Earn up to 15% back when shopping through Rakuten this weekend

Feb 12, 2021

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Online shopping portals are an easy way to earn bonus points, miles or cash back on everyday purchases. Even better is when these portals offer promotions that unlock elevated returns.

In honor of Presidents Day weekend, Rakuten is offering triple rewards (up to 15% back) from select retailers from now through Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. Then, on Presidents Day (Feb. 15), it will boost the earning rate to 10% back for over 200 stores.

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What you need to know

Rakuten allows you to earn bonus rewards when shopping online and in person at select retailers. It’s different from other online shopping portals in that it allows you to earn cash back or Amex Membership Rewards points.

To get started, simply head to Rakuten.com and click through to a merchant’s website before making an online order or link an offer to your credit card before making an in-store purchase.

Related: How to use Rakuten to earn bonus cash back or Amex points

With the Presidents Day promotion, you’ll earn 3x the usual rewards from Feb. 12-14, up to 15% back. Here are some participating stores:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Macy’s
  • QVC
  • Casper
  • Gap
  • American Eagle
  • New Balance
  • Old Navy
  • Overstock.com
  • Sunglass Hut
  • ShopDisney

Then, on Monday, Feb. 15, you’ll earn a flat 10% back at over 200 stores, including:

  • Bloomingdale’s (usually 2%)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue (usually 2%)
  • HSN (usually 1%)
  • Overstock.com (usually 2%)
  • Shoes.com (usually 4%)
  • Ulta (usually 3%)
  • Forever 21 (usually 5%)
  • Crocs (usually 4%)
  • Kiehl’s (usually 4%)
  • Michael Kors (usually 2%)
  • Ray-Ban (usually 4%)
  • Reebok (usually 2%)
  • Dell (usually 2%)
  • TurboTax (usually up to 7.5%)
  • H&R Block (usually 5%)

Since Saks Fifth Avenue purchases will earn 10% back on Monday, this is an excellent time for cardmembers of The Platinum Card® from American Express to use their up-to-$50 Saks Fifth Avenue statement credit for January through June. However, ensure you’ve enrolled in this credit before making your purchase. (enrollment required).

Likewise, since Dell purchases will also earn 10% back on Monday, cardmembers of The Business Platinum Card® from American Express may want to use their up-to-$100 Dell statement credit for January through June. However, cardmembers must enroll in this credit before making a purchase and the statement credit is only for U.S. purchases with Dell Technologies.

Finally, TPG values Amex points at 2 cents apiece. So if you take advantage of earning Amex Membership Rewards instead of cash back, you’ll essentially be earning double the rates listed above.

Use the right credit card

The rewards you earn through Rakuten are in addition to the points or miles on the actual rewards credit card you use, allowing you to double-dip your rewards. So it’s important to use the right credit card when making online purchases and to pay attention to any bonus categories that might apply to the merchant at which you’re shopping. If there’s no additional bonus or discount potential, you’ll want to use a card that has high earning rates on non-bonus spending.

Read our guide to the best credit cards for everyday spending to see which cards will maximize your returns for online purchases.

Related: Your guide to maximizing shopping portals for your online purchases

Bottom line

If you have any purchases coming up, now’s the time to make them. This promotion is an easy way to boost your rewards, but you’ll need to act fast as it’ll only be available until Feb. 15.

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