $50 gift cards.  As I described in the post “Combining Sears gift cards,” it’s not always…

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The best portal finder. A new king is crowned.

In order to get the most points or cash back when shopping online, it’s a good idea not just to go through a shopping portal, but to go through the one that currently offers the best rebate for the store where you want to shop.  In order to find the best portal, you need a “portal finder”.  A portal finder is a web site that shows the current portal payouts for whichever merchant you’re interested…

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