This Smart Tool Can Help You Earn 7% Cash Back Every Time You Book a Hotel
Some people work to pay their bills.
I work to afford my travel addiction.
Sometimes I’ll sit at my desk and daydream about sipping a Mai Tai by a sparkling pool, or coming back from a day at the beach to a bed I didn’t have to make.
My dreams look like the Four Seasons, but my budget is more Motel 6.
The site already works with more than 2,000 retailers to offer shoppers up to 40% cash back on purchases, including travel related stuff like airfare, car rentals, and luggage.
But Ebates just upped its savings game with a new feature: Ebates Hotels.
How to Use Ebates Hotels to Get 7% Cash Back
The new vertical allows you to book your hotel directly through Ebates and earn up to 7% cash back on every stay.
That’s major moolah compared to other hotel cash-back deals.
Here’s how its competitors stack up:
- Hotwire Hotels: 4%
- Priceline Hotels: 4%
- Travelocity Hotels: 4%
- Booking.com: 2%
- Expedia Hotels: 1.5%
Even the long list of individual hotel partnerships on Ebates normal site only range from 1%-4.5% cash back.
For example, let’s say you want to book a room at the Howard Johnson. If you book your stay through Ebates, you’ll normally only get 2.5% cash back.
However, you’ll get 7% back for booking the same hotel through Ebates Hotels (before taxes and fees, of course).
But how do Ebates’ rates compare to other travel sites?
I searched the Howard Johnson Enchanted Land hotel in Kissimmee, Florida (close to Disney), for the same random Saturday night on a few different sites.
- Expedia: $48
- Priceline: $48
- Howard Johnson: $48
Ebates Hotels’ rate is actually $48 as well — but the price is shown along with the predicted cash back taken out of the total.
So you won’t see savings right at booking, but don’t be disappointed: You’ll get your cash back in a Big Fat Check when you cash it out.
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Jen Smith is an editorial intern and the blogger behind Saving with Spunk. She writes about saving money and paying off student loans now so you can have more fun with your money later.