Summary of the Deal
For today and tomorrow only (November 28-29), Ebates is offering 12% cash back on reservations made for hotels in the Marriott family of brands. You must go through the Ebates shopping portal to get this deal.
If you’re not yet a member of Ebates, use our referral link below to join. When you use this link to join as a new member and spend at least $25 through the Ebates portal, you will get a $10 sign-up bonus credited directly to your Ebates account.
If you are already a member, simply go to the Ebates website, log in, and go to Marriott to access this deal
For general information on using shopping portals such as Ebates to earn miles or cash back, see Middle Age Miles’ Step-by-Step Guide – How to Use a Shopping Portal to Earn Miles or Cash Back:
Details and Analysis
For today and tomorrow only (November 28-29), Ebates is running a valuable promotion where you can earn a bonus rate of 12% cash back on reservations made at hotels in the Marriott family of brands. 12% is an all-time high-water mark for cash back on Marriott hotels. We’ve now seen it pop up on a few days recently, and we’ve also seen some days with a 10% promo rate on Marriott. But make no mistake – this is a great deal.
Reservations must be made today or tomorrow; however, the stay can be in the future. Of course, to take advantage of this deal, you must go to the Ebates website, log in, then go to Marriott, click the link, and complete your reservation according to Ebates’ terms.
This promotional 12% cash back rate is available for all properties in the Marriott family of brands (subject to the specific exceptions discussed below), as long as you click through the Marriott International link on Ebates and then book on Marriott.com. The brands included in this promotion include:
- Delta Hotels
- Fairfield Inn
- JW Marriott
- Residence Inn
- SpringHill Suites
- TownePlace Suites
- most AC Hotels (see a few specific exceptions in the terms posted below)
Some of these brands have their own specific 12% cash back links for this promotion. It should not matter whether you book them through the brand-specific link or the general Marriott link.
Stays at ExecuStay, Ritz-Carlton, Autograph Collection, Edition, Bvlgari, and a few other specific hotels are not eligible for this 12% cash-back promotion. You can see the complete list of exclusions in the Cash Back Terms:
The offer does not specifically include or exclude former Starwood/SPG properties. Based on the Marriott/Ebates offers in the past, we would expect the former Starwood/SPG properties to be excluded.
AAA Rates – Yes / Corporate Rates – No
The terms and conditions of this offer exclude rates “where the customer is required to be affiliated with or employed by a particular company or organization to receive the special rate (e.g., government rate or the Marriott employee rate).” Consistent with these terms, in our experience, corporate rates do not qualify.
However, we do believe it is possible to get cash back on an AAA rate at a qualifying hotel booked through Marriott.com. In fact, there is a specific link on the Ebates Marriott page that references AAA rates + 12% cash back. If you’re planning to book a AAA rate, you should definitely click through from this specific AAA “Shop Now” button:
Stacks with Points-Earning, Elite Benefits and Megabonus
Note that this cash-back promotion is particularly valuable because it stacks with your usual Marriott points-earning and elite status benefits. That is because when you make your reservation, you are making it directly through a Marriott site. (You are merely accessing the Marriott site through the Ebates portal in order to qualify for the cash back.)
And, in addition to your regular points earning, this Ebates cash-back promotion should stack with Marriott’s current Megabonus promotion, as long as your stay is within the Megabonus promotion period. In the Megabonus promotion, you can earn 2,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points on stays of 2 or more nights, plus 1,000 bonus points per brand starting with your second brand. The Megabonus promotion runs from now through January 7, 2019.
Consider Your Existing Reservations
We booked a Marriott hotel yesterday for an upcoming stay, when the best cash back rate was 8% through Top Cashback. I went back this morning to see if the hotel could be re-booked using the 12% Ebates promotion, but now it’s completely sold out for our dates! I sure would have liked to get the extra 4% cash back, but I’m glad I booked yesterday when there was still a room available!
My point in telling this story is to remind everyone that as long as you have a reservation that can be cancelled, you can cancel and re-book if the current Marriott/Ebates promotion gives you a better deal. Of course, make sure the room rate hasn’t gone up!
If you have any upcoming Marriott stays, today and tomorrow are great days to make your reservations, through Ebates!
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