I wanted to let you guys know about an amazing website I’ve just discovered called Ebates. Ebates offers cash back on thousands of online purchases. Since I don’t buy a lot of stuff (I’d rather spend my money on travel) I initially dismissed Ebates but I’ve since discovered I can get cash back via Ebates for booking travel online using all my favourite sites. I use booking.com, Accor hotels (I love me an Ibis – cheap but comfortable), Expedia – pretty much all my travel bookings are online! I assumed it would not be possible to do outside of the US, but I was wrong. Anyone with an internet connection and a Paypal account can get cashback with Ebates.
Here’s how Ebates works:
You sign up to Ebates via their website. Use this link and you’ll get $10 free after making a qualifying purchase of $25.
When you know you’re going to do some shopping, check the Ebates website first to see if you could get some money back. Ebates gives up to 40% cashback on your purchases, so it’s definitely worth your time to check the Ebates site before shopping.
If you’d prefer to skip this step you can add the Ebates browser extension (if you’re using Chrome) and it will automatically tell you if the store you are visiting has cash back available.
Shop as normal.
Wait a few days and check your Ebates balance. If you’re travelling, Ebates won’t credit until after travel has completed, which makes sense given you could cancel your booking.
Is this a scam?
No. It does sound too good to be true, but it’s how the internet works these days. Think of your favourite celebrities and bloggers. If they mention a product and link to it from their website, they get paid every time one of their readers makes a purchase from their link. It’s called affiliate marketing. Ebates does the same thing, except it’s so much better for the reader (you) because they share the commission they get paid with you!
Things to be aware of
- Not every purchase will be eligible for cash back, you need to read the conditions on the Ebates website before making your purchase.
- They will send you SO.MANY.EMAILS so either use a dedicated email address or turn off promotional emails in your account settings. The point of this is to save money on purchases you were already going to make, not tempt you into buying anything you don’t need.
How do I get paid?
Ebates pays out via Paypal, 4 times per year. If you’re in the US you can be paid by check (I say cheque, you say check. Ebates says check). You have to have a minimum balance of $5.01 (that’s US dollars) or your balance will be rolled over to the next quarter.
Here are just some of the websites where you can claim cash back with Ebates:
The Book Depository
You’re probably not going to get rich, but this is a great way to optimise the way you spend and keep more of your money, in your pocket.
How I’m Using Ebates to Get Cash Back on Travel Bookings
I plan to get cash back on travel bookings with Ebates by doing all my booking as per the above steps. I have a bunch of travel to book over the next 6 months so I’ll be using Expedia and Booking.com, plus I also plan to buy books and toys for Christmas via The Book Depository. As our first stop on our 2017 trip is Los Angeles, I’ll likely use Ebates in-store credit to stock up on t-shirts at Old Navy.
So what do you think? Will you give Ebates a try? I recommend it for those of you that spend up big at Book Depository and for travelling. Don’t forget to use this link and you’ll get a $10 Welcome Bonus when you make qualifying purchases totalling $25.
Disclosure: This post contains referral links, I will receive credit if you use this link to sign up to Ebates but I recommend it completely, you have absolutely nothing to lose and could save big on money you were already going to spend!