Rakuten is one of the best ways to earn actual cash back on all your online purchases from wine shops to high street fashion. And yes, everything in between too. Even better, they recently added the ability for US based Amex card members to earn Membership Rewards Points, instead of cash, if they wish.

Right now, Rakuten is offering $30 per referral for everyone who gets friends to sign up, and when the friend spends $30, they get $30 too. Yep, you get $30 for the referral, and they get $30 back on any $30 or more purchase. It’s money everywhere…

Rakuten: How It Works

Rakuten is the click you make before shopping at your favorite online stores. Whether it’s booking travel, buying shoes, wine or anything else, you just go there first and login. When you do, it allows Rakuten to track the purchase, and you earn cash back based on the cash back percentage and what you spend.

What’s in it for them? Rakuten gets a percentage from the merchant for sending you there, so everyone is happy. This is exactly the same way airlines offer miles for online purchases at other stores.

Spend $30, Get $30, Referral $30 Too

With historic levels of people all bored to death and online at the same time, Rakuten is upping its game to get people to take advantage of cash back on all their purchases. If you aren’t yet a Rakuten member – it’s free by the way – you can get $30 back when you spend $30 from any of the merchants on the site. There are 1000’s.

If you are already a Rakuten member, you get $30 whenever a friend signs up using your promo code, for a limited time. They get $30 when they spend over $30 too, so it’s everyone winning. Hint: you get  a referral code once you sign up, which you can then share via email, social or link.

With the promo, you’re effectively hooking a friend up with either a free purchase of $30, or $30 off any purchase they make. They can thank you when we all see each other one day.

If you haven’t signed up, you can use my link, for which I’m grateful. The promo only lasts until May 1st, so you and your friend need to complete the referral and their first purchase by that date. If your household is anything like ours at the moment, wine would be a good place to start.

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