Rakuten, which used to be eBates, is an online shopping portal which offers cash backs when you shop or book travel through their portal.
One of their sites is Marriott Bonvoy which means you can book any upcoming Marriott stays right now and you’ll receive 6.5% cash back. This is in addition to all the regular credit card and Marriott Bonvoy points you’d normally earn for your stay.
If you’re new to Rakuten, you’ll also earn an extra $40 free after your first purchase, and making a purchase or booking of $40 or more, meaning you’re essentially an additional $40 back on your first stay.
For comparison, Rakuten normally offers 1.5% cash back, so booking now you’ll receive 6.5% back, making this a great deal to book future hotels. Ratuken doesn’t list how long the 6.5% cash back will last, so I’d recommend booking any upcoming hotel stays, especially if they’re refundable to lock in the increased cash back.
Once you’ve signed up, you can also start referring your friends and family and you’ll be able to earn the same $40 referral bonus for each new person who signs up. This exciting deal is going on now through December 25, 2020.
Here’s a list of the exclusions, as some brands including Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels, and Autograph Collection are excluded:
Exclusions: Cash Back is available only on completed hotel stay. Cash Back is not available on airfare, car rentals, vacation packages, gift cards, rooms offered at specially negotiated rates, where the customer is required to be affiliated with or employed by a particular company or organization to receive the special rate (e.g., government rate or the Marriott employee rate) and rooms that are booked and paid for using Marriott Bonvoy Points. Cash Back is not available on bookings in Macau. Cash Back is not available at the following brands: Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, Design Hotels, Bulgari, W Hotels, Autograph Collection; and at the following properties: Atlantis, Bulgari Hotel, London, Joshua G.E. Medical Corp. Conference Center, Jesse Jones Rotary Conference Center, Marriott Ranch, Protea Hotel Amani Beach, Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins, The Ritz-Carlton London, U.S. Postal Service Conference Center, Four Points by Sheraton Havana, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.