Shopback runs sales from time to time with upsized cashback on their regular merchants. If you’re planning to make any online travel bookings in the near future it’s always worth checking out if you can save a bit more money this way.
If you don’t have a Shopback account, you can sign up using this link to get $5 instantly, plus a bonus $5 cashback with your first purchase (I earn a referral bonus too).
Here are some ongoing travel-related deals:
- AccorHotels– 10% cashback on hotel stays (ends 28 Aug)
- Zuji- 3% cashback on flights (ends 27 Aug)
- Booking.com– 9% cashback on hotel stays (ends 25 Aug)
- Hotels.com– 9% cashback on hotel stays (ends 21 Aug)
- Etihad– 4% cashback on flights (ends 30 Sept)
- iShopChangi– 9% cashback (ends 24 Aug)
Remember that using a cashback portal does not preclude you from earning miles on your credit cards.
I’d recommend you use your DBS Woman’s World card or DBS Altitude AMEX/Visa card when making hotel and travel bookings online to earn bonus miles (4 mpd with DBS Woman’s World and 3 mpd with DBS Altitude). But remember that if you’re only using your credit card to secure your booking, you won’t earn the online spending bonuses (because the amount is billed separately, after your stay, offline). If you’re buying a non refundable hotel reservation or air tickets online, you should get your bonus posted properly.
Also remember that booking through third party OTA sites will make you ineligible to earn points with hotel loyalty programs. However, if you aren’t loyal to a particular chain or are simply looking for the cheapest prices, this may work for you.
Back in December last year, AMEX and Shopback held a joint promotion that offered a $50 cashback and a $50 welcome voucher with Fairprice/Tangs/Starbucks/Tung Lok when you signed up for selected AMEX cards via Shopback’s website. If you’re new to Shopback, signing up via this link gives you a bonus $5 credit in your account (I earn a referral bonus too)
Well, if you missed out on that one there’s another promotion ongoing from now till 31 May that gives you a $50 cashback plus a chance to win a pair of business class tickets to somewhere or other.
This time round there are only two cards eligible for the promotion versus four the last time round.
Regular readers will know that I’m no big fan of either one, but it says in the T&C that a ShopBack Member can apply for multiple cards and $50 Cashback will be given for each successful card application so why not. Both cards have the first year annual fee waived.
If you have not already signed up for the Krisflyer AMEX in the past, you’re welcome to do so, spend $1 and get the 5,000 first spend activation miles and subsequently chuck it. I know there’s this ongoing promotion where you get 5,000 bonus miles when you spend $2.5K in the first 3 months upon approval, but there are much better sign up bonuses out there to put that spending on.
When you’re done applying, you need to send in your application reference number to Shopback, so don’t forget that step.
Your $50 cashback should be redeemable within 60 days.
I took part in this promotion the last time round and signed up for an AMEX Platinum card, which still sits in my drawer unactivated. The $50 cashback came through just fine, however.
Thanks to NBsjcs for the heads up on the comments.
Shopback is holding an end of March travel sale with upsized cashback at Zuji, AccorHotels and Booking.com
If you don’t already have a Shopback account you can sign up here and get $5 of bonus cashback. Have a read of the refresher on using cashback sites for travel here and here.
Here are the deals-
Date: 20-24 March
Offer: 9% Cashback (regular: 6%)
Get the deal here.
Date: 20-27 March
Offer: 10% cashback (regular: 4%)
Get the deal here
Remember that when you book via an OTA like Zuji or Hotels.com, you’re not eligible to earn hotel loyalty points or status. Hotels may not even recognise your elite status benefits on 3rd party stays. However, you can still book through the official site and get cashback with all your regular benefits and loyalty points earning intact.
If you’re the type who doesn’t really care about chain loyalty then you might be happier shopping around for whichever OTA has the best cashback, but if you want to build status then this might be a good idea for you. I think AccorHotel’s loyalty program is rather weak (oh, for the days when they used to give out free status), but hey, better than nothing?
Date: 27-31 March
Offer: 9% cashback (regular: 6%)
Get the deal here