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
There’s been an awful lot of bad news this week so let’s try and find something to be happy about. Shopback is running a travel sale from now till 5 March featuring upsized cashback on several merchants.
You can earn the following cashback during the sale
- Hotels.com- 9% cashback (6% usually) from 2-5 March
- Zuji special with OCBC from 1-5 March
- Use the code FEBTASTIC to get 12% off hotels and 1% cashback via Shopback
- Don’t use the code and get 8% cashback via Shopback
- FWD Travel Insurance- $4 and $15 cashback for single trip and annual trip plans respectively from 1-5 March
And as a heads up, there will be further travel specials happening throughout the month of March
- 15-16 Mar – Booking.com 9%
- 21 Mar – Expedia 10.5% hotels
- 27-31 Mar – Booking.com 9%
If you’re new to cashback sites, have a read of the primer here and here. Signing up via my referral link gets you a bonus $5 cashback in your account.
There’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be using a cashback site when you shop online- otherwise you’re just leaving money on the table. Remember that your cashback will typically take a few days to a few weeks (depending on the merchant) to reflect in your account, after which you’ll be able to cashout via bank transfer or Paypal.
If you want to earn elite credit or points with hotels, you’ll need to book via their official website (i.e. not via OTAs). You can still use Shopback in this case, but your cashback will be smaller. Shopback currently partners
Shopback rebates are stackable with promo codes (your cashback is based on whatever your net spend is, after discounts). Shopback has a great list of promo codes for each site, which you can supplement with codes from this Flyertalk thread on hotel discounts.