Ebates, the cash back online shopping portal, is celebrating its sixteenth birthday by offering sixteen percent cash back on purchases from over 150 online stores.
Most of the sales run all week, but the sixteen percent cash back on Priceline Express Deal hotel rooms is today only.
Not to be outdone, FatWallet, another cash back portal owned by the same company, is matching the sixteen percent offer at Priceline and is offering additional bonuses on travel purchases originating at their site, today only.
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Did you know the name Holiday Inn given to the original hotel was a joke?
The name was a reference to the 1942 Christmas-themed filmHoliday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
Well the name stuck!
I long for the 1960’s when Holiday Inn’s beckoned road-weary family travelers with amenities such as outdoor swimming pools, bonded babysitters, room service, and free dog kennels.
Yup, free dog kennels. A summer road trip was easier to organize in those days, if you set your sights on lodging at a Holiday Inn every night.
Eight Percent Cash Back at Holiday Inns and other IHG Hotels
Ebates is a cash back shopping portal that offers rebates on online purchases including hotel bookings with IHG Hotels. The regular payout rate is 4 percent cash back, but currently, Ebates is offering 8 percent cash back on hotel reservations with IHG.
You can go through the Ebates portal, and you will still earn points for your hotel reservation with IHG.
We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Orem, Utah in 2011. The modern decor at this hotel was inspiring. I loved the tiled lobby and hand blown glass decorations. But what really won me over was the upholstery pattern in the rooms — the same fabric we had chosen for our dining room chairs.
We booked a standard room via Priceline, and got a very competitive rate of $49!
The fine print from Ebates states that cash back is only available for commissionable IHG rates. Specially negotiated rates such as IHG Friends & Family are not eligible for cash back. Further, it may take up to 40 days after travel is completed for cash back to show up in your Ebates account.
I’m not sure how long the 8 percent cash back will be in effect at Ebates.
Eight Percent Cash Back from IHG Hotels at FatWallet
FatWallet is a similar online shopping portal that I have had great success with.
FatWallet is currently offering a payout rate of 8 percent at Holiday Inn Hotels only. The other IHG brand hotels are offered at a payout rate of 5.5 percent.
If you use the links in this post to make a purchase with Ebates or FatWallet, I may receive a referral commission. You can earn commissions as well by referring your friends!
This bayside restaurant serves up bushels of crabs and other seafood specials. It’s not fancy, just a genuine crab shack by the Chesapeake Bay.
Price’s Seafood restaurant is a great midway stop if your driving between New York and Washington.
LivingSocial Deal on Price’s Seafood
LivingSocial is running a fabulous deal where you can get a voucher for $40 worth of seafood for $20. (Please note that the terms of the offer exclude Fridays and Saturdays.)
But you can do better than that!
If you collect United Mileage Plus points, you can get 6x points by going to LivingSocial via the United Shopping Portal, and an additional 15 percent off with coupon code UNITED15.
You must act quickly because this offer expires today, June 16, 2014! You’ll get the voucher for $17, plus earn 102 Mileage Plus points in the bargain!
100 points isn’t worth much, but can be useful if you need a transaction on your account to keep your miles from expiring.
Alternately, if you go through the cash back shopping portal at FatWallet, you can get 10 percent cash back. I have had very good experience with FatWallet. They track all your purchases and the cash back posts fairly promptly. With this route, you’ll get $2.00 cash back on your purchase.
If it’s been awhile since you had a chance to use the Pick2Pay tool on the sidebar, you may want to take a second look. This is a tool that helps you pick which credit card to use to maximize your points for a particular purchase.
The developers have incorporated a number of enhancements.
Most notable is the ability to search for rebates from cash-back portals like FatWallet as well as the credit card or airline sponsored portals.
My personal preference is to stick with FatWallet and the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall for simplicity’s sake. Points and cash back deals for online purchases can vary considerably, though, so if you have a big purchase coming up, it is worth checking around.