IHG, Hilton: Stack Huge Portal Payouts For Big Savings
Swagbucks and Ebates are having an awesome promotion for anyone looking to book Hilton or IHG Hotels. Currently, if you link through the Swagbucks shopping section to book any hotel at IHG and most Hilton hotels you will receive a great cashback bonus in the form of Swagbucks. The rate of return for IHG bookings is 15% and Hilton is 12%. Ebates also has the 12% for Hilton right now! This is the highest payout from a portal I’ve ever seen for either brand.
One Minor Issue
These are considered direct bookings, so you’ll earn points and be eligible for any applicable promotions. One thing to note is that the 12% cash back for Hilton is not for elite members other than the entry level tier. I can’t imagine you won’t be able to get around this, just give your elite status number at check-in and either book with a separate account or if you have a travel partner who doesn’t have status, even better. Hilton Gold Status comes with the Hilton Honors Ascend Card, here’s our review of the card. Don’t forget it’s also one of the many benefits of the Amex Platinum Card: American Express Platinum Card Benefits: Ultimate Guide Including Details of Each Perk and How to Maximize.
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Stack for Huge Savings
There are quite a few opportunities to stack this deal from Swagbucks. First, let’s start with Hilton. They currently have a double points promotion, so you’ll earn double on all of your spend. But even better than that? There are a few Amex Offers that are very widely available and not at all restrictive. In fact, one of them is for Hotels in the Hilton portfolio in the US and US territories. Should be easy enough. So let’s say you do a few separate orders to maximize the Amex Offer or alternatively you could use a Hilton credit card that earns bonus points on all Hilton spend. Just stacking the Swagbucks and the Amex Offer you’re saving approximately 24%, combine that with credit card rewards and a minimum of 20 points per dollar in Hilton Loyalty points and this is a pretty nice deal.
While there’s unfortunately no Amex Offer to stack with the 15% back at IHG, there are a bunch of promotions going on right now including IHG’s accelerate promo. Also, some people have been targeted for offers involving Kimpton. If you happen to have an IHG Credit Card (review here) , the earning structure is pretty great and you will be earning valuable points at a discount to put towards future reward stays.
Finally, there are a few ways to maximize your Swagbucks earnings. Check out this post on how you can use their referral program to increase your return on investment. Also, you can redeem your Swagbucks for discounted gift cards including Amazon which definitely increases your earnings.