Deal: 11% cash back Or 11 Amex Points at Rakuten (Today Only)

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Rakuten has brought back a promotion that it has been running on this date for the past few years and is offering shoppers 11% cash back (or 11 Amex Membership Rewards Points per dollar) on spending with over 250 retailers.

The Headlines

  • The offer is running today (11 November) only
  • 250+ Rakuten partners are participating
  • Earn up to 11% cash back or 11 membership Rewards points/dollar if you have chosen to earn points instead of cashback (here’s how to do that).
  • This deal is available at Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Caesars Rewards, and Viator

Between BloomingdalesMacy’s, and Saks 5th Avenue the department stores are well represented today, a wide variety of clothing retailers are participating, there are a number of cash back deals on offer that will stack well with a number of Amex offers, and the cash back available at Dell should stack with the Dell benefit offered by the Business Platinum® Card from American Express.

Example Deals

11% cash back or 11 Membership Rewards Points per dollar can be earned with the following Rakuten Partners:

  • Banana Republic
  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Bloomingdales
  • Caesars Rewards
  • Calvin Klein
  • Dell Consumer
  • Dell Outlet
  • Dell Technologies for Work
  • Finish Line
  • GAP
  • Groupon (17%)
  • Harvey Nichols
  • JC Penny
  • Macy’s (15%)
  • Nike
  • Oakley
  • Overstock
  • RayBan
  • Saks 5th Avenue
  • Saks OFF 5th
  • Staples
  • Under Armour
  • Viator

Link to all Rakuten deals


There’s no trick to getting the cash back or Membership Rewards points (you just click through to the retailers using the links on Rakuten), but there are two things you should keep in mind:

Firstly, before making any purchases, make sure you check what Amex offers are available in your American Express account – a number of retailers participating in the Rakuten promotion also frequently appear among the Amex offers I’ve been seeing this year (e.g. Dell, Oakley, etc…). Load your Amex card with any relevant offers and then use that card to pay when you’ve clicked through to the retailer(s) and finished your shopping.

Secondly, if you don’t have any relevant Amex offers to use, make sure you use a credit card that will reward you well. Most miles and points credit cards will only offer 1 point or mile per dollar at a lot of the participating retailers so this would be a good opportunity to use a good cash back card like the refreshed Chase Freedom Unlimited Card (1.5% cash back on all eligible spending) or the Blue Cash EveryDay® Card (2% cash back at select department stores) or to use a card on which you’re currently working towards a strong welcome offer (like this one).

Most importantly, don’t forget that the 11% cash back deal is only available TODAY ONLY and that if you’re new to Rakuten, you can sign up using this referral link and earn a bonus of $30 cash back or 3,000 Membership Rewards Points (on top of any other cash back/points you may earn).

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