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365 days per year, you can earn airline miles or bonus cash back when shopping online just by clicking through a shopping portal first to get to the retailer of your choice (here’s how), but today is extra special. Today is Ebates’s (now known as Rakuten) 20th anniversary. The site is celebrating by giving customers up to 20% cash back on online purchases at popular retailers such as Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue,, Walgreens, Bloomingdales, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more. If you are okay with “just” 15% cash back, then you can pick from hundreds of additional stores, including Orbitz, Travelocity, Backcountry, ShopDisney, Madewell, JCPenney, Veronica Beard and beyond.

Many of these sites normally provide just 1% – 5% cash back, so this is a huge cash back increase that is valid for only about 12 more hours. If you prefer points over cash back, then know that new Ebates members can earn Amex Membership Rewards points instead of 15 – 20% cash back. Sadly, this points option has not been rolled out to existing members quite yet, but if you are setting up a new account then that’s an option.

Our tests show that those who have chosen to earn points can earn 15 Membership Rewards points per dollar via today’s offer, but it will display as 15% cash back.

You can stack these 15x earnings by using an Amex Offer if there is one available to you at your chosen retailer. I currently see Amex Offers available at 15/20x retailers such as: eBags, Ralph Lauren and Vince. If you are shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue online and paying with The Platinum Card® from American Express, you can even use your $50 Saks statement credit (just be sure and register first). Or you can stack The Business Platinum® Card from American Express’ new $100 Dell statement credit, a few other Dell Amex Offers and the Ebates 15x/15% shopping portal bonus.

If you are new to Ebates, you can get $10 in bonus cash back with your first purchase of $25, taking today’s earnings up even higher. If you want to earn Membership Rewards points via your Ebates purchases, there’s an even better new customer bonus of 1,500 bonus Membership Rewards points after you make $25 in purchases.

Since TPG values Membership Rewards points at 2 cents each, that is like earning $30 in points with a $25 purchase, and that’s not to mention the up to 15 points per dollar you can earn at a variety of retailers.

Whether you want to earn points or cash back, just remember that this 20th Ebates anniversary bonus is valid today only.

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