Several blog readers became familiar with TopCashBack as a result of the Club Carlson promotions this summer, where the site was offering 10% cash back (thanks to FrequentMiler) on the total bill for all Radisson bookings. The offer for Radisson hotels is unfortunately back down to 5%, but did you know that TopCashBack has an extensive list of other hotel and travel partners, including some of the largest chains – Starwood, Marriott, and IHG? I had never really taken a detailed look at the other vendors but there are some real surprises from luxury to low-cost brands both domestically and abroad:
Cash Back Rates
Accor Hotels – 8%
IHG (Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn) – 6%
Starwood Hotels 3%
Choice Hotels 5%
Occidental Hotels 6%
Preferred Hotel Group 3%
Riu Hotels 1%
Preferred Hotel Group 3%
Melia Hotels 7%
Expedia (2% Hotels & Car Rentals, 2.75% Vacations, $2.25 flights)
Priceline (3% on Hotels, Vacations, Cruises, and Car Rentals, $5 on flights)
Mercure / Ibis / Novotel – 8%
Sofitel – 8%
Best Western – 5%
Ramada – 3%
Marriott (2.1% Marriott & Renaissance, 3.5% Courtyard, 2.2% Residence Inn, 4.5% Fairfield Inn, 3.9% SpringHill Suites, 3% Autograph Collection, 2.3% TownePlace, 3% AC Hotels)
Baymont – 3%
Studio 6 – 4.5%
CheapOair.com – ($15 hotel, $25 vacation, $8 flights, $5 car)
Fairmont – 5%
Hojo – 3%
The best part about using TopCashBack is that you can still earn an online booking bonus and full points for stays! Since TopCashBack simply forwards you on to the hotel’s own website, the hotel essentially treats the booking the same as any other booked directly on their website. In my experience it normally takes about two-three weeks to see any cash back activity post to your account, though sometimes it can take longer. I just received a posting for 3% back on a Le Meridien stay in mid July. If you travel for business and can book your own hotel, this is a nice extra bonus on those long stays!
TopCashBack also allows you to earn $5 when you refer a friend, once that friend earns at least $10 cash back. The links in this post include my referral information but please feel free to sign up and post your own referral link in the comments section and we can start a referral conga-line.
UPDATE – Check the comments section for a 16% IHG cashback opportunity courtesy of dealswelike & Gee. Also, check the comments if you are more interested in receiving Ultimate Rewards points for your bookings courtesy of Grant.
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