Regular Turning Left for Less readers will know that I am generally a big fan of TopCashback. I usually make all my travel bookings through three websites, TopCashback, Avios eStore and BA for flights due to the bonus Avios on my BA Amex. I have saved around £3000 by using TopCashback, which during bonus periods would equate to a massive 375,000 Avios. Enough for several First class flights!
How does TopCashback work?
TopCashback is very simple to use. Once you have joined, you simply go to the TopCashback site before you buy anything on the internet. If the website you are planning on buying through is listed, just click through from TopCashback and buy as usual. You will then get an email within a few hours showing that you have earned new cashback. It can take a while before the money can be withdrawn from your account. This is particularly true for hotel bookings, as you generally don’t get the cashback until after your stay. Once you can withdraw, you can either get cash via your bank account, gift vouchers or change them into Avios. At present there is a 5% bonus on Avios but often there is a 25% bonus offer.
One thing you have to be wary of is using voucher codes with TopCashback. You can only use the voucher codes listed on TopCashback otherwise, you may not be able to earn cashback. This includes gift vouchers as well.
Did you know you can even earn TopCashback without buying anything? Some sites will give you money for things such as getting an insurance quote or filling in a survey.
TopCashback £10 for new members
If you haven’t joined Top Cashback, then now is the time. There is currently a new member bonus of £10. To get the bonus, you need to click though this link and sign up. Once you have spent £10 on any website through Top Cashback you will get the bonus. It is pretty much free money! Currently if you converted the £10 into Avios you would get 1050 Avios. Not bad for a few minutes buying something you would have bought anyway!
Is TopCashback better for earning Avios than using the Avios or BA eStore?
A lot depends on the retailer and the amount of cashback and Avios on offer. Here are some travel companies and a comparison of the rates you tend to get with them:
|eBookers||up to 14%||3 Avios per £1|
|Hilton||n/a||6-8 Avios per £1|
|Hotels.com||8% but currently a whopping 20% cashback until 11am on 14th July||4 Avios per £1|
|Accor hotels||up to 15%||n/a|
Let’s take eBookers as an example. If you were to book a £200 hotel booking with them you would get around £26 in cashback. With the usual 5% bonus this would give you 2730 Avios or 3250 during a 25% bonus period. If you made the booking through Avios eStore, you would get 600 Avios. As you can see, TopCashback gives you far more Avios plus the option to take it as cash or part cash, if you prefer. As you can see, generally you get far better value through TopCashback.
Current Top Cashback bonus for members
To be eligible for the current £2.50 cashback promotion, you must already be a member of TopCashback.co.uk. You must activate the offer via the activation page, and click ‘Activate Promotion’. You then need to make a purchase of £10 or more through TopCashback on any featured website before 23:59 GMT July 14th 2017. You will receive £2.50 additional bonus cashback on top of the usual cashback.