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Rakuten is a portal I write about reasonably frequently because it offers miles & points fans a very easy way to collect bonus American Express Membership Rewards points when they shop at a large variety of well-known online retailers. Right now, and for a limited time, Rakuten is offering new members a very easy path to 3,000 bonus Membership Rewards points.
Essentially, the promotion can be summed up in one sentence: Join Rakuten (link), spend $25 through the portal within 90 days of joining, and earn 3,000 bonus Membership Rewards points.
These are points that will be earned in addition to the regular points that are on offer for shopping through the Rakuten portal (1% cash back = 1 Membership Rewards Point) so, even if you somehow manage to find a retailer that is only offering 1% cash back (most offer a lot more), a $25 purchase will net you at least 3,025 points.
I value Membership Rewards Points at 1.5 cents each so 3,025 points would represent an effective rebate of a little over $45. That’s not bad for a $25 outlay!
Rakuten has said that this promotion will run for “a limited time” but it hasn’t gone as far as to give us an end date so I wouldn’t wait too long to join if this is an offer that interests you. A good miles & points strategy should always include the use of various shopping portals to help you top up your various accounts and Rakuten is definitely a site you should be using if you’re a fan of Membership Rewards.