Key takeaways

  • Cashback Monitor offers a quick snapshot of earning rates across dozens of shopping portals, so you can easily see which site offers the most cash back, points or miles.
  • You can customize the Cashback Monitor site to show your preferred shopping portals and other features, but you need to sign up for an account.
  • Using a shopping portal with higher earnings combined with your favorite rewards credit card can boost your earning potential with little effort.

Fixing one’s finances is a perennially popular New Year’s resolution, and 2024 is no different. Saving more money now holds the top spot above exercising and eating healthier, with 59 percent of Americans making it their top resolution, according to a Statista survey.

That said, you don’t have to be an official resolutioner to start making smarter money moves. Maybe that means trading in a credit card for one that earns better rewards in categories more aligned with your spending habits. Or perhaps it’s finally time to get into the game of using your credit card points and miles for free trips, just like all those travel influencers you follow on Instagram. (Seriously, how do they do it?)

Savvy shoppers who want the biggest bang for their buck also use tools such as Cashback Monitor, which helps find the biggest rewards opportunities with online shopping. Keep reading to learn how this unique platform can help you make the most of every purchase.

What is Cashback Monitor?

Cashback Monitor is a website that tracks earnings rates across dozens of online shopping portals and cash back sites, making it easy to see which portal will give you the most points, miles or cash back at a particular retailer.

Using a shopping portal aggregator like Cashback Monitor saves you the trouble of comparing bonus rewards rates on your own, allowing you to maximize earnings on purchases you’re already making.

How does Cashback Monitor work?

Cashback Monitor is fairly simple to navigate. The homepage is divided into two main categories. The first column displays the best rates available at the most-viewed stores that day, giving you an overview of the most popular deals at any given time. The second column shows each store’s best rate sorted by the estimated value of the rewards currency issued, whether it’s cash back, points or miles.

Although you can browse stores and brands by rewards type, the easiest way to use Cashback Monitor for your next online purchase is to enter your retailer of choice into the search bar at the top of the site’s homepage. We’ll use Walgreens as an example:

The search results page lists all the current earnings rates for Walgreens purchases made through any of the 45 shopping portals Cashback Monitor tracks. (Rates are updated at least once a day, typically in the early morning hours.) The site organizes rewards by type — cash back, travel miles and points, credit card points and other rewards — with the best deals and bonuses at the top of each column, enabling you to compare portal offers quickly and easily.

The same applies to all other loyalty and shopping programs you see on Cashback Monitor — you’ll have to be a member or create a new account to earn the offer. This may not be possible for every portal, though: When it’s a bank-operated portal, such as Chase Ultimate Rewards, you’ll need a Chase-issued credit card that earns Ultimate Rewards points in order to access it.

Cashback Monitor has a few other handy tools to help you get more out of the platform. For instance, somewhat similar to rotating-category credit cards, many shopping portals vary their bonus offers throughout the year. By switching to View Best Rate History on the search results page, you can see all of the earnings opportunities at a retailer over the previous 15 months:

This information can help you decide between taking advantage of that day’s best offer or waiting for a higher rate to come back around.

Another helpful feature is the ability to assign a cash value to any rewards currency.

You’ll have to create a Cashback Monitor account in order to assign points values, but doing so means you can specify the shopping portals and stores you’re most interested in. A less-crowded interface lets you identify the best deals more easily — and ignore those from portals you don’t shop through anyway.

To access this feature, select the My Monitor tab and log in to your account, then select Config My Monitor. (You can pick up to eight portals and up to 20 retailers.)

Once that’s squared away, you can set up alerts so that you’ll get notified whenever a rewards rate at one of your favorite retailers reaches a specific number in a specific shopping portal. This is especially handy if you’ve been ready to make a non-urgent purchase but opted to wait for a more-lucrative offer to better maximize your earnings.

Stacking Cashback Monitor deals with credit card rewards

One of the best things about using an aggregator like Cashback Monitor is that it helps you find legitimate ways to “double dip” your rewards earnings with little effort. Just pay with a rewards credit card at checkout to earn the points, miles or cash back from your card on top of what the portal gives you.

Let’s say you use your JetBlue Card* to pay for your purchases at Walgreens. (Remember, you’ll need to start your shopping in the TrueBlue shopping portal). In addition to the 3X points you’ll get in the portal, you’ll also earn 1X points with the card itself.

If earning the most rewards possible is your goal, you can also install the Cashback Monitor Bookmarklet. It’s a free browser extension available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari that takes you from whatever retail site you’re shopping on over to Cashback Monitor with just one click, so you can quickly compare all of the current offers for that store to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Cashback Monitor shopping portals

Cashback Monitor doesn’t keep tabs on every single online shopping portal, but it does monitor dozens of portals that offer everything from cash back and miles to credit card points and more. Below are some examples, organized by rewards type:

Cash back

  • MaxRebates
  • RebatesMe
  • GoCashBack
  • Rakuten
  • BeFrugal
  • ExtraBux
  • Dollar Dig
  • Hoopla Doopla

Travel miles or points

Credit card points

Other reward points

  • Swagbucks
  • Capital One Shopping
  • UPromise
  • MyPoints

Hundreds of major retailers in a variety of shopping categories are featured on the Cashback Monitor site. Here’s are some of the most popular stores and brands as of this writing:

  • Airbnb
  • Amazon
  • Adidas
  • Groupon
  • Newegg
  • Kohl’s
  • Costco
  • lululemon
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond (formerly Overstock)
  • Samsung
  • H&M
  • Michaels
  • The Container Store
  • Instacart
  • DoorDash

The bottom line

If you’re one of the millions of people whose goal is saving more money, then using a site like Cashback Monitor can create a path for super simple saving. This site quickly shows you which shopping portals offer the most rewards, whether you’re looking for cash back, points or miles. You can take advantage of the sites with larger “payouts” and combine it with your favorite rewards credit card, which means you can save more with very little effort.

*Issuer-required disclosure statement
Information about the JetBlue Card has been collected independently by Bankrate. Card details have not been reviewed or approved by the card issuer.