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This is a simple reminder to collect cash/points back for every Starwood booking. As entrenched as I am on a daily basis in earning points, I must admit I sometimes forget to collect these easy points when booking hotel stays. As I recommend, EVERY online purchase should begin with www.evreward.com. This website does a pretty accurate job consolidating the cash back/points back earning options available based on the website you are buying through. My two favorite cash back/points back portals are ebates which offers cash back mailed to you in a check quarterly and the Ultimate Rewards mall which deposits UR points into your account. Ebates is open to anyone while the Ultimate Rewards Mall requires you be a cardholder of a Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Bold.
For Starwood bookings, you can collect either 2 UR per dollar or 3% cash back from ebates. Only ‘Westin.com’ is listed on the UR portal though you can book any of the Starwood properties (Sheraton, W, St. Regis, Aloft, etc.) through the Westin website. I value UR points around 2 cents per point so I book through the UR mall for Starwood properties and estimate a 4% return. Your valuations may vary, but I think it’s safe to say everyone values some return over nothing. (Except that baby in the Capital One 360 Checking / Savings Account commercials of course)
I use the Starwood example because I know I have left several points on the table forgetting to use the portals for simple hotel bookings. If you aren’t a Starwood guy/gal, you can also collect cash back/points back for several travel booking websites and properties including Marriott and IHG. Here is a sampling from the UR mall though earning rates may be higher at other cash back/points back portals. As always, evreward should help guide your decision.
Hotel and travel options at UR mall
The bottom line
Clicking through a cash back/points back portal takes two seconds. Don’t leave these EASY points on the table!