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There are so many opportunities to cut costs nowadays. You just have to know how to find the savvy tricks to do so, and we’re here to help! A few years ago, you would have found us coupon clipping like maniacs, purchasing 500 shampoo bottles for a penny apiece. Now, we prefer to “coupon” for travel deals. That doesn’t mean we don’t try to save money wherever we can! So whether it’s buying shampoo at the local grocery store, a sweater at Macy’s, or booking a room at the Hilton, there are a ton of ways to save money. Today I’m going to review the Wild World of Cash Back Websites to maximize your savings!
Most companies are willing to provide compensation if a sale is generated due to a referral. For example, let’s say you needed to book a room at a Hilton property. You decide to purchase via one of the many different Cashback Websites. Hilton would then provide that Cashback Website with compensation for the referral. The Cashback website would provide you with compensation for using their affiliate link.
So Hilton pays Cashback website then Cashback Website Pays you
Simple enough right???
Here is a real example of a Basic Travel Hack scenario we encountered last February. We were headed to Hawaii from Buffalo, NY. The best/fastest way for us to get there early was to take a red-eye after work on Thursday to the west coast. Then on Friday, we could fly out early morning to Hawaii. Therefore, we had to spend a night in Los Angeles. Rather than burn Award Points that we can certainly get better value for, we decide to look for the cheapest place that is closest to the airport via Hotels.com. Given that it’s only one night and we will only be there for a few hours, we don’t need to spend more than $100. Oftentimes, we are able to double or even triple-dip for extreme savings. Keep reading to learn how!
ProTip Alert: Usually when doing this we look for free shuttle service & free breakfast to cut costs even more which are often included in many of these room rates!
Cash Back Options
As you can see below there are four different cashback websites with varying % off of a booking:
Of course, I would go with the BeFrugal offer taking 9% off of the total cost! This certainly will help maximize my cashback savings.
But wait there’s more…
Now if you’ve read our other articles, you may be familiar with the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card/Hotels.com partnership*. *The Capital One Venture and Hotels.com partnership ended January 31, 2020. This gives you 10 times the points for booking with your Venture Card (if not check out the article here.) Capital One Venture points are redeemed at 1 Cent/Point (1,000 points = $10).
You could essentially book a room for $65 and pay with your Capital One Venture Card. You would earn 650 Venture Points (650 points = $6.50 = 10% Off) lowering your cost to $58.50. Next throw in the 9% (9% = $5.85) cashback that you receive from BeFrugal for booking through their affiliate link. Now, your total cost is down to $52.65! Saving 19% off of the market price is not bad for a few clicks and a little research!
Obviously, you can do this same exact trick with thousands of varying scenarios. If you wanted to book all of your hotel accommodations via this hack and save close to 20% off!
Pretty amazing right?!?!
Top Cash Back sites we use
Here are some of the top cashback websites that we have used over the years to save some serious $$$:
BeFrugal offers Cash Back for online purchases at over 5,000 stores and guarantees that our rates are the highest. We give shoppers over 100% of commissions that we earn for driving traffic to a store’s website. In fact, in 2016 we gave an average of 102%. How do we do it? We have strong relationships with retailers; the promotional spending they do with us means we can share all of our commissions with you, the shoppers.
RebatesMe: RebatesMe is among the top cashback sites offering deals, discounts, and cash back services. They have partnered with over 3,000 stores worldwide.
Rakuten (Formely Ebates): According to Rakuten’s website: “In Japanese, Rakuten stands for ‘optimism.’ It means we believe in the future. It’s an understanding that, with the right mind-set, we can make the future better by what we do today. So we challenge ourselves to evolve, innovate and experiment, to create a better, brighter future for everyone.”
Top Cash Back
TopCashBack: TopCashback’s fundamental aim is to save American and Canadian consumers money on all their online shopping. They give ALL of the store’s commission rate back to you and doesn’t charge our members any fees either; TopCashback is free to join, free to use and free to cash-out. They are also the only cashback site that doesn’t have a minimum payout threshold. You can cash-out as many times a year as you want.
All of these websites have different methods of paying you your cashback after making a purchase. These include PayPal, direct deposit, and old-fashioned checks in the mail!
So to recap the Wild World of Cashback Websites, the steps to saving money are:
- Figure out what you want to purchase or browse the varying categories on any one of the cashback websites
- Once you decide what you want, compare the % of cashback on the four cashback websites above
- If looking for hotel accommodations, stack the Capital One Venture Card on the Cashback website via Hotels.com to save an additional 10%
- Use that extra $$$ to buy yourself something nice 🙂
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Disclosure: Basic Travel Couple, LLC has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Basic Travel Couple, LLC and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers.Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.