Do you ever make hotel, hostel, or airfare bookings online? Or do you ever shop online? If you do either, you’re probably paying too much. In 5 minutes, you can sign up to receive 2-10% cash back on travel bookings made online. This trick even works for plain-old, everyday online shopping. And if you sign up through this post, you may even earn an additional $10 back off your next travel booking!
While a few percentage points may not seem like a lot, as someone who travels to dozens of countries a year, trust me — it adds up. It’s quick and easy to sign up for, it costs you nothing, and they will even send your refund checks to you via Paypal!
Though the exact deals change all the time, just look at some of the cash-back offers currently available to me as of the time of this post:
Wait, this seems too good to be true. How is it possible?
Well, advertising is big business, and with consumers moving from more traditional media to online, the nature of that business has shifted big-time recently. Nowadays, a lot of advertising is in the form of affiliate marketing, which basically means content producers get paid commissions to refer customers to companies.
It’s a dirty secret of the blogging industry that this is how a lot of bloggers make their money. For example, when you click on and make a purchase through the links in my post What I Pack to Travel the World, my site gets a tiny commission at no additional cost to you (and, yes, in disclosure, I get a commission if you use Ebates through my links as well).
So you can think of what Ebates is doing as essentially splitting that commission with you, the consumer.
Bottom line: you get cash back from purchases you would’ve made anyway, and Ebates still gets a small cut. It’s a win-win.
How to Sign Up for Ebates
All it takes is 5 minutes to set up, and you’ll quickly be on your way to saving.
Simply click on “Join Now” in the upper right hand corner (if you want to kindly support this site, you also have the option to click “did someone refer you” and put in my email, nate@TravelLemming.com). You’ll even be eligible to get $10 in additional cash back after your first qualifying purchase.
Step 2: Check Ebates Before Buying Online
The next time you go to make a purchase online, quickly hop on over to Ebates.com and search to see if your retailer is part of the program. Many big sites — like Booking.com, Amazon, ChepoAir, and more — have great deals on there.
Step 3 (Optional): Download the Google Chrome Extension
If you use Google Chrome, you can download a handy extension that will automatically help connect your Ebates account when you make a purchase. You can download the extension here.
Step 4: Receive Earnings Automatically Via Check or PayPal
Ebates will automatically send you your money on a periodic basis — all you need to do it give them an address to send a check. There is even an option to have the money sent directly via PayPal.
Simply click on “My Account” under the pop up menu that comes up when you cover your cursor over your username in the upper right hand corner. Then click Account Settings > Add Address. After that, you can link your PayPal account if you’d like.
And that’s it! You’re set up to earn free cash back from your online shopping!
Really, It’s That Easy to Get Cash Back from Shopping and Travel
EBates isn’t going to make you rich, but it definitely can make travel more affordable. When you are trying to travel around the world cheaply, every penny counts!
And there is really no downside to using to using the program. I love it and I’ll continue to use it every time I make a purchase online. In fact, I recently used it to to earn about $40 back on my trip through Ireland in 7 days on a budget!
Moreover, it works for more than just travel. You can use it for just about any kind of shopping. For example, if you’re looking to buy a practical travel gift for a friend abroad, or if you are searching the best backpack for travel in Europe, you can probably save some money by using Ebates!
Have questions? Or still skeptical about whether EBates is really worth it? Just drop me a line in the comments!