Ebates Members Can Now Earn American Express Membership Rewards Points on Purchases

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New eBates members can earn American Express Membership Rewards points instead of cash on eBates purchases. Currently, 1% cash back equals 1X Membership Reward points; a minimum of 500 points is required to transfer points from Ebates to American Express. All Ebates purchases are eligible to earn Membership Rewards points, making it a great way to earn bonus points on all online purchases.

As of now, only new Ebates members are eligible to earn Membership Rewards points on Ebates purchases. These users must link a personal Membership Rewards earning card (business cards aren't eligible) to their Ebates account and use it to pay for their purchase. In practice, though, members are still being awarded bonus points when using another, non-American Express card at checkout.

Further, Ebates is offering 1,500 bonus points to new members who make purchases totaling at least $25 within the first 90 days of account opening. This works for referrals too, so some members may consider this closer to $50 in value if signing up through a friend's referral link.

How to Earn MR with Ebates

Key Terms

  • Create a new account that earns Membership Rewards
  • 1,500 MR signup bonus after $25 in purchases made through the Ebates shopping portal within 90 days of account opening
  • Earn Membership Rewards points on all purchases through Ebates
  • Minimum of 500 Membership Rewards points to transfer from Ebates to Membership Rewards
  • Only new Ebates accounts eligible, though this may change in the future

Our Take

This is a great deal for anyone who has a Membership Rewards earning card and shops online. Membership Rewards points are often worth more than 1 cent per point, making it almost always worthwhile to earn Membership Rewards points instead of cash back when shopping through Ebates.

Additionally, Ebates frequently runs promotions for hotel chains, online stores, and other vendors. For example, a few weeks ago, Ebates offered 10% cash back (or 10x Membership Rewards points) per $1 spent on Marriott purchases. This means that Ebates members can earn huge returns on these promotions, so keep your eye on the Ebates site for future deals.

Still prefer cash back? Consider applying for an American Express Platinum Card® by Charles Schwab. This card lets cardholders cash out Membership Rewards points at 1.25 cents per point, meaning that you'll earn an extra 25 percent cash back by earning Membership Rewards through Ebates.

Source: Doctor of Credit

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    It seems like they are not going to allow us to change our current cashback accounts anytime soon. I signed up again with a new email address and it seems that this new account is eligible for MR. We will see how it works.

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    I have been using ebates as much as I can. I got lucky and hit lots of high15-40% cash back per $1. U don’t have to use an AMEX card. I have. The AMEX gold.
    So with all the high bonus, $15 sign on and all in 3 months. My 1st Pay Pay lit was over $188.79 so that’s 18879 points. Still have $43 on the account

    The down side is Pay out is done every 3 mths and it’s base on the cash back on the quarterly period.

    Also must read the details of the cash back carefully as it has a lot more limitation.

    Currently 5 % on amazon but not common stuff j buy
    Walgreen can be as low as 3% and as high as 15 % though they said a lot of limitation I got lucky that all was covered.
    The diff w them and other airline portal is u only get the cash back on the purchase. Taxes and shipping no. Other portal I think u get the whole payment price

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    Very Good! I’ll sign up ebates soon.

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    Stacy Liu says:

    This is extremely good to know!! Been hearing about Ebates for awhile now from friends.

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    This is a great deal but too bad it is for new Ebates members. Hope they will extend it to current Ebates member in the future.

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      I believe you could open a 2nd account for MR. If you get a referal code, your sign up is $25. I assume I can’t put mine here.

      Also there is issue with the referal link from someone with Ebates that is on MR. something to do with deep link etc. tired to send one to my partner and he can’t seems to do it, not sure bez of the link, but also realize you must have a personal card to do it.

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    Good to know

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    Topcashback has recently been offering me a better return than ebates site. However, a new option might give ebates a new twist. Appreciate the info.

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    My some reason Ebates banned my account.

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    Great news. I like using Ebates.

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    That’s not bad. Will have to decide what’s worth more.

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    How does ebates compare to topcashback?

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      Shopping portals are all much the same, I typically go for whichever portal is offering the best deal. You can track the cash back from all the different portals in your AwardWallet account.

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    This is a good option for Ebates besides just cash back. I always check online rebate sites such as Ebates before making any online purchase.

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    wonder how long it last before all the abuse

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    During the promotions this becomes exceedingly valuable – a hotel promotion and a few long bookings and I’ll have enough MR points for a decent flight.

    I am a huge fan of this development – I value MR points very highly.

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    Sounds like a good idea. Thx for sharing!

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    ron_vaughn@hotmail.com says:

    Bates seems to work pretty well, but I have a strong preference for cash over points. And it seems like Ebates is always having some sort of bonus offer.

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    Great to know as I use Ebates quite often!

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    I have never used ebates before. Sounds like a good program to look into further. Thanks for the information!

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    No love for the Amex business card holders.

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    I have never used Ebates since I like to go through airline shopping portals. I am assuming you cannot do both?

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    Jihoon Kim says:

    Is this offer available to Amex Delta gold?

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    Ebates seems to offer value to many people. I feel like they are becoming more popular!

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    I love EBATES!!! Great deals and bonuses.

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    Jamie Eubanks says:

    Very interesting. Will definitely be looking into this. Thanks for the info.

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    I am so sad it’s only for new ebates members =(

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    It would be great if their deals coincided with our plans.

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    Wasn’t ebates purchased not that long ago? And how would they every know what CC was used to pay?

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      charles janay says:

      Bought by the Japanese super company Rakuten, which also bought Buy.com and Fatwallet, and shut it down.

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    This is indeed quite interesting. Thanks for sharing the information.

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    Amex used to have its own shopping portal. So I see this as their way of getting back into this. What is a nice added benefit is that most Amex cards credit and charge cards (even the no annual fee ones) have a free Shoprunner benefit for free 2-day shipping. And while DOC mentions that an Amex card is not required for purchases to earn MR’s, I’d play it safe and use it to avoid the risk of clawback. Chase and Discover have reportedly clawed back rewards earned through their shopping portals for purchases not made on their own cards.

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    Not surprisingly, many who participate in award programs like frequent fliers also use cashback sites, such as Ebates, for their free awards on online shopping. And, they track such programs on AW as well. I can vouch for Ebates being a trustworthy site, as it’s one, of a few, I’ve used for years.

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    Joshua Austin Stevenson says:

    Should this line (“1% cash back equals 1 Membership Reward point”) read: “1% cash back equals 1x Membership Reward points”?

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    nice to see the Charles Schwab option

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    Steven William Van Meter says:

    Ebates are fantastic. This is an idea that could save me a lot.

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    This is awesome! I can’t wait to sign up.

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    There are so many rebate websites nowadays that it’s not worth it to try out new ones. Much better to stick with just one.

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    I love Membership Rewards and I would certainly use this offer with ebates. Of course I already have an ebates account…so I’m not eligible at this time and I’ll have to wait until they allow current members to participate.

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    Do I need to make the purchase itself with a MR-earning card as well, or can I make the purchase with any credit card?
    Also, when you said it works for referrals too, did you mean I can get additional 1,500 MR points for spending my first $25 if I open an account via a referral?

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      We’re not sure if they are enforcing the MR-earning card used to purchase. That requirement is in the T&C, so use your Amex card if you want to play it safe. The 1,500 MR points for spending $25 should work regardless of whether you use a friends referral link or sign up directly on the site.

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    I f this opens up double dipping opportunities then I’m all for it….

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    1500 MR for a $25 purchase is a no-brainer!

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    this definitely changes the game for ebates. typically i’ve always seen topcashback provide higher cashback than ebates but with earning MR points, ebates now starts to become the top choice in a lot of cases.

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    Interesting offer. Would definitely consider it.

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    I was wondering if it’s better to take Rewards points or cash?

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    I love ebates and try to use it whenever online shopping. I wonder if they’ll extend the same options to other cards awarding “points” or miles???

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    Sounds interesting. I’m going to need to sign up and try it out.

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    Interesting, thanks ill have to look again at Ebates and see if I qualify for this. I think ive always noticed the cash back option, maybe I need to read further.

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    Farid Kassam says:

    great. I like both programs.

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    This started about 5 weeks ago, and there is definitely more than one data point so far (see Doctor of Credit’s comment sections for a whole bunch of them). As of right now, I’m up to 9225 MR points on their website, having used the Amex for maybe 5% of the purchase total through the site. Since the next check/MR transfer doesn’t happen until May 15th, no one can be 100% sure whether they’ll actually get all their points; but this response from their CS team makes me think there’s really nothing to worry about:

    If we use another non-MR card (either Amex cashback-earning, or non-Amex) at checkout, does our Ebates cash back still get converted to MR, stay as cash back, or disappear completely?

    Hi George,

    You will accrue MR points on all qualifying purchases, bonuses, and rewards where Cash Bach would normally be awarded.

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    Wow didnt see that one coming. I guess I will have to switch back.

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    This is very interesting. I will have to look into Ebates further. Thanks for this information.