10x IHG through Rakuten, 9x AA miles

Shopping portal Rakuten is today offering 10x / 10% back on IHG bookings. Alternatively, American Airlines is offering 9 miles per dollar. Either is an excellent return considering that you’re just clicking through a portal and then booking directly with IHG, which means you would still earn IHG points and elite credit / benefits. 

The Deal

Key Terms

  • Likely only available today
  • Exclusions: Cash Back is only available for commissionable IHG rates. Specialty negotiated rates such as IHG friends & Family are not eligible for Cash Back. Rooms booked and paid for by IHG reward Club Points are not eligible for cash back incentives.

  • Special Terms: Changes made to the reservation, at the hotel, will void Cash Back.

  • Posting Time: Cash Back will be added to your Rakuten account within a few days after travel has been completed.

Quick Thoughts

Rakuten, formerly known as Ebates, offers users the choice between earning cash back or earning Amex Membership Rewards points. If you value Membership Rewards points more highly than 1c each, you might want to consider changing your earning preferences if you haven’t already. Earning 10x Membership Rewards points per dollar for your IHG bookings is a solid deal.

Alternatively, earning 9 American Airlines miles per dollar is also a solid return for your spend if you have valuable uses for AA miles.

The nice thing about booking through a shopping portal as is the case in this deal is that you’re taken directly to the hotel website to complete your booking, so your stay should qualify for all the usual benefits (loyalty points, elite benefits, elite credit, etc). Use your favorite rewards credit card that earns a bonus on travel to earn points as you would ordinarily expect on a direct hotel booking.

Keep in mind that portal terms often exclude special rates like friends & family rates, but I’ve anecdotally found that booking the AAA rate can be an eligible rate for cash back. YMMV (a strict reading of the terms might be taken to mean that AAA rates aren’t eligible, so it’s always possible something could change, but it has worked for me with other chains).

Unfortunately, there is no way to apply this to a previous booking; you would need to cancel your existing booking and re-book by first clicking through Rakuten today (though you’ll of course want to check to make sure rates haven’t increased). Cash back posts within a few weeks after completing your stay.

If you have paid bookings to make, this is a solid return and it’s great to see it come around again.

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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