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Rakuten is one of the simplest and easiest ways to earn cash back on just about everything you buy online, in addition to your credit card rewards points.

From hotel bookings with major brands to flights, Ultraboost shoes, wine and just about anything else you need to buy from 1000’s of retailers, making that extra click to Rakuten first is all the difference.

If you’ve somehow not connected the dots, and are just now entering the world of cash back, there’s also a limited time new member bonus of $30, when you spend $30 or more through your favorite online stores.

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Rakuten 15% Cash Back Week

In normal terms, earning 1-5% cash back, on top of any credit card rewards is amazing. But 15%, that’s just huge. If you spent $100, you’d earn $15 of that back, in cash!

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Above, you’ll see just a few of the 15% cash back travel options. There’s countless 15% back options in other categories, including: Nike, Saks, Samsung, GAP, Adidas, Game Stop, Bloomingdales, GOOP, Canon and more.


It’s as simple as going to Rakuten.com first, logging in to your Rakuten account, and then clicking over to your favorite store using the Rakuten link. The internet is all about getting paid for clicks, and Rakuten gets paid for sending you to make your purchase, and they effectively share the money with you, hence the cash back.

For large purchases, which most travel purchases are, it’s an absolute game changer, and provided you book direct with the hotel, like through IHG.com, you still earn the points when you stay.

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This is always attractive, but right now Rakuten is offering an increased bonus to join in on the wallet maximization. If you’re new to Rakuten, you can get $30 when you sign up and spend $30 or more at any of the online retailers.

Making things even more glorious, after you get your $30, you can refer other people, giving them $30 and earning $30 for yourself when you spend $30!

The catch? There is none, really.

The only catch is that this limited time cash back and the increased $30 welcome bonus end on May 13th, so you’ve got just a few days to make lots of friends to refer, and to get maximum cash back.

Earning cash back is a top tip from every travel and personal finance expert, and it really couldn’t be easier. Rakuten even has a browser plugin, which will automatically let you know how much cash back you can earn at a store, and automatically set it up before you buy, if you like.

If you’re new, take advantage of the $30 welcome bonus. If you’re not, take advantage of the 15% cash back on top travel brands, including Intercontinental Hotels. This is such a great way to get an extra rebate on all spending. Why wouldn’t you?

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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