There’s little doubt that with the Covid squeeze, travel companies have been less generous in dishing out cashback on stays. However, with cashback still available on flights and hotels (including a very solid 6% with IHG), it is important to keep the cashback in mind.
Even Hilton, which has been known to frequently remove itself from cashback sites, currently features.
So, all is definitely not lost. Simply because some have disappeared, does not mean that there are not a number of good quality options remain.
So what’s left?
There’s a plethora of cashback sites out there, but for sheer global applicability and easy of use, I don’t look past topcashback.com. TopCashback neatly arranges its travel options, which include a neatly laid out “Airlines” and “Hotels section”.
Taking these in turn, there’s some solid opportunities, even now. Highlights for us include:
- Qatar Airways – 4% cashback
- Virgin Atlantic – 1% cashback
- Etihad Airlines – 2.5% cashback
- Swiss – 1.5% cashback
- Avianca US – 3% cashback
- Aer Lingus USA – 2.25% cashback
- Jet Airways – $4.80 cashback (which I accept is arguably stretching the “solid opportunities” description)
- Marriott – 5% cashback
- IHG – 6% cashback
- Hilton – 1% cashback (or 4% for non-Honors members)
- Accor – 6% cashback
- Best Western – 3% cashback
- Caesars – 5% cashback
- Ramada – 5% cashback
- Days Inn – 5% cashback
- Radisson – 6% cashback
- NH hotels – 6% cashback
- Melia US – 3% cashback
- Millennium – 3% cashback
So, while travel may currently be limited (and so too generosity levels of the accompanying cashback), do make sure that wherever possible you use the cashback sites to maximise your travel benefits.
Remember that rebated hotel bookings through a cashback site like TopCashback will not compromise any loyalty rewards or benefits you earn on the stay. It remains, effectively, a “direct booking” with the hotel chain.