Earn Membership Rewards points on Ebates shopping with new offer

Racking up American Express points just got even easier

Ebates offering Membership Rewards

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Ebates and American Express just announced a new partnership – one that could boost the amount of rewards you earn online.

Ebates – a popular cash back shopping portal – allows users to earn cash back by shopping at their favorite stores through a specific link. Now, new Ebates members can opt to receive American Express Membership Rewards rather than cash back.

As an added bonus, Ebates is offering a 1,500 Membership Rewards point bonus for members who sign up and spend at least $25 in the first 90 days. If you own a Membership Rewards American Express card, this is a great way to stockpile even more points toward your next redemption.

How does Ebates work?

Ebates is a shopping portal with more than 2,000 participating brands, offering cash back on the online shopping you already do – just for using a special link. Membership is free, and users can find featured offers up to 10 percent cash back on brands like Macy’s, Sephora, Walmart and much more.

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Once you’ve earned at least $5 back from your shopping, you can redeem it for a check directly from Ebates.

What is changing with the new Membership Rewards offer?

Right now, the special Membership Rewards offer is only available to new Ebates members, but it is possible that the option will be expanded to all users in the future.

Until then, Membership Rewards cardholders who would prefer points to cash back can sign-up for Ebates through the direct offer link and link an eligible American Express card to your account. To receive the 1,500-point bonus, you’ll need to spend at least $25 through Ebates links in the first 90 days.

Benefits of earning Membership Rewards on Ebates

Earning Membership Rewards rather than cash back might not seem like it makes a big difference, but opting in to this offer can be very valuable for Amex cardholders. First and foremost, the 1,500-point bonus for spending $25 in the first 90 days is a nice boost to normal rewards earning, and the spend threshold is easy to reach.

Because Ebates offers deals with so many brands, signing up for the portal also opens up all sorts of new categories for racking up Membership Rewards points. For example, if you are an American Express® Gold Card holder, you already earn the following rewards rate:

  • 4 points per dollar at U.S. restaurants
  • 4 points per dollar at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 in purchases per year, then 1 point per dollar)
  • 3 points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or amextravel.com
  • 1 point per dollar on other purchases

But if you sign up for Ebates, you might be able to find a rewards rate higher than 1 point per dollar on categories that aren’t included in your typical bonuses – such as department store purchases. This boosts your overall rewards earning significantly.

If you currently use The Business Platinum® Card from American Express, you can potentially get even more out of the offer. Typically, Ebates issues cash back for a simple dollar value. Since Business Platinum cardholders get a 35 percent higher Membership Rewards point value on a designated airline, you stretch your rewards even further. So, an Ebates purchase that would usually get you $5 in cash back can be worth $6.75 for travel. 

Should you sign up for Ebates now?

Keep in mind the new Ebates Membership Rewards offer is only available to new members, so you won’t be able to take advantage of the partnership yet if you already use the service. However, Membership Rewards cardholders who are eager to earn more points have a lot to gain from signing up. Using a shopping portal is an easy way to boost your rewards earning, and you could potentially take home a nice 1,500-point bonus along the way.  

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Updated: 03-18-2019