Update: The offer mentioned below has expired and is no longer available.
Rakuten is offering 10% cash-back on many purchases — including hotel stays with IHG and Best Western — for a limited time.
A 10% discount on a hotel stay is a great deal. However, Rakuten also offers to option to earn your rewards in the form of American Express Membership Rewards points, which often represents a better value. With this promotion, you could earn 10x Membership Rewards points for your stays with the 2 chains.
Let’s dig into the details!
Win Big With 10% Cash-Back (10x Amex Points)
To build on the hype of the Super Bowl, Rakuten is running a 10% cash-back promotion. To qualify for the extra cash-back (or points), purchases need to be made by 11:59 p.m. EST on February 14, 2022.
It’s not just IHG Hotels & Resorts and Best Western Hotels & Resorts participating in this promotion, however. Here’s a list of some of the retailers at which you can score 10% cash-back (or 10x Amex points) today:
- Vivid Seats
You can see all participating stores by clicking on the 10% Cash Back banner on the Rakuten homepage
Cash-Back vs. Amex Membership Rewards Points
As mentioned above, Rakuten users can choose between earning cash-back or Amex Membership Rewards points on purchases.
Which is the right choice for you? That’s a personal decision, of course, but many of us in the points-and-miles community love the opportunity to earn extra Amex points at a relatively low “cost.”
For example, with this 10% promotion, a $200 hotel stay would earn $20 cash-back — a pretty good return.
Alternatively, that same $200 hotel stay could earn 2,000 American Express Membership Rewards points, which we value at $44 according to our latest valuations.
Hot Tip: Refer a friend to Rakuten and you’ll both earn $30 or 3,000 points!
If you were already planning on booking a hotel stay with IHG or Best Western, this is a great opportunity to earn some extra cash-back or American Express Membership Rewards points. Just be sure to take advantage of this great bonus before the promotion expires tonight!
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