(EXPIRED) 10x Membership Rewards / 10% back via Rakuten at HI Express, 650 stores

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Rakuten is once again offering 10% / 10x Membership Rewards points back at many stores, including Holiday Inn Express (which may work for any IHG brand), Sak’s, and many other retailers. This is valid 12/26 only.

 

The Deal

Key Terms

  • Available 12/24 only

New to Rakuten?

  • Earn Membership Rewards
    • Sign up with this link: www.ebates.com/american-express
      Deal: Sign up with the above link and make $25 in qualifying purchases in 90 days to get 1500 bonus points.
  • Earn cash back
    • Sign up with our refer-a-friend link
      Deal: Sign up with a refer-a-friend link and make $25 in qualifying purchases in 90 days to get $10 bonus.

Quick Thoughts

10% cashback is a great rate for some of the participating retailers, although you’ll want to shop around with a tool like Cashbackmonitor.com to be sure you’re getting the best rate. 10x Membership Rewards is an even better return if you prefer Membership Rewards points. In case you missed that news, you can now switch an existing cashback account to a Membership Rewards account. For more on how to do that, see Rakuten (formerly Ebates): now change from cash back to Membership Rewards points.

That said, we have previously seen 12x or 15x, so this isn’t the highest you’ll ever see (but those even higher payouts aren’t so commonly available outside of the holiday shopping period).

Holiday Inn Express makes the cut this time around, though other IHG brands are not showing 10% back. However, I think it might be possible to click through to Holiday Inn Express and then just book any IHG brand. I can’t guarantee that you’ll get the 10x HI Express payout if you book a Crowne Plaza through the HI Express link, but I think it’s possible that you will. If anyone has direct experience with this, let us know in the comments. Keep in mind that you do not need to book an advance purchase rate in order to earn portal rewards. You can book a regular reservation where you pay at the hotel directly when you stay and portal rewards should show up a few weeks after your stay (and you’ll also earn hotel points, elite credit, etc).

If Canada is in your travel plans, note that Rakuten is also offering 8% / 8x at Marriott hotels in Canada right now (though only 1.5x on hotels in the US).

Surely there are some other values to be found, particularly when stacking with Chase Offers or Amex Offers.

Other recent Rakuten flash sales have included many stores at the advertised rate have included:

  • 10x on 12/16/19
  • 12x on 12/13/19
  • 10x IHG on 12/10/19
  • 15x on 12/2/19
  • 10x on 11/22/19
  • 11x on 11/11/19

H/T: DoC

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