It is possible to get discounts on most flights, hotels, or even the travel book through using a cashback website like Quidco and Topcashback. But you should never forget to try and save on the original flight cost, for some tips on how to do that check out these posts: Travel Saving Challenge and Save on Flights.
Quidco and Topcashback
There are various cashback websites that are based around the world, but I’ll be looking at two UK based ones that I am familiar with – Topcashback and Quidco. Both of these website offer cashback from merchants that they have links to, usually somewhere between the range of 1-10% depending on the deal. The site makes its money by taking a commission for pushing through your traffic to the merchants site. The price you pay for the product won’t be different but effectively you’ll get some free money back on what you purchase. The important thing here is to find the best deal online first and then see if there is any “bonus” cashback because the cashback is never guaranteed!
Over the past two years through Quidco I’ve saved over £500 ($S1000) on my spend, with more to follow.
This has been on range of areas but since I moved from the UK to Singapore you can still see that I’m saving based on what I spend through travel bookings for example on Expedia bookings, Malaysian and BA flight bookings, as well as some other smaller items. Just in the range that I’ve posted here it’s about a saving of 6%. After looking through my transaction history that seems to be the trend of just above 6% return. You’ll also note that I’ve raised some claims, an important lesson here – cashback should be taken as a bonus.
Payment on Cashback
Both Quidco and Topcashback earnings can be paid using Paypal so if you have an account I don’t see why you couldn’t use that as a payment method if you are not based in the UK. Topcashback also offers a slight bonus of 5% if you opt to pay via Amazon vouchers, it also offers payment via Tesco Clubcard points, which if were combined with a bonus voucher exchange could be worth significantly more.
In terms of earning there are a number of airlines and hotel chains that are on these sites (this list is not the whole list by any means!) :
- Singapore Airlines
- British Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Cathay Pacific
- Marriott Hotels
- Accor Hotels
Both of the websites offer membership for free, but also have their own premium memberships which charge a £5 fee per year. For topcashback the premium membership gives you a top up of your earning of 5% whereas Quidco it offers ad free, better support and exclusive deals features.
So if you are getting into the booking process check out the cashback sites to get a little back. Using these sites doesn’t prohibit you from gaining any frequent flyer miles or hotel points nor using a cashback or loyalty based credit card so stack up those rewards on your spending.
Also check if your credit card has a deal, or offers cashback itself. For instance American Express Cardholders (as of 28th Oct) were offered a 10% discount on fights and Tiger Airways offers a Platinum Credit Card through Standard Chartered.
Singapore Cashback Sites
For the Singaporean audience – I haven’t been able to find any specific Singapore cashback websites but if you know any then please let me know. The only reference that I’ve been able to find is Ebates an American based cashback website that seems to be starting up. Hiring for the various positions started back in June of this year.