If you're one of the 10 people following this blog (thanks Mom!), you know that we love two things: earning points to help pay for fun vacations and maximizing our everyday purchases to get to that next vacation a bit faster. Well, this week we hit the holy grail - cash back shopping portal Ebates has partnered with American Express to allow Ebates users to earn Membership Rewards points when shopping through the Ebates portal. Points pros rejoice!
Why does this matter? This is a new way to earn Membership Rewards points faster. Membership Rewards are one of our favorite points currencies. They can be transferred to eligible airline frequent flier programs like Delta at a 1:1 ration, transferred to hotel programs like Hilton at a 1:1 ratio, or they can be used to book airfare through Amextravel.com at a value of 1 cent per point. Transferring out to travel partners can yield some pretty good value.
How Does it Work?
It's pretty simple. Create an account with Ebates using this link. You'll be asked to link your new Ebates account to your Amex account. Note - you'll need to have an American Express card that earns Membership Rewards points in order to be eligible.
Once your account is created, you can start shopping. Find a deal you like on Ebates, and use the Shop Now button to get to your destination site. At the time of posting, Ebates was offering 6% cash back at Macy's, which is equivalent to 6 Membership Rewards per dollar spent. The points will stack with whatever points you earn from the credit card you pay with. Ebates pays rewards out quarterly, so don't expect your rewards to hit your account right away.
As an added bonus, new Ebates members will earn 1,500 Membership Rewards points when signing up and making a qualifying purchase of at least $25 within 90 days of becoming a member. Not a bad way to start off the relationship.
Don't forget to stack any Amex Offers with Ebates. We were in need of some wine and had an Amex offer available for $15 off a purchase of $50 at Winc Wines. Ebates was running an additional offer for $10 (1,000 Membership Rewards points) a Winc purchase, plus $20 off your first order. With those offers combined we snagged 6 bottles of wine for $55, plus 1,000 Membership Rewards from Ebates, and another 70 points from our Amex Gold Card. We'll have to keep you posted on whether the wine is worth it...
If you're not currently in the Amex Membership Rewards ecosystem and looking for a new credit card, the Amex Gold card is our wallet staple at the moment. If you're not interested in a card with an annual fee, check out the Amex Everyday.