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TopCashback offers you cash-back rewards for your purchases — plus, enjoy a $25 sign-up bonus

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You could be leaving rewards on the table if you aren’t earning points or extra cash back with your online purchases. And with inflation remaining a serious concern for many Americans, every little bit helps. Thankfully, getting extra rewards is super simple — it just requires a couple of extra clicks.

There are many online shopping portals — including ones from major airlines and hotel loyalty programs, and several independent cash-back rewards programs you can join. These sites award points, miles or cash back on almost everything you buy online. At the most basic level, you start at one of these portals and then click through to the retailer’s website to earn extra rewards rather than starting directly at the merchant’s website. So, before you buy your next lawnmower at, jeans from or decorative dish towels and must-have home goods from, be sure to get rewarded for every dollar you spend.

Here at TPG, we often talk about Rakuten, a hybrid program that allows you to earn either cash back or American Express Membership Rewards points on your online purchases. But no one program always has the best return. After all, different portals often have varying earning rates for the same retailers.

This guide will dive deeply into a different cash-back portal — TopCashback. While it doesn’t award points, it does let you redeem rewards for cash or gift cards. Plus, it has one valuable feature that no other cash-back portal has: a “Highest Cash Back Guarantee.”

What is TopCashback?

TopCashback is an online shopping portal that partners with over 7,000 online retailers, including big names like Adidas, Apple, eBay, Macy’s and Sephora, and some travel brands like Marriott, Vrbo and Hilton. You can use the portal to earn cash back on certain gift card purchases and place curbside pickup orders.

TopCashback calls itself “the USA’s most generous cashback website.” That’s because it passes 100% of the day-to-day commission from merchants back to members. The site explains that it makes money through advertisements and sponsored links labeled “zero cashback.” Merchants also pay the site bonuses from time to time.

How to sign up for TopCashback

Until Dec. 31, new members will receive a $25 sign-up bonus when you earn your first $10 of cash back.

Signing up for TopCashback is easy. Just head to the website, enter your email and choose a password.

Once you’ve joined, you can immediately start earning on your online purchases and earn cash back for every friend you refer.

How to use TopCashback

TopCashback works just like any other online shopping portal once you have an account. Head to the site before making any online purchases.

Searching for a merchant at the homepage of Topcashback

There’s a search box at the top of the website, which you can use to search for the merchant you want to shop with.

Then, click through to the retailer’s site to complete the purchase.

Topcashback earning rates at as of October 3, 2023

When you click the “Get Cash Back” button next to a store, a new window or tab will open, indicating that you’re being redirected to the merchant’s website. You must complete your purchase in that window so that TopCashback can track how much you spent and reward you.

Confirmation screen as you click away to from Topcashback

Alternatively, if you want to simplify your life, you could download TopCashback’s browser extension.

It’s available for Chrome and Firefox and will automatically notify you when shopping with a participating retailer. So, you’ll need to click “Activate Now” to earn cash back instead of going through the main portal. It will also show you any coupons available for that site.

a screenshot showing an alert from TopCashback on the Expedia website

Transactions should show up on your earnings page within seven days. First, they’ll appear as “Pending,” meaning that your transaction has been recorded, but the retailer hasn’t yet confirmed that all criteria have been met for cash back. Then, your transaction will switch to “Confirmed” status within a month. The final step is to wait for your transaction to become “Payable.” This usually occurs within a few weeks once the affiliate network invoices the retailer, though it can take up to 90 days.

a screenshot showing confirmed transactions on TopCashback

You can claim your cash back at any time once it reaches payable status. TopCashback allows you to cash out through PayPal, automated clearing house transfer and a variety of gift card options with retailers such as Amazon, Disney and Sephora — though some merchants have minimum amounts for gift card rewards.

Unlike with some cash-back portals, there are no minimums to request a payout. You can usually get up to a 5% bonus when you request your payout as credit with certain merchants or as a Visa or American Express prepaid card.

Some of the redemption options for Topcashback

Cash-back guarantee on TopCashback

TopCashback stands out from the other online shopping portals because it offers a “Highest Cash Back Guarantee.” Plain and simple, if you find a better cash-back deal on another site, you can file a claim, and TopCashback will match the offer once it’s been reviewed and approved. This is the only online shopping portal we know to offer a guarantee like this.

screencap of a page on TopCashback showing the Highest Cash Back Guarantee

The higher rate must have been offered on the same day your transaction occurred. Also, TopCashback will only match cash-back rates from the following competitors:

  • BeFrugal
  • GoCashBack
  • Honey
  • MaxRebates
  • Mr. Rebates
  • Rakuten
  • Tada (formerly ShopAtHome)

In other words, you can’t match non-monetary rewards, such as airline miles.

To file a claim, you must fill out a form via the customer service page. It must be submitted within seven days of the transaction date, with the transaction visible in your account. Although there’s no option to attach files to the initial claim form, TopCashback suggests retaining a timestamped screenshot of the higher offer.

The submission page for Topcashback's highest cash-back guarantee

Your best bet for maximizing this feature is to use a shopping portal aggregator like Cashback Monitor. It allows you to search for retailers and see the earning rates you’d get across all applicable shopping portals. So, even if TopCashback isn’t offering the highest rate, you’ll be able to see who’s offering a better rate to match it.

Related: Use a shopping portal aggregator to maximize online purchases

Important reminders when using TopCashback

Using TopCashback is relatively straightforward, but there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • For TopCashback to track your shopping trips, you must have cookies enabled on your browser.
  • Only use promotions or promo codes found on the portal; if you use others, they may void your rewards.
  • Be sure to read the restrictions for each merchant. Many won’t count gift cards as eligible purchases for earning bonuses; others will exclude certain products.
  • Remember to pay with a credit card that will offer the best earning rate on your purchase. Most online merchants don’t fall into the traditional bonus categories, so you’ll probably want to stick with a card that’s good for everyday purchases.

For example, you can use the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card or Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and earn 2 miles per dollar on all purchases.

Also, remember that the Highest Cash Back Guarantee is only useful if you’re only trying to earn cash back. If you’re flexible, you can sometimes get a greater return by going through a portal that earns points or miles — even if the earning rate is lower.

For instance, with Rakuten, you can opt to earn American Express Membership Rewards points. TPG values Amex points at 2 cents apiece, effectively doubling your return over the same cash back. If you had to choose between earning 3% cash back via TopCashback or 2 Amex points per dollar spent via Rakuten, you’ll get a higher return with Rakuten if you value Amex points similarly to TPG.

a screenshot showing earning rates for various retailers on Cashback Monitor

Bottom line

You should always go through a shopping portal when making online purchases.

If it’s cash-back rewards you’re after, then TopCashback is a great tool to bookmark, thanks to its “Highest Cash Back Guarantee.” And until Dec. 31, new members will receive a $25 sign-up bonus when you earn your first $10 of cash back.

However, you can sometimes get greater value through a portal earning points or miles, so it’s important to do the math and see what makes the most sense.